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what do i need to watch out for before purchasing a laptop,am hoping to become a programmer in future.am currently studying computer science and working also in the IT department

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I think most laptops are fairly well spec’d these days, and you can probably do no worse than the offerings from Dell – certainly for price. But if you’re in a IT Dept, do they have any purchasing deals with their suppliers? or what spec do they all use?
The main point of a laptop is portability and small footprint, followed it seems by style, so as long as you have a big HDD, at least 512Mb RAM, as fast a processor as you can afford, and probably a DVD-RW or if not a CD-RW you should be fine. A 15in (or bigger) screen is desirable, and a good case (for it and the endless cables, adaptors etc.) should cover it.

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Rob

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  • Craigatcare
    Spares is one consideration to be made. Toshiba, Ibm, Samsung, Dell are all good for getting spares. People like Acer do spares but are a pain to get hold of. Makes such as Sony, Packard Bell and Hp/Compaq are not so good, they have a limited amount of spares if any at all.
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  • Wajak3
    Hi, Fantastic words of advice from the previous two. Just wanted to add (if you are buying a new laptop that is), ensure it's memory is upgradable by at least 1-2GB of RAM. I can only assume that you may in a few months to two years (doubt that though), you'll be looking at installing the new OS from Microsoft, Windows Vista. Microsoft recommends 512MB of RAM as a requirement for installing the OS. However, experience tends to give the impression you'll need at least twice what microsoft recommends. In addition, newer applications (unfortunately) tend to hug memory. This includes the IDE's from Microsoft, if you do decide to develop applications in the future using them! Cheers! J.
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  • Dfng2002
    As above but you may want to be sure to include a serial port if you are going to be working on any type of hardware. Good luck.
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  • Showmethemoney
    I am making a similar decision right now. I prefer Mac but I will have to purchase a faster workstation for running VB.NET. I really would like to do VB.NET so purchasing a much faster computer with lots of memory for all the object oriented programming languages that are useful for web based programming languages such as .NET is important. If you want to be portble, mobile and do programming, get a MAC that is fast and has a big memory and can run any compiler. I was wondering if MAC laptops can run VB.NET? Does anyone know? I hope my ponderings have helped and I would appreciate more on this question.
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  • Ursulus
    Hi! All the other answers are good in various ways. Most laptops are pretty much the same these days. Don't buy top of the lineas you are paying 20% more for 5% more power. Buy a previous model. It'll have plenty of grunt. Make sure you get at least 1Gb at the outset and at least 80Gb HD. Also Windows XP Pro, not home. If you are using it as a desktop replacement get one with a Wider screen and decent sized keyboard. If battery life isn't a major concern get one with a faster hard drive. Most laptops have 5400RPM Hard Drives, get one with a 7200 the performance difference is very significant. Happy computing! Ursulus
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  • Allwyn
    hi !! thats good !!!if u r looking for laptop.i ll suggest to enlist what configuration u want and secondly keep intouch with latest technologies in laptops.u ll find these in google. Regards Allwyn S/W Programmer.
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