Friday, September 26, 2008

Which personal laptop?

Laptop I often get asked about which is a good laptop to buy. Given the vast choices out there, it's easy to get lost in all that marketing jargon while selecting your perfect portable processing partner. Cheesy alliteration, but what the heck.

Basically, for home applications you would want to look at any laptop with the following specifications:

Processor speed At least 1.8 GHz (preferably Intel Core 2 Duo)
RAM At least 2 GB
Hard disk At least 160 GB
Screen size 14.1-inch is ideal
Other must-haves DVD writer, Wi-Fi, Windows Vista Home / XP
If these are also included, great Bluetooth, integrated Webcam, TV tuner, media card reader
Price Between Rs 36,000 and 42,000 depending on the brand

A good entry-level laptop for most home and personal productivity applications would be something like the Lenovo 3000 G410 204958Q.

Its specifications are: Intel Core 2 Duo T2390 processor (1.86 GHz, 533 MHz FSB), 14.1-inch WXGA TFT, 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM (running at 667 MHz), 160 GB Serial ATA hard disk, DVD recorder drive,  Bluetooth Version 2.0 + EDR, 802.11a/b/g wireless, 10/100 Ethernet, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950.
Price: Rs 31,490 (approximately)
Note: You will need to buy Windows XP/Vista separately in this model – that should cost an additional 5,000 to 7,000.

At the higher end, I would suggest a laptop like the Lenovo 7758 69Q.

Its specifications are: Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 (1.83 GHz, 667 MHz,  2 MB L2 cache), 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 250 GB Serial ATA hard disk, DVD recorder drive, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, 802.11a/b/g wireless, 6-in-1 media card Reader, 1.3 megapixel webcam integrated, 15.4-inch WXGA screen, Vista Home Basic.
Price: 48,500 (approximately)

There are numerous other great laptop brands to choose from. I'd recommend Lenovo, Acer or Dell -- I've always had the best experience with their laptops. Find out more about their entry-level offerings at their respective Web sites here (Lenovo), here (Acer) and here (Dell).


Amogh Ranadive said...

Perfect portable processing partner!!

Nice to see you back talking about technology mate.

EDIT: It is only correct that my first comment on your blog for the post on laptops should have IBMdpkq as the word verification.

Technology rules us.

Marco said...

Thanks Amogh, feels good to write about stuff like this again when I have the time. I'm looking forward to reading some of the geeky stuff on your blog -- seeing as I'm out of the hardware testing circuit, I'd like to know what's going on in the Indian gadget review scene, and I don't want to have to wait for a month each time!

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