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Greg
23-01-2005, 03:03 PM
I'm after a new notebook, and never having had or even used one before can anyone give me some recommendations?

I don't need any software or opsys installed. It'll be running XP Pro SP1, and the applications it will be used for is Photoshop, Dreamweaver, MS Office and a few other minor apps.

It needs at least a CD writer/DVD reader, and 512megs RAM.

Budget is two grand inclsive GST.

I'll only buy from an Auckland based dealer.

Thanks.

Metla
23-01-2005, 03:08 PM
You have to first decide if you prefer a lightweight system,or a heavier more powerful unit.

Going by your budget you may have difficulty finding a lighweight unit with a bit of grunt.

Graham L
23-01-2005, 03:09 PM
Paperplus are selling 3B5 notebooks for 5c. Never need software upgrades, no batteries needed ...

;)

Greg
23-01-2005, 03:15 PM
You have to first decide if you prefer a lightweight system,or a heavier more powerful unit.



The weight doesn't really make a lot of difference - it's not going to be lugged around a lot; it's mostly just as a toy for my missus.

I'm also happy to accept quotes/buy from PressF1'ers.

this one (http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/41f304b108591ae6273fc0a87f9906c0/Product/View/XC3530) from DSE looks good, with cash left over to upgrade the RAM to 512.

Michael Yoon
23-01-2005, 05:32 PM
I saw a advertisement recently for the MSI M510C at playtech (www.playtech.co.nz) for $1999.00+GST
specs:Intel Centrino 1.5Ghz, ATi Radeon 9700, 7hrs battery life, 15 inch screen
not sure how much memory though but its a pretty good system looking at the specs.

~sy~
23-01-2005, 05:34 PM
Paperplus are selling 3B5 notebooks for 5c. Never need software upgrades, no batteries needed ... :D Correction: 3B1. And it is compact and portable. Might need a pen though :D

this one from DSE looks good, with cash left over to upgrade the RAM to 512.... If they had it in stock.

Also from Dick Smith is this one (http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/41f304b108591ae6273fc0a87f9906c0/Product/View/XC3486) -may need to order in 'due to popular demand'. Not too sure how the processor would handle Photoshop though.

Greg
23-01-2005, 06:56 PM
Thanks folks. I'm pretty much decided on the Asus A2400H from DSE. Best specs I've seen for the price in over 3 hours of searching, including a great warranty.

Stocks are due in this week so I expect to get it on Wednesday.

~sy~
23-01-2005, 08:33 PM
Greg, I hope you have been to PriceSpy. As much as the specifications may be good, that 2400 model is slightly old. For less than 15 more, I'd recommend you to look at theAsus A4500L (http://www.pricespy.co.nz/pno_5119.html). Not only is it faster, it is a very new model and still carries the 2 year international warranty that you seem to be keen on.

Greg
23-01-2005, 09:02 PM
look at the Asus A4500L (http://www.pricespy.co.nz/pno_5119.html).

Sounds like a good recommendation. I'll see if DSE can get it in for the same price.

[edit] found someone local who's got it at similar price. :thumbs: