Good, basic Windoze laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by epicwelshman, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2006
    Nassau, Bahamas
    I realise this is Mac Rumors, but I trust you people more than most, so:

    My family needs a basic Windows laptop. My father uses Macs exclusively, but the rest of the family uses PC's and the kids need certain Windows programs. I know that many of you will try and convince me to "switch" them over to a Mac, but that won't happen so don't even bother trying. They just need a very basic laptop that'll survive use and abuse and will last for a few years. In terms of specs, they're not really important as they won't use many intensive programs.

    I've heard that IBM's are pretty good... any other suggestions?

    Oh... and no Dells or Gateways.
  2. Winstonp macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2005
    well...if you can't convince the relatives to purchase a macbook, which can run windows flawlessly I'd certainly go with an IBM.

    I own an X41, which is the tablet, but other models are virtually identical without the tablet feature.

    It's durable, fast, the IBM software package is unbeatable, and it's just a great computer.

    Stay far away from dell!!!

    Go IBM (or macbook)!
  3. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Get a MacBook, it runs Windows fully, and once they start to get sick of Windows, they can go OS X

    Just set it to boot into XP first. and they will think its a Windows PC
  4. ozone macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario, Canada
    The MacBook suggestion is a good idea. Either that or go with a Lenovo (i.e., IBM), or I've always had good luck with HP-Compaq (especially the business line, but their consumer models aren't bad).
  5. purelithium macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2006
    Kingston, Canada
    Buy my IBM ;)

    IBM Thinkpad R51

    1.6ghz Pentium M
    512 mb DDR 333 Ram
    60gb Hard Drive
    Wireless B and G
    14.1" Screen 1024x768 resolution
    Windows XP Home (Certificate/CDkey on bottom)
    Microsoft Wireless Optical Notebook Mouse 3000 included.
  6. Satori macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2006
    Well, if you really need something that will stand up to loads of abuse then try a panasonic toughbook. Apparently it will survive the frustration of a windows user repeatedly banging their head on it and then throwing it against the wall. ;)
  7. wmmk macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2006
    The Library.
    HP is actually not too bad. they have some cool, new fun features.
  8. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    If you need a :mad: windows:mad: notebook, why not get a MB?
  9. farqueue macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006
    dont be a WEETARD... i just switched from MAC to WINDOZE and i am never going back.
  10. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    get an ibm thinkpad. My school uses these- after 5 years they've stood up wonderfully even with tons of abuse. They're built very stable. My favorite PC ever.
  11. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    My advice as well, go for a MacBook and install Windoze XPee on it.
  12. DaveP macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2005
    The toughbooks are awesome. I used to work someplace where we used them. They even have built in handles. However, they are quite pricy.
  13. LBmacman macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2006
    Strong Beach
    I've never owned a PC but why does everyone not reccomend Dell? I thought they made good PCs.
  14. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Give it a year and a half. Then it will die. I've seen it in action... not pretty.

    Don't get a Mac. They are durable, but not to the extremes that other Windows laptops are. (That's my only gripe about my PowerBook BTW)

    If cost isn't an issue, a Lenovo ThinkPad will be good. Built strong. Or, if durability is needed, the ToughBooks are awesome. You really cannot beat them in terms of durability. They don't need a case, either-- just close the lid and grab the handle.

    Sony would be my next offering. The VAIO line is sometimes more expensive than they should be for the hardware, but you can find a pretty decent one in their lineup.
  15. epicwelshman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2006
    Nassau, Bahamas
    Thanks for all of your help guys, I guess IBM it is :)

    I'm getting a MacBook at the end of summer because I hate my Dell and I've finally lost patience with Windows. But this is for the family, not me. I'm also away in University for most of the year, so in regards to Boot Camp, they wouldn't have the faintest idea of what to do with it or how to install Windows, let alone know how to fix it if something went wrong. Also, Apple is expensive, we all have to admit that, so cost is somewhat of an issue.

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