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I'm in the market for a new computer and I want to ditch the desktop for a laptop. I really don't do much work at home and I'm a console, not computer, gamer, so it's mainly for tooling around online, burning dvd's, and maybe some Word and Excel.

I like how Apples run, but I really can't see why they're $500 more then any PC. Also I hate Dell.

What should I go for?
 

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ACER makes some nice laptops...and HP does as well...You can get a solid laptop for less then $800 from either of those companies for what you're looking for...go to www.newegg.com and check some out
 

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i have the dv9210 only difference i see right off the bat is i have a smaller HD its a good machine...im not real impressed with vista yet but hey i guess its still new right?
and when i got mine it cost me 1k and some change
 

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What's cool about this model is it has 2 hard drives, a 120GB and an 80GB. You could get XP, Linux, or whatever and dual-boot if you wanted.
 
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im gonna have to agree and say thats a nice fuckin notebook. i want one
 

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i got an hp pavillion 9220 (i think thats the model #), its great, great price great service by hp support.
 

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HP offers the DV-9429 at a cheap price because they give you inferior components. I would not consider a laptop with anything less than gigabit ethernet. The AMD processor is inferior to the Intel. The video card does not have memory integrated into the chip. A video card slows down your computer when it has to share the main system memory. That sucks. Instead of a fast 7200rpm drive it has the slower 5400rpm. I want Vista Ultimate on my laptop and not the low rent Vista Premium that HP loads on their notebooks. Spend the money and get the best...you never regret it.
 

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For the use specified by the original poster, that laptop will meet and exceed for quite some time. He does not need gigabit ethernet. He stated it's not for gaming. I stand by my recommendation. In this case, being a hardware snob means spending more money that won't provide any tangible benefits for this user.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I'm a little wireless illiterate so what does Built-in 802.11abgn wireless mean in terms of speed?
 

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802.11 is the original IEEE wireless protocol specification. It operates in the 2.4-2.5 GHZ range of the wireless spectrum and provided 1-2 MB of speed. Then they started adding letters to subsequent protocols:

802.11a operates in the 5GHZ spectrum and provided 23-54 MB of speed.

802.11b operates in the 2.4-2.5 GHZ range and provided 11MB speed

802.11g operates in the 2.4-2.5 GHZ range and provided 19MB-54MB speed

802.11n is currently a draft specification that works in the 2.4 or 5GHZ range. It provides between 74 and 248 MB (dual-channel w/ 2 antennas).

801.11y is another draft specification, in the 3GHZ range that will be similar to g in terms of speed but is going to have an extremely high range outdoors (something like 5000 meters).

Basically, the wireless adapter in this laptop is compatible with anything you'd encounter. So, no matter what kind of wireless router you have or may buy, you're covered.

Your internet connection is generally going to be <10MB unless you've got something like FIOS. So, the speed of the wi-fi doesn't really come into play unless it's lower than what you're getting from your ISP. Depending on how close you are to the wireless access point, you'll connect at varying speeds. I have an 802.11g router and my laptop has 801.11g wi-fi. Anywhere in the house, I can maintain a 54MB connection. Once I try using it outside, it can only maintain a 48MB or sometimes lower connection. It's insignificant, because my internet connection is 15MB. So, even if I don't have the best connection on the wi-fi it really doesn't hurt my internet speed.
 

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Still like the Apples.

Think of the extra dollars as money saved on all the additional utilities and third-party software packages you need to safely and successfully run windows.

Though a linux machine would be the best if you're adventurous enough to try it.
 

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802.11 is the original IEEE wireless protocol specification. It operates in the 2.4-2.5 GHZ range of the wireless spectrum and provided 1-2 MB of speed. Then they started adding letters to subsequent protocols:

802.11a operates in the 5GHZ spectrum and provided 23-54 MB of speed.

802.11b operates in the 2.4-2.5 GHZ range and provided 11MB speed

802.11g operates in the 2.4-2.5 GHZ range and provided 19MB-54MB speed

802.11n is currently a draft specification that works in the 2.4 or 5GHZ range. It provides between 74 and 248 MB (dual-channel w/ 2 antennas).

801.11y is another draft specification, in the 3GHZ range that will be similar to g in terms of speed but is going to have an extremely high range outdoors (something like 5000 meters).

Basically, the wireless adapter in this laptop is compatible with anything you'd encounter. So, no matter what kind of wireless router you have or may buy, you're covered.

Your internet connection is generally going to be <10MB unless you've got something like FIOS. So, the speed of the wi-fi doesn't really come into play unless it's lower than what you're getting from your ISP. Depending on how close you are to the wireless access point, you'll connect at varying speeds. I have an 802.11g router and my laptop has 801.11g wi-fi. Anywhere in the house, I can maintain a 54MB connection. Once I try using it outside, it can only maintain a 48MB or sometimes lower connection. It's insignificant, because my internet connection is 15MB. So, even if I don't have the best connection on the wi-fi it really doesn't hurt my internet speed.
Thanks for the lesson. Now I just gotta find that laptop at Best Buy since I despise Circuit City.
 

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Best Buy carries a similar model, difference is 240GB HDD capacity vs 200GB. It's $200 more at Best Buy though.
 

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Best Buy carries a similar model, difference is 240GB HDD capacity vs 200GB. It's $200 more at Best Buy though.

I'll probably wait until wifey goes the day after Thanksgiving.
 
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