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fedex1993
March 17th, 2008, 06:15 AM
Okay sometime this summer i am going to get a new laptop. From what i have heard people are loving the lenovo laptops and i just dont know what to choose. This is the one that i was looking LInk (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834146333)
my price range right now is about under 1.300 i am just looking for a good deal tell me what yall think.
Thanks

uberlube
March 17th, 2008, 06:18 AM
Hardware looks decent. i dont think you'll run into many problems using linux on there. Id go for that over my Compaq Presario F500 lol

hhhhhx
March 17th, 2008, 06:19 AM
i use a vaio, and despite being made by sony, there actually pretty good

jrusso2
March 17th, 2008, 06:19 AM
Looks nice to me I have a T 43 and would like a T 61 someday

fedex1993
March 17th, 2008, 06:20 AM
what i like about lenovo thinkpad is that ibm/lenovo has been using linux distros for years so i have herd there are not problems ecept fingerprint scanner doesnt work but thats not that big of a deal

Vadi
March 17th, 2008, 06:22 AM
My system76 serval was $1.1k and has an excellent value (click (http://system76.com/product_info.php?cPath=28&products_id=51)).

8600GT 512mb, 1680 x 1050 screen..

fedex1993
March 17th, 2008, 06:29 AM
the processor isnt that good and ram is to low from my point of view but i think i am going to go with a thinkpad because i can get a discount from a friend :0

LaRoza
March 17th, 2008, 06:29 AM
Lenovo ThinkPads, the Intel hardware work great with Linux.

My ThinkPad R61i is very good.

Core 2 Duo
2 GB RAM
DVD burner
160 GB hard disk.

fedex1993
March 17th, 2008, 06:31 AM
Lenovo ThinkPads, the Intel hardware work great with Linux.

My ThinkPad R61i is very good.

Core 2 Duo
2 GB RAM
DVD burner
160 GB hard disk.

hey laroza long time no see what are the specks of your thinkpad

LaRoza
March 17th, 2008, 06:35 AM
hey laroza long time no see what are the specks of your thinkpad

I just gave them...

Atomic Dog
March 17th, 2008, 09:03 AM
Have you prices a comperable intel based HP DV67xx series laptop? I think you might find something a bit more powerful for the same $. HP dv6700, Intel T8100, 2 gig ram, 250GB drive, nvidia 8400 graphics w/256mb, AG & N wireless, built in webcam & mic, lightscribe DVD burner .... $993. $300 is a lot of money to leave on the table.

Just throwing out something to look at...

ps. Mine works great with Ubuntu. I have Intel graphics which would save you $50 if you went with it. Not sure if all the nvidia bugs are worked out, but I think they are by now.

Nessa
March 17th, 2008, 09:10 AM
I'd recommend getting an HP too. For that budget, look at laptops with at least 2 gigs of ram.

fedex1993
March 17th, 2008, 05:21 PM
well the laptop from lenovo i was looking at had nvidia graphics(ignore the link the first one)4gb of ram dvd burner intel 2.4 or 2.6ghz with a 200gb hard drive

KCPokes
March 17th, 2008, 05:38 PM
Have you prices a comperable intel based HP DV67xx series laptop? I think you might find something a bit more powerful for the same $. HP dv6700, Intel T8100, 2 gig ram, 250GB drive, nvidia 8400 graphics w/256mb, AG & N wireless, built in webcam & mic, lightscribe DVD burner .... $993. $300 is a lot of money to leave on the table.

Just throwing out something to look at...

ps. Mine works great with Ubuntu. I have Intel graphics which would save you $50 if you went with it. Not sure if all the nvidia bugs are worked out, but I think they are by now.

I agree. Not so much on the HP aspect, but the specs don't seem killer considering the price. I paid $700 for a Gateway, dual core, with a 17" display. Really haven't had an issues running Linux on it. To me, personally, $1300 is a lot to pay for a laptop unless it has smoking specs.

DDuong
March 17th, 2008, 05:52 PM
Thinkpad T61's are awesome. I have the T61p version and I love it! Everything works on it. No more tweaking to get a certain hardware working (wireless).

All in all, I love it.

I've also read that the CPUs are socket P, so in case you want to upgrade your CPU to a Penryn, then it works (as long as the bios supports it)

Also, I've bought the version with only 1gb of ram and 80gb of HD space which saved me a lot of money. Then I just go to my local computer shop and bought 2x 2gb of ram plus a 200 GB HD. The cost came up a lot cheaper. My T61p came up to 1300 all together. Stick with Lenovo...you won't regret it :)

MONODA
March 17th, 2008, 05:57 PM
i suggest getting a thinkpad T series, they come preinstalled with SUSE linux desktop enterprise. there is also:
http://linuxpreloaded.com/
http://tuxmobil.org/reseller.html
www.zareason.com

mips
March 17th, 2008, 05:58 PM
well the laptop from lenovo i was looking at had nvidia graphics(ignore the link the first one)4gb of ram dvd burner intel 2.4 or 2.6ghz with a 200gb hard drive

If those are the actual specs I would say go for it.

Thinkpads are very well know for their durabilty. Very few die, most just get retired. Theire are still plenty of Thinkpad 600 owners out there.

kevin11951
March 17th, 2008, 07:27 PM
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MONODA
March 17th, 2008, 07:52 PM
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wow that laptop is really good for its price

madjr
March 17th, 2008, 07:55 PM
Dell inspirons very good. 100% Ubuntu compatible, even softmodem works. Got a 1420

HP bad... geforce go 7xxx not compatible. Got one and had to sell it.

also, drivers for win XP are non existant if you "need" to install XP instead of Vista.

fedex1993
March 17th, 2008, 08:01 PM
Dell inspirons very good. 100% Ubuntu compatible, even softmodem works. Got a 1420

HP bad... geforce go 7xxx not compatible. Got one and had to sell it.

also, drivers for win XP are non existant if you "need" to install XP instead of Vista.
sorry hate dell lived by there round rock plant way to much i think i am probley going to go with a lenovo and then upgrade the ram and the hard drive later.

DDuong
March 17th, 2008, 08:53 PM
And so people know...T61p with 4gb ram works great with no issues. I've noticed on the Thinkpad forums that on 4gb the T61 crashes...so..

Oh and I'm using Xubuntu 64bit.

fedex1993
March 17th, 2008, 08:56 PM
And so people know...T61p with 4gb works great with no issues. I've noticed on the Thinkpad forums that on 4gb the T61 crashes...so..

Oh and I'm using Xubuntu 64bit.

yes where did you happen to get the t61p i have only found t61 without the p.

ukripper
March 17th, 2008, 09:01 PM
I wasnt a Dell fan but since I got my vostro 1400 i am flying high. Solid build, latest santa rosa processor 800 mhz FSB, 2G RAM, upto 6 hours battery with 9cell, all for 325 what a bargain! researched so many websites before buying but same spec was all over 450.
I would highly recommend vostro to anyone.

intense.ego
March 17th, 2008, 09:45 PM
I wasnt a Dell fan but since I got my vostro 1400 i am flying high. Solid build, latest santa rosa processor 800 mhz FSB, 2G RAM, upto 6 hours battery with 9cell, all for 325 what a bargain! researched so many websites before buying but same spec was all over 450.
I would highly recommend vostro to anyone.

Where did you get it from?

I recommend the thinkpad. I have one myself and they are extremely reliable and durable. I also agree that buying more ram pre-installed is a bit of a rip-off since you can do the upgrade yourself for a lot less. Not sure about the hard drive though, because I think you have to buy a new bay, but I don't really know.

One other thing to consider is that a 14.1inch thinkpad might be better if you are looking for mobility. Just a thought.

DDuong
March 17th, 2008, 10:12 PM
yes where did you happen to get the t61p i have only found t61 without the p.

I ordered from lenovo.com

They should have the newer CPUs (Penryn) on them now. Free shipping too I believe.

fifth
March 17th, 2008, 10:18 PM
I'd thoroughly recommend ThinkPads. I've had the x60 for the past few months and love it. Its a solid machine compared to many i've used before.

I've also just upgraded it (first time with a laptop for me). Gone from 1gb to 4gb ram and 80gb to 250gb HD and its flying :) As a sidenote, I was very surprised how low the prices were for the upgrades compared to the last time I upgraded my Desktop.

fedex1993
March 17th, 2008, 10:22 PM
does anyone know what kind of ram it takes i think i am going for the low end then 2 months later buy the upgrades just get a hot cpu 2.4ghz then 1gb 80gb hard drive and then save up for the other parts.

-gabe-noob-
March 17th, 2008, 10:31 PM
check out http://www.zareason.com/shop/home.php

reasonable priced Ubuntu laptops there


getting (a pc from there) myself

fifth
March 17th, 2008, 10:32 PM
does anyone know what kind of ram it takes i think i am going for the low end then 2 months later buy the upgrades just get a hot cpu 2.4ghz then 1gb 80gb hard drive and then save up for the other parts.


Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-6400,DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 2GB per slot
Link to crucial website for the T61 (http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/listparts.aspx?model=ThinkPad%20T61%20Series)

fifth
March 17th, 2008, 10:48 PM
Not sure about the hard drive though, because I think you have to buy a new bay, but I don't really know.

The hard drive was the easiest part to upgrade on the Thinkpad. One screw releases the drive caddy. Just unsrew the drive from the caddy, attach it to the new drive and plugin it back in.

Also the support pages on the Lenovo site are great for info on upgrades. There are videos showing how to change/remove virtually all parts.

ukripper
March 17th, 2008, 11:20 PM
Where did you get it from?

I recommend the thinkpad. I have one myself and they are extremely reliable and durable. I also agree that buying more ram pre-installed is a bit of a rip-off since you can do the upgrade yourself for a lot less. Not sure about the hard drive though, because I think you have to buy a new bay, but I don't really know.

One other thing to consider is that a 14.1inch thinkpad might be better if you are looking for mobility. Just a thought.

14.1 vostro http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/vostro_nb?c=uk&cs=ukbsdt1&l=en&s=bsd

DDuong
March 18th, 2008, 12:15 AM
I use 2x 2gb corsair value ram (VS2GSDS667D2). Works great IMO.

intense.ego
March 18th, 2008, 12:23 AM
The hard drive was the easiest part to upgrade on the Thinkpad. One screw releases the drive caddy. Just unsrew the drive from the caddy, attach it to the new drive and plugin it back in.

Also the support pages on the Lenovo site are great for info on upgrades. There are videos showing how to change/remove virtually all parts.

So, this does not use the UltraBay (Slim), but just replaces the other hard drive? What hard drives are compatible?

fifth
March 18th, 2008, 01:21 AM
So, this does not use the UltraBay (Slim), but just replaces the other hard drive? What hard drives are compatible?

The UltraBay would be one way to go, but i wanted to increase the standard drive to avoid adding bulk and having the extra storage while still mobile.

The X60 (and i think all recent ThinkPads) use a 2.5" sata drive. The one i just installed was the Western Digital Scorpio 250GB (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=314)

drascus
March 20th, 2008, 05:10 PM
A laptop is a highly personal thing. I loved working with Zareason when I ordered mine and got exactly what I wanted. A lot of hackers in the FSF use IBM's. So you could always check that route as well.

elamericano
March 20th, 2008, 06:15 PM
I really want a Dell XPS M1330, now that it comes with Ubuntu pre-installed. $950 an very mobile.

chucky chuckaluck
March 20th, 2008, 06:39 PM
even with his ibm partners' discount, my brother-in-law's father-in-law thinks the lenovos are two expensive now (he's had a ton of thinkpads). i'm delighted with my system76. i love the machine and i've gotten great help the few times i've needed it.

aroth87
March 20th, 2008, 07:13 PM
My Thinkpad R61 is out for delivery today and I'm really excited. Specs:

Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
2 GB RAM
160 GB HDD
14.1" widescreen 1440x900
SLED preloaded

I went with SUSE because it was $63 cheaper than Vista.

With the free shipping and 25% off offer, I was able to get it for $822, shipped.

Pretty good value IMO.

And yes, Ubuntu is likely going to be installed by the weekend. :lolflag:

Adam

amic
March 22nd, 2008, 08:23 AM
core 2 duo 2.5 ghz
1 gb ram
80 gb hdd
128mb geforce 8400m gs
14.1" wide screen high res
8x dual layer burner
wireless 4965 a/g/n
2mp camera
bluetooth

$860 shipped.

$75 shipped for 4gb [2x2gb] dual-channel gskill ddr2
$75 shipped for 160gb w.d. 2.5" hdd

can't wait till i get that sucker. ;]

LaRoza
March 22nd, 2008, 08:29 AM
My Thinkpad R61 is out for delivery today and I'm really excited. Specs:

I went with SUSE because it was $63 cheaper than Vista.

With the free shipping and 25% off offer, I was able to get it for $822, shipped.

Pretty good value IMO.

And yes, Ubuntu is likely going to be installed by the weekend.

Adam

You will be happy. I have an R61.

You got a good price there.

I got mine with Vista, wiped it for Ubuntu, then wiped that for openSUSE.

argie
March 22nd, 2008, 01:58 PM
Have you prices a comperable intel based HP DV67xx series laptop? I think you might find something a bit more powerful for the same $. HP dv6700, Intel T8100, 2 gig ram, 250GB drive, nvidia 8400 graphics w/256mb, AG & N wireless, built in webcam & mic, lightscribe DVD burner .... $993. $300 is a lot of money to leave on the table.

Just throwing out something to look at...

ps. Mine works great with Ubuntu. I have Intel graphics which would save you $50 if you went with it. Not sure if all the nvidia bugs are worked out, but I think they are by now.

Woah thanks. I just looked at that and it kicks my one-year old HP NX 7300 everywhere for cheaper. Now I just have to find a relative in America to pick it up for me.