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Old 18th of February 2007 (Sun)   #1
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Default First time laptop buyer, have ??'s

Im thinking of finally taking the plunge and getting a laptop. But i dont know what to look for. Times like this make me wish i had payed more attention to computers when my father was still around.

What i want is light weight, good amount of memory for picture storage, fast loading,screen atleast 15" big and have wireless internet,
compact flash reader. And can't be a MAC. Im not an apple fan.

I dont really need alot of programs installed in it besides the basic stuff. Windows and office. I'de be installing photoshop into it for picture editing.

I had looked at the laptops at Bestbuy and was surprised by the prices. I'de like to keep it under $1000. Can anyone help me out?
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Old 18th of February 2007 (Sun)   #2
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Well you will be hard pressed to find one for $1000 that has the necessary storage and RAM for photo editing & storage.You may get lucky like me and find a good deal from Dell or one of the other manufacturers,they run them all the time.You mainly want to look for lots of memory, 1gb at least.You also really need a dedicated video card,not shared video memory.This is one of the things that will drive the cost up,especially in a laptop.Of course you need lots of hard drive space to store all those photos,but this isnt as big of a concern.I dont store my pics on my laptop,I bought an external drive to keep all my stuff on for security and to keep the drive space on my laptop free.I bought the Dell e1705 and am quite happy with it,but it is heavy.I would say if you plan to carry it around much go with a 15",my wife's HP 15" is much lighter.


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I recently bought my second Compaq. The first was nipped off an airport transit bus in London. The second is a Presario v3000. IMNHO opinion Dell and Acer also make decent laptops as well as many others.
My research has lead me believe that NONE of them come with a built in CF card reader.
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Look for a unit with DVD reader and CD-R/RW built in (single combined unit). And many/most now have wireless built in.

No laptops I have seen have CF reader, but buying a USB 2.0 reader should only cost $10-30. If you keep your eyes open, you can find units for $500. My daughter came home from college in October and complained about reading her harddrive (unit had acted up before, so I knew it was failing). Since I could not quickly find a compatible replacement drive, I simply bought her a new Compaq laptop for $500 (after rebate) with large screen, DVD/CD-R/RW, and ethernet and wireless built in.
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Default Re: First time laptop buyer, have ??'s

thanks guys for the advice. Not sure if i'll need a whole lot of memory for pics. I dont plan on saving that many. I may just do the external hardrive route. Probably going to need to do that to this computer soon. Way to many pics saved.
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Hi, a good place for deals is tigerdirect.com I purchased my laptop from there for about a $1000. My only regret is that I went with an e-machine, their customer service sucks, but there are other deals on the site.
I love my laptop just not the name brand. M6805 model number
It's a widescreen, has a card reader and I have 15 years of photos on it. Of course 2006 and this years files are the largest but I still have plenty of room on it.
You can also purchase a card reader seperately and they are not too big.
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Im thinking of finally taking the plunge and getting a laptop. But i dont know what to look for. Times like this make me wish i had payed more attention to computers when my father was still around.

What i want is light weight, good amount of memory for picture storage, fast loading,screen atleast 15" big and have wireless internet, compact flash reader. And can't be a MAC. Im not an apple fan.

I dont really need alot of programs installed in it besides the basic stuff. Windows and office. I'de be installing photoshop into it for picture editing.

I had looked at the laptops at Bestbuy and was surprised by the prices. I'de like to keep it under $1000. Can anyone help me out?
If you can afford it, try and find a 17" WUXGA screen... much better for photos. more ram the better. Dell are good, but I think they are also very expensive. If you are on a budget, try and find a place that build to spec, like a 3rd party, over here, this place is really good... http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk I'm sure you can find something similar! good luck!
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Here's one of the gateway's i was looking at. I wish i knew how to link it so it just says "click here" but i dont so here is the bestbuy link.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8224771&type=product&productCate goryId=pcmcat103700050019&id=1166840116923

Toshiba
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8211008&type=product&productCate goryId=pcmcat103700050019&id=1166234894643

HP
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8237918&type=product&productCate goryId=pcmcat103700050019&id=1168043627581
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They all look good. Go with the 15 inch screen. I know that the 17 incher really have terrific displays but it is like carrying around a pizza box
Costco.com will let you customize an HP or Compaq.
I am a little leery of Gateway because they were so near the financial brink and I am not so sure that they have fully recovered.
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I'm also looking into a new laptop. I would like one that is portable. I don't want to lug around a big laptop. How usable are the 12" or 13" laptops? I would do a little photo editing on it, but mostly Internet, Financial, and other similar programs.
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Dual processor, as much RAM as you can possibly afford. External drives are plentiful and cheap. Processors aren't upgradeable really so just but a good one.

But RAM. Ram makes up for the lack of high speed drives in some ways. Get Vista and pop in a 2 gb SD card for some extra RAM/Dick caching .

Get 2 gigs of ram and make sure it has an SD card slot of possible.
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I just bought the new HP with a 15" screen, DVD-r+/- 2GIG DRAM, 120 Gig HD etc. It came standard with Win Vista which really sucks since all my programs (Adobe PS, Premiere Pro, Elements etc) are XP. Turns out that my other Laptop just needed the HD replacaed ! *rolls eyes* so I ordered a 160 gig replacement drive and might have a fast laptop going for a good price. It's less than 12 months oold, 17 inch monitor, blah blah and mainly used for editing both pics and video. I'll let you know.
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dont look for laptops with cf card readers built in, just buy say a sandisk imagemate they are about $20 nd plug in to your USB 2.0 slot very portable
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Check out Sams Club, Toshibia Satelite L505- $499.00 Cannot beat the price anywhere.
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Another thread resurrection from 2007 eh?
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