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Old 22nd June, 2006, 08:10 PM
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How about an HP. DV1000 sieries.

It still has a 14" screen but HP claims 8 hours of battery life with the 12 cell battery.
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Old 22nd June, 2006, 08:17 PM
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So do Toshiba, which I rate very highly, if you can afford them. Toshi's have always been great.
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Old 23rd June, 2006, 05:58 PM
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I like the HP, it comes out to just over $1200 w/two batterys and a 1 year accidental warrenty. I'm looking at the toshiba now. Mabey I'll get the HP even if it is a bit on the heavy side, the accidental damage warrenty makes up for it.
EDIT: Toshiba dosen't let you configure their notebooks, a one close comes to about $1,200 with a single battery.
So does anyone know HP laptop quality, desktop wise they ripped my friend off with a AMD 4200+ X2 on and an not to good ATI chipset and a 6800 AGP. We all know what a great idea it is to make your dual-core PC AGP.
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Old 23rd June, 2006, 06:06 PM
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So you know, laptops these days can take a considerable beating. My old Compaq M300 was run over by an Audi Allroad twice inside a bag, ended up with a bend in the thing, to the point that pressing keys on either side of the keyboard made it rattle from side to side.

The Mp3M has taken a ride off a BBQ onto a tile floor and took no damage, and I've seen a thinkpad that has taken more kickings, beatings, droppings, throwings, and fist mashes in anger than you could believe, and no problems.

As far as laptops go, the thing that breaks is nearly ALWAYS the thing that was made defectively, or a weak point in the design. Not something you did to it.
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Old 23rd June, 2006, 06:13 PM
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Ya that was one reason I like thinkpad. I knew one of the people who had sent in thier story about how it had suvived a carcrash.
Also sorry about the spelling I got "promoted at school". And off topic does anyone know the differance between the toshiba HD-A1 and HD-XA1?
EDIT: N/M about the toshiba queston the only differance is the XA1 includes a backlit remote.
EDIT2: The Sonys also seem to be expensive . I guess I'll probly go with the HP.
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heh just got back from my friend. We had to reinstall XP since his x-fi that he just purchased (the fata1ty) didn't work with Vista. So after about 20 mins on the phone with MS since we had to use my other friends XP disk since HP doesn't include one (odly enough thier recovery drive is fat32?). Then he finally realised that I was right and an X-fi gave almost no improvemnt to his $45 speakers (that he paid $110) ... He also wonders why he can't hear any bass after running his subwoofer for a month at max volume. Now it doesn't work at all. Worst thing was for only $4 an hour it was kind of a waste of time espiclally installing the x-fi.
Oh forgot to mention, his dad thru out his 4 pin connector from the X-fi to his front bay . And his mobo is mATX So we can't oc his 4200+ and he only has one output system fan........
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Your being very picky! I think you'll find 12 ins screens hard to find and I'm not convinced they have a dramatic effect on battery life.
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Old 24th June, 2006, 11:11 AM
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They have almost no effect on battery life. Some are even worse than 17" screens.

They are small and compact, and light, which is why I always get 11.3 or 12.1 screens, but the backlight type and brightness counts far more than size ever would.
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Your being very picky! I think you'll find 12 ins screens hard to find and I'm not convinced they have a dramatic effect on battery life.
I ran across quite a few of those. However most of the 12" screens were on ultra thin utlra lite business models that didn't even have an optical drive, and they were very expensive.
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ya then I guess the screen can be any size, right now I'm leaning towards the HP, the one drawback is that the 12 cell battery sticks out of the bottom. I should be able to deal with that. I'll get another one when I go to collage anyway.
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Good on you madcat. Finally, its good to see you taking peoples suggestions. Thanks.
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Good on you madcat. Finally, its good to see you taking peoples suggestions. Thanks.
I still ahve to conive my dad he say a dell add for a laptop thats $400 now he's determined all laptops cost that .
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I'm going away for a week to princeton, so I'll be back thurday or friday I think. Enjoy the peace.
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ha your peace is gone I just got back
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So did you explain to your Dad the $499 Laptop has a 23amp hour battery that will last about 45 minutes so it is no good to you?
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of course but for some reason my parents don't trust thier owns sons advice. People only really listen to you when thier paying . I also don't want a celeron m...
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HP dv1000

I bought a HP dv1668ea (dv1000 series that is) 3 weeks ago, and it works brilliantly.
Especially the remote control is awesome when you're connecting it to a TV to watch a movie. I use WinAmp to play movies, and the remote control and quick play buttons work just like any other key on the keyboard, so you can configure them with any application that supports custom key configuration, like WinAmp.
And the remote simply stores inside the PC-card slot, so I won't have it laying around somewhere while forgetting where it is again.

And its very silent. The fan only switches on when you're using CPU heavily, which is rarely for me. The only drawback is that your left leg heats up a lot when you put the notebook on your lap.

It has awesome speakers, great quality and good volume. The wireless adapter can be switched off manually using a button in the top right corner of the keyboard, which saves battery life when you don't need it.

The keyboard seems a bit badly constructed, since it jumps up and down a bit when pressing keys near the enter key. But for the rest it types fine.

The built-in webcam and mike are great features for videochatting.

The screen is great, very bright and precise, although I had a few dead pixels, and the reflectiveness is annoying when something like a bright sky or lamp is behind you.

I paid €1250 for it, which equals about $1450. It's a bit expensive, but I think that is because of the LightScribe CD/DVD +/- (re)writer and the 100 GB 6200 rpm disk drive.

The graphics adapter (Intel GMA 945 series) works fine, but don't expect extreme performance from it. It works for the average game, but high-end games won't work with it, or the image will be distorted or otherwise not shown correctly.

Altogether a great laptop.
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go for the HP. I have the 17" w/WME, LightScribe, 1gig
ram 100gig hdd, A64 Turion 2.4 gHZ. AWESOME POWER.

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