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Old 03-13-2003, 07:32 PM
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Okay - Ive narrowed it down to two possible options.

I have decided to go with dell.

Here are the two systems I am considering:

#1 Dell Inspiron 1100

Mobile Celeron 2.0ghz
30 gig hd
256mb ram
24x cd-rw
14.1 tft display

Total Cost out the door (including shipping) - $897 dollars

#2 Dell Inspiron 5100

Mobile Pentium 4 @ 2.4 ghz
30 gig hd
384 MB ram
24x cd-rw / dvd combo
15.0 tft display

Total cost out the door (including shipping) - $1098 dollars

Now, the dvd doesnt really impress me either way - I cant really see myself watching many dvds on my laptop - after all I have a tv for that.

Adding more memory or the bigger display to option #1 brings it negligiably close to option #2's price.

Is the pentium 4 2.4 ghz v/s celeron 2.0 and 256mb v/s 384 mb ram a substantial difference. I realize how quickly these things get outdated. For what I want to use it for, will either system suffice? I guess i'm looking at it this way - would the increased performance justify the $300 jump in price, or should I keep the $300 and consider it 1/3 of the next laptop I will buy in another two years.

I figure this computer will have a two year useful life (at least i'm hoping) - my toshiba 2 years into it is ready to be basically thrown in the trash..... but I think I just got a bad one there.

Oh well, I know two years from now I'll be looking at the dell laptop in front of me, and thinking I cant believe its specs considering what I will be pricing out then.

Thanks again for all your help,

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)

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