Which is the best laptop for travel?

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Oct 26th, 2006, 12:17 PM
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J62 I agree with you. Built in wireless is what I want, not necessarily Centrino. For me it is like tissues and Kleenex.
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Oct 26th, 2006, 12:31 PM
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Unless they absolutely have to, anyone thinking about buying a new Windows computer should wait until the end of January when the new Windows Vista operating system becomes available. Its going to be far superior to Windows XP, and upgrading a Windows XP computer to Vista (no matter what the sales people say) is likely going to be problematic for a whole variety of reasons. On the other hand, a MAC, although pricey, is a good alternative for someone who needs to buy a computer immediately. If you still want a great traveling Windows laptop, check out the Lenovo ThinkPad X60s.
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Oct 26th, 2006, 04:31 PM
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OK Here's the scoop..... I just came back from Costco and Comp USA.
If I want the Dell I have to order it online and this is not a big deal but I like to touch and feel before I buy so off I went to Comp USA. They had a zillion Sony VAIOs and were doing a major restock in the store but I did get to see the Toshiba and pick it up and push some buttons, etc.. This is good but I ended up buying only an enclosure for the hard drive from my very dead ( we tested it, it's the motherboard)old laptop. At the checkout I got into a conversation with a very helpful salesman who I have connected with over the years and he also suggested I wait another month or two at least since so many new models are being released withing the next few months. He wasn't too excited about Vista but the new models seemed to float his boat. So I have access to my old hard drive and the immediate situation is handled. I do have a heavy laptop if I absolutely must travel with it but I don't think that will be necessary and I can wait a few months and shop with more of a "buyers market" attitude.
I want to thank everybody for their input on this. I have alot of respect for all your opinions and I reserve the right to top this thread in a month or two when I may need more help.
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Oct 26th, 2006, 06:45 PM
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Your Vaio may or may not be dead. Tell me, when you turn it on, does the green power light come on and stay on, and the yellow HDD light flickers a couple of times and goes out?

If so, yours can be fixed for $150, guaranteed.
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Oct 26th, 2006, 07:37 PM
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The green neony light where the cord connects to the laptop lights but that is all. No other lights come on AT ALL. I suspect Motherboard.
The power cord is putting out 16V. The guy at Comp USA tested it. Can $150 fix that?
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Oct 26th, 2006, 09:07 PM
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A common fault with Vaio laptops is that the DC power jack gets unsoldered from the mother board. Try wiggling the plug while you turn on the power.
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Oct 26th, 2006, 09:23 PM
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If you are still in the market for a small tote-top (laptop that fits in a tote--my made up word!)

We just bought a Fujitsu Lifebook7120--my husband, the professor-computer nerd, did his research and picked this one to replace the iBook 13" laptop he had been using. It was too big to tote, too heavy in the crammed brief case. The Fujitsuh as worked out very well on the business trips he has taken. It has intel centrino processor, 10.6" screen, integrated card reader-,multi format (not Compact Flash-but we used the extra slot to add a removable CF card reader), wireless and bluetooth, DVD/CD rw combo drive, and fingerprint reader--sorry no webcam(I think that's just a Sony feature), 60 gig hard dive and he got a memory upgrade--but I forget how much. The basic pkg has plenty of memory but his research data hogs memory. Best of all it's 3.2 lbs with battery. Battery life is about 7.5 hrs and that's about what we get, but we don't play DVDs on the computer, so I don't know what that would do to battery life.

It's a bit pricey, but it is the first laptop that I would consider taking with me on the road. My criteria always was that it had to fit in a tote and weigh less than 3 lbs...and this is it.

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Oct 26th, 2006, 10:46 PM
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I love Costco, but may I ask why you would buy a Dell from Costco and not directly from Dell? Is there some advantage?

Also, my experience with CompUSA has been that they are usually priced above other vendors (BestBuy, etc.) and while they have been mostly nice people they don't offer anything to jsutify the extra cost. I did buy a desktop from them a few years ago, ran into a problem that they insisted was not covered by the supposedly "covers eveything" warranty and wound up shelling out for them to fix it - and it took three returns to the shop. Just MHO, of course, YMMV.
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Oct 27th, 2006, 10:03 AM
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"...we don't play DVDs on the computer, so I don't know what that would do to battery life."

Don't play DVDs on battery. If you want to watch movies, copy them to the hard drive before leaving home.

The reason is that the laser in optical drives (CD or DVD) use enormous amounts of power.
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Oct 27th, 2006, 04:46 PM
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Robespierre, How does one do that? Aren't DVDs copy protected? Do you need a special program?
Seamus, Costco has a 6 month no questions asked return policy for computers and I think you do get a little break buying from them. I could check it out further when it is actually time to buy. Sometimes you can get a good deal at Comp USA especially if there is a rebate involved. I usually pay attention to those things.
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Oct 27th, 2006, 05:42 PM
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Duplicating copyrighted material for your own use is legal. It gets illegal when you transfer a copy to someone else (for free or pay).

http://mrbass.org/dvdrip
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Oct 28th, 2006, 12:25 AM
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Be careful with that! It is legal in the USA, but illegal in many countries in Europe, so copying may not be an option. German law i.e. simply says "It's illegal to circumvent or break a copy protection".
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Oct 28th, 2006, 12:28 AM
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It is even illegal to own the programm you just posted a link to in this country. You can commit a crime just by clicking on "download"....
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Oct 28th, 2006, 06:44 AM
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Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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