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Billy
14-03-2006, 04:06 PM
Hi All
I am new to notebooks.

I am thinking of buying an "ASUS A6U Turion Notebook" (specs below) for Internet surfing, Email, business word processing. I won't have to carry it around much. Also I don't mind a little future proofing so I'm happy with the 64bit CPU.

Several questions.
1) Any comments on this particular computer?
2) I looked at the PC World's "How to buy A Notebook PC" (http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf/pgnote/A2E52D9FF2644B81CC25712C00001E65) and according to that this notebook should cost a lot more than $1498! I'm puzzled? Why the difference?
3) Is an extended warranty, a wise move?

Thanks in advance.
BIlly
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SPECS EG Dicksmith www.dse.co.nz (Cat # XC3649):
* Processor: AMD Turion 64 Mobile technology MT-30 (1.6GHz, 1MB L2 cache)
* Memory: 256MB DDR333 SDRAM, upgradeable to 1GB (I intend to upgrade the memory.)
* Hard Drive: 60GB 4200rpm (I may buy an external HD as well.)
* Optical Drive: DVD writer dual layer (Q. Will this burn CDs as well?)
* Display: 15.4" widescreen
* Video: Embedded SIS M760GX SIS Mirage TM 2 Graphics (Q. Does embedded mean "included on the motherboard"?)
* Video Camera: 0.35 Mega Pixels web camera
* Audio: AC 97 S?W audio SoundBlaster Pro Compatible, Built-in stereo speakers
* Security: BIOS Booting, User passwords, Kensington Lock Hole
* Networking: Integrated 10?100 base T
* Modem: Integrated V.92 Fax?modem
* Wireless: Integrated 802.11b?g WiFi (Q. I guess that means I have to buy a router?)
* Card Reader Writer: SD?MMC?MS?MS PRO
* I?O: 1 x Card-Reader, 1 x TV-Out, 1 Type II PCMCIA 2.1 compliant, 1 x SIR-115.2Kbps supported, 1 x IEEE 1394 port, 1 x SPDIF Out jack, 1 x Headphone-out jack, 1 x Microphone-in jack, 1 x Audio-in jack, 1 x RJ11 Modem jack for phone line, 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 1x EPP?ECP Parallel port?D-sub 25-pin
* Battery: Lithium Ion 4-cell, 2200mAh (I won't be using the battery much.)
* AC Adapter: Input 100-240V AC, Output 19V DC
* Weight & Dimensions (mm): 2.85kg, 354 x 284 x 35.2mm (w x d x h) (I won't be carrying it around much.)
* Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home (I understand it's OEM Windows. Is that a problem?)
* Software: ASUSDVD XP 5.0, Power Director V3.0 DE, Medi@Show V2.0 SE Symantec Norton” Internet Security 2005 (90 day trial), Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1, NERO Express V6.0 ASUS NB Probe, ASUS Live Update, ASUS ChkMail, ASUS Hotkey, ASUS Power4 Gear+
* Warranty: 2-Year limited global hardware warranty, 1 -year battery pack warranty (I suspect it might be advisable to get an extended warranty?)

techie
14-03-2006, 06:10 PM
1) Any comments on this particular computer?
2) I looked at the PC World's "How to buy A Notebook PC" (http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf/pgnote/A2E52D9FF2644B81CC25712C00001E65) and according to that this notebook should cost a lot more than $1498! I'm puzzled? Why the difference?
3) Is an extended warranty, a wise move?

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SPECS EG Dicksmith www.dse.co.nz (Cat # XC3649):
* Processor: AMD Turion 64 Mobile technology MT-30 (1.6GHz, 1MB L2 cache)
* Memory: 256MB DDR333 SDRAM, upgradeable to 1GB (I intend to upgrade the memory.)
* Hard Drive: 60GB 4200rpm (I may buy an external HD as well.)
* Optical Drive: DVD writer dual layer (Q. Will this burn CDs as well?)
* Display: 15.4" widescreen
* Video: Embedded SIS M760GX SIS Mirage TM 2 Graphics (Q. Does embedded mean "included on the motherboard"?)
* Video Camera: 0.35 Mega Pixels web camera
* Audio: AC 97 S?W audio SoundBlaster Pro Compatible, Built-in stereo speakers
* Security: BIOS Booting, User passwords, Kensington Lock Hole
* Networking: Integrated 10?100 base T
* Modem: Integrated V.92 Fax?modem
* Wireless: Integrated 802.11b?g WiFi (Q. I guess that means I have to buy a router?)
* Card Reader Writer: SD?MMC?MS?MS PRO
* I?O: 1 x Card-Reader, 1 x TV-Out, 1 Type II PCMCIA 2.1 compliant, 1 x SIR-115.2Kbps supported, 1 x IEEE 1394 port, 1 x SPDIF Out jack, 1 x Headphone-out jack, 1 x Microphone-in jack, 1 x Audio-in jack, 1 x RJ11 Modem jack for phone line, 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 1x EPP?ECP Parallel port?D-sub 25-pin
* Battery: Lithium Ion 4-cell, 2200mAh (I won't be using the battery much.)
* AC Adapter: Input 100-240V AC, Output 19V DC
* Weight & Dimensions (mm): 2.85kg, 354 x 284 x 35.2mm (w x d x h) (I won't be carrying it around much.)
* Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home (I understand it's OEM Windows. Is that a problem?)
* Software: ASUSDVD XP 5.0, Power Director V3.0 DE, Medi@Show V2.0 SE Symantec Norton” Internet Security 2005 (90 day trial), Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1, NERO Express V6.0 ASUS NB Probe, ASUS Live Update, ASUS ChkMail, ASUS Hotkey, ASUS Power4 Gear+
* Warranty: 2-Year limited global hardware warranty, 1 -year battery pack warranty (I suspect it might be advisable to get an extended warranty?)

1. Asus make top quality laptops. Hence, in my opinion, extended warranty is not really necessary unless you don't mind paying for a peace of mind. The price at DSE is $1498.

2. 256MB ram is hardly anything. You may want more.

3. OEM software will not be a problem. You will get restore discs with the purchase.

4. That battery ain't going to last you very long. Why buy a laptop when you're not going to take it out and about? A desktop would be much better value for money in that case.