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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Laptops, What would you suggest???

i guess it's time to live in the 21st century... i have to get a laptop, but having various brands out there such as dell, sony vaio, ibm lenovo, toshiba, fujitsu siemens, apple, hp, acer, compaq, averatec, asus, alienware, emachine, gateway, panasonic, samsung, LG, sharp, sager and others, doesn't make it easier to decide!!!

Anyway, according to the offers i got from our "beloved" jordanian market, my choices currently are:
1- HP Pavilion dv5278
2- Toshiba Satellite M100-222
3- Apple MacBook Pro (MA464LL/A)

Since am intending to buy 1 that is supposed to last for a very loooong term, i'd like to get all the computer power i can afford. it'll be used for long hours, heavy duty (image processing and similar stuff), which means that i'll be needing a reliable laptop with atleast 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 MB cache, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 100GB high performance HDD, long battery life, and does not weight more than 2.5 kg, with a budget that nearly does not exceed 1500JDs)

HP meets all the above, except for it's weight and size, which is a very important issue since i move a lot (but hey, it's just an extra .5 kilo afterall!)

Toshiba has much much better specs, it also weights less (the price is 150 jds more than the HP, and i believe it's worth it ;) but nothing is perfect... it has a very low battery life, and i don't think i'd like it if the battery decides to die while am in the middle of smth, and couldn't find a near by AC source... i hate recharging batteries!

Mac is just great, and i know it can boot from either Mac OS X or Windows XP, but i still donno how compatible it is with the available softwares in the market, and i still donno how much it's gonna cost...

So, experts out there and laptop owners, i really would appreciate it if you'd kindly give me your opinion :) thanks in advance!

p.s: i know that some have already asked me to get a dell or a sony vaio, but the offers i got weren't that great (either low speed or too expensive to get)


  • At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 12:18:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    When in doubt GO MAC!

  • At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 12:47:00 AM , Anonymous Qwaider قويدر said...

    Mac sucks... it's a piece of junk in pretty cloths!
    Pavillion doesn't have a good track record in General, and I would recommend against it.
    Toshiba is awesome, I enjoyed all encounters with it
    Dell is also fantastic, they have a bunch of awesome laptops that will sure satisfy all your needs

    The worst thing about the sissy Macs is lack of software, anything you want you have to pay premium price and quite frankly in a country like Jordan, people just get it to show off!!
    If you wanna show off and really be crippled with the stupid limited functionality go mac! But if you want the world to be your oyster .... You know..

  • At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 2:36:00 AM , Blogger Moey said...

    qwaider, go to hell.
    as an hp user, never get this crap.. I've been using laptops for hte past 10 years, do not get an HP, my pavilion is 1 years old and needs to go to the trash can asap.

  • At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 2:37:00 AM , Blogger Moey said...

    go for the mac then if you do not like it just go for the toshiba, macs first.. qwaider shut up

  • At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 7:05:00 AM , Blogger David said...

    Well Rain Drop, I am not much of an expert on laptops, as I have always had full size computers. However, I know a thing or two. :) I would not recommend HP computers in general. I have heard of a lot of reliability problems with their machines. Toshiba, in my experience, makes excellent products. I have had friends who bought Apple computers in the past and were very happy with them. Do you really plan to use your laptop for long periods in places without electric sockets? If so, then long battery life is certainly important. In some laptops, you can install a second battery to extend the time between recharges. You might want to ask if that is possible. I was on the phone recently with a Gateway service representative. He told me that they sell reconditioned computers with a warranty for about one third the price of a new machine. He said that these were like one year old computers, not electronic dinosaurs. :) Dell might do the same thing. However, I don't know if these reconditioned computers are available in Jordan. Good luck finding your new toy! :)

  • At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 10:20:00 AM , Blogger Tala said...

    Hey Dima,

    my uncle follows computer progress as a hobby since the seventies,, he said he'd go with Toshiba, he has one himself.

    personally, i use Acer, its fine also.

  • At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 11:20:00 AM , Blogger Reem said...

    I personally used dell and Toshiba, Dell is very heavy duty, at the moment I am using Toshiba, and i love it.

    Moey, there is definately a better way to say that you disagree than using this language!

  • At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 2:41:00 PM , Blogger Abed. Hamdan said...

    Toshiba is great .. :)

  • At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 11:34:00 PM , Anonymous Luai said...

    NO IBM. That is for sure.

    Go with a DELL. I need the stock price to head upwards. :-)

  • At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 11:46:00 PM , Anonymous Qwaider قويدر said...

    Personally, I had good experiences with Laptops from Dell, Lenovo (IBM), Acer, Toshiba, Sony Vaio and a bunch others
    I had HORRIBLE experience with Macs (refused to connect to wireless networks with NO WAY to fix it! Making it totally annoying)
    Mac is Junk! For my taste at least

  • At Thursday, February 01, 2007 1:35:00 AM , Blogger Mohd said...

    mmm, quite good response ;) I would put mine as well.

    If I were you, and since you got a relatively high budget, I would've gone to buy 2 machines, a high-performance desktop and a med-specs laptop. When you wanna buy a computer, it’s not a game of brands, it’s all about specs, that’s why I don’t agree with naming a brand, but rather looking for performance.
    If you can increase your finances a bit ( I know, you can :) ) , you can get a deal that consists of a powerful desktop machine ( even better than what you mentioned in terms of RAM, video card, and with a cool slim monitor) for something around 800jds ( or a bit more). Then add another 800jds for a light easy-to-carry laptop which would fits your “travelling” needs!! Good luck!

  • At Thursday, February 01, 2007 1:08:00 PM , Anonymous Samir said...

    Hey Dima,

    I wouldn't recommend the MAC for your needs. I dont disagree with the pro-mac guys here, but I have doubts on how it'll run over night Matlab scripts for example.. they designed it for other purposes.

    I have an HP pavilion 1.6 centrino, can't complain at all.

    Finally, if you get yourself a good backpack, the weigt is no longer a problem. I have a VERY heavy laptop, I used to carry it on one sholder and it was killing me.. and ever since I got my backpack, I sometimes take it to uni thinking "I 'might' use it".

  • At Thursday, February 01, 2007 4:11:00 PM , Blogger Yabco said...

    hey hi,listn b4 2 weeks i was your place and i was thinking of mac or toshiba!!! i called all friends around and nobody advice me for mac,but i intensly wanted mac, i called moey and he supported me, i got it , it is like OH MY GOD,it is wonderfull...actually it is my new love...and intensly i advice you,thnx moey...and dont go for toshiba in case go for hp

  • At Thursday, February 01, 2007 10:34:00 PM , Anonymous Qwaider قويدر said...

    Yabco ... Mac is for sissies!
    Wait till you face your first problem .... and then you will come back CRYING

  • At Thursday, February 01, 2007 10:37:00 PM , Blogger Rain Drop said...

    Anonymous: sorry. i had to go with the toshiba, couldn't resist ;)

    Qwaider قويدر: thanx a lot for the advice :) it helped me pick ;) i appreciate it :D

    Moey: thanx for warning me about hps :) i was sooo close from getting 1! but it really wouldn't kill if u tried to protest in a nicer way ;) (i like mac, but to be honest, i haven't used a mac since the 7th grade, lol)

    thanx david :D i asked, and they said they'll order an extra battery for me (but i'll have to paaaaay :( ) but otherwise, toshiba is just gr8 :D (i wish if it was to be a toy, but i need it for my graduation project ;)

    taltool :D thank u my friend ;) i took ur uncle's advice :D i love this machine! see u on saturday ;)

    reem: am already in love with it too :D

    Abed. Hamdan: i noticed ;) thanx :)

    Luai: looool, well, i wouldn't recommend the stocks market ;) i'll go with the currency market, much safer, at least to me ;) if it'll make u any happier, i got my sister a dell desktop :) (although i don't think it'll raise the value of the stocks much!)

    Mohd: hehe, i managed to get a gr8 dell desktop for 500jds only, (we got it for my sis), but the truth is, i donno what's going to happen in my life after those 4 months end... am i going to stay here, am i going to travel for work or to continue my studies, or maybe my work would recommend me getting 1... i also would appreciate some privacy ;) (not getting much of it when using the desktop ;) atleast now, i can stay up woking to whatever time i want without annoying my mom, and i can actually watch movies "alone" :D
    (btw, i don't have as much money to spend as u think i have in ur mind ;) ya doob enough for me (alone) to live happily till i reach the age of 80 :D so plz don't spread such rumors about me, lol)

    thanx Samir :) weight was part of why i didn't pick the HP... i'll recommend the toshiba if ur considering to get a new 1 ;) it really is light and powerful!

    thanx yabco :) i must agree with u, mac really seems to be a gr8 1, i was starting to get weak 4 it, but then i realized that it won't run the applications i need for my project :) had to go with toshiba... thanx again for the advice :)

  • At Friday, February 02, 2007 1:35:00 AM , Blogger Moey said...

    Reem, its not your blog :) I commented here


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