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    Buying a wireless Laptop

    I am looking forward to buy a top of the line wireless laptop with a lot of memory of RAM and can take a wireless card like that you slide in the laptop to use when you need to use the internet. I have a 298 GB Vista at home that I use mostly, the laptop will be used when I go on long trips. I read that Apple is the best according to Consumer's Reports. I'd rather hear your opinions before I buy one soon. Would you prefer the wireless service provider or the wireless card that you buy and renew after its contents are used up? I like to be able to burn a CD in the laptop and whatever is necessary to have in a laptop. I never had a laptop before and do not know anything about them. Thanks
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    Re: Buying a wireless Laptop

    HI Mark and welcome to the Lounge.

    First, I think this topic would probably be better in Hardware, not Lounge Matters.

    Having said this, do you want to subscribe to an ISP or be able to access any WIFI ?

    Personally, I like notebooks with built in Wireless access that can access the wireless signals from my home router, or public ones when I travel. You can Google Free Wireless Links to get a listing all over the US. There are also paid WIFI ay many airports, fast food restraunts, etc.

    I have a cousin who prefers to access the internet with his Cell Phone company and purchased a WIFI Card specific to his ISP. The access is fairly good where ever he goes, but he pays a monthly fee, transfer fee's exceeding his monthly allotment (every website you access you download and upload information in bytes - transfer). Your option depends on need and how much you want to pay.

    I currently use an eMachines and a Dell. They a comparable to each other ~2GHz, 1G Memory, 80GB HDD (eMachines) - 120GB HDD (Dell), built in wireless, NIC, USB, and on the Dell SATA connectors. OS is XP Home on the eMachines and XP Pro on the Dell.

    NOTE: eMachines is basicaly the "Home" machine while the Dell is the Work machine. If you want to use Vista, make sure the notebook can handle the requirements. You can Google vista requirements scan for more information.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Buying a wireless Laptop

    <hr>I am looking to buy a wireless laptop [which] can take a wireless card like that you slide in the laptop to use when you need to use the internet.(slightly edited)<hr>
    Note that this add-in wireless card hasn't been needed for several years, because (almost?) all laptops have a built-in wireless 'card', which is actually part of the motherboard! You just need to check for the magic word 'wireless' or 'IEEE802.11g' (or very similar) somewhere in the specs.
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    Re: Buying a wireless Laptop

    Thanks for the response. I am leaning on a different source of wireless provider instead of RoadRunner who is my desktop service provider as well as my telephone and TV cable. I called them and they do not provide that service., only for in the home wireless. I want to be able to use out of the home wireless as far away as I can travel in the USA. I do not know much about wireless.
    verizon and Sprint also provide those services.
    Mark

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    Re: Buying a wireless Laptop

    You can search for <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> Wi-Fi spots in the US and the rest of the world here or read how to setup a Windows laptop to connect wirelessly here. HTH
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    Re: Buying a wireless Laptop

    (Edited by HansV to correct link

    I just bought an Acer laptop http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/126336.

    Not top of the range but for the price I thought the spec was pretty good. I've yet to try out it's wireless capabilities.

    Ken

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    Re: Buying a wireless Laptop

    Dell are doing some good deals on their Vostro range. You can get the following spec:

    Vostro 1000
    AMD® Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL60
    Genuine Windows Vista® Business - English
    OR
    Genuine Windows XP Professional
    2048MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
    120GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
    ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 HyperMemory (integrated)
    Microsoft Works 8.0 - English
    Dell Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini-Card - Europe
    56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK
    4 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (29 Whr)
    Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
    15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display

    £386.00 inc delivery and VAT

    There are other upgrades to better capacity batteries, etc.

    OR


    Ispiron 6400
    Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core T2080 Processor (1.73GHz,533MHz,1MB L2 cache)
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic - English
    1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
    No Accidental Damage Support
    15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display with TrueLife™
    1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x512]
    80GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
    Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory
    Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
    6 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (53 Whr)
    No Floppy Drive

    £399 inc VAT and delivery
    Best Regards,

    Luke

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    Re: Buying a wireless Laptop

    We like the Sony VAIO type. We now have each had 3 different ones. WE out grow them, no problems and the price is competitive.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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