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Paul Slaybau…, Real Estate Pro in Scottsdale, AZ

Agents: What notebooks are you using?

Asked by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Sun Sep 9, 2007

My desktop PC crashed and burned recently (hence my minimal posting this past week), and I am looking at a notebook replacement, preferably with docking capability. I love the idea of the larger 17-20" widescreens, but worry about the efficiency of lugging such a brute around for presentations. What is everyone using, and how do you like your machine? Thanks in advance.

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Oh another thing I wanted to mention, crucial.com is a phenomenal place to get great memory for your computer (esp. for Mac Users - memory is RIDICULOUSLY expensive through apple). Very user-friendly and the website is great. RE: OS: I have heard that Vista is pretty buggy for agents and our tech guy in our office told us to stay on professional on the PC we do have. To each their own, I don't have a personal experience with Vista. Just what I have heard.

One of the speakers here in Sacramento on Thursday, Terry Watson (what an awesome speaker he was), recommended the Latitude Notebook (I believe) at the Business and Tech Expo. Maybe someone with PC experience will give their two cents. :-)

http://www.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/notebooks…
Good luck Paul.
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Steve Ostrom, Real Estate Pro in Roseville, CA
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I have a Sony VIAO.....light weight at about 3 plus pounds, 14" wide screen, Verizon express card and extended battery. I am good to go just about anywhere and I love it. It's fast and powerful.
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Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Most people will disagree with me, but I LOVE my Mac. Easy to use. You can run windows on parallels. I used Mac before I was an agent in another line of work. I bought a PC becuase of the MLS. I NEVER liked my PC. Shortly after parallels came out, my PC also crashed and burned. So I went back to the Mac.
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I use a Mac exclusively. Always have. My laptop is a MacBookPro w/Intel Core Duo. 15" glossy screen. 17" is just too cumbersome. My output makes my colleagues look like pure amateurs. And I do it all in half the time.

It's awesome. Buy one and be transported :)
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Yes, the Vista vs. XP decision is a dilemma. I ran into a few things that I had to change to make it work with Vista, but so far, I have been able to get everything to run. I chose Vista over XP mainly because I am also the chair for our tech committee and I felt that I'd be able to help others overcome their Vista problems better if I had Vista myself. My new Fujitsu laptop actually came with XP and Vista software CD, which allows me to downgrade in the event I get tired of Vista problems and then I can later install Vista again. I thought that was interesting to receive both.
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Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in Newcastle, CA
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I have a Toshiba, but am almost ready for an upgrade myself. Since I have to take care of the office computers, and we have internal and external, I hear a lot of tech chatter.

Just last week we got into a discussion about Vista because we are upgrading a few workstations. The caution against Vista came across the board. I have only been toying with the idea of getting a new notebook, and asked directed about the fact that most notebooks come w/ Vista. I was directed to Dell or Lenovo to get XP Pro,in lieu of Vista. If you use industry specific software, you might want to check w/ the software providers for input on compatibility w/ Vista before going that route.

Over the last year, I have heard some complaints about Dell's customer service since it was outsourced overseas. I have also heard continued supprt for Dell.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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HP Pavilion dv 2025nr Entertainment Notebook, Dual AMD Turion 64 14" wide screen.
This notebook use the Verizon Express card, instead of the old PC card. It is much faster.
The battery's last about two hours, tons of memory, you can open browser after browser, built in web cam,
the cooling fan is on the side, not the bottom. Light weight and durable.
Well I haven`t dropped it.
I bought it in Nov 06 Best buy about $1000.

I would buy it again.
Good Luck

I almost forgot , Somehow ( operator error) it was left on and put back in its case! When I found it . It was so HOT!! you could not touch it. I held the off button down for three seconds, it finally turned off. Burned my finger. The next morning it worked fine.
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Mr.P, Other/Just Looking in Arizona
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I have an HP Pavilion. I love having a notebook, but I would NOT recommend the HP. I've had a lot of problems with it, and I've known other agents to also have problems.

I like my large screen for presentations. If I were to get another notebook, I would also consider getting one of those that have a moveable screen and can be written on with a notebook pen.
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Paul, if you travel a lot on the planes I have heard the 17+ screens are a little more cumbersome on the trays and also for width purposes. I love having a larger screen, but I reserve that for my stationary. So nice to have multiple documents open on the widescreens.

Case: I love our Brenthaven case, expensive, but they guarantee your desktops safety.

Screen types, if you have the option: We currently own a 15 inch glossy screen MacPro. I do recommend glossy screens for presentations for richer blacks and truer colors. Most people don't know but many companies have different options for matte and glossy screens. Something worth investigating.

I love ePinions.com.
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Steve Ostrom, Real Estate Pro in Roseville, CA
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I have a Toshiba Satellite, but don't ask be techy questions because I am not good at those. I love my notebook. Couldn't live without it. I have a friend that just went MAC and she loves her MAC. She has it set up to run pc and mac programs. I would consider mac for my next purchase.
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Hi Paul. Sorry to about your PC death. I have been working with a laptop almost exclusively for the past 6 years. I recently had to replace my old Toshiba as it started to become unreliable. I purchased a Fujitsu Lifebook E 8410. I have Vista Business. I hear that HP has good laptop options as well and frankly I think they have the better service plans. There are lots of things to consider. I opted for the Fujitsu because it had everything I wanted (I wanted blue tooth and I also wanted to be able to purchase Office 2007 Business for a reasonable price (it was only $250 at the time).
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Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in Newcastle, CA
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I use a 17" HP notebook with a Verizon broadband adapter for accessing the net and email while in the field. I supplement this an iPhone, which keeps me from having to fire up the laptop all the time. I don't do computer presentations anymore, as my clients prefer to see printed material that they can hold on to for reading later. I also used to get a lot of comments that operating the computer distracted from my presentation. Clients used to say they enjoyed computer presentations, but today many see them as "dancing baloney" (an Internet term from the 1990's that means "lights and graphics that don't add much to the facts that the client really wants to focus on"). Yes, I used Mosaic to browse the Internet in the 1990's, also used Visicalc for spreadsheets and DBase III for an address book. My first PC had a 10MB external hard drive. Yes, 10MB! Gosh that was living large.
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A lot of people recommend Tablets below. I do as well! I want to put a plug in for my Fujitsu tablet - I love it and they make it strong sturdy and portable - perfect for business commuting. The price is also great for what you get tech wise. Also, stay away from HP tablets - read the online reviews (horrible!).
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I use a Dell XPS gaming computer. I'm all about dazzling sellers. The XPS (17") has all these fancy lights on it, I can change the colors on all these lights and I have no problems hauling it around. I have a nice bluetooth mouse (MX1000) and a mobile broadband card with it as well. Presentations are my strong point. I also have a mobile bluetooth printer (recommend the HP260 I think it is) that prints color and is very light and small. The XPS 20" I know docks, I think my 17" does too. But I don't see the need, I have a bluetooth keyboard too.... (MX5000). The lights are really why I chose this laptop, plus it was top of the line at the time, 2.3GHz core2duo processor and 2GB RAM. And you need to be very attentive to RAM and processor speed in my opinion. I love my computer and haul it everywhere.

Brendan Murphy
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I love my Dell Inspiron 6000, but Patrick is right on about the fan: definately needs to be on the side, not the bottom.

Oh, and I would rather get a root canal than to call Dell's customer service.
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Don't you hate when that happens! I'm currently using a toshiba and I love it I've never had a problem with it and it runs pretty quick. However, I'm starting to get used to the idea of getting a mac. Seriously they look sleek, very user friendly, and are now coming out with windows on them; so you don't have to learn a whole other program....
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I use a Motion 1600 Tablet (with VREO Redtablet software) for my primary day to day operations; I have had it for 2.5 yrs. I have a backup Gateway Tablet (notebook/tablet convertable). I weened myself off of my standard PC and notebooks (I have some in "storage") and have the identical types of periperhals (2nd monitors, keyboards, cd) at my office and my home office. I have my tablet with my (with my sprint wireless card) and I am connected at all times. When I get to my office or home, I just slide my tablet in the docking station and can operate there. I would recommend a tablet or convertible for your next purchase and HIGHLY recommend taking the e-PRO course! best of luck!! Check the e-PRO link below!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2008
Paul - I've owned several different brands of desktop and laptop computers. My favorite in the past has been the Dell line of computers. When my Dell laptop died an ugly death about three years ago around Christmas time, I replaced it with a Dell P4 desktop model with a 17" flat panel monitor. I also own a Sony Vaio P4 desktop that my wife uses in our R/E business (we just added a new 19" wide screen monitor to it this Christmas).

Rather than spend a ton of money to replace my Dell laptop, I opted to shop for the best price with the monitor being the most important feature since I use it primarily for listing and buyer presentations. We ended up purchasing a Toshiba laptop with a 15.4" bright screen and have been very pleased with it. Battery life could be a little longer; however, we seldom are not near an electrical outlet. I also have a compact portable HP inkjet printer that has a battery to provide a truly mobile office. A year or so ago, I added a wireless network in our home office. All 3 computers are now linked to our color laserjet printer.

I've seen a number of your posts and you're a pretty smart guy. I would recommend that you carefully consider the primary use or purpose for any computer device you select. For me and my business, it was a mistake to use my laptop for everything. I use to own a docking station with my Dell laptop complete with separate mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc.; however I do not miss it one bit. With the wireless network in the home office, we can share files between computers with ease. P.S. We're running Windows XP Professional on all of our computers. Best wishes - Ted
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TED SHOOP, Real Estate Pro in Buford, GA
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So what did you end up getting?

I been using a Toshiba R15 -S822 Notebook/Tablet convertible for 2+ years and I love it.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2008
Thanks for the input, everyone. I have been eyeballing a Toshiba and a Dell (I like the idea of building everything to my specs), but will take another look at the Mac. Frustrated by a lot of makes not coming with Office software, but what can you do? Thanks again, all.
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I have a Toshiba (inherited it from my hubby) - but we are looking into the MAC... I have been impressed so far with the capability & software. I'm a little concerned about Vista and would like to give the MAC a try.... Waiting for that great sale tho' - probably around the holidays!
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Hp Pavillion dv2025, i had an extra 1GB added for $46 but it runs everything I need.
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I have the Sony VAIO....it weights 3 pounds and I love it. The screen is only 14 inches, but that is the trade off for the weight.
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Cindi Hagley…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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