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    Dell or Gateway???

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    as for the students already at saba??? which computers has given the least problems???? dell???gateway??? compaq???? sony??? im planning to buy a new comp and would like to know which one has been the best there on the island... i would really appreciate any feedback... thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyptamar
    as for the students already at saba??? which computers has given the least problems???? dell???gateway??? compaq???? sony??? im planning to buy a new comp and would like to know which one has been the best there on the island... i would really appreciate any feedback... thanks
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    Toshiba. I was on the Bestbuy website last night, the toshiba tablet computers are only $1550 now (they were $1K more 4 months ago), pretty cool at that price.

    Dell, Gateway, Compaq/HP, all seem to be having a lot of quality issues. I used to work for IBM and wouldn't buy an IBM laptop these days, no telling how support will be since IBM sold the laptop division off.

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    BTW, whatever you get bring a spare power supply for it. Mine is giving me some trouble and it's will be at least a week to get a replacement for it

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    Salutations "Egyptamar":

    Hmmmm, I see many of the students here using Toshiba. So you may also want to consider that as an option. Anyways, if it was only between Dell or Gateway, I would take the Dell. You can get a great deal through eBay for about $1,000 (give or take). That's not bad. I don't know much about how Gateway laptops are, so I can't comment on them. Make sure your laptop has Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Word as you will need them. Ciao.
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    whatever

    whatever brand you decide to go with please consider going the extra mile in terms of money and getting the extended warranty. I,myself, have a IBM ThinkPad and bought the three year extended warranty and I've gotten great service! sure, I went broke buying the laptop back in the day (2003, ha old in the computer world), but I haven't paid a dime for repairs!

    all of my friends and family, have had distastrous results with Sony laptops. they looked very nice, but broke very easily and the Sony service was terrible. I had a Gateway and was very pleased with their service. In fact, even after my warranty had expired, they still helped me free of charge. ah, the good ole' days, gotta love'm you might want to call the individual companies and tell them you will be taking your laptop to a Carib island and see what they say about service, ect. If they seem cool and willing to help, I'd be more inclined to go with that brand.

    But, I'd invest in a CD burner, too. You might need to burn off lectures. And I hear the lectures are huge PPT files, so I'd invest in lots of memory, too! whatever you do though....get the extended warranty!!!!!!
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    I would recommend either an IBM (work horse) or a Toshiba (lasts forever).

    Take my advice with a grain of salt because I tend to baby my compter equipment. I have an HP right now and I have over 1GB of RAM to make sure it runs nice and smooth. It is an awesome machine but much too heavy for everyday use.

    I will be buying a super-light laptop to carry around for classes and it will probably be a Toshiba or an IBM. I might even go for a light iBook with a 6 hour battery life.

    Either way take amyames' advice and get the full service package. It will serve you well.

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    good advice here... I brought a Sony Vaio and have had no problems yet so far, other than lugging it around. It weighs around 8-9 lbs. Doesn't seem like much but with other books and climbing the hill, it can be a workout hehe. I think if I had to buy another computer I would get a Toshiba tablet (Great for ppt slides and esp histology) or an HP. But I would def get something lighter. One more point don't forget a flash drive with at least 256 mb of memory! You will use this everyday! I would be lost without mine!
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    Why a tablet?

    rdecastro,

    Besides being very cool technology, why would you recommend a tablet over a light notebook for the type of work we'll be doing during our first 5 semesters?

    And, for everyone already through a semester or 2, how exactly do you use your notebook each day? Are/were you pouring over the histo slides on the screen? If so, that makes a big difference in computer vs. buying one for studying textual material.

    Thanks for the feedback, All!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyptamar
    as for the students already at saba??? which computers has given the least problems???? dell???gateway??? compaq???? sony??? im planning to buy a new comp and would like to know which one has been the best there on the island... i would really appreciate any feedback... thanks
    Marwa
    Get yourself a Dell or a Compaq.
    Just make sure you don't buy a very expensive one...get one with wireless built in or scanning port.
    I am telling you this just from years of using laptops.
    I need to think about something...maybe you know what...

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    consider repairs

    Not only is the original computer important, but so is availability of repair services. Dell has a latin america division which is pretty good, but I am not sure about the others. If you have to ship your computer to the states (rather than Saint Maarten), you will be without it longer. Also consider a portable USB hard drive. That way you can back up everything (do it at LEAST weekly) and use another computer easily if the original crashes.

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