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    Laptop

    Any one have comments about which laptops would be the best for a purchase? And how about www.refurbfactory.com
    Has anyone purchased through them?
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    Re: Laptop

    I'm not sure what kind of money you're looking to spend or what your performance or durability needs are...Here's my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

    I bought a Dell Inspiron 8000 a year ago (they're up to 8200 now) and I've been VERY pleased with it! I needed a "desktop replacement" type of laptop with plenty of horsepower to spare. That's exactly what I got from Dell - cost me about $3600 US (which included a lot of extras and even a 3-year warranty).

    Generally speaking, it's not a good idea to cut corners with laptops. Having reliable support and a maintenance agreement are absolutely critical for a work-related laptop.

    On the other hand, if you're on a shoestring budget or you just need a laptop for the sake of convenience (i.e. as a way to carry files home from your work computer), buying a refurb or a low-end retail machine sounds like a very practical idea.

    Hope this helps...

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    Re: Laptop

    Go high or go low. The middle is neither fish nor fowl. Many people buy laptops just for word processing. Power isn't necessary there. I'm still using a PII 300 ThinkPad. The only reason I upgraded from my Pentium classic 133 was that I couldn't get Linux running on it. Also, why are you buying a laptop instead of a desktop. A lot of people buy a laptop expecting it to be able to run for hours on batteries. This is possible but it takes big buck batteries and several of them. If you just want a portable that can be plugged in in different locations, a laptop is great. Remember when you buy a refurbished laptop to factor in the cost of a new battery. Usually the battery isn't included in the warranty on refurb's and there's a reason for that. My two Lithium batteries are worth more than my laptop but I manage to squeeze five hours working time from the two of them. However, they're not hot swappable so I have to shut down to change.
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    Re: Laptop

    In my view, unless the laptop is going to be your only system and you don't like using external monitors and keyboards with it, it makes absolutely no sense to spend the biggest bucks for a 15" screen 10 lb. monster. I've owned several laptops in my time, and used them the way they are mean to be - outside the office - and I've never once regretted buying the smallest, lightest model I could. If it's too heavy, you'll find excuses not to take it places with you, and you won't get your money's worth out of it (not to mention the fact that big notebooks are extremely uncomfortable in economy class).

    As for Bruce's comments on battery life, there is an excellent alternative out there to purchasing extra model-specific batteries. Electrovaya makes a Powerpad battery that lasts for (in my model's case) 12-16 hours. It's bigger in length and width than my Thinkpad 240, but it's relatively light and very thin. The best part is that it comes with a series of connectors that allow you to use it with several DIFFERENT notebooks, meaning that the Powerpad will migrate with me when I upgrade to different models or manufacturers. You have to check whether your model is compatible, but they have the main vendors covered, and you should NEVER buy a no-name notebook - they just break down too often, regardless of who makes it, so you need good service in place. (No affiliation with Electrovaya, just a very happy customer.)

    Which takes me to the last point, which is that you should make sure that if you purchase a refurbished notebook it's from a mainstream vendor and has some kind of warranty and service agreement in place - the longer and more comprehensive, the better. There are no shortcuts on this one - you will pay dearly in the end otherwise. <img src=/S/toilet.gif border=0 alt=toilet width=24 height=26>

    There's my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> - I hope that helps!

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