Posted 23 May 2007 - 11:52 PM
Hi all. I'm sorry if this is a silly question, but I am woefully inept when it comes to computers. I'm a college student who is buying a notebook for an upcoming semester I'll spend in DC. This will be my primary/only computer during that time and I want to make sure I'll get something I won't crash/break/throw out my window in frustration (Trust me, if its bad and it's possible it will happen to me--I've had people suggest that my desktop and I go into marital counseling). I've read all the reviews I could come across and asked all my tech savy friends, and I'm now down to two options and was wondering if any of you fine, knowledgeable people have a preference.
The First Contestant:
A Gateway MT3707 with a 14.1" screen, 1.6GHz Pentium Dual-Core T2060 with 533MHz frontside bus, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB on the hard drive, ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M graphics with up to 256MB HyperMemory, Vista Home Premium, double layer DVD±RW/CD-RW, some USB ports, a PCMCIA Slot but no Firewire port and all that extra jazz they load onto 'em.
The Second Contender:
An HP dv6000z with a 15.4 inch screen, 1.80GHz/512KB Mobile AMD Sempron 3500+, 1GB RAm, 120 GB hard drive, NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 6150, Vista Home Basic, double layer DVD±RW/CD-RW, some USB ports, a Firewire port but no PCMCIA slot, some other slots/ports/holes to collect dust, a webcam and microphone, and even more bloatware than the first.
I've been told that HP is a better computer maker, but my desktop is an HP and . . . well, we won't get into that. After rebates, student discounts, tax and shipping there's about a $20 difference between the two (the HP being more) so I'm not really concerned about the price differential. I really just want a basic computer for word processing (lots of this) and the internet. I do have a rather large music collection to store and wouldn't mind watching a DVD now and again. I don't really game or edit film or anything, so I don't need a souped-up contraption with so many bells and whistles it looks like it could facilitate time travel. Any advice as to which to choose?
Anyway, sorry this was so long winded and thanks for your time and two cents.