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Best All Around Notebook?

 1:42 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'm thinking of getting an HP. What would you get for under $1250 USD?



 1:52 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

A colleague of mine just purchased this little beauty:
[apple.com...] (I'm suitably jealous...)


 1:54 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

edit_g, i would also love one of those, but i think Brett is looking for a PC or? (Brett Confirm)


 1:58 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

It wouldn't even fill the under $1250 criteria. I just love lookig at it- it is truly a thing of beauty.

Sony Vaio? ;)


 2:05 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I got a HP Omnibook Xe4400s for 1500 euros.

I think you can get a lower spec model for under 1250.

Ive had it a few months now and had no problems with it.


P4 2000mhz
256mb RAM
30gb HD
Windows XP
Screen...er <----about the same size as this page ;)----->
Weight...eh..not too light...

I really should have paid more attention to the spec, should i? Its nice. Its fast. Its portable.



 2:16 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi Brett,

I think Dell makes one of the finest notebook computers available. I've owned one for a little over two years now and have converted all of my friends and colleagues to Dell. So, with $1250 in hand (give or take a hundred bucks), I would test drive the..

Inspiron 8200 [dell.com]

Inspiron 4150 [dell.com]


Latitude C510 [catalog.us.dell.com]

The customer service makes the deal for me. It's just too bad about that annoying "Dell-guy" on the commercials.

- Chad


 2:27 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Probably not the highest feature requested on the list for everyone,
but has any notebook achieved the quality of sound on the higher end Compaqs?
I am impressed by the amount of bass coming out of most Compaq models
I listen to and not too many others have gotten my attention.


 2:48 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>It wouldn't even fill the under $1250 criteria.

Then this one [apple.com] could fill the bill. ;)


 3:32 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a HP Omnibook (although it's an "old"-ish model) 6000 - amazing machine as it has both the touchpad and "nipple" mouse control to choose from - plus the touchpad is centred in the middle on the laptop, unlike many other manufacturers that seem to move it either off to the left or right.


 3:38 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Ive got to say i prefer the nipple to the touchpad, but this model doesnt have it, so im getting used to the touchpad now.

It is handy having it in the middle, rather than the sides though!



 3:44 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Ok OK OK. After being a consultant for many years, and seeing and working with many laptop's. The answer is DELL, Gateway and HP are the best... Also, I tend to enjoy the touchpad more, I guess its preference there. Good Luck with your search.


 3:58 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

got myself a Sony Vaio pcg-fx705 recently

15 inch (1400x1050) resolution

should be just a little more than Bretts $1250.

bought it at Dixons (don't laugh), they have the cheapest add on guarantee for extra years. All my laptops died because of the lcd screen going down...


 4:04 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've had very good luck with toshiba satellites. last one my wife dropped on the pavement, which smashed it pretty good and sent the DVD drive flying out of it completely. After almost fainting I picked it up and crammed the DVD right back in and it's been working flawlessly for over 2 years now.


 5:40 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I currently have a Dell Inspiron 7500 that is fully loaded and up graded to almost max on everything. I like it, but I don't like the keyboard layout where the delete key is buried and mostly impossible to find. The hp's is on the side and easy to find. (ya it's a minor nit, but the keyboard is ultra important to me). The other thing I don't like about it, is that it is sooo heavy (like 12 lbs).

I also have an older 233 gateway.


 6:16 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I like IBM Thinkpads myself. Very good support, even for older models.

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