[CoMoDev] Re: laptop recommendation
- From: "dick_grier Grier" <dick_grier@xxxxxxx>
- To: comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 17:29:54 -0600
The prices are pretty good these days. My current machine is a
top-of-the-line (a little over a year ago) Compaq 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 (with
hyperthreading). It runs "hot." That is, it is quick and not to
comfortable to hold in the lap for long periods of time. However, as a
desktop replacement, I think I can recommend it. Others have reported
reliability problems with Compaq notebooks, but I've had at least 1500 hours
without so much as a whimper. If I were to get another today, I might
choose to get a Pentium M model, to reduce power consumption and heat,
without too much sacrifice when it comes to performance (the cost will be
comparable between the highest speed Pentium M and the highest speed Pentium
My previous machine was a Toshiba notebook, which is still running as my
wife's primary computer. It has worked well for more than three years, so I
can recommend Toshiba machines, too. I think CompUSA has a good deal on
these this week. BTW, I think David uses a Toshiba notebook?
In any case, splurge when you get the machine and either order it with at
least 1GB of RAM, or upgrade it as soon as you get it.
I've heard quite a few negative comments about Dell notebooks lately, though
I haven't had any experience with them myself. All of my desktop machines
are Dell, and they have all worked well.
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Richard Grier (Microsoft MVP - Visual Basic)
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