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. :-)
Good luck Paul.
It's awesome. Buy one and be transported :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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