Hey all. Sorry if this isn't the right category, I wasn't sure which forum would be a good place for this question.
I'm going back to school at the beginning of September, and I need to have my own computer this time around. I'm thinking about a laptop. I do a lot of things with web design and photo manipulation, drive my hard drive crazy by saving...everything, like rpg/sandbox games, and would mainly be using the internet and applications related to school. I need a laptop because I get stuck places for hours on end (no car
) and will finally be able to do something useful while I'm there if I have a laptop and wireless connection.
The computer I'm looking at is a "HP Pavilion dv5220us Notebook" at CompUSA. It has a 15.4" widescreen, Intel Core Duo T2050 1.6GHz, Windows XP Media Center, 1 GB DDR2-SDRAM, 120 GB Hard drive, and a Lightscribe DVD+RW Drive. It's usually $1049.99, currently advertised until Saturday at $849.99 after $200 in rebates, and I have $155 coupon to spend at CompUSA, making it $694.99. Is this a good deal? A good computer? There's a dv5234 model as well, same specs but an Intel T2300E 1.66 GHz, 1.5 GB DDR2-SDRAM, and XP Professional, for 1049.99 after rebates. Would this be worth the extra $$$? I want a laptop that will last me a few years. I was also thinking about the $1k Toshiba convertable tablet PC they had there (thinking: free wacom tablet yay!) but the demo I saw didn't impress me that much. Anyone have experience with these?
Does a TV tuner mean you can watch TV channels on your computer? Are there any questions I should be asking to make sure the wireless internet is compatable with my schools? What parts can be upgraded later and which parts are you really paying for?
Thanks so much!