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MedicineBaby 
25/8/08 6:19:28 PM
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Hey all, I am in the market at a laptop, simply for University. The amount of time wasted there when I could be doing my lab report and research essay is starting to get on my back a bit. So just need it to do word stuff on and general web surfing, although I might watch a movie here and there XD

I had a look at the Cybershop, and they have a Toshiba L300/C02 for $599 after $150 cash back. Here is the link:


http://cybershop.com.au/Notebooks/SatellieL300C02.shtml

Wondering what peoples opinions are on it and what they would recommend for a cheapish price.

Another question is, I have a copy of Windows XP Professional lying about, would I be able to swap the Vista installation for that one easily, or would I come un stuck with the drivers.

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soundasleep 
25/8/08 6:23:03 PM
Serf
If the PC is designed with Vista in mind, stick with Vista. If it's running under 2Gb RAM, just disable services you don't need (like SuperFetch) and it'll run pretty much as well as XP.

I've got 2 PC's at the moment, both 1.1Ghz Pentium M, one 1.25Gb RAM and other with 1.5Gb and both run Vista beautifully. Of course I am a little bias as touchscreen/tablet support is MUCH better under Vista.

I would recommand avoiding Celeron CPU's. They really are the ugly stepchild of Intel's family. Find something with a Core Duo or even Pentium M...so they still make those?

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MedicineBaby 
25/8/08 6:29:11 PM
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Problem is Core Duo CPUs in laptops cost a bit more, I was not intending on spending terribly much on a laptop, especially if it is just for mainly word processing.

But might have to look a bit more.

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tantryl 
25/8/08 7:17:50 PM
SuperHero
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Celeron + Vista = Fail.

At least it has 1.5GB and a 5400rpm drive though.

But that Celeron would bug me. Especially since the exact same model with a Core based CPU would have double the battery life.

Big factor in Uni - double the battery life.

Honestly for Uni work you'd be better off looking at a sub-notebook like the eeePC 1000H, MSI Wind or Aspire One. The 1000H and Wind come with 6 hour battery lifes, I think the Aspire One is limited to 3.


Edited by tantryl: 25/8/2008 07:18:31 PM

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MedicineBaby 
25/8/08 7:47:13 PM
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The eeePC comes with XP Home as well. Might have to go test it out though, because the size might give some issues :D




Edited by MedicineBaby: 25/8/2008 07:47:31 PM

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tantryl 
25/8/08 8:38:47 PM
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I suggest doing an online typing test at least twice, preferably three times on each model.

I did that with my Dell 640M, that I'd been using for 2 years and got ~80wpm. With the 1000H I scored around 67 on my first run, 70 on my second and 72 on my third.

I reckon I could probably hit 80wpm now. It's quite big.

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soundasleep 
25/8/08 11:26:24 PM
Serf
I know this may not be approprioate for your situation, but I ordered an APC Universal Notebook battery from the states, and it's a god-send. It's about the size of the base of a 12-14" notebook and only about half an inch think. Keeps my TC1100 (an old Pentium M based machine, original battery life around 3hrs) running for just under 6 hours (+ original battery which runs at just over an hour now).

Obviously a notebook with great battery life is a better choice, but I just thought I'd give you something else to think about :)

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MedicineBaby 
27/8/08 9:37:33 PM
Overlord

I got my new laptop today. Very happy with it. Was a Toshiba L300D/200. Dual Core, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Low end dedicated graphics and Vista Premium for $1050. Pretty damn happy with it, has everything I am after, although the battery life might not be as long as the eee PC, still decent enough for what I would be after.

I tried out the eee PC, I have to say it is a neat little thing, but for me, just too small to try and adjust to. I would look like that tall guy from the Simpsons in his VW beetle in the library.

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Electra 
30/8/08 1:20:23 PM
Initiate

Sounds nice.
I'm sort of tossing up which one to get as well.
Those MSI Winds with the 10" screen look pretty good.
Anyone got one? Does it do everything you want? What about the lack of optical drive? Is it a pain?

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MedicineBaby 
30/8/08 2:06:31 PM
Overlord

It really depends on your uses for it and how much you intend to use it. Definately if you can cope with the screen size and keyboard layout and size then go for a small portable number. If you intend to use it mainly for your lectures to take some notes down, and pretty much use it on a regular basis outside home then go for it.

I came to the conclusion that the small numbers are neat versatile machines, but I would not be carrying it around with me on a regular basis, and to me I would have it difficult to work on such a small machine all the time. Another thing is that I was also after something that could possibly be a viable desktop replacement in the future, so put some extra cash towards something that was a bit bigger and had little bit more grunt to do anything extra when required to. Also allows me to spread more things across the screen and is a little less stressful during a long period of time.

Battery life is definately no match to the small portable numbers, but with power saving features on and a few bells and whistles turned off, battery life for mine can last up to 3 hours. The total break time I have between lectures is at max 1 hour, so 3 hours battery life is plenty for myself on a daily basis.

Even when I get home and just plug it in and carry on with work I had previously started. I finished my psychology lab report just recently thanks to having it handy at Uni during the breaks I had, I still have just over a week left now before its due date, so can touch it up here and there. As long as it's finished and out of the way I am pretty happy with myself.

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triciagems 
2/9/08 10:15:22 PM
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Choose a laptop which is capable in handling your task, in short choose the one which will suit your preferences.

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