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post May 2 2007, 12:19 AM


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Hi there...

This is a topic for EVERYBODY out there that needs special recommendation on buying a new laptop...

To request recommendation, what u need to post:

1. Brand.
2. Budget.
3. Specs.
4. Size.

Any new topic regarding recommendations shall be closed/deleted without explaination...

It's easy to be intimidated by all the laptop models on the market today. There are literally dozens and dozens in every price range.

The key to finding the right one for you is to step back and consider exactly how you plan to use your laptop. When you define what you need before you go shopping, buying the right machine becomes much easier.

Here are a few tips how to purchase such a piece of equipment.

Before buying:

Calculate with a generous budget.
Do not think about your current needs. Think about your future ones.
The device should manage all of your electronic daily needs for at least the next three years to come. It is also advisable to foresee your device as a mobile desktop replacement.
The device's usefulness is more important than its appearance which means that it must be practical and robust as opposed to being suitable for taking part in a designer competition.
Sleep the matter over again before buying.

Buying:

Take producers into consideration who have been in the laptop business for a long time and whose main line is computer production and who do not, for example, also produce refrigerators and vacuum cleaners. An advertising flyer which makes big promises at a low price is also not suitable.

The device should offer standard components which are independent of the laptop producer. This means, for instance, avoiding a graphic card from Joe Bloggs or a harddisk which fell off the back of a lorry. Good laptops contain components from IBM, INTEL, 3COM, LUCENT, CISCO etc. Remember that it might be necessary to install a new driver at a later point and this will still be available from a good producer in two years.

The device should be all-in-one which means that the DVD/CD R/W, network card, wireless LAN, analog modem, USB Version 2.x, FireWire, Bluetooth etc. are all built in. With an all-in-one device it is not possible to forget to pack in the wireless card or the bluetooth card or to leave them in the train. All in all devices with built-in components are lighter than those with separate add-ons. They are also much less likely to break down. Apart from that good robust devices do tend to be somewhat heavier than their less robust counterparts.

Floppy drives are no longer absolutely necessary for daily work and are hardly available on the market any more. Should you need one nevertheless, you can hook up an external USB drive. USB floppy drives can also boot DOS. However these days there are other possibilities for doing BIOS upgrades, backups etc.
You should choose a processor of the latest generation. Today (01.01.06) that would be an Intel Centrino Duo Mobile 2.0 GHz processor or faster (but not an Intel Celeron processor).

The harddisk should be 80 GB or more.

Today 1 GB of RAM is customary. Also think about your future needs. 2 GB of RAM (Windows Vista, Photoshop etc.) is definitely better and, what you buy right from the beginning, is much cheaper than a later upgrade.

Graphic cards with at least 64 MB of RAM (not shared) are standard in good devices. Running a large external monitor will then pose no problems whatsoever.
You should pay special attention to your choice of monitor. Many producers have allowed themselves to be persuaded to produce 15" monitors which use 1600 x 1200 pixels as their ideal resolution. Unfortunately this is not ideal for many users because the contents of the screen can hardly be read at this resolution. An ideal resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or 1400 x 1050 pixels is better for 15" monitors.
The operating system should be Windows XP Professional SP2 (and definitely not Windows XP HOME Edition). XP Professional is only slightly more expensive but is well worth it. Make sure that you get the operating system on a separate CD and not as a 'preload' bundled together with other software. This is also valid for the drivers. (Good producers offer web pages where you can download the latest BIOS, drivers and the like.) You will then find it much easier to configure your own system. Also ask if Linux can be installed easily and whether support is available in any case. Installation of Linux is not possible on all laptops without problems. But if Linux can be installed without a great effort, you can assume that the components are good quality ones.

Conclusion:

There are endless variations you can buy. Don't hesitate to ask here. Questions don't cost anything...
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post May 2 2007, 12:20 AM


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QUOTE(xin @ May 2 2007, 12:19 AM)
i think Kelv mean is the new price ..already out right? brochure also got state (new price) ..lol
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u mean the RM2299 1 ?

ok ... seems like the old thread full already ^ ^ ...
ok .. still support here ...
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post May 2 2007, 12:37 AM


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wow version 2 already...cheers ..

ya ..there are a few models there also got New Price so my guess is all the v3200 series would have a new price tag ..

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post May 2 2007, 12:41 AM


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QUOTE(~~5ive~~ @ May 1 2007, 07:58 PM)
Haha...V3250 drop price dy?
if drop price then will be cheaper a bit then the acer...
juz a bit

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QUOTE(xin @ May 2 2007, 12:19 AM)
i think Kelv mean is the new price ..already out right? brochure also got state (new price) ..lol
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I just refering to what 5ive said.
You mean RM2299 is the new price already?
Other price tag for v3200 model? smile.gif
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post May 2 2007, 12:55 AM


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QUOTE(Kelv @ May 2 2007, 12:41 AM)
I just refering to what 5ive said.
You mean RM2299 is the new price already?
Other price tag for v3200 model?  smile.gif
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i am not sure but here is what the brochure has
V3218TU RM2299(new price)
V3219TU RM2599(new price)
V3201TU RM2699(new price)
V3202TU RM2999(new price)
V3203TU RM2999(new price)
V3205TU RM3699(new price)
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post May 2 2007, 12:58 AM


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QUOTE(xin @ May 2 2007, 12:55 AM)
i am not sure but here is what the brochure has
V3218TU RM2299(new price)
V3219TU RM2599(new price)
V3201TU RM2699(new price)
V3202TU RM2999(new price)
V3203TU RM2999(new price)
V3205TU RM3699(new price)
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the v3218 tu should be no more already ...
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post May 2 2007, 03:01 AM


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QUOTE(john_jay2 @ May 2 2007, 12:58 AM)
the v3218 tu should be no more already ...
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Owh really..? I thought my friend was looking for it at the moment....
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post May 2 2007, 03:50 AM


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hey guys, i am think about the Compaq Presario 3203TU and Lenovo Y400 945433A

can u all tell me which 1 should i buy

this laptor will be used for doing assignment, playing game(war3,wow), music and movie, surfing internet and oso download via BT.

gv me some opinion ya!
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post May 2 2007, 07:43 AM


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QUOTE(mergumi12 @ May 2 2007, 03:50 AM)
hey guys, i am think about the Compaq Presario 3203TU and Lenovo Y400 945433A

can u all tell me which 1 should i buy

this laptor will be used for doing assignment, playing game(war3,wow), music and movie, surfing internet and oso download via BT.

gv me some opinion ya!
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the lenovo 945433A using GMA 950 izzit..? coz Y400 too many model liao, make me confuse..

if using GMA 950 then should be no major different liao.. i think Y400 slot in dvd-rw is a cool stuff, but just cant use small disc..
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post May 2 2007, 08:08 AM


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QUOTE(beyond430 @ May 2 2007, 07:43 AM)
the lenovo 945433A using GMA 950 izzit..? coz Y400 too many model liao, make me confuse..

if using GMA 950 then should be no major different liao.. i think Y400 slot in dvd-rw is a cool stuff, but just cant use small disc..
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Yes,this is the model come with GMA950. I think better he take the HP v3250 rather than Y400 cos GF IGP has better gaming experience.
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post May 2 2007, 08:36 AM


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QUOTE(xin @ May 2 2007, 12:55 AM)
i am not sure but here is what the brochure has
V3218TU RM2299(new price)
V3219TU RM2599(new price)
V3201TU RM2699(new price)
V3202TU RM2999(new price)
V3203TU RM2999(new price)
V3205TU RM3699(new price)
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any of this model with Free DOS? hmm.gif
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post May 2 2007, 08:52 AM


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QUOTE(unknowndevices @ May 2 2007, 08:36 AM)
any of this model with Free DOS? hmm.gif
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Yes, below is the freedos model
V3218TU RM2299
V3201TU RM2699
V3203TU RM2999

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post May 2 2007, 11:37 AM


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QUOTE(beyond430 @ May 2 2007, 07:43 AM)
the lenovo 945433A using GMA 950 izzit..? coz Y400 too many model liao, make me confuse..

if using GMA 950 then should be no major different liao.. i think Y400 slot in dvd-rw is a cool stuff, but just cant use small disc..
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but slot-in is better than tray in terms of reading and also more quiet lol ..the only drawback is cannot use small disc lol ..
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post May 2 2007, 01:20 PM


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V3205TU seems like quite good.
got altec lancing speaker too... rclxms.gif
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QUOTE(cravy @ May 2 2007, 01:20 PM)
V3205TU seems like quite good.
got altec lancing speaker too... rclxms.gif
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yup Duo2Core 1.83Ghz
Vista Basic preloaded
just the GPU is shared ..so mild gaming is okay .. altec lansing speakers is bassy too ..tried it b4 .
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post May 2 2007, 05:54 PM


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Hi all,
Need some recommendation..

Brand - any
Budget - 3.5k
Spec - c2d, 2gb ram, 15.4" display

currently in my mind is Dell 6400..
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post May 2 2007, 06:11 PM


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QUOTE(benzene88 @ May 2 2007, 05:54 PM)
Hi all,
Need some recommendation..

Brand - any
Budget - 3.5k
Spec - c2d, 2gb ram, 15.4" display

currently in my mind is Dell 6400..
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with tat budget and 2GB RAM..
i think Dell Inspiron is ur perfect fit..
perhaps if u 1 a good gaming laptop..
Benq S73G is another option..
go find for john...he's selling it at RM3599..
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post May 2 2007, 06:14 PM


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QUOTE(shortleg88 @ May 2 2007, 06:11 PM)
with tat budget and 2GB RAM..
i think Dell Inspiron is ur perfect fit..
perhaps if u 1 a good gaming laptop..
Benq S73G is another option..
go find for john...he's selling it at RM3599..
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oh... ok..
i just use it for multi-tasking and play online games..
neway, thanks for the suggestion.. appreciate it. nod.gif
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QUOTE(xin @ May 2 2007, 01:40 PM)
yup Duo2Core 1.83Ghz
Vista Basic preloaded
just the GPU is shared ..so mild gaming is okay .. altec lansing speakers is bassy too ..tried it b4 .
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yeah .. if this 1 come with home premium will be more better ^ ^


Added on May 2, 2007, 7:14 pm
QUOTE(shortleg88 @ May 2 2007, 06:11 PM)
with tat budget and 2GB RAM..
i think Dell Inspiron is ur perfect fit..
perhaps if u 1 a good gaming laptop..
Benq S73G is another option..
go find for john...he's selling it at RM3599..
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now is RM 3550 already
but the stock is almost finish already ^ ^


Added on May 2, 2007, 7:17 pm
QUOTE(benzene88 @ May 2 2007, 06:14 PM)
oh... ok..
i just use it for multi-tasking and play online games..
neway, thanks for the suggestion.. appreciate it. nod.gif
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if u want dell also can find me ^ ^

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QUOTE(shortleg88 @ May 2 2007, 06:11 PM)
with tat budget and 2GB RAM..
i think Dell Inspiron is ur perfect fit..
perhaps if u 1 a good gaming laptop..
Benq S73G is another option..
go find for john...he's selling it at RM3599..
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ya, if not mind 14.1", S73G is a good choice since it got X1600 that Dell's X1400 cant compare...
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