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Should I buy the Toshiba P100/ P200 or the A200 or...

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Found 16th May 2007
I've been checking out Core 2 Duo laptop 's for a while now and this Toshiba seems like a very good deal with the cheapish extra RAM of course.

Toshiba P100 - really like the colour, model and spec.
ebuyer.com/cus…831ebuyer.com/cus…831

or this from Play.com

Toshiba A200
play.com/PC/…tmlplay.com/PC/…tml

I also like this but it's NOT a Core 2 Duo - it is the newer model though with intergrated webcam.

Toshiba P200
microanvika.com/pro…444microanvika.com/pro…444

As you can see I want a cheapish laptop for internet, email, word, music (and some photoshop/ adobe premiere business) - In regards to RAM I can always upgrade as the Toshiba's have 4GB max mem.

Are there any other offers, brands or models I should be looking at. Not really feeling the overpriced VIAO's or MAC as I want to stream stuff from my Xbox 360.

Is Core 2 Duo the fastest? is Vista worth it? Discuss...

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walks1982

I've been checking out Core 2 Duo laptop's for a while now and this … I've been checking out Core 2 Duo laptop's for a while now and this Toshiba seems like a very good deal with the cheapish extra RAM of course.Toshiba P100 - really like the colour, model and spec.]http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=27853259182&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=126831or this from Play.comToshiba A200 ]http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3357066/Toshiba-Satellite-A200-1DN-T2350-1-86GHz-1GB-80GB-15-4-DVD+-RW-Bluetooth-Vista-Home-Premium/Product.htmlI also like this but it's NOT a Core 2 Duo - it is the newer model though with intergrated webcam.Toshiba P200]http://www.microanvika.com/product.asp?TXT=INFO&PNO=TOS14444As you can see I want a cheapish laptop for internet, email, word, music (and some photoshop/ adobe premiere business) - In regards to RAM I can always upgrade as the Toshiba's have 4GB max mem.Are there any other offers, brands or models I should be looking at. Not really feeling the overpriced VIAO's or MAC as I want to stream stuff from my Xbox 360.Is Core 2 Duo the fastest? is Vista worth it? Discuss...



For the price of the first one you can get a much cheaper dell 1501 or 6400, with higher specs. Search for "dell" on these forums for business offers.

How about something like this: ]http//ww…asp.
Asus are a pretty good brand.

Personally if it were me I'd be looking at: Toshiba, Sony, Asus, Fujitsu and Rock - who are the cream of laptop brands.

or if my budget was tight then: Acer, MSI, Evesham, Mesh, Dell etc.

I don't think the Sony's are really that overpriced (for example: ]http//ww…asp) although they are more expensive. You're really just paying for the styling etc. they do tend to be smaller, lighter and prettier. So it really depends on whether or not they're aspects you prize in a laptop as to whether the extra's worth it.

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"Processor: Core 2 Duo T2350 1.86GHz " it is if your thinking thinking its core solo its from the same fam

get the toshiba
play.com/PC/…tml


VERY reliable

Hi, I'm in exactly the same position as the OP. Need a laptop for uni, I don't do any gaming - just want something reliable, fast (well thats down to internet connection right?) and perhaps stylish looking lol....more comments would be welcome :thumbsup:

Apple do academic discount if you fancy a Mac: ]http//st…Ind

Original Poster

Thanks people keep it coming... apparently, Dell do offers every Thursday so I'm gonna wait until then before I make the big decision.

walks1982

Is Core 2 Duo the fastest?



Yes, beats the pants off everything else out at the moment.

walks1982

is Vista worth it?



Hell no, avoid it like the plague.

People kick up such a fuss about spyware and their right to privacy and yet they keep on buying Vista. Apparently it's ok to be spied on and monitored so long as it's Microsoft doing it. If you don't believe Microsoft would do such a thing I suggest you read the Vista licence agreement, some of the things you have to agree to in order to install the thing are just plain scary.........and don't even get me started on all the DRM packed into it.

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megalomaniac

Yes, beats the pants off everything else out at the moment.



Thanks dude, that's what I'm hearing.

megalomaniac

Hell no, avoid it like the plague.People kick up such a fuss about … Hell no, avoid it like the plague.People kick up such a fuss about spyware and their right to privacy and yet they keep on buying Vista. Apparently it's ok to be spied on and monitored so long as it's Microsoft doing it. If you don't believe Microsoft would do such a thing I suggest you read the Vista licence agreement, some of the things you have to agree to in order to install the thing are just plain scary.........and don't even get me started on all the DRM packed into it.



Wow, you sound like an anti-Bill Gate$ lobbiest. I just wanna stream content from my 360 and such... Should I opt for plain old Windows Media Center then?

thanks for your post though...

walks1982

Thanks dude, that's what I'm hearing.Wow, you sound like an anti-Bill … Thanks dude, that's what I'm hearing.Wow, you sound like an anti-Bill Gate$ lobbiest. I just wanna stream content from my 360 and such... Should I opt for plain old Windows Media Center then?thanks for your post though...



Actually no, it may surprise you but generally I'm not anti Microsoft at all (I've actually been to their UK HQ, very nice it is too). I quite like XP (all my PC's have legal copys), I own an xbox and would recommend Media Center (damn those American spellings though :giggle:) if you want to stream from your 360 and Windows is an essential OS if you like your games.

But Vista is just plain evil, like I said read the licence agreement properly....

To install the thing you basically HAVE to agree to Microsoft owning (and having the power to do with as they will) everything on your machine. This could include anything from removing software they don't like to disabling your graphics card drivers if they contravene their DRM policies. It gives Vista the right to monitor everything you do on your machine and report back anything it doesn't like to Microsoft.

Not only that but Windows Vista does 30 checks a second to make sure you're not breaching or attempting to breach Microsofts DRM (Digital Rights Management) policy, and FYI this is the REAL reason Vista requires such a high spec machine compared to XP all the flashy pretty stuff is handled by your graphics card and requires DirectX 9 support, which is pretty much most cards made since 2002.

All this and I've not even touched on the compatibility issues, the ludicrously high price point (you're actually paying for all the DRM Microsoft put in, altough MS have dropped the price recently due to poor sales), the slow loading times, how unstable it is, the extra hardware costs and performance loss incurred by making things Vista complient etc. etc.

If you fancy a read take a look at this lot:

]Games actually perform worse under Vista
]Vista file deletion issue
]MS Customer satisfaction down after Vista release
]Vista eats laptops battery life
]Vista sales
]Even Dell have started offering XP again
]1000's of apps wont work with Vista
]30 days with Vista
]Vista file copy and deletion
]What's wrong with Vista
]A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

and I could go on....

Sufficed to say, in my honest opinion Vista should be avoided and Microsoft need to be shown consumers wont stand for this kind of cr*p. But that means people have to start taking notice of what's it actually does, many either don't realise what MS/Vista is up to or don't understand how dangerous that particular slippery slope is. Most people would be extremely uncomfortable if their government suggested half the things Microsoft are doing (just look at the stink over national ID cards, and the data they'd require to be stored by the government, here in the UK) so why is it ok for a multinational company to effectivly spy on you and dictate what you can/can't do with your PC.....

Original Poster

You raise a VERY good point especially with the DRM and the "Vista Eating Battery Life" link. I just wanna stream bits from my 360 man. Media Center it is? Maybe? hmmm

Linux is another alternative, something like ]Ubuntu is pretty nice/easy. But as you are wanting to stream from your 360 I'd recommend Media Center as the Linux equivalent is still in the early stages. You could always duel boot (or just run Ubuntu from CD) if you fancy giving it a go.
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