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nlminc
05-01-2006, 08:34 PM
I was in Best Buy tonight. The sales person was showing me a Gateway AMD Turion 64 Mobile Tech ML-32. Has 100GB and a 15.4" screen. $800.00 Good deal? For 299.00 service plan they will replace it if it gets trashed in my truck!

I haven't shopped for a computer in a while so I'm not up to date on all the new stuff.

What's everyone using.

pgoulding
05-01-2006, 09:07 PM
Sounds like a good deal, you could probably get something even cheaper if you are just having it for the truck for billing and estimates and stuff. Just watch out with those service plans. When i bought my laptop they got me to buy that plan and it says it does not cover damage that you inflicted on it cuz you did not take good care of it. So you might want to look into that. Good luck with the purchase.

JJLandscapes
05-01-2006, 09:16 PM
ll give my secret out check slickdeals.net they give coupon codes for dells which without a doubt 95% of the human population will say they make some of the best computers

click the links and watch the forum you will have page after page of reviews and how to get laptops fully loaded for 33-50% off many times i have 3 laptops

The Lawn Boy Pro
05-01-2006, 09:25 PM
ll give my secret out check slickdeals.net they give coupon codes for dells which without a doubt 95% of the human population will say they make some of the best computers...

DONT BUY A DELL!!!!!!!!!!! Dell computers are made out of cheap materials. They use hatachi (IBM) hard drives, and, no joke, statistics show 7 out of 10 hatachi hard drives fail completely in the first 2 years (ESPECIALLY if you use the laptop on the road, which is bumpy). I know from experience. I HAD a dell, sister HAD a dell, and 3 of my friends HAD dells. none of us have them anymore. They SUCK, plain and simple. They dont give them away dirt cheap now for no good reason, you know ;)

mike lane lawn care
05-01-2006, 09:25 PM
this is my area of expertise. for someting like this, you could get a good deal on a dell inspiron with an intel centrino proccessor. Gateways are good if you are going to be leaving it on a desk, but they don't hold up too well in field conditions. a good one that you can get at bestbuy is the hp pavillion dv4335nr, this is a good laptop that will hold up. you should invest in a hard shell case for the laptop and keep a cleaning product such as "endust" wipes in the case for screan cleaning.
if you need more specific help, then you can PM me and i'll do my best to help you.

mike lane lawn care
05-01-2006, 09:27 PM
also, an IBM laptop would be good for truck use. the biz models have sensors that knw when it's being droped and can brace it's self for impact. but these can get pretty expensive. and IBM now use seagate hard drives, one of the world's best.

shortgut
05-01-2006, 11:50 PM
check samclub

LindblomRJ
05-02-2006, 09:18 AM
DONT BUY A DELL!!!!!!!!!!! Dell computers are made out of cheap materials. They use hatachi (IBM) hard drives, and, no joke, statistics show 7 out of 10 hatachi hard drives fail completely in the first 2 years (ESPECIALLY if you use the laptop on the road, which is bumpy). I know from experience. I HAD a dell, sister HAD a dell, and 3 of my friends HAD dells. none of us have them anymore. They SUCK, plain and simple. They dont give them away dirt cheap now for no good reason, you know ;)

I have a Dell Inspiron that is three years old. XP-Pro etc. I have replaced two hard drives. Both with in the first year both under warrenty. I think my next laptop will be a HP or IBM.

marionlandscape
05-02-2006, 09:26 AM
can someone post a link for the mounting equipment that works well with these laptops

JJLandscapes
05-02-2006, 09:29 PM
DONT BUY A DELL!!!!!!!!!!! Dell computers are made out of cheap materials. They use hatachi (IBM) hard drives, and, no joke, statistics show 7 out of 10 hatachi hard drives fail completely in the first 2 years (ESPECIALLY if you use the laptop on the road, which is bumpy). I know from experience. I HAD a dell, sister HAD a dell, and 3 of my friends HAD dells. none of us have them anymore. They SUCK, plain and simple. They dont give them away dirt cheap now for no good reason, you know ;)
stop downloading so much porno

there are 2 desktops ,4 laptops currently being used by my family with work and business we probably been through atleast a dozen of them over the years and 2 30" LCDS and none have or had any problems that you said i really would like to see some real site or article that backs your info up

and there custome service is amazing they kiss your ass

6'7 330
05-02-2006, 10:13 PM
I just bought a personal laptop, I bought a Toshiba, from circuit city.Normally I don't fool with the service contract, but circuit city was selling one that in addition to normal repairs and failures, covers abuse damage, and power surges.Supposedly if you spill water or coffee, drop it , whatever, and the computer does a fry, they fix it. If an accident happens,we will see how it all pans out.

rough cut
05-02-2006, 10:29 PM
My primary business is computers (build/service/sell laptops, desktops, servers). What I tell my clients is low price equals cheap parts. Spend more than $1,500 on a laptop and you start getting good parts on the inside. AMD makes good, inexpensive CPU's but produces alot of heat. Heat equals alot of power consumption. High consumption = less battery run time. Intel Centrino logo means a grouping of components within the laptop and incorporated into the mainboard that extends battery run time and uses wireless networking. I've seen battery run times close to 7 hrs on some models. If your planning on using an adapter than all this doesn't really matter. As for the warranty on damage, all are voided if it appears as if it was abused.
I spent over $4,500 for a laptop to replace my desktop system so I could become more mobile. It is a Dell XPS Gen II system. You do not need this kind of performance for most of your business applications. But I know for a fact that ever part inside mine are parts I would recommend individually or together for any laptop that I would build.
You might be able to even look into the Celeron Intel processor laptops. Another thing to remember is: DO NOT purchase a laptop with Microsoft XP Home edition!!! You are missing some of the features within the operating system that are made especially for laptops. If you are using the laptop as a mobile computer wouldn't it be nice to be able to sync your files that you have changed on the road with the files back in your home/office? Try it on XP Home edition.
Just remember that once you buy it, the price for the same laptop will go down (quickly) as time goes by. It's the nature of this business. Prices change so quickly that I keep a very small quantity of inventory to protect myself from price drops. New processors come out quarterly and the prices drop across the board, like dominoes.

LawnScenes
05-02-2006, 11:05 PM
I've had no problems with my Dell desktop or laptop either. The laptop has been in the truck daily since I got it in January of last year. When both get replaced I'll be buying Dells again.

dtelawncare
05-02-2006, 11:15 PM
This is for Rough cut, I just gave a little under $1400 for a new Dell Insprion 9400, 17 inch widescreen ultrasharp, 80 Gig hardrive with 2 Gig RAM. The only software I got was Office and of course XP professional system. I have an older Insprion that has been beat to hell and back, never had any problems.

1MajorTom
05-02-2006, 11:21 PM
Another thing to remember is: DO NOT purchase a laptop with Microsoft XP Home edition!!! You are missing some of the features within the operating system that are made especially for laptops.
Which one then to get? I have the professional edition on my desktop, and I've been thinking about getting a laptop, but really didn't think it would be necessary to get the professional again, as it is not going to be used for business use. You mean the home edition wouldn't be good enough to be used for email and to surf the net? Thanks for your help.

Brianslawn
05-03-2006, 12:28 AM
Which one then to get? I have the professional edition on my desktop, and I've been thinking about getting a laptop, but really didn't think it would be necessary to get the professional again, as it is not going to be used for business use. You mean the home edition wouldn't be good enough to be used for email and to surf the net? Thanks for your help.


suse 9.3 pro would make a good OS for you jodi. if you do go with M$ on laptop... do mce05. thats what i upgraded my DELL desktop too. its been running almost nonstop for 2 years, now. prescott/3gb ram/700gb of sata raid backing up the home built server.

ps. ive had lots of probs with hp. they do good printers, though.

cclllc
05-03-2006, 01:14 AM
Toshiba for me.

rough cut
05-03-2006, 01:57 PM
Jodi:
Why are you buying a laptop then? Surfing the 'net and e-mail can be accomplished with a good cellphone or crackberry (blackberry) and cost less. If you think you are going to use it for more applications then spend the extra $100 and get XP Pro instead of XP Home. Also the XP Media Edition has everything XP Pro has plus some extram items.

alyssa
05-03-2006, 02:08 PM
My Dell laptop (knock on wood) has been a good investment. 8 months in and as of yet no problems and I absolutely couldn't live without it. I have had an IBM as well and that was a great computer until the motherboard died, but it was an old one so it did live a long time.

Good luck, laptop shopping can be overwhelming with all the choices and feedback!

rough cut
05-03-2006, 02:09 PM
Dtelawncare:
I speced out that same laptop for a client. Good system at a great price. You got a little bit lower quality video card and less onboard video RAM then mine (XPS) and also a slower HD. Keyboard and touchpad both have good responses. You should be quite happy for a number of years with tat system. The 17" monitor is what alot of people really enjoy. It's great for Excel spreadsheets. Also double check on the Office product. Is it MS Office or Open Office from Sun? If it is MS version make sure it is a full copy and not a 180 day trial version that will lock you out in 6 months. Full copy of Office cost about $300.
I don't want to make anyone angry, just be informed on what I've seen in the business in the last 12 years. What it comes down to is : "What ever makes you happy and lets you do whatever you need to get done is fine with me" I still have a client (Accountant) running DOS 6.2 !!!

rough cut
05-03-2006, 02:13 PM
cclllc:
Toshiba's are better the the new IBM's that are made in China. The only re-occuring problem I've seen is during cooler weather the touchpad on some of the lower priced units don't respond well to cold fingers. Once warmed up they work fine (fingers and touchpads).

rough cut
05-03-2006, 02:18 PM
alyssa:
Did you price out a replacement (refurbished) motherboard? Places on the 'net are pretty reasonable for replacement parts and instructions on disassemble. Takes me about 30 minutes to swap a motherboard on some models. Some take 3 hours though! And no I don't charge for the additional time. I do flat fees, makes it alot easier and no debating with the customer.

dtelawncare
05-03-2006, 11:24 PM
Rough Cut, I have the full MSs office. I wouldn't let them catch me in the trial. I'm not the computer guy, but I try to stay informed. thanks for the feedback, I think the 9400 will last few years before I outgrow it. I have a buddy that works in an IS dept at a company and has a copy of about everything. He is supposed to hook me up with the highest Adobe program and a graphics program. Not sure on the exacts of it, I leave that to him. He's pretty hardcore, he runs a pretty nice sized server at his house.

cclllc
05-04-2006, 01:36 AM
cclllc:
Toshiba's are better the the new IBM's that are made in China. The only re-occuring problem I've seen is during cooler weather the touchpad on some of the lower priced units don't respond well to cold fingers. Once warmed up they work fine (fingers and touchpads).

I use a wireless mouse.I hate those touch pads. too slow for me.