View Full Version : Advice on Buying New Laptop

08-15-2002, 11:04 AM
If you were buying a new laptop what would you get and what brand do you think is the best?

08-15-2002, 07:51 PM
Depends on how I want to use it. At work I have a Dell laptop with a small screen. Since I can usually hook it up to a keyboard and sometimes to a monitor, it works really well. If it was my primary system, I would want something with a larger screen and more expandibility, probably through a docking station. The laptop computers that I have consistently heard the best buzz about are Toshiba.


08-15-2002, 08:17 PM
Click on picture for great computers and top notch support :) :D

http://www.dell.com/images/us/segments/dhs/prodviews/inspn_2650_series.jpg (http://www.dell.com/us/en/dhs/products/series_inspn_notebooks.htm)

08-15-2002, 08:51 PM
I just bought a Toshiba 2400/2405. Click HERE (http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/pc/pc_prodDetail.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1673349449.1029 455153@@@@&BV_EngineID=eadcelghgfjjbfekcghcfmfdgll.0&comm=CS&plin=Portable%20Computers&pfam=Satellite&poid=211613&Adoid=209458) to see more.

I've been a happy camper so far. :)

08-15-2002, 09:25 PM
HeHe...Yes- Toshibas' are cool too!
Almost put a link to your laptop thread Steve, but figured we didn't want to bore Stepchild too much! :D
(Besides, Stepchild is probably not looking for bears, just a laptop) :rolleyes:

08-15-2002, 09:39 PM
Did I mention bears?

08-15-2002, 10:57 PM
Thanks for the input. And I have read about the bears. Very interesting thread. Do you know who makes the HD's in both Dell and Toshiba? And are they shock proof. I was told by a local company that Dell and Toshiba HD's were not shock proof. He was banging their laptops and showing me how everything still worked. Not sure I would do that with my own.

08-15-2002, 11:18 PM
Shock-proof? I don't know. I think you will get the appropriate HDD as long as you stick with a major brand. But be gentle with these things. It is a computer after all.

And WHAT thread about bears!!?? Geeze....:rolleyes:

08-16-2002, 07:15 PM

If you don't mind could you tell us what model you purchased.

08-16-2002, 07:23 PM
Hi again stepchild-
I think the local dealer that was "banging on his laptop to show you how everything still worked", was maybe banged in the head a few too many times.
Oh, and Steve has his model and link about 6 posts above this one. :D

08-16-2002, 07:30 PM
Hi stepchild,

HERE (http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/pc/pc_prodDetail.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1673349449.1029 455153@@@@&BV_EngineID=eadcelghgfjjbfekcghcfmfdgll.0&comm=CS&plin=Portable%20Computers&pfam=Satellite&poid=211613&Adoid=209458) is the link. It is at the bottom of the page. Model 2405-S201.

I've been on the road all week. It has served me fine so far. The more I use it, the more I like it. :)

08-16-2002, 07:31 PM

I think you're right on with the dealer. On Steve's link it shows several models. Was just wondering which he got. What do you think about the 5101-S501?

08-16-2002, 07:33 PM

We must have send updates at same time. Thanks for info. Did you look at 5105-S501? If so what do you think?

08-16-2002, 07:40 PM
WOW guy, what's not to like? :)

08-17-2002, 10:02 AM

Does the bottom of your laptop get hot. I've heard they do and for that reason you can't or don't want to sit them on your lap. Or is getting hot just related to certain brands or defected ones?

08-17-2002, 10:10 AM
Yes. The bottom of mine gets hot. I haven't been using it in my lap, so I don't really know if it gets to hot to be comfortable. I have been putting it on a table or a desk while using it. :)

08-17-2002, 01:28 PM
I use my laptop on the desk usually, but I notice that it does get pretty hot when I pick it up to put it away. However, it hasn't ever seemed to be intolerably hot. There are lap desks you can get to make it easier to use them.


08-18-2002, 02:27 AM
If you're interested in gaming at all or need processing power etc, there are some laptops that can beat out high end desktops...

Top contenders are:
Dell Inspiron 8200, Toshiba Satellite 5105-S701, Alienware 51-M

Check those ones out. I know the Dell and Toshiba have been mentioned already, but Alienware also makes a good laptop. Runs a little hot cause they actually use a desktop cpu. (2.4 ghz is the max currently I believe) Go with the Geforce4 440 GO if you're looking for gaming/video performance. Should be the same price as the Toshiba and less than the Dell. Little heavier tho... 9.94 pounds to Dell's 8.22 and Toshiba's 7.26.

Alienware website is www.alienware.com

08-18-2002, 10:56 PM
I like Toshiba and Acer. Ever since Acer purchased Texas Instruments and their laptop technology their laptops are really excellent. I have sold five or six in the last year with NO problems on any of them. I have a Low end TI-210 and it's been a flawless performer. It's pretty speedy on line for a Celeron 700 and it works great on my 7 node LANtastic network. I've also shlepped it around to clients and had it on peer to peer networks and NT domains all without a problem.

What are you doing with the laptop? Is it for travel or are you using it as a desktop let's say in college dorm room?

What software do you need to run???

Are you gaming??

Do you need CD-RW???

Are you networked????

Do you need a docking station.

I really like Toshiba alot, but you have to get used to the pencil eraser like pointing device.....

Also, if you are going to drag this around, you will need a great case.

Look here for cases: (http://www.port.com/)

08-18-2002, 11:20 PM
Thanks for the link, classicsoftware. The case they sold me at CC didn't fit. I had to return it and I'm looking for a new one. :)

08-19-2002, 12:33 AM
I want to pass on my thanks to all those that provided info and advice. I purchased a Toshiba 5101-S501. So far it has been great. Haven't been on the net, until now, as I'm learning how to use it. In responce to classicsoftware I will be using it as a desk top and while traveling. I'll be using it for image and video processing, office type programs, surfing the net and GPS. Just to name a few. Thanks for the link on cases. You spend a fortune for a laptop then another fortune for accessories.


08-19-2002, 07:28 PM
Congratulations stepchild, looks like a real good machine. :)

08-19-2002, 07:34 PM
Thanks Steve. So far so good. Just trying to learn all about it.

08-19-2002, 11:55 PM
I hope your model has an optional docking station. If it does, you can easily hook up a monitor keyboard and mouse at the office and have a regular setup.

and remember what the old philosopher said:

There are only two kinds of computer users; those that have experienced hard disk failure and those that are going to, SO BACKUP YOUR DATA!!!

p.s. enjoy the laptop, I know I love mine

08-19-2002, 11:58 PM

Thanks for the info and I have learned the hard way. Hopefully it only takes once.