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Laptops I am Considering

Model			Processor		RAM	Hard Drive	Screen	Price	Shipping
Gateway T-6345U		Pentium Dual-core T3400	2GB	250GB		14.1"	$399	$0
Dell Vostro A860	Core 2 Duo T5470	2GB	160GB		15.6"	$419	$0
Lenovo IdeaPad Y450	Pentium Dual Core T4200	3GB	250GB		14.0"	$469	$0

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feralparakeet
May. 22nd, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Judging by those specs alone, I would go for the Vostro.. the bigger screen will be worth the sacrifice of drive space. But it's hard to say without knowing what kind of graphics chipset they have, which can make a big difference. Also look at the weight of the actual laptop. I never consider that until a few months down the road when I start to realize just how heavy mine is.

Also, if you can buy them with less RAM, you might be better off to upgrade the RAM to 4GB yourself after the purchase.

Oh yeah, and hi :)
happinessiseasy
May. 22nd, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Really? I usually prefer smaller screen sizes, because it usually means the laptop itself is smaller and lighter. As long as it can do 1440x900, I'm good with whatever size. I didn't customize any of these, so I couldn't take away any RAM. Any it looks like the Gateway is $399 shipped whereas the Vostro has some $50 tax added, which really makes it $469.

But now that my wife has decided to take 4 classes this summer instead of 2, I may be putting this purchase off for a bit.
happinessiseasy
May. 22nd, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, and hi! Who you is?
feralparakeet
May. 22nd, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, just another person in AL who stumbled across your profile and decided that you'd be worth following. This is one of the first times I've actually seen you post :)
happinessiseasy
May. 23rd, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
I'd been neglecting it lately :(

But I'm on a kick to start posting more often. I'll friend you as well.
feralparakeet
May. 23rd, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Not that I ever actually post myself, I just let my twitter feed explain what's going on with me. But feel free, and glad to see you posting :)
djinubito
May. 22nd, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Ditto on the Vostro. If you get frustrated with the drive spice and RAM you can always up those later.
happinessiseasy
May. 22nd, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
(comment above applies to you as well). I also don't play games, so keep that in mind.
dontsayroscoe
May. 23rd, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Damn! Laptops have gotten cheap.

I'm actually about to go laptop shopping in a month or so, preferably on the inexpensive side. Any lemons I should stay away from?
happinessiseasy
May. 23rd, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
We had problems with HP quality (screen, fan, optical drive), but other than that, never ever buy a Celeron processor!
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