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Jan 29, 2010, 11:26am EST Report Abuse
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kOrny Jan 29, 2010, 11:40am EST Report Abuse
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I vote for the Dell, but then again, im not a big laptop fan.

Dr. Peaceful Jan 29, 2010, 01:03pm EST Report Abuse
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Dude, two choices. Build your own laptop. Or buy a Mac-iPad (pronunciation: Mack-si-Pad). No need for keyboardz. XD ;)

Jan 29, 2010, 01:08pm EST Report Abuse
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Beavis Khan Feb 02, 2010, 03:04pm EST Report Abuse
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Feb 03, 2010, 10:10pm EST Report Abuse
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~Vel Feb 03, 2010, 10:34pm EST Report Abuse
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Could you post a link for customizing the T400s? I'm unable to find it :blush:

Feb 03, 2010, 10:42pm EST Report Abuse
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BoT Feb 04, 2010, 12:56am EST Report Abuse
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i would not get a ibm/lenovo for personal use. ibm/lenovo tends to tie in a lot of their bloat ware into your OS recovery disc, if you get one. they usually charge you for the disc if you order one.
also, they have a proprietary windows update system that was down for like 6 month :(
they usually are underpowered in the graphics department and i would start praying for drivers if you get one with a dedicated card.

not a big fan of Dell either unless you shell out good bucks

acer still has some really good laptops as well as asus. as i mentioned, acer just released a whole line up of i3 and i5 lappies. i really would take a look at them

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~Vel Feb 04, 2010, 01:01am EST Report Abuse
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Who cares about the recovery discs? Just drop a fresh install on the thing. I realize that for the average consumer this may be an issue, but...

Feb 04, 2010, 01:56am EST Report Abuse
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BoT Feb 04, 2010, 01:56am EST Report Abuse
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i bought one and it was a nightmare. it came with vista but the lappy only had an intel 3xxx igp.
nowhere nearly enough for vista. so i installed xp but no support from lenovo. updates are tricky and even the original intel drivers won't work right. lenovo has somehow "customized" the platform so you only can use their provided drives. since xp is not supported, there are no drivers.
stuck between a rock and a hardplace i tell ya.
also, once they drop the support for your model, no more updated drivers

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~Vel Feb 04, 2010, 11:07am EST Report Abuse
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This was just posted today for the T410 line, including the T410s

http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/04/lenovo-names-t410i-t410si-a...r-of-core/

Edit: After looking at the PDF, it looks like next Wednesday.

Storage options are a 5400 RPM with 120GB or an unnamed SSD with 128. Still 1.8" form factor.

Adam Kolak Feb 05, 2010, 12:32am EST Report Abuse
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Assuming nothing goes wrong in the factory with it, I'd say the Dell Latitude E6400 is your best option. However, being an owner of a recent Dell laptop (XPS M1530) and knowing many people at my University that have the same laptop I can tell you that Dell has some serious quality consistency problems. Some people get a good one that has no problems at all, and others have had theirs replaced completely. My M1530 has been fairly good, however the case and build has a few issues. There is a slight bump on the lid where two pieces of plastic meet. The two hinges on each side are slightly uneven. Mostly little OCD things like that. However, I can't wait till I can return to using my desktop as my main computer again.

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Feb 05, 2010, 02:14am EST Report Abuse
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Beavis Khan Feb 05, 2010, 08:50am EST Report Abuse
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McFly said:
Adam Kolak (38980) said on Feb 04, 2010 at 09:32pm PST:
Assuming nothing goes wrong in the factory with it, I'd say the Dell Latitude E6400 is your best option.

From everything I've been reading, that's a risky assumption. I don't want to have to be sending it back all the time for warranty repairs. :~


3 year Prosupport + NBD onsite service is $178. If you have to use it even once it's money well spent. Shipping stuff for warranty service is for suckers ;) Plus the Prosupport tech guys actually know wtf they are talking about. 'Course, that might not help you with Linux installed...

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~Vel Feb 05, 2010, 10:18am EST Report Abuse
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McFly said:
Adam Kolak (38980) said on Feb 04, 2010 at 09:32pm PST:
Assuming nothing goes wrong in the factory with it, I'd say the Dell Latitude E6400 is your best option.

From everything I've been reading, that's a risky assumption. I don't want to have to be sending it back all the time for warranty repairs. :~

Still looking at the ThinkPad T400s, but the 1.8" form-factor is a near-dealbreaker for me at the moment ... but I may use something like this:
http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/6733/t6xt.jpg

Which would let me put a normal, 2.5"x9.5mm SATA drive in place of the DVD burner ... which I would rarely use. Hmm.


That's an option. You could always put it in an external drive. I surely don't see any problems as long as you're able to boot from USB if you need to. Plus if you were worried about the battery life of two drives you could just unmount one of them if you're not using it.

G. G. Feb 06, 2010, 10:26pm EST Report Abuse
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McFly,

well.... Your first gut choice is for the HP Elite.... in the end, anything else will be second best to the HP Elite in the professional catagory and in the long run will cause you to wished you stuck with it... But hey..... youre making the choice...


Yes, I know that the 16:9 format is something you dont want but I believe all the other features will well overcome the one negative. Especially the build quality and options. As I had suggested..... I think you should look at the larger screen i.e. 15.6" @ 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 LED which will have much less affect as a 16:9 vs your original size of 14" on a laptop.

http://www.hardware.info/en-US/news/ymicmZqWwpmaapY/HP_equips_...Pro_M5800/


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Dr. Peaceful Feb 07, 2010, 02:07am EST Report Abuse
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Both Thinkpad and Latitude have network dropping issues related to the default Intel Wifi Link 5300 card see below. There are some fixes mentioned in the links, but if you have a better card, change it.

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/ThinkPad...A96B522D3B

http://en.community.dell.com/forums/t/19246147.aspx

G. G. Feb 07, 2010, 10:34am EST Report Abuse
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