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    expensive laptop

    I am looking at treating my self to new notebook
    Its for home use and will only be moved about the house
    Its mainly going to be used for photo (and in the future probably video) editing
    Looking at one these

    HP Pavilion


    Sony VAIO

    For various reasons I will need to buy this in the next two months but probably wont be able to afford to upgrade it for a long time


    Your recommendations

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Intel are just about to launch their Centrino2 platform that should provide several benefits in terms of speed & power consumption. This means that all the manufacturers will be launching new laptops in July/August, and hopefully dropping the prices of their existing ones to clear out the stock.

    I used to have a Sony laptop years ago, and it was very well made and reliable. However it was expensive for the spec.

    I would also look at Dell, Toshiba and Asus. If I had to buy a 17" laptop today it would be the Asus M70.

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidB View Post
    I used to have a Sony laptop years ago, and it was very well made and reliable. However it was expensive for the spec.
    I still have my Sony Vaio. I bought it, as DavidB suggests, just after the last upgrade launch, so it was a bit of a bargain (as it was the old model). I've been very happy with it. I haven't had a HP for years, so I can't comment on the current Pavillions. But when I had one, it was perfectly fine too.

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Does it have to be a PC?

    IMHO Apple make the best "Lifestyle" notebooks to leave around the house and they all have magnificent screens. Also if you don't seem to want to take it anywhere what about an iMac? (or do you want to swing in a hammock in the garden while surfing?)

    If you really need a PC based system I can recommend Dell - bought one for Mother in law and it's very good.

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Having used PC for as long as I can remember, I am reluctant try to learn to use a new OS

    I have 4 Dell desktops at work, all giving excellent service (but then so are 3 ancient ones, I bough in Old Market

    Our support company are now recommending HP, as they believe if something does go wrong, HP's support is better than Dell's

    But do I wait and buy one with a Centrino2 or buy an out of date and cheaper Intel« Core 2 Duo

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Beowulf View Post
    Forget the laptop... who can I hire to refurbish my livingroom so when I want to log on my lap top pops out of the floor like that...

    hmm might freak the cats out tho...

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    Quote Originally Posted by philsmove View Post
    But do I wait and buy one with a Centrino2 or buy an out of date and cheaper Intel« Core 2 Duo
    Good question. If battery life was important to you, then I would suggest the Centrino2. Otherwise it comes down to how much power you need. Video editing and games are the two common applications that require the most power. A Centrino2 would almost certainly be better at video editing. However an existing spec might easily be good enough. I have never edited video on a laptop, so couldn't give any advice on this.

    Another thing to consider is the availability of drivers. You would expect everything to work with the operating system they install. However in a couple of years time you might decide to upgrade to a later version, or change it completely. You might find that an older spec machine has one component that you can't get a new driver for, and with a laptop you can't usually change the component itself. Most of the current high spec machines are only 6 month old designs, so this might not be an issue.

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Beowulf View Post
    - I so need a better job so I can afford one of those.

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Beowulf View Post
    Oh goody... well you did promise me a new laptop for my birthday!

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by clevedonboy View Post
    Does it have to be a PC?

    IMHO Apple make the best "Lifestyle" notebooks to leave around the house and they all have magnificent screens. Also if you don't seem to want to take it anywhere what about an iMac? (or do you want to swing in a hammock in the garden while surfing?)
    And it took up until post 5 for a PC question to get a 'Macs are better' reply...

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    Re: expensive laptop

    well i have only just bought myself an acer 8920g its amazing for a laptop 18.4 inch 1080p full high def screen, intel core 2 duo t9300/ 2.5 ghz, 4 gig ddr2 sdram 2x320gig hard drives NVIDIA┬ GeForce 9500M GS 512MB VRAM and vista home ultimate 64bit (no point in having 32 bit os with 4 gig of ram)

    I cant recommend the supplier more highly they were extremely professional i ordered the machine on a monday afternoon they called me at home at 5.20pm to tell me it had been shipped and i recieved it at 10 am the next morning

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Having worked in office desktop support and running my own computer repair business I can say with experiance Do Not touch Dell.

    Poorly made, over priced and 'offshored' support.

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Bartholomew View Post
    Having worked in office desktop support and running my own computer repair business I can say with experiance Do Not touch Dell.

    Poorly made, over priced and 'offshored' support.
    imho

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by martingold View Post
    / vista home ultimate 64bit (no point in having 32 bit os with 4 gig of ram)

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    so are there any disadvantages with going over to 64 bit

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by philsmove View Post
    so are there any disadvantages with going over to 64 bit
    As far as I know, 99% of problems with 64-bit tend to be driver related. You shouldn't have any with a new laptop from a "big name" as they'll have installed all the drivers for you.

    So only thing to worry about is if you have some antique piece of hardware you might need to plug into your laptop.

    I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philsmove View Post
    so are there any disadvantages with going over to 64 bit
    Driver support and application support.

    I started to write more, but then found this article which said everything I wanted to say:
    4sysops - Vista x64 contra Vista x86? Does 64-bit offer better performance than 32-bit?

    Personally I would get as much memory as I could in the laptop. If it only supported 4GB then I would probably stick with Vista 32. If it supported more then I would switch to 64-bit.

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Twirly View Post
    Oh goody... well you did promise me a new laptop for my birthday!

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn View Post
    And it took up until post 5 for a PC question to get a 'Macs are better' reply...
    Ahh but the cunning thing is that I'm a confirmed PC user - I just admire the Apple style

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    Re: expensive laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by philsmove View Post
    so are there any disadvantages with going over to 64 bit
    well i have had this machine for just over 8 weeks now with absolutey no problems whatsoever its been the best ccomputer i have ever had for not having to do any work to set it up or keep it going it worked well straight from the box

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