Laptop comparison

June 2006

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Motivation

Selected laptops

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ED=with educational discount, MR=with mail-in rebate
Brand Model Price Weight Screen Processor/RAM/HD CD/DVD Battery OS Included Available
HP Pavilion dv2000z $1115 5.3lbs 14.1" 1280x800 Turion 64 X2 TL-52
1.6GHz
1GB
80GB
DVD+RW DL >4h, 6-cell Windows XP Home Builtin webcam
Bluetooth
12-cell battery (>8h) (+$39)
AC combo adapter ($120)
2GB RAM (+$200)
Compaq V3000Z $1089 MR 5.5lbs Bluetooth
Spare AC adapter
12-cell battery
2GB RAM (+$200)
nc6400 $1549 4.6lbs 14.1" 1280x800 Core Duo 1.83GHz
1GB
80GB
DVD+-RW DL 6-cell Windows XP Prof Bluetooth Spare AC Adapter ($49)
Dell Inspiron 640m $1211 5.3lbs 14.1" 1440x900 DVD+R DL >5h, 9-cell, 85Wh Windows XP Home Spare AC Adapter ($29),
Bluetooth ($49)
2GB RAM (+$200)
Inspiron E1405 $1013 ED 2GB RAM (+$132)
Latitude D620 $1236 5lbs 14.1" 1440x900 DVD-RW DL 6-cell 85Wh Windows XP Home Spare AC Adapter ($29)
Bluetooth ($29)
6-cell media bay battery
2GB RAM (+$140)
Toshiba Satellite M100 $1355 5.2lbs 14.1" 1280x768 DVD+RW DL >5h, 6-cell Windows XP Home Bluetooth ($30) 12-cell battery (>6h) (+$75)
Spare AC adapter ($80)
Satellite U200 $1469 4.1lbs 12.1" 1280x800 DVD+RW DL >5h, 6-cell Windows XP Home Bluetooth ($30) Extra battery ($90)
Spare AC adapter ($71)
Tecra A6 $1609 5.2lbs 14.1" 1280x768 DVD+RW DL >5h, 6-cell Windows XP Prof Bluetooth ($30) 12-cell battery (+$75)
Spare AC adapter ($80)
System76 Gazelle Performance $1440 5.5lbs 14.1" 1280x800 DVD+RW DL 4h, 6-cell Ubuntu Linux Bluetooth Spare AC adapater ($49)
Extra battery ($95)
2GB RAM (+$90)
Apple MacBook $1201 ED 5.2lbs 13.3" 1280x800 CD-RW/DVD >5h, 55Wh Mac OS X Builtin webcam
Bluetooth
DVI or VGA adapter
Spare AC adapter ($71)
Extra battery ($116)
2GB RAM (+$360)
Lenovo Thinkpad T60 2623D6U $1649 MR 5.1lbs 14.1" 1400x1050 DVD-R 6-cell Windows XP Prof Bluetooth Extra AC adapter ($53)
Ultrabay battery (9h) ($107)
1.5GB RAM (+$90)
Thinkpad R60 $1482 MR 5.4lbs? 14.1" 1400x1050 Core Duo 1.66GHz
1GB
80GB
DVD+RW DL 6-cell Windows XP Home Extra AC adapter ($59)
9-cell battery (+$129)
Thinkpad X60 170947U $1389 MR 3.2lbs 12.1" 1024x768 Core Duo 1.66GHz
1GB
60GB
- 4-cell (4h) Windows XP Home 8-cell battery (7.9h) ($179)
1.5GB RAM (+$90)

The Dell Latitude D620 seems very reasonably priced. With the 2GHz Core Duo, 2GB RAM, the 256MB NVIDIA graphics card, DVD+/-RW, 2 batteries, two AC adapters, the price is $1539.


Thomas Hallgren
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