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Old 07-21-2006, 12:09 AM   #31
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I'm a fan of building my own computer, but you can't really do that with a laptop. I built the one I took from school (desktop) for about $1,000 where to buy it from a company would have been around $1,700.

I think brand depends what you want to do with the computer. Dell would be great if you just want to go to this site, use AIM and type in Word. If I didn't have my desktop, I would get an HP to do the programming for my major in college. If I really wanted a nice one for say, graphic design or gaming, I would go after something like Widowpc.
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BTW, unless you're doing serious gaming or graphics work AlienWare is way more than you need. The price on those things is outrageous.
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BTW, keep in mind DELL'* reputation for horrible customer service. I can't imagine they're any better at helping deaf people with computer problems...
he is going to a geek school and likely gaurenteed to have atleast 2-4 computer science kids on his floor.

He will have all the customer service he would ever need w/in 100 feet of his room door.
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BTW, keep in mind DELL'* reputation for horrible customer service. I can't imagine they're any better at helping deaf people with computer problems...
he is going to a geek school and likely gaurenteed to have atleast 2-4 computer science kids on his floor.

He will have all the customer service he would ever need w/in 100 feet of his room door.
GEEK POWER!

Let us unite! Oh and don't forget your pocket protector....
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Dell...my employer has tested every brand of computer in the market and they exclusively use Dell. I have used Toshiba, HP and IBM, they all failed and could not stand the rigors of travel. My Dell laptop is almost 4 years old; has never failed, has sustained the rigors of travel and lots of use overseas without any failures or glitches. The only change the company did was the upgrade from Windows 2000 to XP.
We also get a 21% discount on all Dell purchases, and many times they will have special deals with employee discounts up to 45%. My kids each one has a Dell desktop and they have run flawlessly.
Rigors of travel? You and I are going to have to duke it out. I have an HP NW8000 Mobile Workstation. Two hard drives (both 7200rpms), Maxed out on RAM, and I use it for VERY large complicated 3D design models. And it handles my travels VERY well.

Oh, altitude doesn't negatively affect computer performance. And the cold HELPS.

Go Dell!
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Rigors of travel? You and I are going to have to duke it out. I have an HP NW8000 Mobile Workstation. Two hard drives (both 7200rpms), Maxed out on RAM, and I use it for VERY large complicated 3D design models. And it handles my travels VERY well.
Commercial model. Beautiful machine you have there. What folks need to understand is that what you have isn't the same as the HP laptops that they sell at Circuit City.

Edit: Just spent some time perusing the "hpshopping" website where they offer pavillions and presarios. Must admit, they look more rugged than they once did! Perhaps the quality has gone up?

This is precisely why I got out of this business. Vendors play around with quality... one year Dell is the best, the next HP/Compaq, etc. Couldn't stand the fast-paced nature of it!
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No it isn't, however, being an employee, I know HUNDREDS of folks that buy Compaq (yes, we own them) and HP Pavilion laptops for personal use. The only issues I'm aware of is from spyware. Seriously. Not a single failure that I know of.
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No it isn't, however, being an employee, I know HUNDREDS of folks that buy Compaq (yes, we own them) and HP Pavilion laptops for personal use. The only issues I'm aware of is from spyware. Seriously. Not a single failure that I know of.
Yeah, looking pretty good!

So there you go, Cody. Looks like you can't go wrong with whatever you choose!
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i have toshiba. works pretty well. i wouldnt go with less than 2ghz processor (do they still make less? i have looked in . . . over 3 years) and 1 gig ram. pref single-stick of ram with extra ports rather than 2 - 512 bc you might not be able to upgrade to 2 - 1gig sticks. wifi seems pretty standard on most laptops lately.
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Bottom line is that if you take care of your laptop, it'll take care of you.

Buy from one of the 5 top-rated manufacturers (quality/warranty/performance), and you'll probably be fine.

Buy from HP, and I'll give you a big kiss. :P
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