Laptops for under a grand

Discussion in 'Portable & Small Form Factor' started by sanjay, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. Sephir0th

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    My guess would be them being worried about security, ie if the laptop it connected to the wired lan and has the wifi card enabled, they might be paranoid someone might h4x0r their way into the network :tongue: :p

    Or perhaps they just only want specifically what they need in the laptops, nothing else.

    I don't know as I don't work there, but I'd say wifi wouldn't be allowed on anything in Defence either
     
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    get the vostro instead.
    http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/vostronb_1400?c=au&cs=aubsd1&l=en&s=bsd

    still get the nvidia graphics, get the better magnesium casing, spillproof keyboard, better warranty, bluetooth, free upgrade to a processor that shits all over the inspirons one and vista business. smaller hdd but 160gb can be had cheaply (or even 200gb as someone was selling one for $150 on OCAU recently)
     
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    Cheers, will put the order through tomorrow.
     
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    yeah, if youre an RAA member you can also get the discount.
     
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    Looks like more rebadged clevo's. The octecks one of the brands our company sell im sure are rebadged clevos as well.
     
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    $300 to upgrade to DVD burner :confused:

    Otherwise, it's okay.
     
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    Intel 950 for over $1k. Noooooooo

    Apart from the graphics and burner this is a great machine. 3 yr warranty, hard disk active protection, very light for a 15.4-incher, lenovo engineering etc etc.

    Note it is not Santa Rosa (T7200 = older cpu) so no built-in N wireless.
     
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    For a notebook around $1000, you are very picky :D
     
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    Acer aspire 5315

    I purchased an Acer Aspire 5315 laptop about 6 weeks ago and its amazing.

    Specs:
    CPU: Intel® Celeron® M processor 530 (1.73GHz, 1MB cache, 533MHz FSB)
    Optical: DVD Super-Multi Dual Layer.
    Storage: 80GB SATA 5400RPM removable hard disk drive.
    Video: 15.4" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite™ TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 with up to 358 MB. (8 MB of dedicated DDR2 VRAM, up to 350 MB of dynamic system memory), supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 9 and DirectX® 10.
    RAM: 512MB DDR2 667MHz (1 x 512MB) Expandable to 2GB

    Full specs here.

    Runs vista home basic. With the default 512mb of ram it was quiet sluggish. so I got 2x 1.0gig ddr2-667 sticks of ram new for $40 each and now it is super fast.
    It's a little heavy but not to bad. battery life is all right, battery stays super cool. power pack is a little hot when in use but nice and compact.

    The usual express slot, s-video out, built in 54 wireless etc. a few more USB ports would be nice.

    $749.00 at jb hi-fi and with the $100.00 cash back offer from Acer.
    Lasts around 2 hours on battery, I was quiet surprised at the celerons performance. Comes pre installed with MS works and a heap of other stuff.
     
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  15. Tony

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    that's crazy cheap for a T60 which is IBM's flagship model

    they are built like no other laptop

    it even has XP Pro so it sounds like some corporate didn't pick up a big order or something

    ok the video sux, the combo sux but otherwise...
     
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    Agreed, at home we have 2xT40's and a T22 and T23, they are awesome laptops, pity about the integrated video though,
     
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    That does seem like an extremely good bargain! Can anobody who has a d630 comment on the sturdyness and weight of these machines? Is the warranty upgradable on items purchased through this outlet?
     
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    I don't have one personally, but I have several friends with them as work laptops. The consistent viewpoint is they are nice, snappy, reliable machines, but the battery life leaves a lot to be desired (ie about 2 hours brand new from factory, and degrading quickly)
     
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    msy now has the presario c718TU with pentium dual core processor instead of a crappy celeron for $799.
     
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    i'm happy with my d620

    pretty strong machine, battery now is great but saying that, we even got very bad IBM batts and they're supposed to be very good

    i don't get dell

    they have a nice big screen there but only Intel GMA?
     

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