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Old 27th July 2006, 00:24   #496
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I have been using my compaq R4000 15.4 3.5kg notebook with athlon 939 4000+ for more than a year now.

My dad needs my desktop replacement now and likes my 15.4 coz.

hence Now I am in the market for a new one.

cost- strictly $1400 approx
Graphics 7400/x1400 or above
screen-13.3/14 either above nor below
weight-as light as possible
Brand-should be serviceable in India
Cpu- any including celeron/semron/turion/core duo/pentiumM


I have looked at following.

Sony vaio SZ

Asus A8JM

Asus W3J

Asus W7J

Fujitsu S2110

Acer ferrari 4005 (just love it and is cheap now, hence here)

HP pavilion dv1000

hp dv2000

Alienware Sentia 14"

MSI s271


Twinhead durabook( cheaper turion option to toughbook)


help me select the right one. I am also open to new suggestions.

Note from the Team-BHP Support Staff : Dev, you've been around with the forum long enough to know when not to start a new thread for a topic that is already in discussion.

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Old 27th July 2006, 01:31   #497
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Hmm,
I am buying a notebook now too, and have defected from the AMD club to Intel because of tha simply amazing deals you get when you have a coupon code available on so many websites on the internet.
If you want servicability in India, and dont mind Intel, Dell Inspiron Core DUO notebooks are amazing.
Get a 2000$ notebook and you get $750 off on applying a coupon code.
A high end 17" with great graphics and 120GB HDD with 2GB RAM dual core machinie for 1300$ isnt it great.
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Old 27th July 2006, 01:56   #498
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Im getting a new laptop for college and have decided on the DV6000z cos of the dual core 64 bit AMD Turion processor
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buying it here or in the US? if in the US then check the dell e1505, with a duo core processor, 2 gb ram and 120 gb hdd, dvd writer, 14.1, 2.5 kgs. i think this whole thing comes to about 1000$. nice
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No dell for me. They are in a transition stage at the moment.

secondly, Its tough to get additional discounts on Dell over the $750 coupon/35% off.

US citizens are eligible upto 50%. I myself had once ordered it through my relative in US for 47% off. Cancelled it when another went on to have 50%. Why should I unnecessarily pay more?

No more dell for me.

PS: Dell is going AMD soon.


My current intuitions are taking me towards HP pavilion but am still confused.

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Old 28th July 2006, 16:29   #501
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I love the Dell business model very much. Their process is very simple & iam taking about the corporate purchases.

You need to fill the required forms & get your company approved for credits. Upon finalization of the order & receipt of our PO, they will goahead and ship out the goods. You need to get it cleared from the customs. Dell ships out in unbelievable time frames (even a 250 lot will be shipped out in 7 days).

But the case with other vendors are different, you need to open an LC or makes TT before they process the order & they take 4-5 weeks for delivery.

Dell support is also amazing (outsourced to wipro for Chennai customers). No questions asked, they will replace the items that you're unhappy with or any faulty items.

HP, IBM and other major vendors trying to follow the same model of DELL, but its not that much easy. Hats off to Dell culture.
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here is a detailed report on how the services of various computer makers compare.

Brands include

Apple
HP
Dell
toshiba
Acer
Sony
Fujitsu and
Gateway.

http://laptopmag.com/Features/Tech-Support-Showdown.htm
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here is a detailed report on how the services of various computer makers compare.
Many dont offer service in India. And the kind of service you get in India would be different from what you get in the west. The ideal way is to talk with a friendly sysadmin. I went for dell primarily due to support and great prices. I wanted an AMD 64bit, and HP compaq had a couple of models which I wanted and were well within by budget, but our company sysadmin, who deals with all sorts of companies told me to stay of HP in noida as they can be a pain. Dell OTOH have a delhi service center and they really honour warranties, both international and local.
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afaik these companies need to keep the service quality similar around the globe. But then I have not experienced the service quality in India so I dont have the right to speak about it. Just found this link so posted thinking it might be helpful.

Recently Dell has apologized in China for mileading ads and also one of the biggest battery recalls ever. 4.1 million recalls.


BTW: Dell is going AMD from the last quarter this year. SO now the inspiron line will have both amd and intel options.

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BTW: Dell is going AMD from the last quarter this year. SO now the inspiron line will have both amd and intel options.
oh wow that is news to me. guess i'l put off my laptop purchase for the end of 2006.
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https://www.dellbatteryprogram.com
Useful link for Dell owners, you just might get a new battery for your laptop if you are lucky.

I belive alot of manufacturers are giving Reliance data cards free with their laptops in India. I am looking to get one asap so if someone here is not gonna subscribe to use it do let me know as I am intrested in getting it. Thnx

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Im using a MAC PowerbookG4

since the time when i started using it im in love with this MAC...

It has a
15 inch widescreen LCD
80GB harddisk
DVD writer
LAN
WiFi
Firewall slot etc etc
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Does Asus have a 'dual-lamp' notebook in the 17" range ?? A 'dual-lamp' really brightens up the laptop screen realestate !
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i have a sony vaio and i am enjoying it but otherwise go for any centrino it is lighter for sure and you would enjoy the batterry life
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i have a sony vaio and i am enjoying it but otherwise go for any centrino it is lighter for sure and you would enjoy the batterry life
The best battery life can be achieved with a Intel ULV (less than 10 watts) centrino processor on GMA 900+ with a big battery in a ultra-portable small display notebook. A sony vaio and a panasonic toughbook have broken the 7+ hrs barrier with such notebooks.


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Does Asus have a 'dual-lamp' notebook in the 17" range ??
I dunno what you mean by "Dual-lamp'

but yes, Asus 17" desktop replacement notebooks have Extra-bright displays if you meant that.
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