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opinions needed - Buy a new laptop or upgrade current one????


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#1 zarraza

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:02 PM

I have a Dell Vostro 1000 that I paid less than $400 for - it came with vista home - it now has XP PRO (I have a technet subscription that allows me use of their software so OS isn't a factor in this decision)

I am in desperate need of a new battery - a full charge lasts less than an hour now
off brand batteries are around $60 for a 9 cell and well over $100 for a genuine Dell
it has 120GB SATA drive and 2.5GB of RAM - other than that, there is really nothing wrong with it - it still runs off the cord - and like i said, it runs for about an hour on battery (which for business use "in the field" is not acceptable)

My dilemna is - do I spring for a new battery and possibly a larger hard drive - for lets say just about $200?
or spend just a few dollars more and buy something like a Dell Mini 9? or an Asus EEE Pc?

are the netbooks upgradeable (and easily at that?) mine would HAVE to have an actual hard drive - the SSDs are too small right now and way too expensive!
would I be able to bump it up to 2GB easily? or maybe even 4GB (64 bit O/S is definitely an option - especially if I could use that much RAM and virtual machines for compatibility issues!)

hook me up with your thoughts on this issue please

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 02:54 PM

I'm anti-laptop :blink: and do not have one.

But...if a choice has to be made re repair/upgrading one versus a new one...I think warranty considerations have to come to the forefront.

Most laptop users don't have the capability of repairing them...so some provision for warranty coverage is important. The ease of repair and troubleshooting that prevail on a desktop...are lost when using a laptop.

To assume that it will work perfectly for whatever length of time used/owned...is somewhat irrational.

In short, if the one you have is under warranty/repair provisions of some sort...I suggest positively letting the dollars decide.

If not, then get a new product with components and contingencies which are covered for at least a year.

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