Your Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Gymnut, Aug 12, 2004.

  1. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    Well here's my situation. My Army National Guard unit will be activated next week monday, August 16th to spend at least 18 months in Iraq. I've already purchased a BTO 15" PB(1.5GHz) and, this being my first portable, I must say I'm impressed. I've been leaning towards a pelican hard case to take my PB in since I've already bought a mini pelican case to carry my newly acquired Canon Elph SD110. Any suggestions for a hard durable case since I'd hate for my $2500 purchase to be damaged.

    On a side note, a couple buddies of mine who are being deployed with me, whom aren't quite computer proficient are looking to get laptops as well, albeit they use PC's. I'm not all too familiar with the PC market and merely suggested to them to order via Dell's online site since they'd be better suited to customizing their computers(i.e. upgrading ram, HD size, wireless cards). The majority of these guys will just be using these laptops merely for word processing, e-mail/internet, music listening, and watching DVD's. It seems they want to spend anywhere between $1000-$2000 and the laptop having the option of either a wireless card installed or one down the line is important. Any suggestions as to whether ordering a Dell is the right course of path?
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Just tell your buddies to make sure they get a Centrino based laptop (Pentium-M) and Not a P4 or Celeron!
  3. Ryan1524 macrumors 68000


    Apr 9, 2003
    Canada GTA
    Thinkpads might be a good idea.

    why don't you be an unofficial spokesperson and make a couple of switchers.
  4. SolidGun macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2004
    Twin Cities
    If you are ready so such early deployment, I wouldn't suggested placing your order through Dell or Gateway. You should recommend you buddies to pick it up at a place like BestBuy or CircuitCity and get the service plan from them as well. I strongly recommend Sony, but they are rather costly. I have always been happy with Sony laptops....until I got my PB and stopped using my 3 months old V505EX.
    I have a Fraternity brother that went to Iraq, and he has complained that there were sand damages with his unit (PC). Luckily he bought a BestBuy 3 year service plan and any issues he has when he gets back, will be fixed right away.
    Like edisignuk mentioned, make sure it is Centrino based, unless you can be plugged in all the time. I get 4hr 30min "real time" use with my V505EX (with the extended battery, not the standard). But the Sony product did cost me $2500+ for almost same spec as a 12"PB.
    I strongly have to discourage you from purchasing HP or Compaq/ Avatech/ and other misc. companies that sell cheap products. I know they are cheaper, but the quality is significantly poorer.
    Hope you get your PB in time, I have heard shipment issues. Good luck in Iraq. I support all soldiers in a fight to let any bastards know that our freedom isn't to be messed with. People that want to stop the war and complain to the soldiers about fighting there sickens me. They are there....get with the program and support our soldiers. Those damn terrorists don't care for negotiation since they have different mindset. If we don't react, they will see us as weak, and continue to attack. NEGOTIATION? They are terrorists....they want something impossible in return and still continue to do whatever they do after they get it. (Sorry I fell slightly off topic)
  5. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
  6. Vector macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2002
    I have a couple of pelican cases, and they are just about indestructable. They are made of ABS plastic and have very high crush ratings. I can jump on mine and it wont break. Pelican cases also have a rubber o-ring and and locking mechanisms that make them waterproof. They also have pressure valves on them. I am not sure that yours have all of these, but most of their cases do. I like the 1490 and 1470 attache cases. They have the o-ring and pressure valve.

    I have a bigger one too, but these are probably the best size for you. The larger cases are more cumbersome.

    Here's a link to pelican's site in case you don't already have it:

    As far as PC laptops go, i personally like IBM Thinkpads more than dells.
  7. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2003
    New Jersey USA
    I have to second the Pelican cases as well. I do marine biology field work and those cases are tough, water resistant, sand resistant, etc. They will protect your Powerbook from about everything but WMD.

    As for the PC, Centrino gets better battery life and wireless fun.
  8. arf macrumors member


    Mar 2, 2004
    And as we all know, there aren't any of those to worry about!

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