I am getting a laptop for college this week and all I need is a basic one. I dont play games or anything but I will most likely be watching movies and listening to music on it. I want to spend under $1000, preferably around $600 - $700. I have an HP Desktop at home and a Gateway desktop and I like bpth of those brands, but I really dont want either of those for college. I'm also unsure of the brands I've never heard of such as Acer. Are any of those off brands good? Any suggestions of what would work best for me or what I need to look for processor and memory wise. I really know nothing about what to look for in a laptop so all advice and links would be great! Thanks so much!
1)HP Pavilion dv5000z Turion 64. it includes: Windows XP Media Center Edition; 2.2GHz Turion 64 ML-40; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM PC2700 333MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon Xpress 200 128MB; Fujitsu MHV2120AT PL 120GB 4,200rpm. With an AMD processor it starts at a highly affordable $679. It weighs about 6.5 pounds and like its predecessors, is full of entertainment features, but also does well in productivity. Although it is not quite suited for optimum gaming experience, it does come with an integrated 802.11 a/b/g wireless with Bluetooth and an amazing 12 cell battery.
2)Sony Vaio SZ. It includes: Windows XP Pro; 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo T2400; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM PC4300 533MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 128MB; Fujitsu MHV2100HB 80GB 4,200rpm. At only 3.8 pounds, it provides a good sized screen and a usable keyboard. It includes an integrated microphone, Webcam, Intel Core Duo processor, an Nvidia graphics card, Bluetooth, and 802.11a/b/g wireless. Although it starts at $1,400 and a good unit can cost as much as $2,500, if price is no objective, this is a great model.
3)Acer TravelMate 4650. It includes: Windows XP Pro; 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760; 1GB DDR2 PC4300 SDRAM 533MHz; Intel 915GM/GMS 910GML Express 128MB; Seagate ST9100822A 100GB 5,400rpm. It has amazing performance, battery life, and features for both home and office needs. Starting at $1,149, it weights 6.4 pounds with a 15 inch screen. It comes with the Acer signature curved keyboard, a hand Wi-Fi on/off button, and for the most part is quiet except for the DVD burner. For its low price it is well worth the money. But remember that Acer is probably the worst in phone support.
4)Acer Aspire 9504WSMi. It includes: Windows XP Media Center; 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760; 2GB PC4300 DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon X700 256MB; Seagate Momentum 5400.2 120GB 5,400rpm. At $1,999 it is well worth the price. As another desktop replacement, it comes with a built-in TV tuner, a 17 inch display, Wi-Fi, and speakers along the front edge so while the laptop is closed, you can still hear. However, it only comes with one USB 2.0 port and weighs a whooping 8.5 pounds. However comparing to most other desktop replacements, it performs faster.
5)HP Pavilion dv8000. It includes: Windows XP Professional; 2.2GHz Turion 64 ML-40; 1,024MB PC 2700 DDR SDRAM 333MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon Xpress 200 series 128MB; Seagate ST9100822A 100GB 4,200rpm, Toshiba MK1031GAS 100GB 4,200rpm. If you are looking for a laptop that will get the job done, this is the one for you. It can replace your desktop and compared to other laptops that are desktop replacements, this one comes relatively cheap at $1,600. Since it is considered to be a desktop replacement, it is a bit on the heavy side 7.3 pounds. So, if you plan on carrying your laptop with you everywhere you go, you may want to reconsider. Equipped with a huge 17 inch screen, an integrated Wi-Fi, and Altec lansing speakers, this laptop is good from in the classroom to watching movies and listening to music.
*I don't believe I've heard of any problems with these notebooks.*
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