Laptop Recommendations

Discussion in 'Portable & Small Form Factor' started by dave4, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. dave4

    dave4 Member

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    hey guys
    I am looking to get a laptop through salary sacrifice. The budget is about 2500-3000 (will stretch a little higher if needed).

    What is the best bang for buck on the market (or coming to the market).

    I would rather something without a 17" screen. 15 or 13" should be fine.

    Would prefer a santa rosa model with as many features as possible.

    With an option for 7200rpm hdd.

    Thanks
    Dave
     
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  2. danielvh

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    Macbook Pro would be the one I'd recommend:

    $2899 (cheaper if you can get edu)

    2.2GHz C2D
    2GB RAM
    128mb 8600M GT
    120GB SATA drive (there is a 7200rpm option but it's a better deal to buy the HDD yourself separately)
    15.4" widescreen LED backlit display (1440*900 res)
    DVD-RW
    Backlit keyboard. Al construction
    Mac OSX10.4 and iLife06 (plus ability to run Windows XP/Vista if you want)
     
  3. tumoit

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    that is bloody expensive compared to laptops I've been looking at.

    Easily 500 - 600 more (still with less specs) than the Dell Vostro series.
     
  4. HellsAngel

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    Yeah that price is crazy :D
     
  5. danielvh

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    Man, those Vostro's are really good value. I hadn't seen them. When did Dell release them?

    For a similar spec to the Macbook Pro (except with 160GB HDD) it's $2282.50
    And the new Dell Inspiron 1520 (also with 160GB) is $2145

    Awesome prices but the Macbook Pro does still have a few advantages such as the LED backlit screen and keyboard, aluminium construction, being thinner (1" compared to ~1.5" on the 1520 and 1.65" for the Vostro), weighing less (2.45kg compared to 2.9kg for the 1520 and 2.87kg for the Vostro), aesthetically looking better and the software (OSX and iLife vs Vista and trial antispyware/MS Works).

    Whether those advantages are worth the extra price is of course up to debate.

    Also note that if you can get the education discount it's $2599 which I'd say is very good value with the above advantages.
     
  6. HellsAngel

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    If you want LED get the XPS M1330
     
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    Which would come in at $2553.10 for a similar system but with 160GB HDD, slower GPU (8400 vs 8600), smaller screen (13.3" vs 15.4") and still thicker.
     
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    whats the build quality of the xps m1330 like? most dells i have used are cheap plastic and feel really cheap. Is the XPS any different?


    is there an ASUS model with LED?
     
  9. HellsAngel

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    If you see the XPS M1330 in person you will want it straight away. Such a nice sexy laptop, seriously.
     
  10. Chewtoy

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    Take a look at the Zepto's. They've got 14" and 15" in that price bracket, with the options you listed.

    Only thing on the wishlist would be DVI/HDMI output, which may or may not be coming with the model refresh in a few weeks.
     
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    i have never heard of the zepto brand

    is it a new one?
    is it reputable?
     
  12. Chewtoy

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    New to AU, yes.
    Been around for a few years in Europe though (including the UK).

    As for the rep, take a look at the (very long) ongoing thread in Whirlpool about them. Their AU rep's fairly good with responding to issues there, so it might give you an idea about how good they are.

    If the unit I've got is anything to go by though, they're very good quality. The only major drawback is that they are built to order in Denmark, so it may take a few weeks to deliver (mine took a little less than three weeks).
     
  13. Witch

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    Well, that's not really an issue - computers are delivered by plane, so the difference in delivery time between Zepto in Denmark and, say, Dell in Malaysia would be pretty small, less than one day. I think that the delays in delivery that they experienced recently were due to organizational problems at the Denmark end - basically Zepto's fault, and not due to their location.

    That said, their delivery times are still pretty long: 18 days for the notebooks that I've looked at. I wonder if this is going to improve.

    Delivery times aside, I've heard generally good things about Zepto.
     

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