flybywire wrote:Firstly, what is your budget? Secondly, what will you be using the laptop for? For example, will you be using it at home or at work?
Spyder22446688 wrote:I'd go with the Dell 600m series. They're pretty decently priced. Weighs under 5lbs, even with dual batteries installed. Drop that to around 4lbs with only a single battery. 7 hour battery life with dual batteries. Very solid and full-featured performance. And even though I wouldn't buy a Dell desktop, I would buy a Dell laptop for the warranty and support.
Usacomp2k3 wrote:Spyder22446688 wrote:I'd go with the Dell 600m series....
....agree....w/ centrino and gigabit ethernet...they are the way to go
I have the 8500 which is the big brother to the d600 line....
....don't get one that has a p4 processor....if you want power, go a64...if you want to save the heat/weight/battery, go Pentium M..I personally wouldn't go anywhere in between
JustAnEngineer wrote:The quality of Dell's support has plummeted since they outsourced it to India.
It depends. Some things, like hard disks and memory, you can usually upgrade yourself. Some caveats: some laptops have one bank of memory soldered in, and you can only upgrade the other bank (this is often the case with the ultralight laptops). A few mfrs used proprietary connectors on their hard drives, though I haven't seen that lately. It's easier to get inside some laptops than others, and doing so may void your warranty. Again, the ultralights tend to be much tougher to work with than DTRs or mainstream lappies. The WiFi may be on a mini-PCI card so it's sometimes possible to replace that if you can find a compatible model (generally only from the mfr or from another broken laptop).zapgirl wrote:if i wanted to change any hardware inside the laptop is it advice to go to the vendor instead of the normal computer shop even through they are so confidence they able to fix anything....i dont know...i never have fix a laptop before
Well, there are several brands you can buy but laptop memory is packaged somewhat differently from desktop memory and are not interchangable. Most use what are called SODIMMs, which are different and (of course) somewhat more expensive than the regular DIMMs found in desktops. But a google on "laptop memory" or a search at your favorite online retailer will show you that there's plenty of memory available, so you don't have to go back to the mfr.zapgirl wrote:so, let just say i wanted to upgrade my RAM in future...do i have send back my laptop back to the mfr?
i can simply buy any brand RAM?
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