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Old 07-10-2007, 04:49 PM   #1
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Deciding whether to buy a laptop now or wait...

Sorry if a similar question has been posted before... I did a search and couldn't find similar topics.

Hey everyone. Right now, I have an old IBM Thinkpad that I use, but the hard drive and monitor are finally giving out on me. So now I'm interested in buying a new laptop. I came across an Acer Aspire 3050-1733, and it seemed to have good reviews and had room for upgrades. I'll need the laptop mostly for college, watching DVDs, word processing, light gaming, image editing, light video editing/animation... pretty much everyday things. I also plan to wipe Vista and install PCLinuxOS.

I won't be going to college for about another year and so I'm not sure whether or not to just wait and buy a more powerful laptop for about the same price right before I head off. Any advice? Thanks in advance!

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My advice would be to do neither. Buy a desktop that you can use to do the things you want (gaming, video editing, etc.). Those are functions that drive up the cost of a laptop, but are still cheap in a desktop. For portable use (note taking, browsing, office applications, IM), pick up one of these for $199. The combination will cost you less than $1000, and you'll have more power, space and functionality. If (when) someone steals your laptop, you're only out $199, instead of $1000. Having two units lets you back up important (actual class related) documents easily too.
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Computers upgrade very quickly. Unless you need it now, Id wait. Granted you plan to dump Vista, but if you decide to dual boot, directx10 graphics cards will be plentiful and affordable. Hard drive capacity is increasing at a fast rate. You say you plan to use it for everyday things, so the most powerful laptop isn't the most important thing, but if you can stretch another year out of it, I would, and buy it as a going to college gift for yourself. It will make you happier about goign to college because you will have a brand new machine.

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Old 07-10-2007, 06:57 PM   #4
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Go for a Dellbuntu ; )

Really now, even if you're not going to use Ubuntu, they've gone through the trouble of writing drivers, proclaiming it to the world (Like every-other refresh on would should "Here by Popular Demand" promoting Ubuntu) and it's about time we let them know we love that. ;P

That said, do you really need the mobility? I can build a desktop for 450$ that has the same performance as a 1200$ laptop. Admitedly, I didn't add in the cost for the monitor, but LCDs... are a bit troublesome with dead pixels, and I'm sure you have a CRT somewhere.

(The machine is a Micro-ATX ASUS board, a 250GiB HDD from Seagate, 2GiB of DDR2-800 RAM, Athlon 64 X2 3800+ EE, DVDRW, card reader, high-quality (Seasonic) PSU, and a bunch of other things...)
Old 07-10-2007, 08:12 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies everyone!

Jorophose, I already have a desktop that I've tricked out (lol) pretty well for more intense stuff, and I always use a laptop when I'm out of town or when I'm visiting relatives for the day and stuff like that. About the LCD thing, they do give a ton of trouble. I've always preferred flat screen CRTs.

Thanks again for your input guys. I might look into a "Dellbuntu" as well. I like what they've done for the Linux community. Acer computers have always been good to me too though. Decisions, decisions haha. Keep the advice coming in if you have it, I appreciate it.


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