help with buying a laptop

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  1. Furbz

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    hi guys.
    i am helping my girlfriend in buying a laptop.
    and i'm stuggling to find a good spec laptop that is relatively cheap.
    our cash cealing is R8000 max.

    the best i could find for that price is the Dell inspiron 1520

    specs:

    Dell Inspiron 1520 Specs:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.0 GHz/4MB L2 Cache)
    • OS: Microsoft Vista Home Premium
    • Hard Drive: 160 GB SATA @ 5400RPM
    • Screen: 15.4" WSXGA Widescreen (1680 x 1050)
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 256MB
    • RAM: 2.0GB DDR2 SDRAM @667 MHz (2 x 1GB)
    • Optical Drive: 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/Double Layer Support
    • Battery: 9-cell lithium[​IMG] ion
    • Wireless: Intel 4965AGN
    • Weight: 6.4 lbs
    • Dimensions: 1.47-1.65” (H) x 14.12 “ (W) x 10.59" (D)
    • Ports/Slots: 1 IEEE 1394 (FireWire); 4 Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0); 8-in-1 Memory Card Reader; VGA Out; S-Video; RJ-45 Ethernet LAN; RJ-11 Modem; ExpressCard 54mm; stereo in, headphone/speaker out and dual digital mics
    any help would be greatly appreciated...
    if you know of a better deal, or are in the business of selling laptops,
    or even have a secondhand laptop in good nick please leave a msg here.
    Thanx :yeahdude:
     
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    Hp 6730s - 15.4" Standard Intel Notebook - 1 Year Carry In Warranty

    HP 6730s

    Intel Pentium Dual Core T3400 2.16 GHz
    1024MB DDRII 800MHz 1 DIMM 160 GB 5400rpm LightScribe DVD+/-RW - Fixed Bluetooth Module Intel 802.11 b/g 15.4 WXGA BRIGHTVIEW + Camera Intel Media Graphics Mobile GMA X4500 HD Windows Vista Home Basic + Office 2007 Ready 1~1~0 Standard HP Carry Bag included in the box

    Shouldn't pay more than about R 7,990.00
     
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    The exact machine I have. Just put on Vista Pro and Office Pro and increased the ram to 4.0 Gig
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i would go with your dell, i have one and the service and reliability are great
    that is a very nice spec'd laptop for that price and should get great use out of it.

    If u can upgrade, change the HDD from 5400 to a 7200rpm drive otherwise its perfect.
     
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    Dallas, someone con you, Dell's service sux. :p from personal experience
     
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    what about a lenova? they boast a good battery life?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    for me its been great, when i was in USA, dell bought here, they come to my hotel, replaced and fixed my laptop no questions

    i now use there machines for all my client installations
     
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    good make, but very expensive compared to others
     
  10. Furbz

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    this looks interesting. where would i be able to get one?



    @ dallas. i have heard of problems with dell. service here is expensive and parts are way overpriced. hence why the initial laptop is so cheap. however this is what i have heard from ppl talking.
     
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    Furbz speak to imarine he deals with Dell
     
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    thanx man, def will!:thumbup:
     
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    if its inside the warranty period costs nothing unless its pure user error, spilt water etc etc.

    another good make is MSI and Acer
     
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    the problem is actually finding a laptop at that sort of price. do you have anywhere i can check out these brands and there prices?
     
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    how much better is core 2 duo to dual core? which is better a 2.16 dualcore or a 1.8 core 2 duo?
     
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    didn't realise they were that expensive, but is it not worth paying for a laptop that can actuall last more that 20min on a battery?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    there are alot of factors, let me try
    core 2 duo is the better option, a dual core is basically a bastardised pentium 4 or core 2 duo in a manner of speaking

    they are expensive because of the IBM brand, u can get the same from Dell or sony for much less

    also look at Home
     
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    Well i have a acer travelmate 4720 specs Core 2Duo processor works like a bomb battery life sucks whr as the Dell is a workhorse machine but that is just my opinion
     
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    Dell's service is fine, it's that hardware that's ***... They came to my house and replaced parts probably about 10 times when I had a dell.
     
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