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I have to buy a new laptop. *wails, because laptops are expensive*

This came as a bit of a surprise, too. The thing is actually mainly for work purposes, so shelling out 3000 to 4000 euros for it hurts. A. Lot.

But! I have no choice anyway, seeing as I need a computer to work and my desktop unit at work is practically dead (and will not be replaced anytime soon despite shedding data like a cat does hairs) and my current laptop seems to be nearing the end of its life as well (curse you, p4! even your mobile version is crap!). So I will bite the bullet, go to the bank, take up a loan and buy the new laptop. And since I have to do it anyway, I will allow myself to be seduced by the shiny.

In this case, the shiny is provided by the Dell Inspiron 9200, whose display (17 sexy inches, yay!) and design seduced me, but which is not quite cutting edge when it comes to its processor (Pentium M Dothan), memory and graphics card. In that respect, the Dell Precision M70 is better (mmmmm, DDR2! Sonoma! 533 FSB!) but it's uglier too, and I'm a slave to the pretty. Besides, it would cost me 1000 euros more that the Inspiron -- can you say expensive? I knew you could. Oh, and the display is only a measly 15.4 inches at that. The nerve!

I would continue to be torn between these two models anyway, but I just found out that there will be a new Inspiron 9300 coming out at the end of February with nearly all the perks I'm salivating ove r in the M70, so I'll wait to see it and if it's only a little more expensive than the previous model I'll just buy it, and proceed to be broke for the rest of my natural life.

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kendokat
Feb. 9th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
Well I just had a birthday in January and had been shopping for a laptop for a 'while'. It can down to the Dell Inspiron 9200 or the Toshiba Qosmio F15. I really wanted a 17" monitor but other considerations weighed my decision. I went for the smaller 15.4 because afterall, aren't laptops suppose to have portability? Actually there were alot of factors that influenced my decision.

I like to research and would spend hours comparing components and reading and going through customizing setups. And found that after you went through Dell's configuration one had just bumped up the price tag by atleast one thousands bucks and that was being conservative trying to get the best features for the money.

I had read it was always better to get a pc, as fully loaded as possible, without all the customizing because it really shoots up the price. So I looked around. (Ohhh I do own a Dell desktop pc and have been relatively happy with the actually product . . . customer service when you have a problem NOT!) But you know I think that is the "industry standard" now a days for computer companies to have really lousy customer support. I read the reviews, and all the companies get lousy ratings in customer service including Dell. It wasn't that way when Dell first started as a company but now . . .

The other problem was there was no place to see a 'hands on' Dell laptop before buying and finally decided against them. What swayed me was a Toshiba Qosmio F-15. Laughs . . . sounds like a fighter jet. I got to see them in a computer store and the Qosmio with the true brite monitor is THE BEST resolution monitor on the market. Yes, better than Dell. The technology they put into this laptop is unbelievable. Course I like a processor with power, speed and lots of ram and found this pc was a better deal than the Dell inspirion for me.

I am including you some links so you can go read and review for yourself. Of course, you may still end up with a Dell but I just thought I would share.

I LOVE my Toshiba Qosmio F-15 . . . have had no problems and have had it one month. It's incredible. ^____^

Course this laptop is really a mutlimedia machine but I am currently not using the tv features of it, but know that underneath the MS Media Center interface . . . is running the Windows XP Professional OS which is what I wanted. It's very cool and I have lots of flexibility to grow with this system. There is the Toshiba Qosmio G-15 (with the 17" monitor), which is a one model step up from what I got . . . here are links for you to look:

here first


here too

Good luck with your search! Let me know how it goes!
technoelfie
Feb. 9th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the infos. :) Actually I already have a Dell notebook (an Inspiron 8200), but I really need another one. I'm afraid the Qosmio F-15 doesn't have enough power for the kind of 3d-programming I do, or the modelling/rendering applications I need.

Basically, I need a laptop that's nearly as good as a desktop computer without being in the danger of overheating through intense use (something my current notebook tends to do). I don't like Dell very much, but they currently seem to offer the best bang for the buck, if you will. The 17'' monitor is more of a survival requirement than anything for me, since I'll be using this computer nearly exclusively for the next 3-4 years.

Portability is just not as important. The Inspiron 9200 is still more portable than my current model -- if I really wanted portability coupled with reasonably good performance I'd have to buy the Samsung M40 or the Apple 17'' Powerbook (which I won't, because, Mac *shudders*).
kendokat
Feb. 9th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
*smiles* Very cool . . . I really hope you get what you want soon. Thanks for referring me to some of the ones that you are looking at. I am such a technology junkie, and understand it has to be pretty too.

I think if I had to do it all over again I would still buy the Toshiba Qosmio, but would have bought the G15 which has the 17 " monitor on it, and a few extra goodies. Sighs . . . but keeping cost down was a factor and the screen on the 15.4 looked very very nice and large. And I really am not porting my laptop around much either. One thing I do love is my new wireless internet connection so I can basically connect most anywhere. I really LIKE that! This is my first laptop . . . so I am still learning.

Look forward to hearing your post about what you finally end up with! ^___~
roark28
Feb. 9th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
LOL I just glanced at your entry and saw the "17 sexy inches" and was like, WTF. A laptop, I see =D
technoelfie
Feb. 9th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
Heee. Yes. Laptops are true objects of lust.
leafy_girl
Feb. 9th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
I have to get a laptop this year for my private work but haven't started looking yet. My sister has a dell and she raves about the service and tech support. She's used it once or twice and says they are brillant and bend over backwards to provide good service when you have a problem.

Haha, this was random but I hope it helped in some small way.
technoelfie
Feb. 11th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
Actually I already have a Dell laptop and I don't trust them one bit -- indeed I hate them from the bottom of my heart. Sadly enough, they still have the best machines for the amount of money I can spend. :)
dreaming_aeryie
Feb. 9th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
I can completely sympathize, since my lucky old laptop started quite precipitously into its golden age last week. My new laptop, while no nearly as amazing as either of the ones you're looking at, is very very nice though. The expense hurt, but the fun of playing with the new is so nice. Sigh. I guess I'm doomed to enjoy my materialistic urges.

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