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    Question New Laptop for SWMBO

    Yep, she wants a new laptop.
    Can you help with the best one to get? Thanks.

    I took her to DSE just to see what physical (screen) size she likes and it is 14in.
    She definitely does not like the large laptops and I agree that they would be too large to be easily portable.
    The netbooks are out - too small. So it has to be a 14 inch screen.

    I went to PriceSpy but could not find an ASUS (my first choice) laptop with a good price. We are looking at about $1200.

    Found this Toshiba.
    What do you think? Cost $1,225

    Here are the basics for the above Toshiba:
    320 GB
    Windows 7 Home Premium
    DVD-Writer
    Processor Speed: 2.13 GHz
    Processor Type: Core i3
    Standard Memory: 4 GB
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 HyperMemory - Video Memory 512 MB
    Camera Type - Integrated Web Cam

    More specs here and here.

    What about "TV Out"? I am not sure if this laptop has this feature or if it has to be added.

    No need for high end graphics - no games, etc.
    But I don't like el cheapo either, so not a Celeron.

    Don't know anything about "Expert InfoTech". A good shop to deal with?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Strommer; 31-10-2010 at 12:51 PM. Reason: added cost
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    Default Re: New Laptop for SWMBO

    Expert InfoTech are one of the worst.

    Good laptop, try Ascent or Playtech though.
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    Default Re: New Laptop for SWMBO

    Quote Originally Posted by jwil1 View Post
    Expert InfoTech are one of the worst.

    Good laptop, try Ascent or Playtech though.
    Thanks for the warning!

    I don't mind paying a bit more to get a good dependable shop.

    But I don't see Ascent of Playtech on this PriceSpy page.
    Can someone recommend a good shop on that page?

    Thanks
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    Default Re: New Laptop for SWMBO

    Send the old one here Once you get whatever off it then I'll format it then use it

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    Default Re: New Laptop for SWMBO

    Quote Originally Posted by jwil1 View Post
    Expert InfoTech are one of the worst.

    Good laptop, try Ascent or Playtech though.
    Most of the posts on that forum are from 2004 - 2007.
    But reading PriceSpy reviews, there are mixed comments - most very good but the bad experiences are BAD. So I will avoid them!
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    Default Re: New Laptop for SWMBO

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    Default Re: New Laptop for SWMBO

    Toshiba are on my good list too.
    Pick another OK shop - the warranty is with Toshiba themselves so it's not as much risk - so long as you go fetch it and don't get it mailed.
    wipe your paws.

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    Default Re: New Laptop for SWMBO

    Here's a similar unit from Ascent
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    Default Re: New Laptop for SWMBO

    Quote Originally Posted by jwil1 View Post
    Here's a similar unit from Ascent
    Thanks for that. I also found it for $70 cheaper than Ascent - on Aquila Technology and NotebookCity. PriceSpy reviews for these two companies look good.

    One feature that is missing is the ability to burn DVD's, which seems odd for a good quality laptop, or is it common for laptops to only burn CD's?
    The specs as listed:
    [Optical Disc Drive Speed: Read: CD-ROM 24x, DVD-ROM 8x. Write: CD-R 24x, CD-RW 4x]

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    Default Re: New Laptop for SWMBO

    No its not uncommon for laptops to burn DVD's - it s to do with the price (generally).

    Cheaper laptops usually have less features or power or both - one of the lesser features can be No DVD burner, as they are more expensive drives than CD or Combo drives.

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