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Confused in buying notebook

Sherif Shehab
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hi pals ,

I'm so confused in determine which notebook i wannna buy i got some models & they are nearly in the same budget but what i confused about is the performance & the VGA must be dedicated because i'll do many java/ j2ee projects on it , So anyone can help me here are the models & specs:

- Toshiba Satellite A100-787 :

type : Intel� Centrino� Duo Mobile Technology featuring Intel� Core�2 Duo Processor T7200, Intel� PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection and Intel� 945GM Express chipset
clock speed : 2.0 GHz
Front Side Bus : 667 MHz
2nd level cache : 4 MB
Operating system Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista� Home Premium Edition
System memory standard : 1,024 (512+512) MB
maximum expandability : 4,096 MB
technology : DDR2 RAM (533 MHz)
Hard disk capacity : 120 GB
certification : S.M.A.R.T.
DVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer) compatibility : CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R(DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R(DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
maximum speed : Read: 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM/ Write: 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 10x HS CD-RW, 10x US CD-RW, 8x DVD-R, 2x DVD-R (Double Layer), 4x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R, 2.4x DVD+R (Double Layer), 4x DVD+RW, 5x DVD-RAM
type : DVD Super Multi (Double Layer) drive
Display size : 15.4 "
type : Toshiba TruBrite� WXGA TFT display
internal resolution : 1,280 x 800
Graphics adapter manufacturer : Intel�
type : 945GM Express chipset
memory amount : up to 128 MB
memory type : DDR2 RAM (UMA)
Internal video modes resolution : 1,280 x 800
maximum number of colours : 16.7 million
Max. external video modes max. resolution : 2,048 x 1,536
max. colours : 4.3 billion
max. refresh rate : 100 Hz
non-interlaced resolution with max. refresh rate : 1,600 x 1,200
Interfaces 1 x DC-in
1 x external monitor
1 x RJ-11
1 x RJ-45
1 x TV-out (S-video)
1 x i.LINK� (IEEE 1394)
1 x external microphone
1 x headphone (stereo)
4 (Rear 2, Right 2) x USB 2.0
1 x 5-in-1 Bridge Media slot (supports SD� Cards, Memory Stick�, Memory Stick Pro�, MultiMedia Card�, xD-Picture Card�)
Expansion 2 x memory slots
type : PC Card slot for 1x Type II card
Wireless communication Wireless Technology : Bluetooth�
Compliancy : Wi-Fi�
Network Support : 802.11a/b/g
Wireless Technology : Wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g)
Wired communication topology : Ethernet LAN
speed : 10/100 Base-TX
topology : international V.90 modem (V.92 ready)
speed : 56 Kbps data (V.90) and 14.4 Kbps fax
Sound system supported audio format : 16-bit stereo
speakers : built-in stereo speakers
manufacturer : Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound System with SRS� TruSurround XT� System and SRS� WOW


-Satellite M100-222
type : Intel� Centrino� Duo Mobile Technology featuring Intel� Core�2 Duo Processor T7400, Intel� PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection and Intel� 945PM Express chipset
clock speed : 2.16 GHz
Front Side Bus : 667 MHz
2nd level cache : 4 MB
Operating system Genuine Microsoft� Windows� XP Home Edition
System memory standard : 1,024 (512 + 512) MB
maximum expandability : 4,096 MB
technology : DDR2 RAM (533 MHz)
Hard disk capacity : 100 GB
certification : S.M.A.R.T.
DVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer) compatibility : CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R(DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R(DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
maximum speed : Read: 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM/ Write: 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 10x HS CD-RW, 10x US CD-RW, 8x DVD-R, 2x DVD-R (Double Layer), 4x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R, 2.4x DVD+R (Double Layer), 4x DVD+RW, 5x DVD-RAM
type : DVD Super Multi (Double Layer) drive
Display size : 14.1 "
type : Toshiba TruBrite� WXGA TFT display
internal resolution : 1,280 x 800
Graphics adapter manufacturer : ATI
type : Mobility� Radeon� X1400 with HyperMemory�
memory amount : 256 MB + up to 256 MB
memory type : DDR Video RAM + DDR2 RAM (system memory)
connected bus : 16x PCI Express
Internal video modes resolution : 1,280 x 800
maximum number of colours : 16.7 million
Max. external video modes max. resolution : 2,048 x 1,536
max. colours : 4.3 billion
max. refresh rate : 100 Hz
non-interlaced resolution with max. refresh rate : 1,600 x 1,200
Interfaces 1 x DC-in
1 x external monitor
1 x RJ-11
1 x RJ-45
1 x TV-out (S-video)
1 x i.LINK� (IEEE 1394)
1 x external microphone
1 x headphone (stereo)
1 x 5-in-1 Bridge Media slot (supports SD� Cards, Memory Stick�, Memory Stick Pro�, MultiMedia Card�, xD-Picture Card�)
4 (Left 1, Right 2, Rear 1) x USB 2.0
Expansion 2 x memory slots
type : PC Card slot for 1x Type II card
Wireless communication Wireless Technology : Bluetooth�
Compliancy : Wi-Fi�
Network Support : 802.11a/b/g
Wireless Technology : Wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g)
Wired communication topology : international V.90 modem (V.92 ready)
speed : 56 Kbps data (V.90) and 14.4 Kbps fax
topology : Ethernet LAN
speed : 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Sound system supported audio format : 16-bit stereo
speakers : built-in Harman Kardon� stereo speakers
manufacturer : Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound System with SRS� TruSurround XT� System and SRS� WOW

-Satellite A100-906

type : Intel� Centrino� Duo Mobile Technology featuring Intel� Core�2 Duo Processor T5600, Intel� PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection and Intel� 945PM Express chipset
clock speed : 1.83 GHz
Front Side Bus : 667 MHz
2nd level cache : 2 MB
Operating system Genuine Microsoft� Windows� XP Home Edition
System memory standard : 1,024 MB
maximum expandability : 4,096 MB
technology : DDR2 RAM (533 MHz)
Hard disk capacity : 100 GB
certification : S.M.A.R.T.
DVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer) compatibility : CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R(DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R(DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
maximum speed : Read: 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM/ Write: 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 10x HS CD-RW, 10x US CD-RW, 8x DVD-R, 2x DVD-R (Double Layer), 4x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R, 2.4x DVD+R (Double Layer), 4x DVD+RW, 5x DVD-RAM
type : DVD Super Multi (Double Layer) drive
Display size : 15.4 "
type : Toshiba TruBrite� WXGA TFT display
internal resolution : 1,280 x 800
Graphics adapter manufacturer : NVIDIA�
type : NVIDIA� GeForce� Go 7600
memory amount : 256 MB
memory type : DDR Video RAM
connected bus : 16x PCI Express
Internal video modes resolution : 1,280 x 800
maximum number of colours : 16.7 million
Max. external video modes max. resolution : 2,048 x 1,536
max. colours : 4.3 billion
max. refresh rate : 100 Hz
non-interlaced resolution with max. refresh rate : 1,600 x 1,200
Interfaces 1 x DC-in
1 x external monitor
1 x RJ-11
1 x RJ-45
1 x TV-out (S-video)
1 x i.LINK� (IEEE 1394)
1 x external microphone
1 x headphone (stereo)
4 (Rear 2, Right 2) x USB 2.0
1 x 5-in-1 Bridge Media slot (supports SD� Cards, Memory Stick�, Memory Stick Pro�, MultiMedia Card�, xD-Picture Card�)
Expansion 2 x memory slots
PC Card slot for 1x Type II card, type : Express Card� slot
number of expansion types : 1
Wireless communication Wireless Technology : Bluetooth�
Compliancy : Wi-Fi�
Network Support : 802.11a/b/g
Wireless Technology : Wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g)
Wired communication topology : Ethernet LAN
speed : 10/100 Base-TX
topology : international V.90 modem (V.92 ready)
speed : 56 Kbps data (V.90) and 14.4 Kbps fax
Sound system supported audio format : 16-bit stereo
speakers : built-in Harman Kardon� stereo speakers
manufacturer : Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound System with SRS� TruSurround XT� System and SRS� WOW


-HP Pavilion dv2184ea

Product Name dv2184ea
Product Number RR093EA#ABV
Microprocessor 1.83 GHz Intel� Core� 2 Duo processor T5600 with Intel� Centrino� Duo Mobile Technology
Microprocessor Cache Level 2 cache 2 MB
Memory 1024 MB DDR2 667 MHz (2 x 512 MB)
Memory Max up to 2 GB
Video Graphics NVIDIA� GeForce� Go 7200
Video Memory 128 MB of TurboCache� video Memory
Hard Drive 120 GB 5400 rpm
Multimedia Drive Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support
Display 14.1� WXGA High Definition BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)
Fax/Modem High speed 56K modem
Network Card Ethernet 10/100BT integrated network interface
Wireless Connectivity Intel� PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Integrated Wireless LAN

Bluetooth� wireless networking
HP Features HP Pavilion WebCam with Integrated Microphone
Sound Altec Lansing� speakers

3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit integrated
Keyboard 101 key compatible keyboard
Pointing Device Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad, volume control, mute buttons, 2 Quick Launch Buttons
PC Card Slots

* One ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)



- dell inspiron 6400

* Intel Core Duo T2400 / 5 Mb Cache / 1.83 GHz / 667 MHZ FSB
* 15.4" Wide-screen XGA Display with Truelife
* 120 Gb 5400 rpm Sata Hard Drive
* 1 Gb DDR2 SDRAM / 553 MHZ
* 256 Mb ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 Hyper memory
* Windows XP Media Center
* 9 - Cell Battery


-Satellite A100-847 :

Technology type : Intel� Centrino� Duo Mobile Technology featuring Intel� Core�2 Duo Processor T7200, Intel� PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection and Intel� 945PM Express chipset
clock speed : 2.0 GHz
Front Side Bus : 667 MHz
2nd level cache : 4 MB
Operating system Genuine Microsoft� Windows� XP Home Edition
System memory standard : 512 MB
maximum expandability : 4,096 MB
technology : DDR2 RAM (533 MHz)
Hard disk capacity : 100 GB
certification : S.M.A.R.T.
DVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer) compatibility : CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R(DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R(DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
maximum speed : Read: 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM/ Write: 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 10x HS CD-RW, 10x US CD-RW, 8x DVD-R, 2x DVD-R (Double Layer), 4x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R, 2.4x DVD+R (Double Layer), 4x DVD+RW, 5x DVD-RAM
type : DVD Super Multi (Double Layer) drive
Display size : 15.4 "
type : Toshiba TruBrite� WXGA TFT display
internal resolution : 1,280 x 800
Graphics adapter manufacturer : NVIDIA�
type : NVIDIA� GeForce� Go 7600
memory amount : 256 MB
memory type : DDR Video RAM
connected bus : 16x PCI Express
Internal video modes resolution : 1,280 x 800
maximum number of colours : 16.7 million
Max. external video modes max. resolution : 2,048 x 1,536
max. colours : 4.3 billion
max. refresh rate : 100 Hz
non-interlaced resolution with max. refresh rate : 1,600 x 1,200
Interfaces 1 x DC-in
1 x external monitor
1 x RJ-11
1 x RJ-45
1 x TV-out (S-video)
1 x i.LINK� (IEEE 1394)
1 x external microphone
1 x headphone (stereo)
4 (Rear 2, Right 2) x USB 2.0
1 x 5-in-1 Bridge Media slot (supports SD� Cards, Memory Stick�, Memory Stick Pro�, MultiMedia Card�, xD-Picture Card�)
Expansion 2 x memory slots
PC Card slot for 1x Type II card, type : Express Card� slot
number of expansion types : 1
Wireless communication Wireless Technology : Bluetooth�
Compliancy : Wi-Fi�
Network Support : 802.11a/b/g
Wireless Technology : Wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g)
Wired communication topology : Ethernet LAN
speed : 10/100 Base-TX
topology : international V.90 modem (V.92 ready)
speed : 56 Kbps data (V.90) and 14.4 Kbps fax
Sound system supported audio format : 16-bit stereo
speakers : built-in Harman Kardon� stereo speakers
manufacturer : Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound System with SRS� TruSurround XT� System and SRS� WOW




And if anyone got any site that i can search for the performance for these model give it to me please...




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Thanks,
Sherif
David O'Meara
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Joined: Mar 06, 2001
Posts: 13459

Too much information to dig through, but my usual pointers are:

get onex1Gb memory stick rather than 2x512Mb
Make sure the harddrive is 7200 rpm and not 5400 or even (shudder) slower
Get XP pro rather than home, unless you intend installing something else like Linux. (home has features disabled and creates an annoying mess for developers)
Sherif Shehab
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Joined: Mar 05, 2007
Posts: 483

thanks for the fast reply, but not recommended brand?
David O'Meara
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Joined: Mar 06, 2001
Posts: 13459

I have a Dell inspiron 9300 and I've been happy. Apart from that I have no opinion.
Henry Wong
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Sheriff

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
Posts: 18845
    
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It is very interesting on what criteria that one uses to choose a laptop. About 6 months ago, my wife chose the Dell Inspiron E1505. While it is a very powerful laptop (which I like), she likes it for the widescreen.

For work, I use the Dell Latitude D620. The Inspiron would have been too big (due to the wide screen) to carry, and not durable enough as I have dropped a few.

Henry


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Sherif Shehab
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Joined: Mar 05, 2007
Posts: 483

So what about the Toshiba performance , by the way i got some bad experiences with Dell specially with dell inspiron 630m although it's 1 gb rams but it;s too slow & when i got it the ram was damaged !!! & the overall perfromance not satisfying me , this what made me search in Toshiba models , & i noticed something that most of the toshiba models ram upgrade till 4gb but dell no .. by the way they are nearly in the same price.. but the problem is that i dont know anyone who used toshiba before in development & projects... , the battery liftime & customer services...etc
 
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