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#1 funkysi

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 03:24 PM

Am looking to buy a laptop to surf and download music and video effectively using wireless connectivity

Would need a lot of space for music and photos (50gb and up,) and would also like a high speed CD Burner/Read Writer.
Lots of USB slots too + a serial port
Suggestions? Not averse to a used lap top. Like Dell. Or a custom spec machine. I have a Dell Dimension 3000 at home. Assume that I need a big hard drive, good wireless hardware, reasonable memory. I have No interest in games. Budget up to $750.

Should I just go to a big retailer and tell them my requirements?

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 08:24 PM

I can suggest a very good laptop. The Inspiron E1505 is good, i have the M630 Inspiron which is very similar and now the E1505 has a Core Duo CPu now and starts with 512mb and HDD ranges from 40-120gb.

It has built in wireless connection and handles powerful apps such as photoshop and Intervideo WinDVD very well and also a 8x DVD/CD Burner (DVD+/-RW). This is a fairly light laptop, not heavy.

What i like is the very very good battery power, At full charge with light usage and simple tasks can get 5-6 hours and with RAM heavy applications like Photoshop or Video editing or Football Manager (game) can easily get 2 -3 hours in my experience in using this range.

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Posted 29 August 2006 - 12:41 PM

Another idea is to purchase a used laptop. Then purchase a large external hard drive for your music files, or just purchase a large hard drive for the laptop. I think you will find most used laptops have 20 or 30 GB hard drives, too small for your uses, but a new hard drive is not that expensive.

You probably are not going to get lots of USB ports in a laptop, but you can always use a USB hub to get more USB devices hooked up to your laptop.
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Posted 29 August 2006 - 11:50 PM

I'd suggest going to a large retailer and trying them out first. For example, I'm just fine with my Toshiba laptop - but the wife can't stand the keyboard. So we got her an HP with a larger keyboard.

Once you find one that feels right, then you can shop around for a deal on one with the specs that you want.
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