Miscellaneous laptop discussions forum: Laptop Decisions -- Dell, Compaq/HP, or . . . Dell?

by: Ryan T November 9, 2004 8:12 PM PST

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Laptop Decisions -- Dell, Compaq/HP, or . . . Dell?

by Ryan T - 11/9/04 8:12 PM

Hi there, I'm in the market for a laptop in the next two months, and I'm having something of a dillema. There are too many to choose from.

Right now I'm using a Dell Inspiron 4000 P3-800. It's okay . . . but it just barely runs Visual Studio.NET 2003 and now I have 2005 so I'm ansy for a new mobile system.

I'm torn between a couple of different systems.

Dell 700m
Compaq X1000
HP ZT3000
Dell 600m

My needs:
Powerful Processor/FSB
Light Weight
Battery Life
Good Screen
Wireless

My wants:
Centrino (It encompasses 3 of my 4 needs)
CD-RW
WXGA

So, it seems that all these systems fulfill most of my needs and wants.

What I'm concerned over is, while I'm head-over-heels in love with the 700m, it's so beautiful, it has so many features, and is just darn cool, but I'm concerned about the keyboard and screen size. Am I really going to be squinting that badly at it? The screen is ~12" diagonal WXGA.

So I consider the Compaq X1000 . . . that seems like a nice notebook. I had a Compaq notebook not that long ago, and it was good, but I know nothing of real-life experiences with their new laptops. Does anyone have horror stories?

Same goes for the HP. All these computers have roughly similar pricing and specs, and all are highly rated by Cnet, but I'm looking for some more opinions.

Becuase then there's the 600m. It's the safe bet. Centrino, CDRW, Battery life, b/g wireless, but it doesn't have that sexy wide screen.

So if Dell is better and the small screen of the 700m would really kill my eyes . . . then I'll just go with the 600m . . . what do you all think?

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