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I have had a Dell Inspiron 6000 for 18 months, and I am very pleased
with it. I have had no problems with it at all (knock on wood!) and
would buy another Dell in a heartbeat. Readers, you may want to consider
that Dell technical support is not the best in the world, but then whose is?
If you're in the market for a laptop, I suggest that you spend more now
to get the state-of-the-art features. You can't easily upgrade a
laptop's CPU, hard drive, CD drive, display, and so forth. If you are a
computer expert (or know one), don't buy RAM; instead, upgrade
afterwards. RAM is cheap.
State of the art would be dual-core, 512Mb to 1Gb RAM, 60GB or more hard
drive, 1.5 Ghz or more processor, 256Mb graphics "card", CD-RW/DVD
drive, four USB 2.0 ports, Firewire port, built-in Ethernet, and
I suggest you buy built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, if you can afford it.
WiFi "g" and Bluetooth are now established standards and very useful.
You may also want to consider buying a laptop with both analog and DVI
monitor outputs. They are quite common now. If you have a digital camera
that uses SD cards, look for a laptop that has a SD "port".
> Here's a quick review of my most recent laptop purchase.
> About 2 months ago I purchased a Dell Inspiron 6400 with 1GB RAM, 1.83 GHz
> processor, dual core, and 256MB ATI graphics card for just under $1800AUD
> (you can do the conversion, but basically this is cheap around here for
> those specs).
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