Looking at 2 different laptops.
I mostly use my computer for the internet and movies, but my current laptop is on it’s way out and the 1 GB of RAM never did cut it. And the battery life has always sucked on it less than 2 hrs I’d say.
I will also most likely need to hook it up to a plasma/LCD TV for powerpoint. Not many laptops seem to have S-Video anymore, but what is the difference b/w HDMI and VGA?
HD space is important because I have a lot of movies/shows on my computer, though external HDs are cheap.
Here are the 2 I’m looking at.
$500- Decent specs, but bad battery life.
$700- Great specs, but $200 more, and awesome battery life just under 7 hrs
It would be nice to save $200, and I’ve heard HPs like to heat up, I know my current one does (though I use a cooling pad now).[/quote]
Hey JF. Be sure and have a good backup before it dies completely!
I’d personally stay away from the AMD CPUs in laptops. They just don’t perform nearly as well as the Core 2 Duo CPUs. I usually tell my clients to purchase the manufacturer’s extended warranty if you buy a laptop. Desktops are not as important since alot of desktop components are so cheap and easily replaced, not so on a laptop. Most laptops wont’ have HDMI yet, pretty much all LCD TV’s have a VGA or DVI input, either will work with a VGA port(DVI requires an adapter).
Here are some deals I gathered today from http://www.dealnews.com/
You can also find decent deals sometimes on the Dell Outlet, http://www.outlet.dell.com I buy my personal laptops there, getting a refurbished business class notebook(comes with three year warranty). Pricing can be good if there are special promotions or coupon codes. You have to know EXACTLY what you are looking for going this route.