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Which one of these laptops should I buy?


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JK27

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Hi,
I was shopping today for a laptop and these are some of my choices. I hesitated to buy because I wanted to ask my trusty forum first. Of course I would like to spend the least amount of money as possible, or rather get the most bang for my buck. Which of these would be lowest price but best quality? Thanks for everything!

Model: HP DV6227CL $799.63+tax

Processor and Memory:
AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-50
1.6GHz processor speed
256KB+256KB L2 Cache
Up to 1600MHz system bus running at AC/DC Mode 35 watt
1024MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard Drive and Multimedia Drives:

120GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
Super Multi 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
1 ExpressCard/54 Slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
Audio, Video and Graphics:

Altec Lansing
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 (UMA) with up to 288MB (shared video memory)
Connectivity:

Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
High speed 56k modem
802.11b/g WLAN
Ports:

5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro or xD Picture cards
3 USB 2.0 ports
2 headphone out – 1 w/SPDIF Digital Audio and 1 stereo
1 microphone-in
1 VGA (15-pin)
1 TV-Out (S-video)
1 RJ-11 (modem)
1 RJ-45 (LAN)
1 notebook expansion port 3
1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin)
1 Consumer IR
Keyboard, Pointing Device and Display:

101-key compatible and 2 Quick Launch Buttons - HP Quick Play Music and DVD
Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad
15.4" WXGA High-Definition Brightview Widescreen (1280 X 800) Display
Power:

65W AC adapter
6-cell Lithium-Ion
Dimensions and Weight:

Dimensions: 14.05"L x 10.12"W x 1" (min H) / 1.56" (max H)
Weight: 6.8 lbs.
Additional Software and Information:

Symantec™ Norton Internet Security 2007™ (including 60 days complimentary live update)
HP Total Care Help & Support Center
Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Office 2007 Student and Teacher Edition: 60 day trial version
AOL Music
Vongo
HPPhotoSmart Premier
HP Quick Play
Muvee AutoProducer DVD Edition with Burning
RealRhapsody
Sonic Digital Media Plus
Adobe™ Acrobat Reader
Operating System:

Genuine Windows® Vista Home Premium
Security:

Kensington® MicroSaver lock slot
Power-on password
Accepts 3rd party security lock devices
Symantec® Norton Internet Security 2007 (including 60 days complimentary live update)
PC Recovery (Softthinks Restore Solution)
Wireless Home Network
Included:

HP Mobile Remote Control (Express Card Version)
Mobile Stereo Earbud Headphones (1 pair)


Model: Toshiba A135-S4457 $892.65+tax

Processor and Memory:
Intel Core Duo Processor T2250 (1.73GHz, 2MB L2, 533MHz FSB)
Configured with 1024MB PC4200 DDR2 memory modules (both memory slots may be occupied)
Hard Drive and Multimedia Drives:

120GB (5400 RPM) Serial-ATA (SATA) hard disk drive
DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive supporting 11 formats
Video and Graphics:

Mobile Intel 945GM Express Chipset
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with 8MB-224MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
Connectivity:

Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)
Ports/Slots:

RGB (monitor) output port
S-Video output port
Microphone input port
Headphone output port
USB v2.0 – 4 ports
i.LINK™ IEEE-1394
RJ-45 LAN port
RJ-11 modem port
Display:

15.4" diagonal widescreen TruBrite™ TFT active-matrix LCD display
1280 x 800 native resolution (WXGA)
Operating System:

Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium



Model: Toshiba A105-S4397 $898.00+tax

TruBrite 15.4" widescreen display

Delivers 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution and more than 16 million colors

1.73 GHz Intel Core Duo Processor T2250

Reliable performance and advanced power-saving technology for extended battery life

Configured with 1024MB PC4200 DDR2 SDRAM memory

Offers substantial capability and is expandable to 4096MB

160 GB hard disk drive (5400 rpm)

Plenty of storage for documents, games, photos, music and even videos

Super-Multi DVD drive, dual-layer

Supports 11 disc formats so you can play and burn DVDs and CDs for data and entertainment

Intel Pro Wireless 3945ABG

Lets you connect to Wi-Fi networks for convenient Internet use

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition

Upgraded version of the brand-new Windows operating system that delivers versatile, efficient performance


Or there Acer, Everex, or Compaq laptops available. (I am buying one from Walmart or Sam's Club with my credit account) I don't want to spend over 900.00 but less is better.

Any suggestions? Thanks very much. I'll wait to buy until I hear from you!
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What are you going to be using the computer for? If you plan on gaming then none of those laptops are going to be a good choice because they all have integrated video. Other than that, it's probably a question of person opinion. All three of those computers are going to be very close performance-wise. The Toshiba does have a larger HD which would be important if you store a lot of digital media (songs, movies, etc.).
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What are you going to be using the computer for? If you plan on gaming then none of those laptops are going to be a good choice because they all have integrated video. Other than that, it's probably a question of person opinion. All three of those computers are going to be very close performance-wise. The Toshiba does have a larger HD which would be important if you store a lot of digital media (songs, movies, etc.).

dont all laptops have integrated? (i laptop noobish :whistling:)

Edited by AnthonyJ, 25 February 2007 - 09:57 PM.

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Don't forget to factor in the price of an extended warranty from the manufacturer. I don't mean the thing that they try to sell you at the store. I mean the manufacturer's warranty. Laptop parts are pricey so you need to check reviews and know what you're getting into beforehand. Some A105's have a problem with the SATA drive slipping out of the connector. Toshiba has since redesigned the drive bay cover.
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