PC notebook for GF

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  1. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

    baby duck monge

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    so here's the deal...
    the girlfriend is going to law school in the fall and needs to get a laptop. it seems that she needs a PC to run some sort of test-taking software, so to both of our chagrin, it looks as though a mac is out.

    another unfortunate circumstance was her recent need to get a new car, thus almost wiping out her bank account.

    with this in mind, does anyone have any recommendations for a PC notebook around the $1000 range (give or take a little). she's a tiny girl, so it would be nice if it didn't weigh like 10 pounds, though we know that may not be much of a possibility.

    on an unrelated note, does anyone know anything about fujitsu as far as computers go?

    thanks for any help you can give! i feel dirty for even asking about PCs here :eek:
     
  2. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    They will cost you a little more than $1000, but I highly recommend the IBM Thinkpad X and T series. I had one, and I think IBM, like Apple, puts a lot of thought into the keyboard and monitor of their Thinkpads, which goes a long way, considering they are the two things you interact with the most.

    The X series is ultra slim with a 12" screen and no cd-rom, whereas the T series is more compact with everything in there (14" screen), like the powerbook.

    I had a T30 before I switched, and if I had to use a PC laptop again, I wouldn't hesitate to choose IBM.

    <edit> also, check out the R series.. they may be slightly larger, but fit your budget better</edit>

    Lee Tom
     
  3. Celeron macrumors 6502a

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    Dell's Inspiron 1000 runs under $1000. Right now you can get it cheapest for $719 for the base model, 819 for middle, and 919 for the "high-end" one. One thing to note is that neither of these models is going to break the sound barrier, they are pretty barebones, email/word processing/web surfing machines.

    Haven't dealt with a Fujitsu computer so I can't comment on those. Just to support the above, if it needs to be built like a tank, look into what IBM has to offer. I recently used a T22 and it was rock solid stable and performed nicely. It was a little bulky though.
     
  4. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

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    anything with a centrino in it, without a centrino you'll get no battery life and it's going to weigh a lot
    the inspiron 1000 should be avoided, they use old battery technology integrated graphics celeron processors

     
  5. Celeron macrumors 6502a

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    He asked for a machine under $1000. You'll be hard pressed to find a Centrino based notebook for that price.
     
  6. baby duck monge thread starter macrumors 68000

    baby duck monge

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    it can be more than $1000 because we know there aren't too many options below that price. it would just be nice if it weren't too much more.
     
  7. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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