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what is a good 15" laptop to trade from

  1. I am looking for a new 15" laptop and ideally a portable
    small second screen for my order entry programe.

    I dont need a 17" ... too heavy and it still will not accomodate everything..

    Last machine was an HP presario which was better than a pile
    of dog pooh but not quite good enough to be rated as a
    poorly built laptop.

    All inputs gratefully received.
    regards
    f9
     
  2. If you're not looking to spend a lot, here's a great deal on a Compaq at BB:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8404158&st=c571nr&type=product&id=1180743304365

    It's sold out online and most stores, but you can call & check, sale ends tomorrow. $449 for those specs is great. The Altec Lansings speakers are amazing too, never heard a laptop sound this great before.

    If you want something better, the Dell Vostro line just came out, new Intel chipset and better video card for $599.

    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=04&kc=6W300&l=en&oc=bqdwk2j&s=bsd
     
  3. Wow, what is the margin on a computer for under $500 with dual core? Just crazy that only a couple of years ago a decent laptop was $1k.
     
  4. macbook pro! :D
     
  5. fearless9,

    You cannot get a better deal than Sager: latest and greatest!! Lifetime Tech support!! You may pay a little more but you get quality and great customer service if and when you need it. Great for traveling and trading! Configure it they way you want per price you can afford. (up to 4G memory ! great for all that streaming data !)

    Introducing the new Sager NP2090 notebook featuring the latest Intel Centrino Duo processor technology (Santa Rosa platform) with 800MHz front-side bus, 802.11n wireless LAN connection, and Intel Robson technology.

    15.4" WXGA Active Matrix Display with Super Clear Glare Type Screen or 15.4" WSXGA+ Active Matrix Display with Matt Finished Screen
    Intel® Centrino™ Duo processor technology (Santa Rose Platform)
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor / 800MHz FSB
    DDR2 667MHz system memory
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT Graphics PCI-Express 16X with 512MB DDR2 Memory

    Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965AGN LAN 802.11a/b/g/n
    Intel® Robson Technology Capable
    Built-in Fingerprint Reader
    Built-in 2.0M High-Resolution Digital Video Camera
    Built-in 4-in-1 Card Reader
    Express Card 34/54 Slot

    http://www.sagernotebook.com/pages/notebooks/product_w.cfm?ProductType=2090

    I hope this helps.

    Tom
     
  6. f9,

    Buddy!
    I have the perfect pocket rocket for you if you want to spend the money. I have this one with a Matrox dualhead2go and a couple extra 14" collapsible monitors. It all fits in a single pilots case as a carry on when a travel. I've included the links.

    Laptop:
    http://www.dynamism.com/sz93/main.shtml

    Matrox DualHead2Go:
    http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/gxm/products/dh2go/home.php
    (You can find these on eBay too)

    Monitors:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Mag-Innovision-...oryZ3698QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    I've picked up a few of these monitors and use them basically as disposable.
     
  7. That's a good idea, thanks.
     
  8. i actually like dell c840 latitude, can get them on ebay
     
  9. They are not bad for a Dell. Beware the AC/DC board. They periodically go out and you have to take the whole damn thing apart to replace it.

    Also, batteries don't last very long and they run hot (processor).

    All in all not a bad machine to pick up at a cheap price on Ebay. I've had at least a couple a dozen of them. (Inspiron 8200 is basically the same machine.)
     
  10. Do are search, alot discussed on this topic. I say no, and wifi has momentary outages
     
  11. Dell Inspiron 2200.. Pretty ordinary looking but runs great..
     
  12. I like the Dell 1501.. 17" though..
     
  13. I Just purchased a Lenovo IBM Thinkpad Yesterday. Its Has a 15.4 inch widescreen monitor, and my favorite you can either use the mouse pad or the dot on the keyboard. Both are very responsive. The laptop is very Business Oriented, it has a rugged design, and no stupid gadgets to slow you down.
     
  14. I just got my new DELL Vostro 2 days ago. I must say I am quite impressed. I was looking at Sony Vaio and Toshiba's. The dell has a better processor (Intel Core 2 Duo) and was $100 less in price.

    They start at $599 for Core 2 Duo, 15.4", 120 gb hard Drive, 1mb ram...XP or Vista. I went Vista...what the heck we all will be using it soon enough. I like it. I added only one upgrade and that was the Intel wireless N minicard for $59. Total price $705 with Taxes. The sony cost $699 before taxes with a core duo.

    Check out the DELL Vostro at Dell small business. Very nice laptop.
     
  15. 1flyfisher,

    Does it come with Intel Integrated Video? What kind of resolutions can it support for external monitor?
     
  16. I recently purchased an inspiron 9400 and am very pleased with its performance.

    One note regarding video, if you intend on running multiple monitors I highly recommend getting a good video card with minimum 256mb of onboard memory. A good video card should handle up to a 24" monitor (and with a DVI splitter you should be able to push two additional monitors...

    In addition, running XP 2MB of Ram is recommended and double that "4MB Ram" if you plan on running Vista... it is very resource hungry...

    Good luck and happy trading....
     
  17. Not planning on running 2 ext, just 1, but since most new monitor come in 1600 x 1050 resolution. I am wondering if either the Intel X3100 or Nvidia support this resolution. I had a old DELL running Intel GMA950 that does not have the 1600 x 1050 option.
     
  18. nvidia should for sure, the intel should as well, however, it will consume a lot of your ram(shared memory) which may cause your programs to write to disk (virtual memory) which is significantly slower... end result slow performance... visit the dell website, configure a machine and you can compare specs via the pop up windows to get a better understanding of various video card options...
    good luck