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Dell D620 Or ThinkPad R60 (A16)


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soul40k

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Hello guys, I need help deciding on what to buy for college next year, here are the details i know about these computers:

Dell D620:

Price = $1121
CPU: Intel Core Duo 1.67
RAM: 1GB x1 DIMM
VIDEO: 256 MB Nvidia TurboCache*
HDD: 80GB 5400RPM
Display: 14.1" WXGA (Wide)
CD: DVD-RW/CD-RW
Ports: Serial, VGA, 4-USB
Network: 10/100/1000
Wireless: Dell BG


ThinkPad R60(A16):

Price: $1169
CPU: Intel Core Duo 1.67
RAM: 1GB x1 DIMM
VIDEO: 128 MB ATI x1400
HDD: 80GB 5400RPM
Display: 14.1" XGA
CD: DVD-RW/CD-RW
Ports: 3-USB, S-Video, FireWire
Network: 10/100/1000
Wireless: Intel ABG



It is for a computer systems anaylst course and will be using this software:


*Symantec AntiVirus V10
Adobe Reader 7
Borland Compiler 5.5
Borland J Builder
Editplus 2
IIS XP instructions & db fix
Java Runtime 2 v 1.5.0
Keyboarding Pro 3.2
LBS - Starspell 2.2
LLL - Can 8
LLL - English Express
LLL - Ellis
LLL - Expert Typing
LLL - Explore Canada
LLL - Focus on Grammar
LLL - Grammar3D
LLL - RealOne 10
LLL - Tense Buster
LLL - TOEFL
LLL - TOEFL Heinle CBT
LLL - TOEFL Test CBT
LLL- Mapping
Mozilla 1.7.13
MS Frontpage 2002
MS Office XP
MS Office XP Media CD
MS Project 2002
MS Publisher 2002
MSDN
New Interchange
New Interchange 2
Perfect Copy High School
Photo Draw 2000
Photo Draw 2000 Clip Art
PowerTerm 7
Quick Time 6
Secure Shell SSH 3.0
Visual Basic 6.0
Visual C-Laptop Only
WinZip 10.0
WS Ftp
Adobe Photoshop CS# (Newest Version)
Macromedia Flash
Macromedia Dreamweaver
Adobe Premier

And of course I'd like a good one for fastest possible everything!

They are so close that I am not really sure what to go for, faster CPU, better ram, better video card, different ports! Ahhh! I need some insite!
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i would go with the Dell but i think you should save your $$$. a nice penitum III laptop would do you okay (run
all your software) and save an a$$ load of cash.

a nice example of what you could get that would serve well for a fraction of the cost of a new one:
http://cgi.ebay.com/...1QQcmdZViewItem
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I would love to use the laptop I have at th emoment, but they are strict about making you buy a laptop they have chosen :whistling:
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Dell.. go the cheapest.. but I knowen dell to give people problems.. Thinkpads are nice too.. so- what did you go with?
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At that price range, the Dell will giver you the bigger bang for your buck. I personally prefer the IBM for straight-up durability. The last company I worked for issued A and R series for laptop users. My R series survived being dropped:

- from airport security rolling xray thing (onto jacket.)
- from the back of my SUV (onto foot)
- from dinner table (onto carpet)
- and though it busted the corner off and fubared the floppy, I dropped the thing while walking down the street to my next meeting on the curb. It worked for another year before I traded it in.

Not the speediest laptop, and not the greatest looking, but tough.
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He has a great point. People do tend to drop their laptops often! I know I have more than once..
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Yea I noticed that the ThinkPad had a great frame around it, but I am still looking for bang:buck ratio here :whistling: Thank you for your input, I have till august first an dI think i may just get the dell (im using a dell at the moment and havent been troubled yet so thats a helper).
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