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top 3 laptops?

Postby emzster » Sun, 25 Jun 2006 11:58 am

would anyone happen to know which are the top 3 laptops in the market at the moment??

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Postby Bremen » Sun, 25 Jun 2006 2:17 pm

That's hard to say... What category are you looking for? Thin and light? mid-size? DTR?

And by top 3, do you mean performance, price, sales, reliability, what??

Please be more specific.
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Postby emzster » Sun, 25 Jun 2006 2:56 pm

Looking for something that's:

-lightweight

-long battery life

-good for media applications/programs

-hard drive capacity at least 80GB

-added features not really necessary (such as remote control and media player buttons) but would be nice.

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Postby Bremen » Sun, 25 Jun 2006 5:37 pm

Well, in that category, you're looking at Sony, IBM/Lenovo and Toshiba. Acer is good too.
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Postby hibri2 » Fri, 30 Jun 2006 12:05 pm

emzster wrote:Looking for something that's:

-lightweight

-long battery life

-good for media applications/programs

-hard drive capacity at least 80GB

-added features not really necessary (such as remote control and media player buttons) but would be nice.



Hello there,

after checking and comparing for almost 3 months i decided to take an Acer TM3K, basically is a:

affordable, lightweight, good battery life and linux friendly laptop

be aware that lightweight and multimedia is sometimes not compatible (lightweight means small screen). i will recommend to look for a category like: desktop replacement, mobile, gaming, etc, and compare based on that.

anyway, check this website for some comparisons:

http://www.vgcomputing.com.au/notebookcompare.html
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Postby DimWit Kid » Tue, 04 Jul 2006 11:54 am

Vaio is good but imho overpriced. Fujitsu Lifebook would be one choice (of course vaio or lifebook is in the higher price range compared to the likes of acer or dell).

Lenovo.. I don't know, it's sturdy, but from my experience with its IBM-past, the lifespan is short (I used T-series) - something like 2 years and it started giving off various problems - usually begins with the harddisk and then end up with mobo crash.

Another option for multimedia laptop - go for macbook :)

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Postby Bremen » Tue, 04 Jul 2006 12:38 pm

DimWit Kid wrote:Another option for multimedia laptop - go for macbook :)


Better wait for all the lawsuits against apple to settle first. Poor quality all around, overheating macbooks, loud fans, etc. Just because it's Apple doesn't mean it's good, that it performs well or that it's high-quality. The only guarantee you have is that it'll be expensive and make you look like a wanna-be snob in the coffeeshops. But even mac-heads drool at the sight of an acer ferrari.


Fujitsu: Look great, but fragile.

I'd still recommend Acer as the best balance.
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Postby Plavt » Tue, 04 Jul 2006 4:30 pm

DimWit Kid wrote:Vaio is good but imho overpriced. Fujitsu Lifebook would be one choice (of course vaio or lifebook is in the higher price range compared to the likes of acer or dell).



I agree Sony cost a fortune but I do like the sturdy case. Perhaps one other option might be Toshiba who have started selling Laptops in the UK for around £500 - a good deal less than not so long ago when the average price here was around £2000.

However, I do not know what the quality is like or their support service or how active a market they have, if any in singapore.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 04 Jul 2006 10:55 pm

Well, weight be damned, but I kinda like my Dell Inspiron 9300 (not the newer dualcore but only because it wasn't out when I bought the 9300. This is a full fledged desktop replacement using a 2.0 ghz processer, 80GIG HDD, 1 GIG Ram, dual layer combo rw DVD-CD recorder, plenty of usb ports, SD card slot. All, complete with the big 3n year int'l warrenty package (not the 1 year crap). Yes, I don't tote it down to starbucks, but I do tote it to the US when I go back to the farm and it does a very admirable job as a desktop replacement with the 17" widescreen.

If I want light weight with minimal access and squinty eyed surfing I take my Dopod 900 which is pretty cool as well. Both of them are bluetooth enabled and wireless hookup to my network is a quick breeze.

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Postby srikrishnak » Wed, 05 Jul 2006 9:13 pm

Acer or IBM/Lenova. But beware of Lenova support. It really sucks now a days. One funny experience I'd was during this year Chinese NY. ( Jan2006). I'd a faulty power cord, and when I called the cust care for replacement they told me to wait for 3 weeks. Reason , in China it's holiday.

Other than Support, I still put by bucks on IBM/Lenova. Solid performance, Moderate batter life, quite sturdy, and affordable.

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Postby shuriken » Thu, 06 Jul 2006 10:47 am

I'm planning to buy a desktop replacement laptop this year
and after months of research, it came down to 3 choices:

- Fujitsu N6220
- Toshiba Satellite A100
- Toshiba Qosmio G20

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The feature i really wanted for a desktop replacement was a
17" inch screen. I want a lot of space for my work area/palettes
when i use my applications such as Photoshop.
Moreover, i need easy access to audio and video sockets for
my video/dvd editing.

At first, i was intrigued by the Toshiba Qosmio G20.
it had everything i wanted but Alas,
it was expensive inspite of it's good looks
and muscle power.

Since i was concerned about the price, i opted for the Satellite
A100
. It didn't have the 17" screen i was looking for, but it was affordable.
it also has a dual bulb monitor for clearer and sharper display.

The downside with Toshiba notebooks is that
you can't disable the touch pad if you opt for a mouse and
they dont have a separate numerical pad like you would on
a typical keyboard.. which is very helpful when dealing with
coordinates and frame rate / visual effects settings.

When i stumbled on the Fujitsu N6220, i was very impressed.
not only did it come with the 17" screen that i wanted, you can disable
the touch pad, it had it's own numerical keypad, and it had
easy-access audio/video and firewire jocks. best of all, the specs
and muscle power of the Fujitsu N6220 was almost the same with
that of the much more expensive Toshiba Qosmio G20!!

based on experience, its these small functional features like the
disable option on the touch pad and the numerical keypad that
matters the most rather than just hardware muscle.

The Fujitsu N6220 came out on top!
problem solved.

Desktop replacements are not meant to be carried around since
they weigh close to 9lbs but if it can't be helped, it's best if you
get a backpack for your laptop to put even weight on
both of your shoulders rather than a sling bag.
You dont want to have one shoulder slightly higher than the
other in the long run.


I hope you found this useful.
cheers! :mrgreen:

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Postby riversandlakes » Thu, 13 Jul 2006 2:08 pm

Value for money is definitely DELL or Acer...

If money is no matter...
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But the world is full of fluffier ones.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 13 Jul 2006 9:57 pm

riversandlakes wrote:Value for money is definitely DELL or Acer...

If money is no matter...


R&L, aren't you using a Dell 9300 or 9350 as well? Seem to remember that cropping up somewhere before. How do you like it.

I did break down and by a USB numerical keypad because I use spreadsheets all day long (Finance Manager) works a beaut.

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Postby petronas » Tue, 18 Jul 2006 12:40 pm

i'd suggest Acer..its pretty worthy for the price.. and its design is not tat bad.. has a camera too!

vaio's pretty overpriced imho...

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Postby Charlatan » Wed, 19 Jul 2006 8:14 am

I've been very happy with all the Dell laptops I've had. For size (small) my Inspiron 700m was awesome. I used to take it everywhere with me (EVERYWHERE). Power, price, speed, small.

I believe the current model of this type of laptop is the 640m... I just saw a special for them at $899 (canadian).


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