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monsond19

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I'm looking to be buying a laptop before I head into the service but everything is so *#&$(@ expensive. I know that the mark up is huge but this is unbelievable. Everything thing that I see in the price range i'm aiming for is so sub par for what I want in my computer. Anyone have any suggestions on a good place to shop for a laptop?
 

dustyjay

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Actually if you have a local computer shop of the mom and pop variety, I would ask about the possibility of purchasing a good quality used Laptop. I picked up a killer Dell Laptop for $300 and the extent of my upgrades cost me less than $200 to bring it to where I wanted it.
 

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I'd start by deciding what attributes you want in the machine. I have been using an Averatec laptop for several years, and I'm quite happy with it. My requirements were portability, since I wanted it for business trips. However, some folks want a desktop replacement, and are looking for a larger unit.

It's pointless to shop for the unit until you have a clear idea of what you expect to do with it.
 

monsond19

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I want a laptop for portability but for power also. I want at least 512 memory if not a gig. I want a fast processor and a nice big screen. Thats about it.
 
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What kind of battery life do you want?
How large of a screen?
What kind of weight?
What pricerange?

What is the 100000000000000000th digit of pi?:D
 

JohnWill

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Well, you have conflicting requirements. A fast processor and a big screen usually makes the laptop considerably less portable. :) The memory is no issue, I have 640mb in mine.
 

monsond19

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I would like a 17 inch screen. I'm not to worried about the weight because I'm not really a tiny guy so that is no problem. Battery life I'd say just about 2-3 hours minimal. I will be travelling between places that just happen to have outlets. Go figure. lol My price range is about $1,000 to $1,500.
 

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Well, I used to think like you, and I had a pretty large Compaq that I traveled with. After lugging that around for a couple of years, I realized that I'd rather pack less weight. A 17" screen on a laptop is huge, and that will be at least a 10# unit, and that's before you consider the power supply brick, etc. ;)
 
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