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| "New laptop advice...." , posted Sun 10 Jul 02:31|
So, my Sony Viao laptop died on me a few weeks ago. I've decided to get a new laptop. Here is what it's come down to:
Choice 1 -
* IBM Thinkpad R52
*Pentium M 740 1.7GHz
*512 MB PC2-4200 (533 MHz) RAM
*2MB L2 Cache
*XP Pro pre-installed
*ATI Mobility Radeon X300 (64MB)
*Wireless 802.11 a/b/g (Centrino)
*Weighs 5.8 lbs
*3 yr. warrenty (all hardware)
Total damage = $1,429
Choice 2 -
*Apple iBook (12" display)
*1.2 GHz PowerPC G4
*512 MB RAM
*512K L2 Cache
*ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
*32MB DDR video memory
*3 yr. warrenty
Total damage = $1,266 (and I get a "free" iPod mini, after rebate. I already have a 20 GB one, so this is no biggie to me)
Both prices are with the education discount I would be getting.
I am *not* 100% opposed to getting the Mac, but given I have 1 yr. of Grad. school left, I am slightly more comfortable w/ getting the IBM, since it's more familiar to me and I know the support both on campus and from the vendor will be good. I really want a lightweight, good battery life laptop, as the Sony was more of a desktop replacement that weighed over 8 lbs and had underwhelming battery life.
I should add, w/ the IBM, if I added a 60GB HD, it ups the price by $100 (but I burn lots to CD, so a bigger HD isn't as critical to me).
I'm just tossing this out there for any comments people may have in using either of these prodcuts/brands.
I am growing somewhat tired of being so dependent on Windows based machines, and feel the Mac is a nice option. I have heard grumblings of Apple's quality declining recently though.
| "Re(2):New laptop advice...." , posted Tue 12 Jul 06:39|
Thanks so far for the comments.
I do not plan on using the new machine for any sort of video/photo/music editing. I simply use it for school (paper writing), email, Net browsing, burning CD's, watching some flicks (etither DL'ed or on DVD) and other misc. tasks. I do not play computer games at all (I'm console-based all the way!)
I am not looking at ANYTHING but these two machines I listed. I've heard so many mixed stories about Dell/HP/Toshiba/etc. that I just cut them right out. It has been extremely rare for me to hear anything negative about the IBM or iBook, hence my paring down of choices. Plus, with some of the other brands, I can not get my education discount or I can not configure them in a way that I want, and still get the educational discount.
I'll be buying one of these within the next week or two.
I will not be fixing my Viao because the Motherboard got cooked and died =( It's at least $500 to fix, so it's not worth it...
The "free" iPod mini is a promotion that Apple is running now until September w/ their educational vendors to get college kids to buy more Apple stuff =P
Thanks again - cheers!