View Full Version : Best of Six Notebooks

07-08-2005, 07:20 PM
I plan on ordering a notebook through my college, so I have six options:

IBM ThinkPad R52 - $1,689
IBM ThinkPad T43 - $1,849
IBM ThinkPad T43+ - $2,139
Dell Inspiron 600M - $1,679
Dell Inspiron 600M+ - $1,829
Dell Inspiron 6000D - $2,149

Which best suits a Journalism/Political Science major? I don't play any games, though my mp3s consume quite a bit of space, and I mainly use it for word processing and the Internet. I appreciate any suggestions :)

07-11-2005, 06:57 AM
My personal opinion would be to go for the T43 or the T43+. IMO they are a better build than the Dell and are a lot sturdier. The T43 will also be a stronger laptop (physical damage) than the Dell due to the case being made from a Magnesium composite. You can actually stand on them and not do any damage to the LCD.

They also have a shock absorber on the IBM (Active Protection System), basically it removes the heads from the hard drive platter if it detects sudden movement (ie falling or shaking) and therefore helps guard against corruption and loss of data, something i think would be important to a potential journalist.

07-11-2005, 07:09 AM
Thank you for the advice.

07-12-2005, 05:04 AM
Your welcome

I personally use an IBM laptop - I have the x41, but it doesnt have a media drive. I like it because its light weight and easy to bring out onsite to clients.

07-14-2005, 09:52 PM
Those IBM T-Series laptop are pretty nice. I used to use a T21 and was very satisfied. At my old job a lot people had the T41s and those worked really well.

Currently I own a Inspiron 600M laptop, it has worked pretty well for me over the last year. I got a killer deal on it, like 500 bucks off of a 1500$ laptop so that is why I went with that.

But I'd say go with IBM just because they have better tech support these days. They had this crazy idea to actually make their call centers be in America where people actually speak english well since they realized people hated talking to people over-seas that are hard to understand and don't speak good english... go figure. :)

One of my friends also has a Dell laptop and her hard drive was failing, it was pretty obvious so I told her to call tech support and told her exactly what to tell them and they didn't believe her because she was female. She didn't like that at all; obviously they didn't say that was the reason but I called back on her behalf later and told them the same thing and they sent a new drive right out. This was like back in May of this year or right around there.

Also make sure you get on-site tech support with this laptop because if you ever do have a problem then they will come out and fix it for you so you don't have to waste time mailing it in. It may cost a bit more but it will be worth it especially if you are going to be in school and using it as your primary computer.