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Old 07-21-2006, 01:09 AM   #41
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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.
Processors really are rated more than on just speed nowadays. The push now is to make lower megaherz processors that can do more processing within a clock cycle. My Dell is a Pentium M 1.6Ghz.

I'm with you on the amount of RAM. Some RAM does have to be paired, but typically not for laptops from what I have seen.
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yeah ive caught that about processors which is why its all greek to me now.

proof for speed not being all-that: my processor is 3.2 ghz - yet for some things, my fiancees computer is faster even though her comp is below 2 ghz and we have same amt of ram.
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Buy from HP, and I'll give you a big kiss. :P
Buy from Dell and Hans might give you a kiss!
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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.
your laptops are one thing..but i would never buy another HP desktop if my life depended on it...you only know PART of why....
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Everyone has their own reasons for liking/not liking brands. Its the same with cars. Ive bad bad experiences with compaqs, I wouldnt get one no matter how stronly bill encouraged it. Honestly I wouldnt buy a desktop again from any major manufacturer. But one thing you can compare is hard facts like procs, ram size and speed, hdd size and speed, etc... So thats what you should be looking at mainly IMO.
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My strategy was to buy a Dell B1300 1.73 Pentium M on sale for $499 and gave it all the bells and whistles and still come out at $800. It runs 24 and 7 and couldnt be happier with it.
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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.
My laptop is a Latitude D610 Model and I have also 3d design modeling software too since the airplanes and parts are designed with CATIA. I addition I use VPN access to communicate with the servers at work during travel and from home. With the other brands of laptops, the problems were due to handling and also two laptops got fried by the airport machines in Ethiopia and Italy.
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