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Thinking about a laptop!

Post by MesoZombie on Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:30 pm

This is the basic specs



• AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 Dual-Core Processor With a 2.00 GHz processor speed, a 1MB L2 Cache and a bus speed of up to 3600 MT/s system bus (running at AC/DC mode 35 watts)
• 3GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) Delivers very fast performance with a max support of 8GB
• ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics RS780M with up to 1406MB total graphics memory Provides a clean, bright visual experience
• 160GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA) Plenty of room to store photos, music, videos and more
• 14.1" Diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800) Enjoy rich graphics and clear text
• Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 Makes your computing experience safe, secure and fun
• Additional Features
• Finish and Features - HP Imprint finish & integrated microphone,
• Multimedia Drive - SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
• Network Card - Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector),
• Wireless Option - 802.11b/g WLAN
• Audio - Altec Lansing
• Fax/Modem - High speed 56k modem li>Keyboard - 101-key compatible
• Pointing Device - Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical scroll Up/Down pad
• External Notebook Ports
• 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
• 1 Headphone out
• 1 microphone-in
• 1 HDMI
• 1 VGA (15-pin)
• 1 RJ-11 (modem)
• 1 RJ -45 (LAN)
• Muvee Reveal
• Cyberlink DVD Suite
• Adobe Acrobat Reader
• HP Games Powered by Wild Tangent
• HP DVD Play
• Microsoft Works
• Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition: 60 Day Trial Version
• HP Total Care Set Up
• Microsoft®️ Internet Explorer


It would be a travel companion, lots of web surfing, tons of dvd play back, and very lite gaming

As in CS and maybe CSS (sorry counter strike), I would also probably put my snes emulator as well as my plays station one so I could play some of the games I have (all legal copies—well as legal as they can be)

I would also try to get gimp on it and do some work with that (it’s the program I use for the comics I draw)

As far as travel I will still tend to plug it in but I tend to go away for the weekends and would like to be able to pack it up for the ride

Any opinions?

Also it is only going to cost 500
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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by Don Ramón on Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:39 pm

Seems Good to me, and a great price, never had a compaq myself tought.

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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by MesoZombie on Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:13 pm

me either i have always been a dell guy
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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by Don Ramón on Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:28 pm

I have a Acer right now, is a 8.9 inc screen, small and powerfull enough for my wife. Just not dvd drive.
This is the Laptop:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FBW1NC/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=pc

By the way Meso, did you read the message I sent you.

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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by MesoZombie on Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:37 pm

No I forgot about , that

I got you PM earlier from here but I couldn’t find a message or email where d id you send it?

use this email--mesoteto_man@yahoo.com--and make a catchy header other wise i might think its junk email
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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by Kenzomatic on Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:14 pm

Everything looks really good to me as well. I think it a really good deal.

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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by MesoZombie on Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:08 am

Highlights of this model include a sophisticated processor, expanded RAM, Webcam with microphone, DVD burner, wireless LAN, HDMI port, Altec stereo speakers, Norton Internet Security 2009 (60-day trial version), Microsoft Works, and Windows Vista Home Premium edition.

Key Features & Benefits:

• BrightView 16" widescreen LCD (measured diagonally)
Presents vivid 1366 x 768 WXGA resolution with more than 16 million colors

• 2 GHz AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 dual-core processor
Delivers fast 64-bit processing power for multimedia and multitasking

• 3 GB of DDR2 system memory
Offers very good performance with today's demanding applications

• 250 GB SATA hard drive, 5400 rpm
Provides plenty of storage for documents, games, music, photos and videos

• SuperMulti 8x DVD+/-RW drive with double-layer support
Lets you play movies and music or burn DVDs and CDs

• Webcam and microphone
Enable videochat, videoconferencing and other multimedia options

• 802.11b/g wireless LAN
Connects to wireless home and office networks or to Wi-Fi hotspots for convenient Internet access

• 5-in-1 digital media card reader
Reads the most popular memory card formats so you can enjoy photos, music and other files

• Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition with Service Pack 1

Makes computing more efficient, more secure, and more fun


And as near as I can tell the hp offers almost two inches of screen and 80 gig of memory plus the media reader and also its own key pad

here is a pic


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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by Luinil on Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:25 am

Meso there are things to consider when buying a laptop, for instance, the increased size of the screen. While it is nice to view, it drains more battery quicker than a smaller screen. Also the Physical size of the laptop, is it too big to be comfortable in your lap? It seems that the specs check out just fine on both though. The 500 price tag is hard to pass up though... Still........ a red flag going off for me is the brand.... COMPAQ = COMCRAP... HP isn't too much better but better than the crappy company/brand they bought and saved from going completely broke....

PS. the Office 2007: Home and Student is just a trial.... after 60 days... cablooie unless you pay $100 extra for the license.

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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by MesoZombie on Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:14 am

Well as far as quality I am not to worried about break down and such as long as the warranty is good, and the company I work for is a hp reseller so the tec guys we have could work on my machine for free with out voiding warranty

Also the office stuff I am not worried about I have a copy already thru my wife’s school (she gets a special that equals out to her getting one student copy for 10 bucks)

And the battery as far as I can find is a 6 cell and rated for over 20 hours (they put it at like 2 hours and 40 mins so I figure it is really like 2 hours

But that isn’t a real big concern b/c we have car adapter, and will never really go far from an outlet (but we travel to both sides of the family and it would be nice to have a machine I can take with me with out the hassle of moving a desktop)

What I am really curious about is whether 100 buck is worth the extra stuff b/c I really don’t seem to lose anything just gain a bit
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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by MesoZombie on Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:16 am

I finally decided on the Hp notebook above, but here is the twist


I walk back to electronics and there right next to the model I want is another hp for the same price

Well I wanted to make sure I was getting the best deal I could (this thing has to last me at least 5 years)

So I start to check over the specs


Welll I grabbed it and here is why

Hard Drive-same

Webcam, hdmi, usb, keyboard layout, dvd burner, battery, even looks ----the same

Video Card—same


Here were the kickers

Processor---this one came with a 2.1 instead of the 2.0 clock speed
Ram—this one came with 4 instead of 3 (and has vista 64 bit)

The only hit I took was to the screen size…a whole .4 inch!!!!!!!!!!!!



So now I have myself a good laptop and all YEAH ME!!!!!!
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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by Luinil on Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:49 am

congratz, now you will get online more often? and maybe come to the chat?

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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by MesoZombie on Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:33 am

Its funny but I was cleaning it up over lunch and tried to log in but I couldn’t

Turns out I was trying to get into the old night societe page
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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by Don Ramón on Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:57 am

lol... congratz meso... a new toy!

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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by MesoZombie on Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:42 pm

using it now
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Re: Thinking about a laptop!

Post by Brute on Sun Mar 22, 2009 6:14 am

Congratz on the new laptop.
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