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Looking For A Laptop For A College Student With Xp On It.

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#1 JoshT


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Posted 09 May 2007 - 10:21 PM

Hi, My older syster is needing a laptop for college, she's going to be a Biology major, and needs to write reports, and do basic online searching for hacks, and cheats for her tests, :thumbsup:. As I search, I only see new computers with windows Vista on them, and I can tell from their specs, no matter how much you strip vista, it is not going to run well at all.

But I'm also needing some advice on whats the most important features for a laptop for a college student. I know DVD-R/RWs are a must, and atleast 1/2 Gig of Ram is important, but what about integrated/non-integrated Video cards, and Wifi capabilities?


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Posted 10 May 2007 - 12:15 AM

From what you describe she needs a about a 1ghz computer with 512MB of RAM with a 20gb hard drive should do. Windows XP or even Windows 2000 Pro. That will run about $200 delivered on eBay. This is all on the assumption that you are looking for a deal.
If not then I would go to Dell or Toshiba and look at what they have on their sites. I have had 4 Toshiba notebooks and in my opinion they are bullet proof. I still have and use a P-II 300 Toshiba 2535CDS that is 8 years old. I still use it several times a week.
If she plans on packing it to class try and find a 12" sub-note and a docking station for the house\dorm. If not look at one of the "Desktop replacements" forms. 17"+ screen, full size keyboard, and does not skimp on the power.
If you go new a DVD is a given, if not save her money and get a USB\Firewire external DVD-RW.

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 07:05 AM

I'd suggest that you check out the Vista laptops at a major retail chain to see how they run. I've been favorably impressed with the one's that I've seen.

Also, FYI, I've installed Vista Ultimate on my older Toshiba M45 laptop. I upgraded the RAM to 1 gB and I tweaked the video display and performance options and it runs like a champ.
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