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Rhys
10-13-2004, 08:50 AM
I'm thinking of getting a laptop to use for email and for my digital photos. I want to be able to read/write to CD etc and read/write to CF via a PCMCIA adaptor.

Any suggestions on a reliable new laptop that's not going to cost too much. I don't really want to spend more than $700 and preferably less. I'm looking for longevity, reliability, Windows 2000 and it must be brand new, not refurbished.

D70FAN
10-13-2004, 09:35 AM
I'm thinking of getting a laptop to use for email and for my digital photos. I want to be able to read/write to CD etc and read/write to CF via a PCMCIA adaptor.

Any suggestions on a reliable new laptop that's not going to cost too much. I don't really want to spend more than $700 and preferably less. I'm looking for longevity, reliability, Windows 2000 and it must be brand new, not refurbished.

It may be difficult to hit the $700 mark, with OS included, and the OS tends to be XP Home. But at about $800 to $900 there are several that meet your requirements, from ECS, Acer, and e-machines.

I wandered accross this one, which seems to meet your requirements and has Win 2000, but at about $100 more than your target.

http://www.softwareandstuff.com/COM10597.html

This is a very good "brick-and-morter" store in Silicon Valley (Santa Clara, CA). I bought my current laptop from them 3 years ago, and have had no problems at all. I used to buy a lot of stuff from them, when I lived there, and really miss being able to just walk-in. Glad they have this on-line store.

minox
10-13-2004, 05:00 PM
Rhys,

have a look at this

http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspn_1000?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs

dell is usually pretty reliable - the other good thing is that you can usually customze them, meaning you can spend money on the things that are impoprtant to you and save on other conponents - also (but at a price) they give you a long warranty

calpchen
10-13-2004, 05:19 PM
Just about any modern laptop you get will be sufficient for your needs. I would scour Fatwallet (http://www.fatwallet.com/) for hot deals (http://www.fatwallet.com/c/18/).

Rhys
10-14-2004, 07:23 AM
I'm looking at an Acer at the moment. They seem to be an up and coming brand. I'd never heard of them, 2 years ago. Now they seem to be everywhere.

The model I'm toying with is the 2201lc but aside from the fact it's about $750, the rest of the specifications seem to be a trade secret.

D70FAN
10-14-2004, 08:27 AM
I'm looking at an Acer at the moment. They seem to be an up and coming brand. I'd never heard of them, 2 years ago. Now they seem to be everywhere.

The model I'm toying with is the 2201lc but aside from the fact it's about $750, the rest of the specifications seem to be a trade secret.

Acer, like ECS, is a brand that has been around for quite a while. I'm pretty sure that both are still based out of Taiwan, and were/are large suppliers of motherboards for many years. The 2201 seems to be a model targeted primarily for Europe as it does not appear in the Acer USA listing.

Here are a couple of sites with the base specs (one in the UK). I thought you wanted Win 2K (?) This one comes with Win XP Home.

http://www.laptopshop.co.uk/acer-travelmate_2201_lc-laptop-1-n2.htm

http://www.eu-computer.dk/shop/default.asp?ProductID=1320

Cheers.

Rhys
10-14-2004, 08:52 AM
Acer, like ECS, is a brand that has been around for quite a while. I'm pretty sure that both are still based out of Taiwan, and were/are large suppliers of motherboards for many years. The 2201 seems to be a model targeted primarily for Europe as it does not appear in the Acer USA listing.

Here are a couple of sites with the base specs (one in the UK). I thought you wanted Win 2K (?) This one comes with Win XP Home.

http://www.laptopshop.co.uk/acer-travelmate_2201_lc-laptop-1-n2.htm

http://www.eu-computer.dk/shop/default.asp?ProductID=1320

Cheers.

Thanks George. I did see one advertised out of Los Angelis but that;s the other side of the continent. It looks to be pretty much ideal for me. I would have preferred Windows 2000 because I don't have to muck about with registering XP with Mickey$oft. That's a real pain - copy down a long number, telephone them, read out the long number and then type in a long number that they give you in return! Windows 2000 doesn't put you through all that hassle. I'd go for Linux if the Linux CD writing software was any good. None that I've tried with Mandrake has been any good at all.

Is there a US equivalent model that's $750 or less? I am not keen on refurbished because I had a 2ndhand laptop once. It lasted 18 months before I deemed it not worth repairing and by then it had cost me not the original price of GBP 200 (1/3rd of the price of a new laptop) but I estimate it had cost with spares etc around GBP 450 (2/3rds of the price of a new laptop) which had given me only elderly laptop performance and which had gone into the dustbin. For only 1/3rd more I could have had a decent laptop that I'd estimate would have a 5 year lifetime.

jamison55
10-14-2004, 10:57 AM
I just read that your shy away from refurbished, but you might want to check out this link anyhow...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=1064

This one seems particularly suited:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1021440&CatId=1064

calpchen
10-15-2004, 06:17 AM
Just so you know... Tiger Direct has a bad reputation for service, rebates, and the like, according to the members of fatwallet.com here (http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/messageview.php?catid=18&threadid=373867). Also see here (http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/seller/home.html/002-3458305-9232044?asin=&marketplaceSeller=&seller=A9B09ZK9BZJQ6) and here (http://www.bbbsoutheastflorida.org/nis/newsearch2.asp?ID=1&strBCode=06330000&ComID=0633000027000500).

jamison55
10-15-2004, 06:59 AM
Just so you know... Tiger Direct has a bad reputation for service, rebates, and the like, according to the members of fatwallet.com here (http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/messageview.php?catid=18&threadid=373867). Also see here (http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/seller/home.html/002-3458305-9232044?asin=&marketplaceSeller=&seller=A9B09ZK9BZJQ6) and here (http://www.bbbsoutheastflorida.org/nis/newsearch2.asp?ID=1&strBCode=06330000&ComID=0633000027000500).

Good to know. I have ordered a couple of MB/CPU combos and some memory, and have never had a problem, but that may not be indicitive of total service... I like NewEgg a little better, but sometines Tiger is cheaper.

Rhys
10-15-2004, 07:08 AM
Just so you know... Tiger Direct has a bad reputation for service, rebates, and the like, according to the members of fatwallet.com.

This is one reason I deal only with brick and mortar businesses.

Similarly, given that laptops have a maximum life of about 7 years, I'd never touch secondhand - certainly not if the thing costs more than $50.

ladywolf
10-18-2004, 11:22 AM
Hi Rhys; I just bought an HP Pavilion zv5000 Notebook last week, and although I didn't want to drop $1500 on a new computer, I'm SO glad I did. I was in the same boat you are; I wanted a generic computer that I could get by with - around $600 maybe. In my area, they aren't out there for that price. I picked this one up at WalMart (they have a great return policy) because I didn't have the luxury of shopping around; my desktop had just taken a nosedive and I had a publishing deadline to meet.

I love this notebook. Built in digital media slots are wonderful - no usb cables to pack around when I travel. DVD-CDW is good, and the processor is powerful and speeds you right along. If I'd had time to look around, I would have pursued this information: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1599899,00.asp?kc=PCRSS02129TX1K0000530

Good Luck.... judy

jamison55
10-18-2004, 12:42 PM
Don't know if you've purchased yet, but Best Buy and Circuit City usually have low priced laptops with no interest financing periods. My wife and I purchased her laptop with a 1 year no interest deal. The laptop itself was about $800, or $85 per month (to give ourselves a safety margin). We paid it off before the year was up, so it worked out well. Check your Sunday paper...