# A laptop for the guy that doesn't really know if he needs a laptop

1. Dec 14, 2005

### Pengwuino

So i need a laptop! buuuuuut i dunno what kind i should get (or more realistically, ask for for christmas :P). Since im going ot ask for it as a christmas gift (something odd about your parents asking for a christmas list when you're practically allowed to buy alchohol...), I don't want it to be too expensive and i want it to be... usable :P. I'd love one with tv-in/out, windows xp pro, and 802.11g... no use for games really... I just want one to do work at different places and use it as a diagnosing tool for fixing other peopels computers plus using it as a kinda media player so that i can watch videos on my tv without having to take up my PC :P

So basically... i want one with a few open USB ports, ethernet, 802.11g, tv-in/out, xp pro.... the rest i don't care about :) Any suggestions? :)

2. Dec 14, 2005

### dduardo

Staff Emeritus
Are you sure you don't want an ibook or powerbook? If you want a windows laptop I suggest IBM.

3. Dec 14, 2005

### Pengwuino

I'm not gonna be seen hauling around a mac :P and i dont want to have to know how to use 2 os's :)

Which one of those IBM's would fit my specs :)

Last edited: Dec 14, 2005
4. Dec 15, 2005

### The_Professional

Depends on what your budget is, and how heavy you want to go. Usually the heavier, the cheaper it is. If you'll carry it around "coffeshops" or anywhere to look cool - then I'd go for the 3 pounder. That's only for the IBM. Dell is $200-300 less, and their lightest is 4 pounds. IBM will set you about$1,800-$2,000-$2,100

5. Dec 15, 2005

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
Are you kidding? When people see me with my Mac, all they can say is how much they like the way it looks. The only complaint I have about my Mac laptop is that they haven't done any better than the PC manufacturers at creating a fingernail-proof keyboard. Nobody can borrow my computer who can't touch-type, because half the letters are scratched off the keys from the way I type. I'm really rough on keyboards and have done the same thing to every computer I've ever owned. If I could do-over my purchase, I'd get the 14 inch instead of the 12 inch PowerBook, because I learned that the 14-inch one comes with a keyboard that is easily replaced by the user, but the 12-inch one doesn't. :grumpy:

Lazy! :tongue: There's lots of folks here learning to use Mac OS, so you'd have quite a support group to help.

Of all the PC laptops, I agree that I like the IBMs I've seen best. They seem a bit more portable than those clunky, fragile other brands. I don't know anything about the different models they offer though.

6. Dec 15, 2005

### Pengwuino

Well im pretty big so weight wont be an issue and I don't think my laptop will be a match for my calculus and physics books :P I don't really know what my budget is because itd be a christmas gift :P My parents have to ask me what i want or else they dont know what to get me supposedly haha. With that in mind, i dont want to ask for something too expensive :(

7. Dec 15, 2005

### The_Professional

Come on, you know you do. 10 letters: IBM X Series

8. Dec 15, 2005

### Pengwuino

Aren't the X-series servers ....

9. Dec 15, 2005

### Anttech

Dell D610...

No where near as expensive as an IBM but with good build quality, and you can have very decent specs..

10. Dec 15, 2005

### dduardo

Staff Emeritus
Lol, why don't you just carry around a 1U blade server. Sure it won't have a LCD screen, but you'll know you have the fastest machine in town.

Also, Apple's are definitely attention grabbers. I look at a PC and i'm just disgusted by their usually cheap construction. Apple on the other hand are very esthetically pleasing.

11. Dec 15, 2005

### Anttech

Bah... personal preference... lots of pc's look good...

12. Dec 15, 2005

### franznietzsche

Personally built ones perhaps. Certainly not from Dell.

13. Dec 15, 2005