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07-07-2000, 12:38 AM
in my opinion, compaq sucks.. especially dont get a compaq laptop. get like a fijitsu laptop. go to frys electronics.
07-07-2000, 03:27 AM
i'm lookin to find a good, cheap p3 laptop. any suggestions? lookin really for a sony vaio. thanks!
07-07-2000, 03:54 AM
You might be able to find one on www.Mobshop.com, (http://www.Mobshop.com,) they carry the Sony line and occasionally have one lot up for sale every other week, I think they rotate with the Acer line.
I got a good deal on thinkpad with DVD for just under $1300 from http://www.egghead.com/atauction/computers/notebooks.htm and saved an additional 5% with their coupon code, I don't know if it is still valid.
They currently have a Ashton Passport 2000
(never heard of 'em) a 700Mhz PIII with 6XDVD, built in LAN and 56k modem,128MB RAM,12 Gig hard drive,14.1 TFT,Magnesium Alloy case, 8MB video card, and AC-3 support(so you have a portable DVD player with surround sound as well)right now going for about $2200 and it supports Linux(no OS is installed though). Not a bad deal.
07-07-2000, 08:42 AM
check out the specs on this machine...
it's only $1400. made by compaq:
> The good:
> 14.1" TFT Active Matrix
> 8GB Hard Drive
> 64MB RAM
> 2X DVDROM
> Windows NT 4
> Li-Ion battery*
> 3 Year Warranty
> Compaq brand
> The bad:
> "eraser head" mouse
> Pentium II 300MHz
> *compaqs don't have the best battery life
> There was another place yesterday that had it for $1300, but have sold
BTW, i forgot to mention that this is a brand new notebook, not a factory refurb.
[This message has been edited by FunkmasterT (edited 07-07-2000).]
07-07-2000, 05:45 PM
Check out winbooks also, they usually have some special "internet only" deals. They also make some decent laptops. I believe their site is www.winbook.com (http://www.winbook.com)
And at band camp. . . http://www.geocities.com/bandtour99
07-07-2000, 05:57 PM
I am not sure about now, but Winbooks used to be very underpriced. Be sure to check them out.
07-08-2000, 09:34 PM
i have a brand new sony vaio f420 p3-450 mhz notebook for sale. I want around $1400 for it.. Email me and we can work out the details...
07-09-2000, 08:47 PM
Earlier this year, three of the top-branded notebook makers cracked the $999 barrier with actually usable (*snort*) notebooks that you can use as your comparison baseline:<UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>Hewlett-Packard Pavilion N3215 (http://www.hp.com/notebooks)
Hewlett-Packard, 475MHz AMD K6 processor, 32MB RAM, 4.8GB hard drive, 12.1 passive-matrix screen, 24x CD-ROM drive, built-in floppy drive, Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Works, $999
<LI>Toshiba Satellite 1605CDS (http://www.csd.toshiba.com/)
Toshiba, 450MHz AMD K6 processor, 32MB RAM, 4.3GB hard drive, 12.1-inch passive-matrix screen, 24x CD-ROM, Windows 98 Second Edition, Lotus SmartSuite, $999.
<LI>Compaq Presario 1200 XL-450 (http://www.compaq.com/athome)
Compaq Computer, 450 MHz AMD K6 processor, 32MB RAM, 5GB hard drive, 12.1-inch passive-matrix display, 24x CD-ROM, Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, $999.</UL>
07-09-2000, 08:50 PM
check out www.quantex.com (http://www.quantex.com) their laptops are manufactured in the same sweat shop as dell's and i have personally compared them to dell inspiron 7000's they are identical... but quantex is much cheaper... nice machines----
07-10-2000, 01:48 AM
thanks for posting this note voodoo, I've been thinking about getting a new laptop too. I like Fry's, but they seem to be a bit overpriced at times. I'll have to check out mobshop. Thanks again!
07-10-2000, 08:52 AM
Check out your local electronics store for a good deal, but don't buy a compaq.
You can always go for a Dell refurb. Gateways are unreliable.
Laptops never seem to be cheap unless you're willing to chance throwing away a chunk of cash on something unreliable. Just get the longest warranty you can...
07-22-2000, 11:18 PM
Winbook has a 14.1 inch laptop using a Pentium III PGA at only $1999 for their Winbook Si (http://www.winbook.com/si800tftsp.html) model.
For those new to laptops or overclocking, a Pentium III FC-PGA (Flip-Chip Plastic Grid Array) is a desktop chip. Laptop chips don't use pins...
This unit is similar to the one mentioned in this GotApex thread (http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000356.html).
07-22-2000, 11:22 PM
Definitely don't go with a compaq, although their support is pretty good, their products really suck. Sony and Toshiba are great brands. I think anybody who shops at Fry's should shoot themselves in the leg, all I got to say is, horrible service due to bad products (not all, but a lot).
07-23-2000, 12:40 AM
fry's... i have my own issue with fry's. unknowledgeable people who are hired to stand there and print out receipts. if you know what you're looking for and can't wait for an online delivery, then go to fry's. though, i doubt anyone with the brain to visit this forum is ignorant enough to actually go to one of their sales consultants and ask for advice.
i agree, sony and toshiba's are good brands. i tend to like sony, then IBM, in that order. Sony makes sleeck, good looking, powerful laptops and IBM makes very professional and reliable think pads. either way, i'll be payin much more for either brand vs. going for a emachine laptop which i don't plan to do. thanks for the feedback
07-23-2000, 04:01 AM
I would like to find a 133 or 166 laptop with a CDROM drive and a modem. Any ideas? Egghead usually has them for around $300.I prefer IBM or Dell
07-23-2000, 11:25 AM
Completely agree with you there VoodooFunk, it amazes me the kind of people they find to work at Fry's.. Its like they promoted a grocery bag boy to computer "expert" to show innocent people what to buy. If you definitely know what you're buying, go for it, but there's always a chance you'll have to get caught in their always long return lines.
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