Can anyone give me advice on buying a lap top?

@lalav1 (1055)
United States
June 22, 2007 12:26pm CST
I have had two desktop computers I have been very happy with. I want to get a lap top next, but don't know much about them. I want something really lightweight and I want to use it for the internet and would like to have the Word Perfect program and of course email. How long does it take to charge them up and once charged up how long do they last? Remember I'm a complete novice about lap tops. Currently when I have pictures developed I order a cd with the pictures and upload them to my computer, can I do that with a lap top? Can you get built in speakers? These may seem like dumb questions, but I just don't know anyone who has one. After it's charged up you don't have to plug it in anywhere do you. Currently I have dial up, which is so slow. Laptops are all fast aren't they?
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@punkish (424)
• India
22 Jun 07
ohhh friend u r totally misdirected about all this..if u just want the good internet connection y r u buying the laptop..it wont help ur cause infact ...for this u must take internet connection that is broadband connection from near by provider.....n for the computer speed just upgrade it to better system but if u r really intrested in buying then buy the dual core processor,,,,160 gb hard didk....wid graphics in built....1 gb ram,,,,,,wide screen laptop,,,dvd writer n all d advanced features available it will b best 4 u n will b quiet fast...but it will b little costly.......speakers will b inbuilt but if u want extra u can take..
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22 Jun 07
Since you want a laptop that is very light.You must buy the Pentium M series (Mobile Techlogy),they are pretty light.Make sure it is an Intel Centrino or the new duo core.The battery life of laptops vary .The Dell battery life is about 2 hrs while the Sony have a longer battery life.Most of the laptops now are internet ready having an inbuilt wireless and LAN Cards.All Laptops have an inbuilt speaker.The Dell Inspiron series have wonderful speakers with nice sounds.Most of the new laptops have word processors already installed.I wish you good luck in choosing a laptop
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@gotcho0O (1257)
• United States
22 Jun 07
Good for you, two desktop, coolness. There's a new one now called windows vista. You might want to include that feature in the laptop you're planning to buy. Laptops are fast because they can go with the wireless thing. But you know, there are desktops now that has the same thing. Anyway, in regard to your questions, you can always ask an associate to the store where you're gonna purchase your laptop.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
23 Jun 07
I'm a computer technician who also sold computers for a major manufacturer (who shall remain nameless). First off buying a laptop won't increase your internet speed if you are using a dial-up connection. That is of course unless your desktop computer is very old and having a hard time keeping up. Even so your internet won't speed up with a new computer. For a fast internet connection, you will need to get either a cable modem from your cable company or a dsl line from your phone company. These both require a monthy fee and you will probably have to buy either a cable modem, or a dsl modem. If you go with cable or dsl, I would suggest buying a wireless router. You will be able to plug your desktops into it, and also connect to it from the laptop wirelessly. This will let you set up a home network, share files and share that highspeed internet between all of your computers. Setting up a network of this type is not difficult at all. Wireless routers are around $80. You may need to buy NIC's (Network Interface Cards) for your desktops which you can get for about $20 a pop. As far as the lap top goes, let me try to answer some of your questions: Most laptops are fairly lightweight. Even the large ones with 17" inch widescreen monitors usually clock in at under 9 lbs. If you go ultra lightweight (10-14")you are giving up screen size. I would recommend splitting the difference and going with a 15" inch monitor, or even 17" if the weight and added price doesn't bother you. It's easier on the eyes. It usually takes about 12 hours to charge the battery the first time. Then it usually takes an hour or 2 to recharge from then on. You can be plugged into power and run your computer while the battery is charging. Many people often purchase a second battery. How long a battery charge lasts, largely depends on the size of the battery (you don't have much choice here, although larger batteries weigh more), and what you are doing with your computer. For instance playing a game, or burning a CD or DVD will take up more power than just using your word proccesor or surfing the net. Most batteries charges last from 30 minutes to 3+ hours depending again on what you are doing. The more things you have running, the more power that the computer consumes. Laptops come with built in speakers. Most also come with Microsoft Word or Word perfect and they all have email programs. I would suggest getting an intel chip. They currently have the best chip designs for laptops I think. Make sure you get a minimum of 1 GB of Ram, I would suggest 2 GB. You will have no problem playing or burning CD's as I suspect it will come with a DVD burner. Another thing I would recommend is getting a 3 years warranty that included accidental damage. Laptops get dropped...a lot. They are pretty robust and can usually take it. But sometimes the screens can snap off, if it falls just right. (or wrong) If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to let me know. I'll be more than happy to help. The
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• Malaysia
23 Jun 07
Very informative, thanks!
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
23 Jun 07
You're welcome. :)
@djoyce71 (2512)
• Philippines
23 Jun 07
Well, whatever it is in the desktop is also in a laptop. I use a laptop and I really like using it because its mobile, I can bring it to my workplace. One to two hours charging is enough for a laptop and the battery lasts for 3 to 6 hours depending on the use. Another advantage in using a laptop is that the electrical consumption is lesser than using a desktop. You can store pictures in your laptop. You can can use flash disc or usb to transfer images to your computer. DVD writer and recorder, as well as speakers are built-in in a laptop. The speed of internet surfing depends upon the internet provider's bandwidth. If you subscribed to a higher speed then surfing is faster. I use a dsl, much faster than a dial-up and cheaper because you can use it 24 hours a day compared to dial-up, costly and limited access. You can also use internet in laptops when in restaurants and any coffee shops that provide free wi-fi. You can do your business with pleasure anytime you like to your laptops. My advise, if you want to buy one, you must buy branded laptops or notebooks with good performance and after sale service including warranty on labor and parts. They maybe more costly than other laptops, but they are more reliable and could easily be repaired. Make sure that you buy laptop that is compatible with the latest microsoft vista. Which one would you prefer to use, a desktop or a laptop?
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@Willowlady (10665)
• United States
23 Jun 07
Be prepared for low power on your battery. Buy a spare and charge one if you can. Anyway, I am a Dell girl and my daughter has a laptop that she does like. She also has an adaptor so she plugs it in to use it. There are some places that have the plugs you can use and not pay anything. Sound does come from them since my daugther plays movies on hers. Yes the picture cd will fit the slot too. You need to have WiFi hotspot or internet network on a high speed computer. Again Dell is the company, they have site, you can ask questions etc. Good luck finding the right computer for you. Dell is my brand I think forever.
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@laltu86 (1253)
• India
22 Jun 07
Be a bit more specific of your needs next time you post such a topic ,its a humble request . Now to answer your question you can have a one thing and everything in a lapnop now a days , built in speakers, blue tooth,IR, cameras, printer usbs,and you name it you get it. But i am not concerned about these i would suggest you to check on 3 things what is the processor speed , ram area (its better if you take a2 gb/1gb ram), and the HArd disk area (120 gb would do fine.).
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
22 Jun 07
try to get one with at least 100gb hardrive memory and a good graphics card. Speakers are usually built in. as is the mic. The one I have has to be charged up like every 3 hours.It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to fully charge it.You can upload pics to your laptop. But the new ones i think holds their charge longer. The batteries are getting better and better. Also remember laptops get hot . So don't worry about that part of it. My laptop is much slower than my PC, but the ram memory isn't the best i only have 762 ram. and like 30 gbs hard drive. but mine is older.
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@dojhue21 (24)
• United States
22 Jun 07
if you want a really good laptop with large memory and speed, the best I would suggest is a Dell computer, it is also very cheap.
@wachit14 (3599)
• United States
22 Jun 07
We have two laptops. One is an Acer and if you want a good laptop PC, I would highly recommend this one. We bought it in Circuit City and we got a very good deal on it. If and when you do buy a laptop, get a good warranty on it. It's worth the money if something goes wrong with it. I rarely use my laptop without the charger as I don't want to wear the battery down. As far as computers go, anything you can do on a regular computer, you can do from a laptop, including printing. Having dial-up service will always be slower than having high-speed internet so you might want to look into that to improve the speed of any computer you use.
@Fishmomma (11349)
• United States
22 Jun 07
First, not all lap tops are the same and what kind depends on many things. How much are you planning to spend and just looking for a low and high estimation? How fast do you want the laptop to access the information? I have an HP Pavilion dv6000 and this is my third laptop. My last laptop over heated and couldn't keep a charge for very long. It was a Dell and that is the only brand I can't recommend.
• United States
22 Jun 07
Hi, I have a laptop and this is my 2nd one. I enjoy them cause they are more mobile and allow you to work in different places and to be able to take it with you when you go out of town. I have a Dell and my last one was a Dell, I enjoy Dell's due to the warranty and service they give you, unlike any other computer company I have dealt with before. My computer has speakers (very nice ones), laptops can be fast, if you have enough memory in it, I currently am running 768 MB, so I feel like I soar, but most come with just the standard 256 MB. All the things you can do on your desktop you can do on laptop, it is just smaller and more portable for you to take to places with you. If you are looking for faster, you might want to invest in DSL and then you will fly, so fast!
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@eyewitness (1577)
• Netherlands
23 Jun 07
I have an apple mac book.The perfect thing with this one is that when surfing on the internet with safari and stuff the chance of getting a virus is minimal so it happens almost never.It's not heavy and it's smaller than most laptops.It takes a couple of hours to charge and when you unplug the charger you can see in the screen when stepping on the battery how much hours are left before battery is running out.When battery is run out you get a warning.Perfect right?Also laptops aren't fast it's the sort of internet you've chosen.Like Adsl is faster than cable.You can do the same on the laptop as on the computer with pictures it's just a little bit different.Build in speakers for this laptop is actually basic and you can even get some boxes to improve the volume.also with this laptop you can plug it into the tv so you have a bigger screen,Awesome right? If it's charged you can just sit anywhere you want but you need to have a wireless router so you can even internet in your bedroom or wherever you want.So you still have dial up i really recommend for faster use you take cable or adsl instead of dial up,because dial up is the slowest and well we call it the year zero. I hope this is of help.If you have any other questions please ask me.
@lalav1 (1055)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Thanks for the info. I don't really understand what a wireless router is though. I'm thinking about taking to appointments where I have to wait for an hour or on an airplane. Can you explain it?
• United States
23 Jun 07
I do have a laptop, but my older sister gave me a used one online. I haven't bought one personally, so there's not much I can give in advice. However, I can give you advice on what to do when buying a laptop: *Make sure that you find one that's low priced in order to save money. *Look for the keyboard layout. Some are longer, or shorter. Also, see if it had the Insert-to-Page Down Keys are on the side. Buy a laptop with a keyboard layout that you're comfortable with. *See how long its battery life is, and if it's less, find a laptop that has a longer lifespan. *It has to be strong enough to withstand an impact. *Look for ports that you need in order to connect your devices, such as your USB drives. *After you buy a laptop, buy a backpack or bookbag in case you drop it. It helps as a precaution so that you don't break and shatter your laptop. *Do research on websites about laptops. Here's a particular site that can help you: http://tinyurl.com/2en9wq There are a lot of things that you can do before buying a laptop, but this is only a piece of it.
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@lalav1 (1055)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Thank you, I will check out that site.
• Indonesia
12 Jul 07
i think you must ask your self if really you need to buy a laptop, after that you must check your money because of course there are many kind of price, and don't forget to have many kind of brochures of laptop so you can compare each other and can see the differences between them..
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• India
9 Jul 07
I think you should go 4dell as dat's the best around right now, and if ur looking4 high performance then you can go for the t series laptops, but if u want good value 4 money then i think u should go4 the inspiron variety as they are priced rather low.happy shopping!
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@musu112 (528)
• United States
2 Jul 07
Hey recently I have got a new Laptop, thats SONY VAIO, and I am finding it really great to work on. So you could just do search ons for this laptop :-)
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
23 Jun 07
Laptops are no way different from the Desktop Computers, except that they are of smaller size and are of much costlier than the Desktop Computers. So you can do anything and everything, you have been doing so far with the Desktops. The current days Laptops are very powerful enough even to play the High end games just like the Desktop. The speed of the internet is just dependent on your connection type only and doesn't vary between the Laptop and the Desktop. So you dont need to worry about that. The only issue faced by many of the laptop users is the low battery life. But with the modern technologies, this also has been improved a lot now. So go ahead and replace your Desktop with Laptop.
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@sigma77 (5384)
• United States
23 Jun 07
I have never owned one, but my next computer will be of this nature. I think 2 gig of ram is good and about80-120 gig hard drive is fine. I would like the 17" screen if they aren't too big and clumsy. I have seen some Dells for about $600-700 which seems reasonable. And you can also get them with DVD read/write. They are all fast, but like someone else said, it is your connection that will make the difference. I have DSL and it is plenty fast. I was just interested in your topic because I plan on buying one soon. Do a little research and you will find a good laptop for the right price.
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• Malaysia
23 Jun 07
Hi, i been using Dell D600 for 2 years and i must say i am satisfied. Of cos, once awhile there is some part issue like Hard disc, CD Rom, LCD, but the customer service are great help. My company brought this laptop with insurance so most of the part replacement within 3 years are free of charge. My Laptop has built in speaker and mic. It has wifi 802.11g, so it is 54Mb/s, the speed is satisfying on wireless spot.
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