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Thread: Need to help the parental units find a good laptop!

  1. #1
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    Question Need to help the parental units find a good laptop!

    I'm having enough trouble with my own computer and now they're asking for my advice on what kind of laptop to get ... ha ! That's where you all come in ... what's the good word on these critters?
    I know they'll need these minimum requirements:
    128mg RAM
    CD-rom drive
    (or would a dvd drive be better?) you can run CDroms on a dvd drive can't
    you?
    3 1/2 floppy drive
    decent Sound & graphics cards
    56k data/fax/voice modem
    Decent size screen (they're in their 60's ya know)
    Hmm, what else .. oh yea, I'd like to get the old man into playing some games, so a game port would be helpful as well as usb ports too
    and oh, Win98SE
    I think that's about it(?)
    In advance, I appreciate any and all recommendations!

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    I hear a lot of good things about IBM Thinkpads, Dell Inspirons and even some Toshibas. Take into consideration battery options, warranty, service and support as well. Heard that sometimes homeowners insurance is a better deal than paying for additional warranty. Display is prob the most critical though...stay away from HPA and stick to Active matrix. Upgrade capabilities may be a consideration as well. On the topic...it doesn't seem like we get too many laptop tech-types in this forum...maybe you could become our resident expert Ciao!

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    Jerry

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    Hey yeah, what Bassvax said. Considering what my company usually buys, and the fact that I never hear any complaints, my first choice would be the IBM Thinkpad followed by Toshiba. I have no personal or otherwise experience with Dell's laptops or notebooks, but they are a good company and should be, IMHO, up there in the top three to five choices.

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    Hey, I just ran across a little blurb from Consumer Reports that recommends either of these laptops as rated excellent overall.

    IBM ThinkPad i1480 ($2,099)

    Sony Vaio PCG-F360 ($2,399)

    Happy shopping!

    Cheers,

    BB 66
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    Effort & Courage are not enough without Purpose and Direction.

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