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Hi all,

 

I'm getting the the HP Pavillion DV2680 for INR 45,500/- RAM has been upgraded to 2 GB. My friend is getting it from Dubai. Will the notebook gurus let me know if it is a good deal.

 

I'm not looking to play games on my laptop, hence the low-end gfx card. I plan to use it for mainly surfing, word processing, watching/encoding movies etc.

 

Even 2gb ram for just surfing and word processing is an overkill.

 

2gb is recommended if u have windows vista, which his comp has....so i think its necessary for a good overall user experience...

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Newb Mac questions, kindly oblige.

 

i was thinking of getting my sis a MacBook for her birthday. She does a lot of video/ sound editing as well as the occasional word processing and presentations. Our old Acer Travel Mate with 1.5ghz P4-M and 256MB DDR2 isn't cutting it. i need to know the following please:):

 

1. Do Macs come with worldwide warranty? Was thinking of getting one from Hong Kong or Dubai if this were the case.

2. Will she be able to have compatibility with our HP scanjet scanner and HP inkjet printer?

3. What version of the MacBook do you guys suggest and what software should i get along with it? i am utterly clueless.

4. Would it be, for her use, a better buy over a Dell M1330 (which i am also considering due to some sweet pricing on Dell's part)?

 

Thank you,

 

h3lios

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Your HP scanner and printer should have come with some MAC software with which you can it.

 

Macs are available in either black or white. IMO black looks wayy better than white but then again you are paying a little extra for it. With the black there arent any options to chose from but with the white one you can chose between a 2.0 processor and a 2.2. Get the fastest one you can afford.

 

As for the OS version, Leapord is the new MAC OS and it should come pre instalelled with on your machine. Id say MS Office is a definate must buy if you are going to use the notebook to work. Other than that I dont really think you need to buy anytihng else unles you have some specific needs.

 

Dell vs MAC? Id take the MAC if budget isnt an issue.

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Newb Mac questions, kindly oblige.

 

i was thinking of getting my sis a MacBook for her birthday. She does a lot of video/ sound editing as well as the occasional word processing and presentations. Our old Acer Travel Mate with 1.5ghz P4-M and 256MB DDR2 isn't cutting it. i need to know the following please:):

 

1. Do Macs come with worldwide warranty? Was thinking of getting one from Hong Kong or Dubai if this were the case.

2. Will she be able to have compatibility with our HP scanjet scanner and HP inkjet printer?

3. What version of the MacBook do you guys suggest and what software should i get along with it? i am utterly clueless.

4. Would it be, for her use, a better buy over a Dell M1330 (which i am also considering due to some sweet pricing on Dell's part)?

 

Thank you,

 

h3lios

 

1. Yes.

2. Leopard ships with a lot of Printer drivers, I think it will. Anyways you could check your manufacturer's website as well.

3. Video/Sound Editing? If she's really into and does lots of stuff, get a MacBook Pro, else a MacBook is good enough, just get as much RAM you can with it. Don't get the RAM directly from Apple though, get it cheaper from a third party.

4. HELL YES!!

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I would actually suggest Dell XPS M1330 over Macbook simply because the config is a lot better. If she's doing video and audio editing, a macbook pro is better suited compared to a Macbook because a macbook ships with Intel X3100 which is basically an onboard video. Its better to get Dell XPS because you have an option of adding a video card prolly in the lines of Nvidia 8 series plus its cheaper to update a Dell XPS compared to a Macbook.

 

I will suggest a macbook only if you are buying from abroad because they just cost 1k$ but paying 1600$+ is not worth it.

You might also wanna look up Dell XPS 1530.

 

http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/products/p...;l=en&s=dhs

 

oh and Leopard has loads of problems. So if you get Leopard, just downgrade it to Tiger.

 

To answer ur question about parallels :

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallels_Desktop_for_Mac

Edited by lastAvenger

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I would actually suggest Dell XPS M1330 over Macbook simply because the config is a lot better. If she's doing video and audio editing, a macbook pro is better suited compared to a Macbook because a macbook ships with Intel X3100 which is basically an onboard video. Its better to get Dell XPS because you have an option of adding a video card prolly in the lines of Nvidia 8 series plus its cheaper to update a Dell XPS compared to a Macbook.

 

I will suggest a macbook only if you are buying from abroad because they just cost 1k$ but paying 1600$+ is not worth it.

You might also wanna look up Dell XPS 1530.

 

http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/products/p...;l=en&s=dhs

 

oh and Leopard has loads of problems. So if you get Leopard, just downgrade it to Tiger.

 

To answer ur question about parallels :

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallels_Desktop_for_Mac

 

Wow...great find dude. Thanx a lot :D XPS looks really good :D But there aren't any in 17" models. I think I can get an HP laptop at 17" with at least a T7500 C2D, but if I think its too bulky, I might just get the XPS 1530 ;), which is about the same price :)

 

Thanx again :)

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np mate. I really don't recommend a 17" unless its a desktop replacement. The whole point of laptop is to portability. With increase in size as you have pointed, the weight also increases.

Btw just so you know, you can add videocard later too where as in Macbook, this option is totally missing.

 

Oh and i don't hate macs but where cost comes, i like to justify it.

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dell xps 1530 is just awesome all the way....gr8 looks (something dell doesnt usually focus on) and also very decent config for little over 60k... give it a serious thought....

 

overall, value for money wise, its the best laptop in the 14-15 inch range....

 

also, even i wouldnt suggest a 17 inch....beats the whole purpose of a laptop....15.4 inches widescreen is very decent for movies, etc...(coz its wide, u can watch the movie on the whole screen without those black empty zones)....17in is simply too big and heavy for a laptop...but all depends on how much u will move yr lappy...if u keep it at 1 place, then desktop replacements are better..

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man if only dell India also started giving linux as an option, it would be really cool

 

Btw this is the next gadget ie after ps3, i plan to buy

 

http://www.oqo.com/intl/products/index.html

 

Specs ~ http://www.oqo.com/intl/products/modele2/specifications.html

 

Pics ~ http://www.oqo.com/intl/products/modele2/gallery.html

 

:D:P :P

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man if only dell India also started giving linux as an option, it would be really cool

 

Btw this is the next gadget ie after ps3, i plan to buy

 

http://www.oqo.com/intl/products/index.html

 

Specs ~ http://www.oqo.com/intl/products/modele2/specifications.html

 

Pics ~ http://www.oqo.com/intl/products/modele2/gallery.html

 

;):D :D

 

 

my uncles using tht :P

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man if only dell India also started giving linux as an option, it would be really cool

 

Can't you like just install linux if you want ? I remember dualbooting Linux and Windows on my home computer with a dedicated 80-Gb partition to linux ;)

 

You can dude but the main focus is... you can save nearly 3-4k

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waise linux sux...the developers have no direction as to where the open source OS is headed...everyone comes up with their own customized version and then the users are left with little compatibility....

 

i personally love linux...but there are 2 main probs with it...

1) lot of regular updates since the OS is open and many ppl keep "making it better"

2) too many versions are available in the market and the popular softwares like yahoo messenger, etc are only compatible with a few of them....so its tough to make a decision....

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waise linux sux...the developers have no direction as to where the open source OS is headed...everyone comes up with their own customized version and then the users are left with little compatibility....

 

i personally love linux...but there are 2 main probs with it...

1) lot of regular updates since the OS is open and many ppl keep "making it better"

2) too many versions are available in the market and the popular softwares like yahoo messenger, etc are only compatible with a few of them....so its tough to make a decision....

 

Regarding the yahoo messenger part, you can install pidgin or miranda-im which does everything. I like how with one command, all my softwares can be updated.

 

If anyone wants to start with linux, i will recommend the following distros:

 

1) Ubuntu

2) OpenSuse

 

these are the most easiest linux distros and you can find loads of tutorials about them.

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Apple has jsut announed the Macbook AIR

 

;)

 

$1799

 

2GB RAM

1.6 Intel Core 2 Duo

Bluetooth

80GB HDD

5 hours battery life

Isight

 

and most importantly

 

Aluminium casing

The thickest part of the MacBook Air is thinner than the thinnest part of the Sony tz. It fits inside a envelope

 

http://www.macrumorslive.com/

 

A little high on the price but other than that AMAZING

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