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Old 03-11-2003, 06:38 PM
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Off topic: Is this a good deal on a laptop?


I want to buy a new laptop, just because I find myself needing a computer more and more on the road.

Here are the basic things it has to do:

#1 - Decent battery life (my old toshiba's laptop battery lasted for 20 mins for about a week) a toshiba replacement under warranty did about the same thing. - Finally gave up on trying to run it on battery power.

#2 - Reasonably stable - All computers crash here and there, but it has to run relatively problem free.

These are the things I plan to use it for:

#1 - Microsoft office XP - pretty much anything these days should run this.

#2 - Palm / Outlook synchronization

#3 - Mobile internet - using my sprint pcs vision phone and a USB cable - basically unlimited high speed data access.

Other things are occasional playing of mp3 etc

Here is the machine im considering:

Dell Inspiron 1100

2.0 ghz celeron processor
128 MB ram standard - Upgrade to 256 mb for an additional $50
30 gig hard drive
24x cd-rom - Upgrade to DVD for $50, cd-rw for $99, DVD / CD-RW combo for $149
14.1" XGA TFT display.

The price is 899 + (whatever upgrades) - 150 mail in rebate, also free shipping from dell.

What do you guys think? - Is this a decent machine? Where would you spend your upgrade dollars?

Personally I want to keep the whole cost sub 1000 - Should I look at other brands / models.

Thanks again,

George -
George Androulakis

Former Mb's:

1990 500sl R129 - 76k Original Miles - New project - Follow the saga
1990 190E 2.6 148k mi (sold)
1989 420 SEL 246k mi (sold)
1995 C220 175k mi (sold)
1992 190e 2.6 74k original miles (sold)
2000 c230 Kompressor 122k miles (RIP)
1996 C220 149k mi (sold)
2000 C230 Kompressor Sport 127k (sold)

Current Cars:

2009 Mercedes c300 4matic
2006 Mercedes s430
2005 Jaguar XJR
2003 Cadillac Escalade
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