$499 Gets You......

Sirius Rich

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He had discount cards.

No discount cards or coupons, we just got lucky on a promotion they were running. Free air card from any of the carriers with the purchase of any laptop. BB is now selling phones and activations from the cell phone companies in the Best Buy store. They had iPhones too.

The $649 is the regular price for the Toshiba which are rated pretty high in customer satifaction.
 

MAJ Badmotherfarker

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No discount cards or coupons, we just got lucky on a promotion they were running. Free air card from any of the carriers with the purchase of any laptop. BB is now selling phones and activations from the cell phone companies in the Best Buy store. They had iPhones too.

The $649 is the regular price for the Toshiba which are rated pretty high in customer satifaction.

Ah, gotcha. Looks like a fine computer for the money. I'm a big fan of under $500 laptops. They're not the best but, if I get 3-5 years out of it, money very, very well spent.
 

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Nice specs for sure. One of my very first notebooks was a Toshiba Satellite. I am not a big fan of AMD processors, but I think over the last couple of years AMD has done a much better job making thier processors more energy efficient. I know ATI Graphics was purchased by AMD.
 

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Nice specs for sure. One of my very first notebooks was a Toshiba Satellite. I am not a big fan of AMD processors, but I think over the last couple of years AMD has done a much better job making thier processors more energy efficient. I know ATI Graphics was purchased by AMD.
My laptop has a AMD processor and I did a comparison to the Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor. Yea there a few differences between them both, but to me my laptop still works great without a Intel chip in it.
 

MAJ Badmotherfarker

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My laptop has a AMD processor and I did a comparison to the Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor. Yea there a few differences between them both, but to me my laptop still works great without a Intel chip in it.

I used nothing but AMD for years but recently switched to the intel duo-core. For the money (as far as desktops go), the intels are a much better deal.
 

DAB

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My laptop has a AMD processor and I did a comparison to the Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor. Yea there a few differences between them both, but to me my laptop still works great without a Intel chip in it.
Well I am glad they are doing better now. The biggest issues I had was battery life. Intel Processors were way better and heat, those ADM processors always ran so much hotter, which means the fans constantly had to run and that probably impacted the battery life. One AMD laptop I tried would get so hot on the bottom you couldn't sit it in your lap without having something else on your lap to shield you.

I used nothing but AMD for years but recently switched to the intel duo-core. For the money (as far as desktops go), the intels are a much better deal.
Yeah, when I was building desktops I generally always used AMD because at that time they were cheaper than Intel. But I think that trend to a certain degree has reversed or at least they are so close to the same price it doesn't really matter.
 
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Wolf

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I used nothing but AMD for years but recently switched to the intel duo-core. For the money (as far as desktops go), the intels are a much better deal.
I agree the Intels are much better, but unfortunately when I bought my laptop it was on a great deal, it came with a AMD not an Intel.

Well I am glad they are doing better now. The biggest issues I had was battery life. Intel Processors were way better and heat, those ADM processors always ran so much hotter, which means the fans constantly had to run and that probably impacted the battery life. One AMD laptop I tried would get so hot on the bottom you couldn't sit it in your lap without having something else on your lap to shield you.
Yea my battery life does stuck and I do feel some heat under my laptop when I turn it off. But I never put my laptop on my lap, it allows on some table.

But right now I am very satisfied with my laptop. But I'll plan on doing one or two things in the next year or two. I might either build or buy a new computer? Right now I use my laptop for everything, but I took alot stuff out and store it in a 500 GB storage device.
 
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DAB

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I agree the Intels are much better, but unfortunately when I bought my laptop it was on a great deal, it came with a AMD not an Intel.

Yea my battery life does stuck and I do feel some heat under my laptop when I turn it off.

But right now I am very satisfied with my laptop. .
Well sometimes we have to shop according to our budget and we can't always get exactly what we want, so I understand that.

The main thing is that you are satsified with it. Enjoy using it there will come a time that you'll be able to get another one and maybe at that time you can consider the battery time and heat issues on your new purchase.

Tell you the laptops that use to get very hot on the bottom was that older McBooks, man before they switched to Intel, those things could be used to fry eggs on the bottom.
 

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$299 got me...

Toshiba Satellite A205-S5000 with 120 GB and 2 GB RAM.

The only downside is it comes with an Intel "Celery" chip at 1.86 GHz (I prefer AMD).

It was a one day sale at Wal-Mart and I was fortunate enough to pick up the last one.

Regardless, it's a great laptop and it has great performance. I can do everything on it quickly and efficiently. The boot time on it is also very fast.
 

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Intel has been beating the pants off AMD for a couple years now, and it looks like that will continue for the next year at least, AMD is way behind. Intel is faster, much much faster, not just in the clock speed, the chip design is much better. Power consumption, Intel wins by a large margin. Price, Intel is slighty higher, but much more bang for the buck.
I got killed on the price of my laptop. I have a Sony Vaio, I bought it a year and a half ago and it comapare to the sub 1,000 laptops now, but it cost me 1800 then. 2.17 GHZ Intel Centrino Duo, 2G RAM, 120G 7200 RPM HDD, and a NVIDIA 7600 GeoForce Go video card. It still rock n rolls though. And yes, it has Vista, it's not bad, really!

I've never even owned a desktop. This is my fourth laptop in about 9 years or so. Really, with the power you can get in a laptop these days, who need a desktop.
 

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I have an Acer laptop with an AMD chip and an ATI graphics card--only problem I have is the poor Linux support for ATI.* :mad: It forced me to go back to Windows for my production machine. I break installs like Michael Phelps breaks world records. Hell-llo!

When I push the "turbo" button on my desktop, it plays Solitaire twice as fast! :hah:

*Check that--the poor ATI support for Linux.