Buying a laptop
Everyone will have their preferences, so expect more than a few answers to this. Knowing more about yourself and your habits will help find the perfect machine for you.
The first thing you need to ask yourself is what your main uses are going to be. Try answering some of these questions:
Do you travel a lot, or will just tend to set yourself up in a few odd places?
Do you play a lot of PC games or movies?
Do you tend to beat up what you own, or are you cautious with your stuff?
Do you like a lot of bells and whistles, or do you prefer something straightforward and simple?
Do you have any particular vision problems?
That aside, my most general advice for anyone looking for a laptop is to simply be sure to get one with a graphics card in some form. Look for something that advertises Nvidia or ATI graphics, and avoid other stuff like "Intel graphics media accelerator", which isn't really a card at all. The reason I say that is that I often find that graphics ability is one of the biggest bottlenecks in a laptop that is not really upgradable in the future. If you get a laptop with a solid graphics card, then most of the other features you need or want should fall into place. At $700-900, you're at the perfect price point.
I can get you specific models with answers to the above questions (I'll check back later). Otherwise, I'm personally inclined to recommend either hp or dell machines, though neither are at the quality they were a couple years back.
I also recommend keeping an eye on sites like Dealhack or Dealigg to find good deals or coupons, and get the most bang for your buck.
Sep 14, 2008 |
HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook