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Topic # 10259 13-Nov-2006 15:24
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Hi there,

My wife is looking for a decent laptop to do her computer tuition on, got to be lightweight but able to run Vista (I guess) .. anyone know of a few good brands to head for ?

Laptops are not my field and I'd like to point her to an Apple but not sure they can run Vista yet.



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  Reply # 52179 13-Nov-2006 15:53
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Often with laptops, selecting on brand is not really ideal as many manufaturers put out both really good laptops and some real shockers too (one pint to note: steer clear of Acer fullstop!)

The key thing that one would need to know to advise you on the best options would be your budget, or rather your spending limit...

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  Reply # 52180 13-Nov-2006 16:03
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Well budgets not really an issue ... I tend to spend what is required to get a quality product .. if the quality product happens to be cheap then great, otherwise I'll just stump up.

If I was to put down requirements it would be :

1)  Be able to run Vista (as in run it nicely not have it "just" run it)
2)  To have a lifespan longer than 6 months :-)
3)  To be moderatly upgradable in terms of RAM and disk
4)  Have a nice screen and a comfortable keyboard
5)  Have Bluetooth and WiFi

It doesn't have to be a monster spec machine ... though thinking about it if I want it to run Vista then it might have to be :-)



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  Reply # 52181 13-Nov-2006 16:10
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The Sony Vaio VGNSZ38GP is a nice model. It's small and light yet still VERY powerful. The other benefit of this laptop is that even though it is small and light it still has 128MB graphics memory. check that link out and scroll down to find the model I'm talking about

These newer Sony Vaio's are pretty reliable machines and should do the job nicely. RRP of $4k incl GST but you'll get it cheaper than that if you shop around

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