Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Your Advice on Laptops Wanted

I am currently in the market for my first laptop. (Welcome to this decade, Sarah!)

Here's what I need:

1. LIGHTWEIGHT

2. Able to use on the train during my hour commute each way. My train has "free wi-fi" but um, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

3. I'm not a Mac person, so an Apple is out. (But apples...yum. Note to self: buy some apples.)

4. In the $600(ish) range.

5. The Acer brand was recommended. Your thoughts?

6. But I'm kinda digging the Dell Inspiron Minis. I like the fact that they're less than 3 pounds.

So spill it: What kind of laptop do you own? What features do I absolutely NEED?

*mwah* Thanks!

30 comments:

Jenni said...

I love the minis as well, I've actually played with one the other day at Costco (they also have an ACER mini one there too) and they are both in that price range.

However, if you are planning on using only that for everything...depending on how much time you spend on the computer, that tiny little screen could probably get tiresome and probably eye straining.

But if you are using it as a secondary computer, I can see those being awesome! I can't wait until I get mine!

Jenn@mylifewiththecrazies said...

Sarah, Steve bought me a Dell 1420 (pink) for $600 for Christmas. It is awesome. I would highly recommend it! It is our 2nd Dell... ( and they offer credit thru them)

amanda said...

i got nothin friend - i am a total apple convert. i can't imagine ever going back to the dark side :)

Allison said...

I'm looking for the same thing you are. I was so tempted to buy the gateway I saw on the Home Shopping Network the other night. It was only $649 and it seemed to have all the bells and whistles. I can't wait to hear what you end up getting!

Mandy said...

I just got my first laptop too but it's a Toshiba and it is not lightweight. It is my primary computer though since my children discovered the internet on the desktop. I looked at the minis too, but they are well....really mini. I looked at the Acer brand too and was leary but my uncle (AKA the man that knows EVERYTHING about computers) told me they are actually a really good brand that has been around for a while. Make sure you get one that is internet ready. You would think they would all be but apparently not. Cuz if not that free wi-fi will be no good to you.

Claire said...

Sorry, but I'm with Amanda - and once you go Mac, you never go back...

Not the Queen said...

Well, I'm a die-hard Mac user, so I can't offer you brand advice. However, make sure your new laptop has bluetooth capabilities. A wireless mouse is much easier to use than a touch pad, especially if you're using it on the go in a moving vehicle (or train).

Annie said...

I LOVE my laptop. It's a Dell Studio 17 - it's slim but it's kinda heavy because of the screen size I guess (17in) - but it is my main computer. Hubs has a Gateway with a 14 inch screen - his seems so 'basic' compared to mine. Mine was $650 plus tax.

I'm no use to you on the wireless stuff lol - I have this three months and we still don't have the wireless thing hooked up (router etc) - must get on that...

Anonymous said...

mac. You can jump into the '90s by getting a laptop, and then take another leap right into this decade by getting a mac. Mac Air will be the lightest you can get.

Lori said...

Please, for you sanity, stay away from an Acer. I have one. I hate it. The entire set up of this stupid thing makes me mad every single day. It makes little tasks, that should be easy, much more difficult.

If it's just going to be used as a means to get online, it might be ok. I don't know. I wouldn't expect it to last long though. Mine is only about a year old and I already need to replace the power cord. Ugh.

Go with the Dell.

Major Bedhead said...

I have a 17" Toshiba, so it's not small and it may weigh close to 3 lbs. I love it, though. It's my main computer and I'm not using it on a train. It was $625 at Best Buy.

If I could have afforded it, I would have bought an iBook, though.

Dorothy said...

I asked my husband who knowledgeable in this area. He said that the Inspiron is the cheapest, worst-quality Dells they have but that Acer is worse. Within that range, if it is available, he would recommend a Lenovo.

AmyG said...

I have an Acer. And although I've not had any trouble with the actual computer, itself, their customer service sucks! We were having trouble with the internet connection. It was a matter of pushing a button on the computer, but they were saying it was our provider, our provider was saying it was the computer, blah, blah, blah... we ended up having to get a supervisor to remedy a very small problem.

Anonymous said...

If you want to have the laptop for more than a year, I'd advise against a dell. Mac for sure..so much easier to use than anyone thinks who doesn't already own one!

Fiona said...

I'm a mac girl. I was a mac girl went to PC for a few years and came back to mac. I have an airbook now and I make love to, I mean love, it daily.
I had an acer and it last 4 months, customer service sucks, there is a reason they are cheap.JMO

Rachel said...

I love my Toshiba. It is not incredibly lightweight, but not heavy. I have the A305-S6872. I couldn't find it at Best Buy, but I bought it about 6 months ago, and it had JUST come out. I bought it without finding any reviews but I love it!! Hope that helps!

marlynn said...

Samsung NC10 all the way, baby! You saw it - the cute little blue sleek sweet thing I brought to NY. 8 hour battery life. I've loaded it up with all of my design programs, Office software, and have transferred hundreds of huge design files + high res photos onto it, and it still runs quickly. On Amazon.com for $499 (maybe a little less). 2.8 pounds. Super bright LCD screen. FAST Intel Atom processor. Did I mention EIGHT hour batter life? Blogged about it here: http://www.blissoff.com/2009/02/27/friday-foto-samsung-nc10/

Also have a Macbook for design work too but honestly? Did design work on the plane on my Samsung in Photoshop and it is just as great.

If you need any tech help, just shoot me an email. I'm a little geeky like that :) Good luck!

MadMad said...

I'm not an Apple person either, but our laptop is one, and I have to say, I really like it (and it syncs just fine with the "real" computer). It took a bit to get used to the keyboard - but I've heard that's true for any kind - but other than that, it's great. I even dropped it once! (Don't tell my husband...)

Fratzels said...

My hubs just bought me a pink dell for valentine's day. What model in dell, you ask, I have no idea - I just know it's pink and I love it.
I work from home in the evenings so it's my primary computer. It's not super heavy, but it's certainly not a mini.

Good luck on your search.

Suburb Sierra said...

We have laptops floating all around our house. IBM. Dell. They are pretty much the same, so just like a new HDTV or other appliance you are considering, you should really go browsing at Best Buy or even Wal-Mart. Look at them. Touch them. Pick them up to see if they are heavy or light.

As far as wi-fi, it just means if you buy a laptop with a wireless connection, you'll be able to connect to the internet on your travels and won't need a long cord plugged into a wall some where.

Good luck. But before you buy anything online, see if you can find something similar in person. And you'll be so thrilled when you can walk, talk, and type as you roam the house with your new laptop :)

Angry Julie Monday said...

I wish you luck.

I just sold my Dell laptop on Craig's List. I'm going Mac. I know that it will cost a little more so I'm saving up.

Kylee said...

I am looking for a laptop too. Not sure if you have a costco around you or not but they offer 2 year extended warranty on computers.Just an FYI. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

We bought a HPdv2000. It was around $700, but we had a $50 mail in rebate off of their website. It has a built in camera, wifi, and Windows vista. It can even burn dvds, and scribe labels on to them. It is our first laptop and it is just the right size. We've had it for about 9 months now, and so far so good. My hubby is military so it travels ALOT with us. Hope it helps. ~Heather R.

Lynette3boys said...

I am a total Mac convert as well. They are amazing and fast. I hope you reconsider and join us smart people. AH!

Little Miss Sunshine State said...

I have a Dell Inspiron B130. I got it in July '06.

The only problem I've had with it is the port where you plug in the power cord. The little post in there had to be replaced about 5 months ago.

My daughter has the same computer and she hates it. She'll probably get a MAC when she replaces it.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Well, I had some advice but #3 knocked me out of the conversation.

(ONE OF US... ONE OF US)

Mom of 5 said...

I have an Acer. I can't remember if I bought it last year or the year before that. I really do like it. The price was great. I think I paid around 500.00 for it. It came with Vista, which I really haven't had any problems with.

We have a desktop computer and I NEVER use it. EVER. Basically the laptop is mine and the desktop is hubby's. We have wireless so I'm hooked up to everything via the network.

You'll love having a laptop. Although for the first few months, having a computer you can take to bed with you won't get you to sleep any earlier! Portability has it's downsides. It's harder to walk away from something you can take with you. :)

Enjoy your shopping around!

Chris said...

Hubby just bought an Acer mini from Walmart a week ago for $300 and he loves it.

He's a truck driver and uses his laptop TONS!! The other (Compaq F700) was just too big and bulky and heavy. He really likes the mini. If you want to reply to this comment (which will give me your email addy) I'll send you a picture of it so you can see the real size difference.

The keyboard is a little smaller, but it only took about 2 minutes to get use to the difference and stop hitting the wrong keys.

The only downfall is the fact that it doesn't have a cd drive. But that's easy to overcome if you have another computer with a disk drive. All you have to do is network them together and move files over. (Or use a memory stick or flash drive -- and if you need help with any of these 3 things, just hollah :D )

Other than the smaller sized screen & keyboard, there's so difference. It runs on Win XP (not that yucky Vista) and well, runs just like any other computer. Fast processor and lots of memory.

So... there's my 2 cents. Or maybe it was more like a nickel. =D

Chris said...

I just read through the comments and I want to comment on them. =D Lori mentioned the power cord needing replaced. My dell took all of 3 months before I needed a new power cord.

Suburb Sierra is very right! Before you buy online, try to find it in person to make sure you like the feel of it. Feel is very important in a laptop!!

The one thing I can credit Dell with is that they usually give disks that make reformatting a breeze.

Anonymous said...

I had a Dell Inspiron until recently and had several problems with it. When it was under warranty the screen needed to be replaced and it took TEN phone calls for them to finally change my phone number to the correct number so that the repair person could call me back! Incredibly annoying when they kept telling me it was changed and it never was. I would not buy another Dell. I did replace it with a Mac Notebook .... LOVE IT! I have never used a Mac before but It didn't take me long to get the hang of the Mac!

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