I have the Dell 8100, which is very common. Its more towards the top end, so its a little heavy if you are going to carry it around a lot. I wanted something more powerful since I need it for development work on site. Its nice in that it has a built in CD-RW/DVD bay, so you can have a CD-RW, DVD, floppy and battery all in it at once without any swapping. The screen has plenty of resolution for a laptop.
After having name brand and no name Laptops over the years I really like my current Acer... The price performance of the Acer 6xx series was great with mine being about 65- 70% of a similar Viao or Toshiba 'exec' type machine...
The 6xx series are nice and slim but still contain DVD / CDR combo's if required and built in 802.11 if these options appeal.. Durability / stability have been perfect...
I had never looked at Acer twice but I would heavily recommend you look into one...
Sorry I should have probably explained what it was going to be used for. DUH! .
This will be my main computer at college, so power and graphics will probably be required. Also I was planning on docking it a workstation when in the dorm for possible external printer, scanner, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Does this sound like a good idea?
Thanks for all the suggestions. Any word about the IBM Thinkpads?
It looks like the 2.4 ghz p4 that they use there is the full-power, energy-draining desktop p4... you get an option between a laptop-oriented, energy-efficient, slower p4 and a desktop one, which is good--choose your poison, lol!
Lessee, nice graphics, nice case, nice cooling, lots of options, nice amount of ram, you can buy any quality display or anything to go with it, you get a LOT of nice accessories (a kickass manual, stuff like that), lots of options for expandable drives and such, it has all of the latest drivers installed, and, being a gaming oriented laptop, it DOESN'T HAVE A LOT OF SOFTWARE BLOAT!! WOOHOO!!! I WOULD BUY IT ON THAT ALONE!
They've always been high quality products AFAIK (though everyone has some lapses and I'm sure that they've had some.) They tend towards the Cadillac end of the range sometimes though. I'd definitely buy one of their top end laptops if bucks wasn't an issue.
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