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  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 3,673
    Not even having gone to the urls, but the Toshiba laptops are at the top of the list for the most reliable lap tops. I'll see if I can find the url for the study results.
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Between those two I would choose the Toshiba unless you plan to do anything graphics intensive.

    The main difference between the two is the Compaq has an independent video card while the Toshiba uses shared memory to drive video.

    The Toshiba however has a better processor (I'll assume you have no need for 64-bit processing) and a larger hard drive, and from the listing a better software bundle.
  • EggsakleyEggsakley Posts: 1,017
    Probably the Toshiba just as a computer, but the staples offer is including a printer if ya need one. Could be a deal maker there.
  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    Got printers coming out of my butt
  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    Thanks Rod. I was leaning towards the toshiba. I use photoshop but not really big into graphics. I do D/L movies on netflix
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    You'll have no graphics concerns unless you get into heavy PhotoShop work or games that have high processor and memory demands.
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    You should see a doctor about that.
  • OK, maybe I do have an opinion on this one :) . We (my company, a bunch of engineers and scientists) in US, Canada and around the world are HUGE Dell fans! Have to say we have had so few problems with these it is hard to not go back. We use these things up like paper pads.....

    However, Toshiba laptop was one of my first, and a strong performer//// ;)

    But I would DEFINITELY go Dell before going to Staples. If a direct buy or reputable dealer for Toshiba - a you pick....Also, Dell has a lot of specials,that change on regular basis.

    Good luck!
  • Also, Dell allows you to customize over the internet. For a guy still using 486's, it allows you to see the options that are on the market, and how they affect price. YOu will be SURPRISED when you get home at what was NOT included on your Best Buy special - things you forgot to think about at purchase.

    Lastly, dealing with Best Buy versus Dell - I will take Dell any day. Sound like a commercial, but have two Dells at house (and really need a third for son) and would not consider anyone else. As a low-tech user, at least I can see what I am buying, and the choices that are out there before giving out the credit card number.
  • OK, last comment. Dont get in a hurry. Take a look at a few build it yourself websites, and try to get an understanding of the items that are important to you. Frankly. RAM, Graphics, and storage are the main issues. If you are a lower-tech user, anything you buy is likely going to be so much more than you currently use, and service becomes the bigger issue.

    Good luck!
  • OK, maybe one more comment. If you have not owned a laptop before, understand that you cannot leave them running on desk 24-7 without either a stand or venting pad. I have burned up two (look at where they vent). Again, learning curve with new stuff! B)
  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    I made an appointment
  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    Thanks for the info. I'm using a 4 year old toshiba now. It was a cheap one when I bought it. I want to pass it to my daughter so I can keep her off the new one.
  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    Just kidding about the 486. playing with dells site now. think I built a better computer for 10.00 more. same processor with 64 bit windows
  • there you go! If you are an old guy (like me) pay a few extra bucks for service agreement and call them when screen comes up different color than you remember!!!
    I would opt for the Toshiba, I have had 3 and all have been great. Have had 6 Dell laptops again all great, one the drive went out, but that was not necessarily a 'Dell' fault. Very easy fix 10 minute fix. I have also had 2 Compaq's and 1 Visio. The Compaq's were heavy but worked fine, I really didn't like the feel of the keyboard. The Sony was expensive but worked well.

    This time of year Dell run's specials and once in a while some great buys are to be had.

    Good hunting, GG
  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    The Comapaq is out. The toshiba is at the store and ready to go. I did some online building with Dell. I can get about the same think with the 64 bit windows. all the specs look close. Trying to see what has a better video card. I know with dell I can upgrade that. I just dont want to get out of my price range. I wanted the core 2 duo, but with dell I can go without that processor and cut a few bucks. Too many differences and hard to choose. also dell has a bigger battery option. I think thats a positive if it makes a difference.
    If there isn't much cost difference get (or hope you got) the dual core.

    Bigger battery weighs more. Try to make sure you get the LiON battery rather than the NiCad.

    I do a lot of graphics but no gaming, most of the time the standard video works well. I do try to get a non shared memory video card.

    Get as much memory as you can afford as that will be one of the biggest speed enhancers (at the lowest cost) that you can get. 2G if XP, 3G if Vista. I haven't looked into Win7 but I guess 3 or 4G - That is if you get 64 bit version of the OS.

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