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GlowStick
07-19-06, 12:13 AM
Going to a new college that is going to be requireing laptops, but i never owned one and dont know what to get. Unfortuantly I dont think ill be bringing my rig along so it will be my only machine.

I do plan to bring the laptop with me and to class and around the campus, so alot of people are recomending a 15" for portability. A few requriements I have is non shared video ram and at least a midrange chip. I also like the highist resolution i can get.

One model I am kind of likeing is the Lenovo ThinkPad T60p, it has an optional 1600x1200 15" display. It also has a ATi FireGL V5200 (Radeon X1600) equivlent with 156mb discreet vram. Link (http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/notebooks/thinkpad/t-series/index.html)

Even though its a firegl the performance seems to be around the same as a X1600. However, my friend recnetly bought one and says that Wolfenstein ET wont run if punkbuster is enabled. Witch leads me to belive that punkbuster for some reason will not work with his T60p or a T40 (maybe diff model) so he really claims its an Thinkpad problem. Honestly I dont play many pb multiplayer games anymore so i dont know how annoying it would be. But the pros im being told is longer battery life and better construction. BTW id get it with the 100gig 7200rpm hdd, 1gig of ram (upgrade later).

The problem is its dam expensive. One alternative that has just about everything in it is an Asus. Cyberpower (http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/ntbkx56800.asp?v=d) Seems to be reselling it for a pritty cheep price (not sure if i would buy it from them or build it my self if i can get the parts). The only thing I dont like is the resolution, but its not bad. Next, i dont know the quality of the notebook since this thing does have to last.

Hm, anyone with laptop experince have some advice or maybe a diffrent model/brad I should choose.

Xasz
07-19-06, 09:13 PM
Try customizing a laptop at http://www.powernotebooks.com

It has good customer service, longer warranties than IBM, and they're very price-competitive. Check out how they compare on resellerratings.com: IBM (http://www.resellerratings.com/seller1335.html) vs. PowerNotebooks (http://www.resellerratings.com/seller1980.html) Unfortunately they only have one 15" laptop currently available (and it's graphics is integrated), but they do have a nice variety of 15.4" widescreen laptops to choose from. Shoot for 1680x1050 resolution (1280x800 will usually be displayed when selecting what to customize, but there will usually be the option to upgrade it to 1680x1050), which is roughly equivalent to the standard-sized monitor running 1280x1024 (by comparing verticle resolutions).

GlowStick
07-19-06, 10:13 PM
Hm thosse look ok, but since i do need to keep this as my primary rig for a while I really do want to make sure i get something quality. The sagers are nice but they dont have what I want in 15" config.

six_storm
07-20-06, 12:50 AM
I would poke my head in here and ask if you would consider an Apple lappy . . . but I'm guessing not just right off the bat. If Apple's are perfect for one thing, they are perfect for college students. I use the heck outta my iBook during semesters! But . . Apple isn't for everyone.

How much are you willing to spend?

a12ctic
07-20-06, 12:55 AM
ibm>apple for collage laptops, with ibm you get a tougher laptop with more battery life, which is what you ultimatly need

GlowStick
07-20-06, 03:01 AM
I would poke my head in here and ask if you would consider an Apple lappy . . . but I'm guessing not just right off the bat. If Apple's are perfect for one thing, they are perfect for college students. I use the heck outta my iBook during semesters! But . . Apple isn't for everyone.

How much are you willing to spend?
Honestly, I would try an apple, but to make a long story short my if I got an apple my sister would have to get one too ontop of her 6 month old laptop she just got so that wont fly with my parents.

six_storm
07-20-06, 11:12 AM
Honestly, I would try an apple, but to make a long story short my if I got an apple my sister would have to get one too ontop of her 6 month old laptop she just got so that wont fly with my parents.

Ouch, spoiled a little huh? Hahah jk. The new MacBooks (iBook replacement) are pretty sweet lappys. Not only can you hit up OSX but if you really really need to, why not install XP on there as well? You get the best of both worlds. Also, you can use your student discount and get a good deal on one or a barely used Powerbook. I saw a 12" PB, barely used go for $750 just the other day. Good luck with your lappy search.

a12ctic
07-20-06, 01:14 PM
im thinking about picking myself up a g3 ibook, 150$ is almost unresistable (my buddy wants to sell his)