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With the given price range i would suggest you to look for Dell only with RAM >= 2GB , atleast 160GB HDD , 15 inch screen , 2GHZ or better processor
The feature I particularly like is that I got a 7200 RPM SATA hard drive, which is standard for desktops but still appears to be something of a novelty for laptops. Between a fast drive and 3GB of RAM, the lower CPU speed doesn't seem to matter so much.
But i feel it great to have good screen space to do lot of things and its good for those who are in web development profession.
Some more queries :
1. Does anyone have any experience with HP notebooks?
2. She has been using Windows XP and has no experience with Windows Vista whatsoever. Should she look for a machine with Windows XP or does Vista (home use) offer any major benefits?
3. What about a good Anti Virus software? Her experience with Kaspersky has not been great.
4):) dual boot with linux ( if she's used to XP ) ubuntu or mint7 ( the latter resembles windows xp desktop ..only it's nicer :)..comes with lots of stuff ready loaded ..uses "customised" g search ..easy to restandardise it without needing to use terminal )..get a live disk to try
Agree with this statement. I bought a Visa / Dell laptop in January 2007. Vista runs fine - never a problem. Yes, there is a nagging admin rights pop up.
The hard drive is 5,400 and that's the only thing I'm sorry about. A faster hard drive would help more than CPU speed.
1. Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor T6600 (2.20GHz/ 800 FSB/ 2MB Cache)
2. Memory 3 GB
3. Hard Drive 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive (Is 7200 recommended instead of 5400...also what do these values mean really?)
4. OS - Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Basic
5. Mc Afee
6. Display - 15.6" 720p WLED
pro ..or premium as minimum ..basic shouldn't even exist ..shame on MS
avoid 7 home basic like it was the plague ..get 7 pro if you only need the one language for now ....but dont ..dont ..dont go home basic ..pro ..or premium as minimum ..basic shouldn't even exist ..shame on MS
I found out that the two options to choose from include :
- Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Premium 64bit (English) [add..]
- Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Basic 64bit (English) [Included in Price]
So you suggest that it is wiser to pay more and invest in Home Premium?
Ram 4gb or better. 7200rpm drive. As little as possible trialware installed as possible. 64bit OS (Pro or Ultimate). (Might look at other brands like Acer)
Else wait till after New Years when the vendors are dumping all their unsold "holiday" product at reduced prices. Xmas season is a BAD time to buy computer products.
really it all depends on how techy she wants to be ..
she who dies with the most ram and CPU wins ..
did I say not to get basic ..
Plus my netbook came pre-partitioned for 2 operating systems. I of course added Linux as my second, but you could also add Win7 or Vista. Folks say Win7 runs pretty smooth on netbooks.
Netbooks are not for working on 100% of the time, but they are great for the traveling developer. Mine weighs in around 2.5 lbs and has a battery life of around 3.5 hours (with wifi usage). 5+ hours offline mode.
Aluminum casing, built-in video cam, card reader slot and 3 USB ports round out this very handy little laptop all for $350. Not bad.
Mine came with the 1.6Mhz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. It flies with Ubuntu Remix. Starts up in under 30 seconds.
Another point worth considering, if you are a LAMP developer, Ubuntu is the way to go. You can map SSH protocol drives to your servers, which is awesome since you can work on and off all day without having to constantly re-connect and re-load all the pages you might be working on. It simply treats all your remote linux mapped drives like local files. Very cool.
Hope this helps.
Also, the laptop comes with Microsoft Office 2007 for 2 months and then it has to be extended after that. Is that a good deal?
If compatibility with Microsoft Office is a high priority you will want to look into purchasing the real thing. The free packages are not 100% compatible. If it's just for your own use then the free alternatives should suffice.
Keep in mind that Office 2010 is supposed to have a free ad-supported version.
If compatibility with Microsoft Office is a high priority you will want to look into purchasing the real thing. The free packages are not 100% compatible.