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Old August 20th 07, 03:05 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Tom Scales
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Default New laptop, choices, choices

Well, since I killed my daughter's I6000 (well, it was dead and I didn't
fix it), I am going to buy myself a new laptop. (that's the way it
works, right?)

Anyway.

I'm torn on the choices. I was sure I wanted the little XPS1330, but
wow it is expensive. I went to the kiosk to see it and all they had was
a mockup. What's up with that? Since I couldn't see a working screen,
I couldn't form an opinion. If I was a serious traveler like I used to
be, it would be a no-brainer.

But I'm not. The most this will move is home office to bedroom to back
porch.

So, I am looking at the 1420 and 1520. The 1520 is the updated I6000.

I'm leaning towards a little smaller and lighter, hench the 1420. The
limitations a

1) No nVidia 8600, the best is the 8400
2) No WSXGA+

The first doesn't seem to be a shopstopper as I very rarely game and the
games I have are old enough that they'll likely run just fine.

The second is tougher as I haven't seen the sizes and resolutions. I
may hit Best Buy to look at other machines and see what they look like
for comparison.

My gut reaction is that 1680x1050 on a 15.4" screen would be tough to
read. Yes, I know I can play with the dpi, but what would the real
estate do for me? I don't really program anymore, which is where it
would be helpful.

The 1420 offers WXGA+ which should be 1440x900, which is the resolution
on my I9300. I like that resolution and think I could live with it on a
3" smaller screen.

So, I'm leaning towards the 1420.

I have a 10% off outlet coupon, so I have two days to decide and find
the right one on the outlet. One quirk I have noticed on the outlet is
that the T7500 processor is cheaper on outlet machines than the T7300.

So, I am leaning towards a 1420 with the T7500, 2GB memory, 120GB
7200RPM drive, WXGA+.

Should be just under $1000 with the coupon at the outlet.

Comments and suggestions welcome!

Tom

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Old August 20th 07, 04:03 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Tom Scales
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Default New laptop, choices, choices



-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Scales ]
Posted At: Monday, August 20, 2007 10:05 AM
Posted To: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Conversation: New laptop, choices, choices
Subject: New laptop, choices, choices

Well, since I killed my daughter's I6000 (well, it was dead and I
didn't
fix it), I am going to buy myself a new laptop. (that's the way it
works, right?)

Anyway.

I'm torn on the choices. I was sure I wanted the little XPS1330, but
wow it is expensive. I went to the kiosk to see it and all they had
was
a mockup. What's up with that? Since I couldn't see a working

screen,
I couldn't form an opinion. If I was a serious traveler like I used

to
be, it would be a no-brainer.

But I'm not. The most this will move is home office to bedroom to

back
porch.

So, I am looking at the 1420 and 1520. The 1520 is the updated I6000.

I'm leaning towards a little smaller and lighter, hench the 1420. The
limitations a

1) No nVidia 8600, the best is the 8400
2) No WSXGA+

The first doesn't seem to be a shopstopper as I very rarely game and
the
games I have are old enough that they'll likely run just fine.

The second is tougher as I haven't seen the sizes and resolutions. I
may hit Best Buy to look at other machines and see what they look like
for comparison.

My gut reaction is that 1680x1050 on a 15.4" screen would be tough to
read. Yes, I know I can play with the dpi, but what would the real
estate do for me? I don't really program anymore, which is where it
would be helpful.

The 1420 offers WXGA+ which should be 1440x900, which is the

resolution
on my I9300. I like that resolution and think I could live with it on
a
3" smaller screen.

So, I'm leaning towards the 1420.

I have a 10% off outlet coupon, so I have two days to decide and find
the right one on the outlet. One quirk I have noticed on the outlet

is
that the T7500 processor is cheaper on outlet machines than the T7300.

So, I am leaning towards a 1420 with the T7500, 2GB memory, 120GB
7200RPM drive, WXGA+.

Should be just under $1000 with the coupon at the outlet.

Comments and suggestions welcome!

Tom



Well, I ended up fixed my I6000, so no new laptop.

Shoot, I wanted one..

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Old August 20th 07, 04:57 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
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Default New laptop, choices, choices

"Tom Scales" wrote:

I'm torn on the choices. I was sure I wanted the little XPS1330, but
wow it is expensive.


yep it's PRICEY!!
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Old August 20th 07, 11:39 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
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Default New laptop, choices, choices

More info Tom. How did you fix it??


"Tom Scales" wrote in message
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-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Scales ]
Posted At: Monday, August 20, 2007 10:05 AM
Posted To: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Conversation: New laptop, choices, choices
Subject: New laptop, choices, choices

Well, since I killed my daughter's I6000 (well, it was dead and I
didn't
fix it), I am going to buy myself a new laptop. (that's the way it
works, right?)

Anyway.

I'm torn on the choices. I was sure I wanted the little XPS1330, but
wow it is expensive. I went to the kiosk to see it and all they had
was
a mockup. What's up with that? Since I couldn't see a working

screen,
I couldn't form an opinion. If I was a serious traveler like I used

to
be, it would be a no-brainer.

But I'm not. The most this will move is home office to bedroom to

back
porch.

So, I am looking at the 1420 and 1520. The 1520 is the updated I6000.

I'm leaning towards a little smaller and lighter, hench the 1420. The
limitations a

1) No nVidia 8600, the best is the 8400
2) No WSXGA+

The first doesn't seem to be a shopstopper as I very rarely game and
the
games I have are old enough that they'll likely run just fine.

The second is tougher as I haven't seen the sizes and resolutions. I
may hit Best Buy to look at other machines and see what they look like
for comparison.

My gut reaction is that 1680x1050 on a 15.4" screen would be tough to
read. Yes, I know I can play with the dpi, but what would the real
estate do for me? I don't really program anymore, which is where it
would be helpful.

The 1420 offers WXGA+ which should be 1440x900, which is the

resolution
on my I9300. I like that resolution and think I could live with it on
a
3" smaller screen.

So, I'm leaning towards the 1420.

I have a 10% off outlet coupon, so I have two days to decide and find
the right one on the outlet. One quirk I have noticed on the outlet

is
that the T7500 processor is cheaper on outlet machines than the T7300.

So, I am leaning towards a 1420 with the T7500, 2GB memory, 120GB
7200RPM drive, WXGA+.

Should be just under $1000 with the coupon at the outlet.

Comments and suggestions welcome!

Tom



Well, I ended up fixed my I6000, so no new laptop.

Shoot, I wanted one..

  #6  
Old August 21st 07, 12:04 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Journey
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Default New laptop, choices, choices

See you below...

On Mon, 20 Aug 2007 10:05:20 -0400, "Tom Scales"
wrote:

I'm torn on the choices. I was sure I wanted the little XPS1330, but
wow it is expensive. I went to the kiosk to see it and all they had was
a mockup. What's up with that? Since I couldn't see a working screen,
I couldn't form an opinion. If I was a serious traveler like I used to
be, it would be a no-brainer.


Another alternative would be an outlet M1210. They are priced very
well and I love mine.


But I'm not. The most this will move is home office to bedroom to back
porch.


I seem to remember that you have a larger notebook already, with
either a 17" or 20" screen (true?). The advantage of a larger
notebook to me would be to use it with Remote Desktop to connect to my
desktop computer.

So, I am looking at the 1420 and 1520. The 1520 is the updated I6000.

I'm leaning towards a little smaller and lighter, hench the 1420. The
limitations a

1) No nVidia 8600, the best is the 8400
2) No WSXGA+

The first doesn't seem to be a shopstopper as I very rarely game and the
games I have are old enough that they'll likely run just fine.


Agreed -- based on what you say you'll use it for, video wouldn't be a
show stopper, although I know you stream TV (I have no idea how, it
would be interesting to know) so I don't know if more powerful video
would help with that.

The second is tougher as I haven't seen the sizes and resolutions. I
may hit Best Buy to look at other machines and see what they look like
for comparison.

My gut reaction is that 1680x1050 on a 15.4" screen would be tough to
read. Yes, I know I can play with the dpi, but what would the real
estate do for me? I don

't really program anymore, which is where it
would be helpful.


I found the 1680 x 1050 to be very readable, even with my 44 year old
eyes that now need progressive lenses, however you hit the nail right
on the head when you said you might not need it anymore because you
don't program. The main advantage of the WSXGA+ has always been for
programming tasks (which I don't do anymore either).

The 1420 offers WXGA+ which should be 1440x900, which is the resolution
on my I9300. I like that resolution and think I could live with it on a
3" smaller screen.


Someone else may be able to calculate how the 1440 x 900 on a 14.1"
screen compares to 1680 x 1050 on a 15.4" screen. I have used both,
and have the 1440 x 900 resolution on my 640m, and it seems like the
text size was very close.

So, I'm leaning towards the 1420.


One thing I don't like about the Inspirons, like my 640m, is that the
build quality seems sub-par. On two different laptops of that type
the screen needed to be tightened after a while. I found out that
it's not that hard to do. Also, it doesn't have a solid feeling.

So, I am leaning towards a 1420 with the T7500, 2GB memory, 120GB
7200RPM drive, WXGA+.


That's a good configuration. I have stayed away from the 160GB 7200
rpm drives because they have been having problems (if I wanted that
capacity I'd Google to see what drives and if problems have been
resolved). I have never regretted getting a 7200 rpm drive -- it
doesn't seem to decrease battery life.

Should be just under $1000 with the coupon at the outlet.

Comments and suggestions welcome!


My favorite laptop in that price range right now is the Latitude D520.
It's very solid -- magnesium roll cage and steel hinges. A modular
battery can fit in the drive bay, getting up to 11 hours (as one
review reported) with the primary and secondary batteries. I like
that it has a standard aspect screen rather than wide. It has more
verticle resolution, which is good for many applications, such as web
browsing and word processing. It doesn't have the glossy screen which
could be a show stopper -- for me I like the non-glossy when using it
for "business" purposes (at meetings, etc). I don't have to worry
about window glare behind me or have to adjust the angle to avoid
glare.

Another option would be to go the Lenovo Thinkpad route. They have
been deeply discounted, and there are coupons that can be used on top
of their discounted prices.
  #7  
Old August 21st 07, 02:01 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Tom Scales
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Default New laptop, choices, choices

Reseated the CPU, but it didn't last long.

-----Original Message-----
From: WSZsr ]
Posted At: Monday, August 20, 2007 6:39 PM
Posted To: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Conversation: New laptop, choices, choices
Subject: New laptop, choices, choices

More info Tom. How did you fix it??


"Tom Scales" wrote in message
news:[email protected]


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Scales ]
Posted At: Monday, August 20, 2007 10:05 AM
Posted To: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Conversation: New laptop, choices, choices
Subject: New laptop, choices, choices

Well, since I killed my daughter's I6000 (well, it was dead and I
didn't
fix it), I am going to buy myself a new laptop. (that's the way it
works, right?)

Anyway.

I'm torn on the choices. I was sure I wanted the little XPS1330,

but
wow it is expensive. I went to the kiosk to see it and all they

had
was
a mockup. What's up with that? Since I couldn't see a working

screen,
I couldn't form an opinion. If I was a serious traveler like I

used
to
be, it would be a no-brainer.

But I'm not. The most this will move is home office to bedroom to

back
porch.

So, I am looking at the 1420 and 1520. The 1520 is the updated

I6000.

I'm leaning towards a little smaller and lighter, hench the 1420.

The
limitations a

1) No nVidia 8600, the best is the 8400
2) No WSXGA+

The first doesn't seem to be a shopstopper as I very rarely game

and
the
games I have are old enough that they'll likely run just fine.

The second is tougher as I haven't seen the sizes and resolutions.

I
may hit Best Buy to look at other machines and see what they look

like
for comparison.

My gut reaction is that 1680x1050 on a 15.4" screen would be tough

to
read. Yes, I know I can play with the dpi, but what would the real
estate do for me? I don't really program anymore, which is where

it
would be helpful.

The 1420 offers WXGA+ which should be 1440x900, which is the

resolution
on my I9300. I like that resolution and think I could live with it

on
a
3" smaller screen.

So, I'm leaning towards the 1420.

I have a 10% off outlet coupon, so I have two days to decide and

find
the right one on the outlet. One quirk I have noticed on the

outlet
is
that the T7500 processor is cheaper on outlet machines than the

T7300.

So, I am leaning towards a 1420 with the T7500, 2GB memory, 120GB
7200RPM drive, WXGA+.

Should be just under $1000 with the coupon at the outlet.

Comments and suggestions welcome!

Tom



Well, I ended up fixed my I6000, so no new laptop.

Shoot, I wanted one..


  #8  
Old August 21st 07, 02:46 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Alex Stern
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Default New laptop, choices, choices


"Tom Scales" wrote in message
news:[email protected]


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Scales ]
Posted At: Monday, August 20, 2007 10:05 AM
Posted To: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Conversation: New laptop, choices, choices
Subject: New laptop, choices, choices

Well, since I killed my daughter's I6000 (well, it was dead and I
didn't
fix it), I am going to buy myself a new laptop. (that's the way it
works, right?)

Anyway.

I'm torn on the choices. I was sure I wanted the little XPS1330, but
wow it is expensive. I went to the kiosk to see it and all they had
was
a mockup. What's up with that? Since I couldn't see a working

screen,
I couldn't form an opinion. If I was a serious traveler like I used

to
be, it would be a no-brainer.

But I'm not. The most this will move is home office to bedroom to

back
porch.

So, I am looking at the 1420 and 1520. The 1520 is the updated I6000.

I'm leaning towards a little smaller and lighter, hench the 1420. The
limitations a

1) No nVidia 8600, the best is the 8400
2) No WSXGA+

The first doesn't seem to be a shopstopper as I very rarely game and
the
games I have are old enough that they'll likely run just fine.

The second is tougher as I haven't seen the sizes and resolutions. I
may hit Best Buy to look at other machines and see what they look like
for comparison.

My gut reaction is that 1680x1050 on a 15.4" screen would be tough to
read. Yes, I know I can play with the dpi, but what would the real
estate do for me? I don't really program anymore, which is where it
would be helpful.

The 1420 offers WXGA+ which should be 1440x900, which is the

resolution
on my I9300. I like that resolution and think I could live with it on
a
3" smaller screen.

So, I'm leaning towards the 1420.

I have a 10% off outlet coupon, so I have two days to decide and find
the right one on the outlet. One quirk I have noticed on the outlet

is
that the T7500 processor is cheaper on outlet machines than the T7300.

So, I am leaning towards a 1420 with the T7500, 2GB memory, 120GB
7200RPM drive, WXGA+.

Should be just under $1000 with the coupon at the outlet.

Comments and suggestions welcome!

Tom



Well, I ended up fixed my I6000, so no new laptop.

Shoot, I wanted one..

Tom, what's your opinion on the Nvidia video cards vs. ATI video cards on
the Dell laptops?



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Old August 21st 07, 03:09 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Tom Scales
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Default New laptop, choices, choices



-----Original Message-----
From: Alex Stern ]
Posted At: Monday, August 20, 2007 9:46 PM
Posted To: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Conversation: New laptop, choices, choices
Subject: New laptop, choices, choices


"Tom Scales" wrote in message
news:[email protected]


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Scales ]
Posted At: Monday, August 20, 2007 10:05 AM
Posted To: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Conversation: New laptop, choices, choices
Subject: New laptop, choices, choices

Well, since I killed my daughter's I6000 (well, it was dead and I
didn't
fix it), I am going to buy myself a new laptop. (that's the way it
works, right?)

Anyway.

I'm torn on the choices. I was sure I wanted the little XPS1330,

but
wow it is expensive. I went to the kiosk to see it and all they

had
was
a mockup. What's up with that? Since I couldn't see a working

screen,
I couldn't form an opinion. If I was a serious traveler like I

used
to
be, it would be a no-brainer.

But I'm not. The most this will move is home office to bedroom to

back
porch.

So, I am looking at the 1420 and 1520. The 1520 is the updated

I6000.

I'm leaning towards a little smaller and lighter, hench the 1420.

The
limitations a

1) No nVidia 8600, the best is the 8400
2) No WSXGA+

The first doesn't seem to be a shopstopper as I very rarely game

and
the
games I have are old enough that they'll likely run just fine.

The second is tougher as I haven't seen the sizes and resolutions.

I
may hit Best Buy to look at other machines and see what they look

like
for comparison.

My gut reaction is that 1680x1050 on a 15.4" screen would be tough

to
read. Yes, I know I can play with the dpi, but what would the real
estate do for me? I don't really program anymore, which is where

it
would be helpful.

The 1420 offers WXGA+ which should be 1440x900, which is the

resolution
on my I9300. I like that resolution and think I could live with it

on
a
3" smaller screen.

So, I'm leaning towards the 1420.

I have a 10% off outlet coupon, so I have two days to decide and

find
the right one on the outlet. One quirk I have noticed on the

outlet
is
that the T7500 processor is cheaper on outlet machines than the

T7300.

So, I am leaning towards a 1420 with the T7500, 2GB memory, 120GB
7200RPM drive, WXGA+.

Should be just under $1000 with the coupon at the outlet.

Comments and suggestions welcome!

Tom



Well, I ended up fixed my I6000, so no new laptop.

Shoot, I wanted one..

Tom, what's your opinion on the Nvidia video cards vs. ATI video cards
on
the Dell laptops?



On a laptop, I don't know. On a desktop, I generally prefer nVidia as
ATI's drivers are terrible and their control panel consumes a huge
amount of memory.

On the new laptops, the only choice is Intel integrated or nVidia.

  #10  
Old August 21st 07, 05:27 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
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Journey wrote:

My favorite laptop in that price range right now is the Latitude D520.
It's very solid -- magnesium roll cage and steel hinges.



What screen resolution would you go for if getting the
D520?

Would you stick with XGA?

Or go for higher SXGA+?

Something weird abt Dells web page....when you click on
14" models only you still get the D520. But the blurb
says its a 15" screen
 




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