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    Re: Narrowing down the laptop search

    These are my personal opinions, and not those of Woody's Lounge, Woody, the admins, the mods, or anybody else for that matter.

    I've used IBM and Lenovo thinkpads at work (both personal use, and support work), and at home since 2001. I've also personally owned a Dell SmartStep notebook, and a Lenovo Z60m.

    In my opinion, the thinkpads are better built, and better supported. We use Windows 2000 and WindowsXP at the office on the thinkpads. If it blue screens, it's more often than not, a 3rd party software application. When I ran WindowsXP on my Dell, it ran okay, but was slow (only 256 MB of RAM, but it was a full fledge Pentium IV 2 GHz processor).

    I've run various distributions of Linux on my personal computers for the last 4 years now, and I am very happy with the lack of issues with the hardware support. Sure there was a hang up or two with each of them, but I was able to resolve it.

    One thing I'm unsure of with the warranty support now (I no longer support PCs... I just use them), IBM service techs performed on-site warranty work for Dell in Canada a few years back. I do not know if this is still the case.

    My preference, go with the Lenovo.
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    Re: Narrowing down the laptop search

    I'd go with the Dell machine. You definitely do NOT want Vista basic. You want Vista Home Premium at a minimum. If you are like most people, with whatever HD size you get you'll fill it up. So, the bigger the better. Also, Vista will like a 256MB graphics card better. If you travel with it very much more battery power is always better.

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    Narrowing down the laptop search

    Well, my wife would like my 3 year old Asus Z71 1.73 for her work and it's a great excuse to get myself a new one. I had been figuring on $1500 to $2000, but with hefty discounts from Dell and Lenovo I can do this for under $1500 if I go with either of those companies.

    There are two main questions involved with the decision.

    First, the reviews for the IBM Touchpad T61p from Lenovo are mixed. Itts their flagship laptop but the reviewers either love it or hate it......about 50/50. A lot of Blue Screen of Death complaints on the laptops right out of the box and comments that it isn't what it used to be prior to IBM selling off the PC products to Lenovo. However, if I get lucky and get a good one (if indeed that is what it will take), it seems a better machine what with the drop sensing and the screen structural design. But then it also cost several hundred more to make it an identical configuration to the Dell.

    Second issue is the Dell Inspiron. It would seem the Inspiron is the bottom of the Dell line. However, you can build it up to a pretty serious machine. But........it is their bottom line machine. But.......for the same money, there is a lot more included.

    Configurations (some features included in the base price and.some features are add-ons):

    Lenovo Thinkpad T61p Dell Inspiron 1520

    Core Duo T7500 2.2 ghz Core Duo T7500 2.2 ghz
    15.4 WSXGA 15.4 WSXGA
    2 gig ram (2x1) 2 gig ram (2x1)
    100 gig x 7200 hdd 120 gig x 7200 hdd
    Nvidea w/128 video Nvidea w/256 video
    CD-rw / /DVD Rom DVD-rw
    1 gig boot up turbo ram ?? on Boot up turbo ram
    Vista Home Basic Vista Home Premium
    6 cell battery 6 cell + 9 cell battery
    1 year warrantee 1 year warrantee
    Carrying case Carrying case
    $ 1255.00 with discounts and coupons $1277 with discounts and coupons

    So, at $20 apart in price, it would seem the inspiron is the way to go. But is the Thinkpad worth the couple hundred bucks it would take to bring it up to match the Dell specs?

    Thanks for the input.....
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    Re: Narrowing down the laptop search

    Joe,

    Not much of a cost upgrade on the Lenovo to go to Vista Home Premium. Why do you say that is important?

    Also, for a couple hundred more I get the second Thinkpad battery and a couple other things that balance out the equation. Do you still get the Dell rather then spend the $200 +/- to equalize the Thinkpad?

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    Re: Narrowing down the laptop search

    Vista basic is very basic. See Windows Vista: Compare Editions for the Microsoft version of the differences. On that page there are also links to more details about the various features. IMO, you'll be happier in the long run with Home Premium.

    I've not read much about the Thinkpads since IBM sold their PC operations. I can't really comment about how they are now. If the couple of hundred is not a big deal I'd look into how much a 17 inch (Inspiron 17xx) Dell would run. The bigger the screen the better.

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    Re: Narrowing down the laptop search

    If you're interested in a bigger screen, remember that adds to the mass of the unit, and could be bothersome to drag around on your shoulder.

    If you need the larger screen, but desire good mobility with the notebook, spend the extra dollars on an external LCD display for your home office <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. Add another $40 or so, and you have a nice keyboard and mouse also!
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    Re: Narrowing down the laptop search

    Hey guys.........thanks.

    15.4 is as big as I want to go. Wish I could get the weight and battery life of a 14.1 in the 15.4 though !! :-) My desktop has a 19" dell flat panel which is an excellent display.

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