I need a laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chisel, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. chisel


    I'm heading to FL for a few days in Feb. - I'm flying and my parents are driving, but if they had a larger vehicle, I'd box up a spare desktop computer and ship it with them. I may never need a laptop in the next few yrs. (except for this trip) because I'm usually flat when I travel, but this trip will be different.

    I don't know anyone who's willing to loan me a laptop for a week, so it seems I must purchase one unless anyone here has a better idea. My requirements: must be able to run XP, a NON-glossy screen (WTF is that all about?), and I'd prefer 1440x900 screen resolution but that's more flexible. I don't need the latest and greatest, just the ability to run IB TWS and Ensign.

    I've been to Toshiba and Dell's sites, but Toshiba has glossy screens and I think Dell's are too (at least the 1440x900 Latitudes). I don't mind buying used if the price is right, and have a spare copy of XP I can install, assuming the new or used laptop will accept it.

    Is a Dell Latitude refurb the way to go? I'd appreciate any brand/model recos, new or used. Thanks.
  2. why not realx in south beach, enjoy diving, snorkeling and spearfishing, looking at hot foreign chicks and just having a good time?

    market will be there when you come back
  3. chisel


    You're right of course, but I have some March options that I plan to hold for a while. Thus I'd like to keep an eye on things while in FL.
  4. bespoke


    if you are only going to use it on this trip theres lots of really cheap used laptops on craigslist. thinkpad t41 should only cost 250 or so but not at the resolution you want (is that necessary)? or you can buy any random cheap laptop at bestbuy for 500 like an HP or Compaq. then you can probably return it like a scrub

    if it were me and I was just monitoring things I'd get a small netbook in the 7-10 inch area. costs about 300. just don't get a pink or baby blue one....
  5. Your cheapest option is to actually ship the desktop to where you are staying. I have done this a few times.
  6. chisel


    I thought about shipping, but maybe a T41 is the way to go since it'd be a lot less hassle. I could buy one, use it for a week, then sell it on eBay for not much of a loss. Thanks for everyone's thoughts.
  7. Why not just buy a entry or mid level laptop to have for such occasions or to manage positions from anywhere?
  8. Panasonic Toughbook CF 19.

  9. chisel


    I may end up doing that. Seems kinda silly to buy a used one for only a few hundred less with no warranty.
  10. i have the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GIPSAC?ie=UTF8&tag=source141-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001GIPSAC">ASUS Eee PC 1000HA 10-Inch Netbook</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=source141-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B001GIPSAC" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> That I use while on trips. Its pretty portable and the battery life is really long.
    #10     Jan 15, 2009