Notebook Purchase Advice

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by santosh kumar, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. Hi,

    I am in planning to buy a laptop. My application are primarily those of

    financial engineering.


    I am stuck between two options ... used laptops on ebay and new
    laptops. The difference between the used and new laptops is about
    200-250 US$.


    Now to the question. The option in front of me are:


    1) Used laptops


    3-3.8 Ghz (Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon), 1 GB RAM (333 Mhz
    to 533 Mhz), 60-80 GB HDD


    2) New laptops


    1.2 - 2 Ghz (Intel Centrino Duo and AMD Turion), 1GB RAM (533 Mhz),
    60-80 GB HDD


    Would appreciate any thumb rules that I need to follow. I am basically
    looking for speed, clarity and portability. I am OK with average to
    good sound i.e not a big gaming or movie freak with the laptop.


    Please advise.


    Thanks,
     
    santosh kumar, Oct 19, 2006
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  2. bmoag

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    What are your priorities in terms of weight and portability?
    Battery usage?
    Will you have multiple programs open at the same time?
    Built in wi-fi?
    DVD/CD writing?
    All things being equal it is more productive to have more RAM in a notebook
    than a slightly faster processor.
    This is particularly true if your notebook shares RAM with the video system,
    as most lower priced units do.
     
    bmoag, Oct 19, 2006
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