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marianne    Posted 01-25-2005 at 09:51:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to buy one for our trip...Would like suggestions as to what kind..thank you..Marianne

Tom in TN    Posted 01-25-2005 at 12:18:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm retired from IBM. I used IBM laptops from about 1992 until I
retired in 2000. They were all great. They were rugged,
reliable, and each one was current with technology.

Having said that, after I retired in 2000, I bought a Compaq
Presario because of the tremendous price difference (at the time,
at least). It too has been very good. I've banged it around a
bunch. I recently had to have the hard drive replaced, but that's
fairly understandable based on how much and how hard I've
used it.

If I've had any difficulty with any of the laptops I've used, it's
been because of the small, somewhat dim monitors. Before you
buy a laptop, I would recommend that you use a similar model
particularly so that you can see how the monitor works for you.

Good luck,

Tom in TN

Scott S.    Posted 01-25-2005 at 11:34:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Finally bought a laptop this fall. Haven't had one since I sold my old Powerbook 150! Bought the Dell Inspiron 1000 for the price; love it for the quality. Course I'm used to working with dinosaurs in my classroom. (Heck, I just upgraded the machine in my classroom to a whoppin 950 mghz machine bought at a swap from the DMV! Fine livin!) I have had great times with the new laptop. The guilt from spending the money is almost gone.

Scott S.

Peanut    Posted 01-25-2005 at 10:14:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kind of a tough question. What do you want to do with it?

If it is for basic computing and internet surfing, a used/refurbished laptop is a good choice. You can buy them at huge discounts from Dell, HP, IBM, etc. Just make sure it comes with a warranty. Price range $300-$1000 depending on the extras you want on it.

If you want a new one, look at Dell, HP/Compaq, Toshiba, IBM, and Gateway. Personally I prefer Dell. But the inside parts are virtually the same between all the big manufacturers with a few exceptions. Gateway used to be known for charging customers for Intel processors and then shipping the generic processors in the laptop. You'd never know it unless you opened your laptop internals or poked around at the setup menus and discovered you did not have Intel. I am not thrilled with Gateway for many reasons but some people really like them for the price.

If I were to rate the ones I listed for quality:
1) Dell & HP/Compaq
2) Toshiba
3) IBM
4) Gateway

Rate them for price:
1) Gateway
2) Dell
3) HP/Compaq & Toshiba
4) IBM

1) Dell, HP/Compaq, Toshiba
2) Gateway

Price range $800-1800 depending on the extras you want to add.

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