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Topic # 80670 2-Apr-2011 15:29
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I tend to avoid laptops, so I need some help in choosing one for business applications. 3 grand is the max budget. GPU and audio processing are low priority. What should I be looking at?

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  Reply # 454538 2-Apr-2011 15:42
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Macbook Pro?

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  Reply # 454541 2-Apr-2011 16:21
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Dell Latitude series. E6410, E6420, E6430


PROCESSOR
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-640M Processor (4M Cache, 2.80 GHz) With Turbo Boost Tech
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OPERATING SYSTEM
Genuine Windows(R) 7 Professional 64 bit (English)
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SECURITY SOFTWARE
Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Service,MUI,30 days
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MEMORY
4GB (2x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
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HARD DRIVE
250GB (7200RPM) Non-FDE Hard Drive
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OPTICAL DRIVE
8X DVD+/-RW Drive
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VIDEO CARD
Intel(R) HD Graphics with Express Card
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WIRELESS CARD
Dell Wireless 1520 (802.11 a/b/g/n) Half Mini Card
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LCD PANEL
14.1" Widescreen WXGA (1280X800) AntiGlare WLED LCD Panel For UMA Graphics Card
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INTERNAL KEYPAD
Internal Keyboard (English)
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PALMREST OPTION
Palmrest w/o Contactless Smart Card and Fingerprint Reader
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COLOR COVER
WLED LCD Back Cover Silver
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LCD BEZEL
Integrated 3.0 Mega Pixel Camera with Microphone
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PRIMARY BATTERY
9-cell (90HWr) Primary Battery
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POWER OPTION
90W Primary AC Adapter
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CAMERA SOFTWARE
Application Camera Software
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^ The above E6410 which I customized includes 3 year pro support Next business day warranty as well which covers the entire Asia Pacific region. Have the same laptop with i5 CPU and it's awesome. $2590 incl GST and Delivery.




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  Reply # 454544 2-Apr-2011 16:49
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HP 8560p are brilliant, with good warranties, very reliable, good support.



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  Reply # 454554 2-Apr-2011 17:29
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boby55: Macbook Pro?


Sorry, no Macs.


networkn: HP 8560p are brilliant, with good warranties, very reliable, good support. 


Availability seems poor, are they discontinued? 

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  Reply # 454556 2-Apr-2011 17:31
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LOL I would have thought it was implied mac's were out of the picture by the fact the OP mentioned it was for Business use :)

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  Reply # 454608 2-Apr-2011 20:33
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+1 for Dell Latitude




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  Reply # 454644 2-Apr-2011 22:08
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Asus and Toshiba seem to last longest and have decent support driver wise on their websites for longer than Dell and HP in my experience.



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  Reply # 454652 2-Apr-2011 22:22
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billgates: Dell Latitude series. E6410, E6420, E6430

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^ The above E6410 which I customized includes 3 year pro support Next business day warranty as well which covers the entire Asia Pacific region. Have the same laptop with i5 CPU and it's awesome. $2590 incl GST and Delivery.


I select that same config, but I get $2571... What have I missed?

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  Reply # 454662 2-Apr-2011 22:48
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Mac with Windows 7

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  Reply # 454666 2-Apr-2011 23:06
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Posting on a Dell Latitude E6510.  Nice machine.

Remember with Dell you can always bargain them down in price.  We don't have any commercial relationship with Dell but we got 3 x E6510's about 6 months ago with i7s and 8GB RAM, 3yrs business support for $2000 AUD each (out of our Syd office).

I'm got my suspicions though, that the guy that ordered them would have said something like 'we want to test these with a view to ordering a lot more' :D

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  Reply # 455517 5-Apr-2011 13:26
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I swear by HP Business Laptops. Great on going support. I have an old laptop at least 5 years old and it has full driver support for windows 7 64bit. And it still feels fast...ish (fast for what it is) :-)

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Toshiba's are pretty good, Im using a work one quite a bit now and it hasnt let me down yet :)




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  Reply # 456367 7-Apr-2011 13:08
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Does anyone know what SSDs Dell uses in the Latitude? (if you choose it of course)

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  Reply # 456374 7-Apr-2011 13:15
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Nothing wrong with the HP Probooks in my opinion. Even the basic one - 4520 for around 1k+GST is a good laptop. Why spend 2.5K for a laptop to do emails and spreadsheets on?

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  Reply # 456684 8-Apr-2011 11:09
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New Dell Inspiron N15R for $1399? (i7-2630QM, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD). Extra $225 for 3 year warranty. Only available with Win 7 Home Premium though.

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