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Lap top computers ?

cowdoccowdoc Member Posts: 5,847 ✭✭✭
edited March 2005 in General Discussion
kinda looking for a laptop what are the better ones.......looked on ebay just for poopS and giggles on ebay to see what was there and seemed to be a lot of dells and ibm thinkpads for sale....are they junk or are people just selling them to keep up with the newest ones? and with that said would any of you buy a computer from ebay.

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    dcon12dcon12 Member Posts: 31,956 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have bought a few laptops off of e-bay. A dell and a gateway and a couple of compaqs. I only have had good luck with the ones I have purchased. Don


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    idsman75idsman75 Member Posts: 13,398 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I've owned 2 IBM desktops and both were JUNK. I had a Thinkpad notebook computer for work and it was JUNK. We just got new ones and the newer ones are 10X better. I used to own a Gateway notebook computer and that was JUNK.

    I'd avoid notebook computers like the plague unless I absolutely NEEDED one for work. I won't ever buy an IBM or a Gateway ever again.
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    gap1916gap1916 Member Posts: 4,977
    edited November -1
    I have used Dell and was very happy with it. [8D]

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    MN HunterMN Hunter Member Posts: 2,299 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    sony vaio seem to be the best IMO. ive had a gateway laptop, dell tower, and now have a sony and absolutely love it..my .02

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    dano1dano1 Member Posts: 322 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have a Dell and had no problems yet, a friend has a Gateway and it has given him the a%% many, many times, another 2 have a Sony and asides from the plastic around the keyboard coming loose, and program overloads, it has been OK. As for one from ebay, caveat emptor!!!
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    shoff14shoff14 Member Posts: 11,994 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If you get a Dell, stay away from the 1100 series. They have admited they have problems with heat. You just missed out on a huge sale at Dell, 20% of plus free shipping on everything. Fiance bought a nice laptop for 900.
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    CrittergitterCrittergitter Member Posts: 2,554 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Here's a site you may want to check out... lot's of stuff, and watch for sales and internet specials..

    www.tigerdirect.com

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    ZERODINZERODIN Member Posts: 6,338
    edited November -1
    I just got a new laptop. My old one (it turns 5 this May) was just not doing the trick for me anymore, mostly because of its size. I got one of the first 15.4"-monitor models, a Toshiba Tecra 8100. It was top-of-the-line at the time, and is still a decent laptop. Things to watch out for on used laptops:

    1. Battery - you will almost certainly need to buy a new battery, because batteries tend to wear out to the point they won't hold a charge within a year or two.

    2. Hard drive - these go bad. My little sister's Dell has had at least two or three go bad in about two years.

    3. Screen - these can go bad or get scratched up, or any other number of problems.

    4. Keyboard - laptop keyboards are hard to clean, and even a drop of sugar soda spilled into one will make several keys sticky. This gets really obnoxious.

    5. Pointing device - trackpad or trackstick (the little eraser dealie, called a Nipple Stick or even an e-... I'll stop right there on the nicknames for this one), you will have to get used to using it anytime you don't have an external mouse hooked up. I like the tracksticks, myself, but my new laptop has a trackpad and it's okay so far, but I still have to get used to it.
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    Aspen79seAspen79se Member Posts: 4,707
    edited November -1
    Look at Alienware. They are built to compete with desktops. Thier more expensive, but you get what you pay for. I've had my Dell 4000 about five years now and it's still limping along.
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    MFIMFI Member Posts: 7,899 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Using my Compaq right now as I type . This is a great machine and Ive never Had a problem. Bought for $799.00
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    A J ChristA J Christ Member Posts: 7,534
    edited November -1
    Toshiba makes an excellent laptop. Got it in '99, battery won't haold a charge anymore, CPU is 166 mhz (real slow) but does just fine for what I use it for (work).
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    springer1springer1 Member Posts: 647 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    What will be its main use?
    Sony for photo or movies
    dell for the net
    I would stay off ebay
    look in the paper
    Hd drive erase and reload about 80$ around here
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    select-fireselect-fire Member Posts: 69,453 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Wife has had 2. Both Toshiba's. Outgrew the first one along it age of it.
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    jsergovicjsergovic Member Posts: 5,526
    edited November -1
    iBook
    Right now, you can get a 1.25 GHz iBook with a CD burner for a grand, delivered.
    It has a wireless card included.
    The battery will last you for over a year, more like several.

    A three year warranty is another $250.
    The screen is 12.something inches.
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    cbxjeffcbxjeff Member Posts: 17,454 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I love my HP. Had it about 1 1/2 years. A little pricey but I needed the mem, cpu, display for SolidWorks. 15 1/2" display is a little small but 17" around now. I won't buy another desktop.

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    Big DaveBig Dave Member Posts: 730 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have a Dell Inspiron 5100. I carry it on the road and use it constantly. Never had a problem with it. [8D]

    A friend of mine bought a Sont Viao about the same time I got my Dell. He's since put his Sony away and bought a Dell 8100. He had nothing but problems with his Sony Viao.
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    carbine100carbine100 Member Posts: 3,073 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Not 1 glitch out of my Toshiba.(1+ yr) Dell has good reputation and BEST service after sell. Daughter just bought one in aformentioned sale. She is replacing a HP that has been nothing but trouble.
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    sky_Divesky_Dive Member Posts: 478 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I've never owned a laptop. Two years ago I bought my niece a Dell Inspiron 8200 for law School and she's had good luck with it, had to have it repaired once because she slipped on some ice. I have been looking to get myself a laptop and ACER has gotten my attention, they seem to offer allot for the money, for around $1200 it looks like I can get a good setup. I would never buy a used laptop, they take too much abuse. I would also get an extended service agreement covering accidents and such as I did for my niece, her warranty expires in 2007 and since she graduates in 06 she's covered.. I know from others that if the screen dies after a couple of years you might as well throw the laptop away, it will cost more to repair than it's worth.

    Another thought, you now have a choice of a Pentium M Processor or a regular Pentium 4 Processor. The difference is that the M processor will give you an average of 5 hours of battery life and the P4 about 2. My niece's laptop has the regular Pentium 4 2ghz so I bought the extra battery with gives her between 4 and 5 hours of use.

    I like this one-
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=34-115-160&DEPA=3

    my .02



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    OklahomaboundOklahomabound Member Posts: 829 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I've had Compaq, dell, and now have a Toshiba Satellite... very nice, had it a little over a year. Liked it so much, bought one for my daughter as well....

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    nunnnunn Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 36,026 ******
    edited November -1
    I have bought 6 laptops on Fleabay. No, only 5. One I bought from a fellow who saw that I was bidding on laptops and contacted me directly.

    I have bought ONLY from individual owners who took care of their stuff. No corporate or lease machines.

    I have bought Dells, one Compaq, one HP. The HP is very old, but my niece still uses it. I am using a Dell I bought second hand, right now. A year-old machine at half its original cost is a bargain.

    Another place you might check for a used or refurb laptop is www.saveateagle.com

    I never bought a laptop there, but have bought two desktops and have been very pleased.

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    AlpineAlpine Member Posts: 15,068 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    On my 2nd Toshiba. Had this one 2 years. No complaints, no problems.
    DVD burner, I only wish it had a larger hard drive.

    Your mileage may vary.
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    bonehead99bonehead99 Member Posts: 49 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Here's my .02, I work for a large corp. repairing laptops. I work on mostly Compaq/HP and Dell's with occassional IBM, Gateway, and Toshiba. All of are clients have gotten rid of the IBM and Gateway model they tend to be junk and parts never come ontime. Toshiba's are horrible to work on their is about 100 screws that hold them together.
    For the money I'd go with a Dell D600 or Compaq/HP NC6000. I'm more of a Compaq fan but when it comes to service Dell takes better care of use. My personnal unit is a Dell C610, unit works great and does everything I need it to.
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    dwhitwo254dwhitwo254 Member Posts: 174 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I bought a computer for just basic uses like word proc., spreadsheet, internet, cd's, etc. Nothing fancy but I got it used from a computer reseller.

    Picked it up for like 300 and it was a dell, with a great battery and had cd, floppy, good amount of RAM, etc. and windows. So not bad deal but its an older Latitude CSii I think.

    If you have someone with a copy of windows 2000..you might go to this site for a start

    www.retrobox.com
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    bonehead99bonehead99 Member Posts: 49 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Flying Clay Disk
    Bonehead,

    Used to be that Compaq's had a customized (almost proprietary) version of Windows on them. You couldn't install a COTS version Windows OS on one. You had to put the Compaq version of Windows back on (like if you blew the HD or something). It was like MS and Compaq had some kind of a deal to write custom drivers for Compaq's only.

    Are they still like that?

    BTW....Welcome!!!

    FCD

    "Fortes et liber"


    Most of are customers have a custom load I install, I know from the factory they give you a restore cd which is regular windows but already has the drivers need for your model. I've install windows 95 & 98 on old models and the restore cd wasn't need but I had to get the drivers from their site.

    cowdoc,
    Don't look at the Pesario line those units are designed for home use, Armada line is more for business and seem to hold up better.
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    zipperzapzipperzap Member Posts: 25,057
    edited November -1
    A Toshiba and a couple of Macs - always have liked the Macs better - unpopular concept 'round here, but I do!
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    ruger270manruger270man Member Posts: 9,361 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    dell and toshiba are good choices. stay away from HP/Compaq, alot of people I know had problems with them.

    I have a dell, works great


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    mrbrucemrbruce Member Posts: 3,374
    edited November -1
    Buy a Mac and then you can be a MAC snob too.
    I love my I-book, and my Power Book even better.
    I wouldn't part with my I-Mac either, cause I''m one of them
    so called snobs too..

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    Texas_ShooterTexas_Shooter Member Posts: 1,125 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I will not buy another Dell as I had problems with the last two. I have been real happy with E Machine laptops. I am on my second one and for the price you just can't beat them. If you like to upgrade as frequent as I do then buy E Machine.
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    cowdoccowdoc Member Posts: 5,847 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    thanks for the answers people!
    sounds like everybody has had trouble with every brand.
    I have an old gateway / not a laptop that is set up with windows98 64meg of ram and pentium 11 still works great for most things but am finding that its not enough machine to run some new software
    like to have lap top as more and more things in Ag are becoming plug and play so to speak like gps guideance systems, yield maping variable rate planting and fertilizing ect ect.
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