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I am planning to buy a laptop. Please suggest some good configurations and the best brand. Presently i have been offered compaq with dual core processor, dvd combo, 15.4" screen, 80GB HDD, 512 MB ram, wireless lan for Rs.44,500. Is this a good price? What else should i ask or look for while buying a laptop? I want to buy the best. Please give me ideas and suggestions regarding the price, brand and cinfiguration.

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Asked by Santhanalaxme C, 09 Feb '07 10:22 am
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Formost thing which no one sees is the chipset being used, find out what chipset the laptop has, secondly how many slots are there for the RAM and how many are used, most probably there would be 2 slots and they would have added 2 x 256 MB RAM sticks to it, so when you will want to upgrade you will have to sell the sticks at dirt cheap prices and buy new ones say 512 x 2 and those are expensive, also find out which hard disk they are using at what is the rpm speed, 4500 is common but one can get a 5400rpm hard disk as well, also there is major difference between a dual core and core2duo, in dual core the windows xp (hyperthreading) will see the 1 processor as 2 cores and in core2duo as 4 processors, when u buy a core2duo processor it will be expensive as compatred to dual core, there are many things which I can write but its better you go here http://www.techenclave.com/forums/
Answered by Prashant Rana, 09 Feb '07 11:11 am

 
  
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I am a HP employee and have been using Compaq for the past 2 yrs without any Con's. I have been using for business computing so your choice depends on you intention to use it for entertainment or using it for everyday business computing (If u r a S/W consultant and want to use it for ur programming etc)
I would suggest you to go for the following config from Compaq.
AMD or Intel Dual Core Proc (1.73 shud do)
DVD Combo
80 GB
512 MB ram is good but may be 1024 is v v gud just in case its affordable.
Wireless config is a must have these days.
Also check for all-in-one card reader which is offered as standard accessory now.
Hope this helps
DVD Combo
Answered by Prathap K, 09 Feb '07 11:21 am

 
  
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It really depends on the kind of applications you are going to run on the laptop. If your normal requirements are word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, then the Compaq that you have been offered is more than enough if not an overkill. But if you are looking to carry out some development projects or do multimedia or CAD/CAM work then the Compaq will fall short on performance. For such activities consider at least 2GB of RAM and a 100GB hard disk if available. For multimedia and CAD/CAM applications also consider a dedicated graphics card with around 256 MB of graphics memory. Try to get the highest speed Dual Core processors too.

Compaq/HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Sony, Toshiba - all are very good laptop vendors. And so of course is Apple(their laptops have the best look and feel about them and coupled with OS X they deliver what the promise). The brand is really upto you, but check for the after sales service quality before you narrow down on one.
Answered by prosenjit bhattacharyya, 09 Feb '07 11:17 am

 
  
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Dell
35000 -40000
Answered by anil garg, 11 Oct '09 04:32 pm

 
  
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Hi, from my view chose any brand from ACER, COMPAQ, LENEVO, IBM, HP or Any other brands, but having AMD X2 Processor with atleast 1GB RAM & 120GB HDD good performance, also find service center near you.
Answered by Tejas Gokhale, 12 Feb '07 11:49 am

 
  
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Go for hp 2117 or 2124
Answered by deepak babu, 09 Feb '07 03:28 pm

 
  
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The configuration would depend upon the usage of the notebook viz. business, gaming/entertainment,software development, etc.

I presume this configuration would be a decent one with price range around 50,000 Rs. :-

Core Technology - Intel Centrino Dual Mobile Technology.
Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600 1.83 GHz, 667 FSB, 2MB-L2 cache or higher
Chipset - Mobile Intel 945GM Express Chipset with 667-MHz FSB
Memory - DDR2 512MB 667-MHz and motherboard having two SODIMM slots
Hard Drive - Shock Proof 80 GB SMART 7200 RPM
Display - 15 inch WXGA
Optical Storage - EIDE 8X DVD+/-RW DVD Writer or higher
Wireless - Integrated Wi-fi Adapter supporting IEEE 802.11a/b/g Network Standard and Integrated Bluetooth adapter supporting Bluetooth 2.0 standard.
Communication - Integrated 10/100 ethernet and Integrated 56K v.92 Modem
Expansion Slots - 1 Type I/II PC Card slot supports 32-bit CardBus and 16-bit cards.
Card Reader - Integrated Smart Card Reader 4 in 1 or better.
Power - Atleast ...more
Answered by Arindam Lahiri, 09 Feb '07 01:52 pm

 
  
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Compac is best but try to negociate the price..
Answered by madhu nanda, 09 Feb '07 12:33 pm

 
  
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Dell is the best option..it also provides complete care policy which means if u spill something or drop it by mistake it gives a replacement or fixes it up..and also its highly reliable..
Answered by Jinesh Shah, 09 Feb '07 12:21 pm

 
  
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I own both a HP (dv6000 customized) and a lenovo T60p. HP sucks big time in terms of battery (I roughly get an hr). On the other hand I get a superb 3+ hrs on my T60p. I would suggest you go for lenovo as it is far better compared to HP/Compaq (although lenovo T60p is nowhere when compared to IBM T42p which I had earlier). Sad IBM sold of its Hardware division to Lenovo. Sigh, had lenovo offered widescreen on their T series, I would have bought it instead of this HP junk
Answered by chirag virani, 09 Feb '07 12:09 pm

 
  
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