To buy a laptop or not

My current desktop is an HP Intel Pentium 4 processor, Windows XP, 1 GB memory, 200 GB hard drive, 9 in 1 memory card reader, DVD burner. Hubby recently upgraded my memory to 2 GB.

I wanted a laptop. I needed a laptop so that I can get rid of the computer table when we move to our new home.

Last weekend, Hubby took me to Best Buy and Future Shop to look for a laptop... I swear, I almost walk out with one. But then I have to control myself since I don't have all the money yet.

Here are my choices --

Option 1: HP AMD Turion processor, 4GB memory, 320 GB hard drive, 14.1" brightview, dual layer DVD burner with lightscribe, Windows Vista with built in webcam and microphone, wireless-N.

This laptop is just the regular black one and costs $50 cheaper than option 2.

Option 2: HP Intel Centrino, 3 GB memory, 250 GB hard drive, 15.4" brightview widescreen, dual layer DVD burner with lightscribe, Windows Vista with built in webcam and microphone, wireless-N.

I love the reddish color and design of this laptop!

My requirements are very simple. [1] I prefer 14" or the 15" screen because I will watching movies from the computer. Anything smaller than that is out. And anything bigger than that is also out because it will be too heavy for me. [2] I prefer bigger hard drive to store all my pictures and videos. Since I got my Nikon DSLR, I am taking an average of 200-600 pictures per road trip.

Questions:

  • How do you like Windows Vista? Is it really better than XP?
  • Is option 1 better than option 2? Hubby said that Intel Centrino is much better than AMD. I honestly don't know the difference.
  • Which one would you choose and why?
  • With my constant blogging, downloading of movies and digital scrapbooking - do you think it is better to just keep the desktop instead of buying a laptop?
Please advice. And thank you in advance!

18 comments:

Angela at mommy bytes said...

Either sounds fine to me (and I'm a total geek). Just MAKE SURE you back up your photos on an external drive. I've had to reformat my laptop because it totally locked up. I myself would go with the bigger drive and not worry about the looks of it.

Redivivus said...

I LOVE Windows Vista but i have the ultimate version, Love the ability to play DVD's without booting up the computer if i need to (like on an Airplane)

2.) Well personally i have had better experience with AMD than intel processors, but thats the same as the Mac vs PC conversations.

3.) 1st one, i am also a Nikon DSLR user and the extra ram and hard drive space is good for the editing and storage of pics.

4.) 90% of laptops have a Monitor port, when at home i Hook my monitor, USB mouse and Keyboard to my laptop and its a desktop. I do reccomend and use a cooling device under the laptop to take the heat away, Mines like a small plate thingy with 2 fans in it that also plugs into USB power. And i use mine for Gaming so its stress tested to the limit.

But if i go anywhere i disconnect the monitor and KB/Mouse etc and carry it off as a laptop.

Alice Audrey said...

I sometimes think about getting a laptop with a docking port so I can hook up all the stuff like scanners and such. I use both a laptop and a desktop. I'd hate to have to give up either one.

Raquel said...

Hi Jo, I asked my husband about your entry. He will consider intel core duo processor at least. As your choices, he prefers option #2.

Oh, I windows Vista is better and it's faster too.

I will consider desktop for blogging Jo. Sabi nila kahit mamahaling laptop ay mahina talaga. Laptop daw is is good for checking emails.

faeryrowan said...

Option 1 would give you more value for money. I haven't tried AMD processors since (because of the bad reviews), but I heard Turion is much much better than Sempron or Athlon in terms of performance and "that doesn't heat up too fast" thing.

I'm not a Vista fan. I had the option to upgrade from XP to Vista for free with the laptop I got two years ago. I stayed with XP. I have Vista in the office though (no choice, company chose it).

If you're constantly on the move and if you have limited space at home, a laptop would be a good option. This is the case with me and I've never been disappointed. I just upgraded my RAM and everything's fine and dandy.

I would also recommend getting an external HDD to back up your photos or other files. Just in case.

evi said...

honestly, i prefer intel core 2 duo. but budget-wise, i will choose with the higher memory and hard drive capacity. just an advice, make sure that your printer and other peripherals are compatible with vista.

storyteller said...

Thanks for dropping by Small Reflections on Thursday. I recently went through this process when I needed to upgrade from my 6+ year old XP Pro Dell 9100 Inspiron … and after checking out all the options, I stayed with Dell … bought another Inspiron (1720) with 4 Gigs of RAM, 320 GIG Hard Drive, 17’ screen, and Vista. I’ve had it a couple of months and love some things about it … am adjusting to others. XP is ‘familiar’ … Vista is ‘the wave of the future’ and does have some interesting features I do like. I don’t know the difference between Centrino and AMD. I have the Intel Core 2 Duo 9300 … and prefer a laptop because I can ‘blog’ from ANYWHERE rather than from a single spot. Good luck with your decision.
Hugs and blessings,

Killlashandra said...

I like windows vista and use it on my laptop at home. I would go with the first choice because upgrading hardware in the future on a laptop is always a pain. Better off to just get the high end model to start with. :)

JO said...

Hi Angela,
Hubby mentioned that having an external HD is a lot of work, is that true?

Hi Redivus,
Thanks for your inputs. I'm going to ask hubby to read all the comments here later. He is still better at making this type of decision than me.

Hi Alice,
We will still have a desktop at home for the kids' homework and research.

Hi Raquel,
Thanks! Will definitely consider your inputs when we made the final decision.

JO said...

Hi Faeryrowan,
These 2 laptops that I wanted doesn't include the option to choose XP over Vista. I wish they would have that option though. Then my life would be easier.

Hi Evi,
Thanks! I never thought of my scanner/printer not compatible with the laptop. And I will need that for this coming tax season.

Hi Storyteller,
Thanks for your inputs.

Hi Killlashandra,
That's my first choice too. Thanks!

Robin said...

I don't know anything about laptops, other than that the IBM Thinkpad I have from work really, really stinks, but I do have a Nikon DSLR and I too have been coming home from trips with hundreds of photos. I've got a portable hard-drive as backup, but I've been told that they're not completely dependable over the long-term and it's still a good idea to burn them to disc as well.

cmw said...

My laptop's a MAC, so I'm no help there, but backup storage is a very good idea. I have a Nikon dslr too and those hundreds of pictures do add up. Lacie has small drives -- 30 gigs for approximately $100 -- cute and reliable. (I'd still make backup CDs too.) Good luck with your shopping.

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Jo. At first I was not sure about Vista because of some negative feed backs but now I'm beginning to appreciate it.

I'm sorry I'm not too knowledgeable when it comes to laptop specs. My brother was the one who decided for me.

Perhaps, it's a good idea to hang on to your PC even after getting a laptop.

My Pink Shoelace said...

Whew!!! The specs are real nice ... windows vista is okay ... I've used it on my 3 previous notebooks but am convert and am using a macbook now :)

JO said...

Hi Robin and CMW,
I should get a portable HD soon... thanks for visiting.

Hi Rach,
It seems like I don't have to worry about this for now... I will be getting a keyboard for my daughter instead.

Hi Pink Shoelace,
Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

ARCHITECT said...

i'd go for the Centrino.. AMD processor is slower. Im not an expert but I would buy inter core duo. Gadgets should be bought top of the line, because technology change so fast. If you buy something that is not top of the line, in a few months its already considered obsolete. And regarding the laptop or keyboard, I'd buy the keyboard, I just cant say no with regards to the needs if my daughter. Sure you may need a laptop more than the keyboard, but I'm sure its more fulfilling to see the smile of your daughter when she gets that keyboard. Mommy can always take the back seat. Can sacrifice a little more.

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JO said...

Hi Architect,
Yes, it seems to be that way... my daughter will be getting her keyboard, hopefully soon... and I will just have to wait for a few more months before I could buy my laptop.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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