Geek Girl’s Got a New Laptop!

Posted 27 Jan 2008 in Technology

Welcoming Toshiba
Creative Commons License photo credit: Ikhlasul Amal

Thanks to everyone who responded with suggestions in my previous post, Help the Geek Girl get a new laptop!

Your suggestions were great and very helpful! THANKS!

After consulting with many, many websites, reading your suggestions, talking to a couple of “computer gurus” and comparing dozens of computers, I finally settled on the Toshiba Satellite U305-S7467 13.3โ€ Widescreen Laptop.

This laptop meets all of my requirements – small, widescreen and powerful!

Then, the most difficult part happens – how much is a “fair” or “good” price to pay for a new laptop? The last time I bought a computer was several years ago, and I vaguely remember how much I paid for it.

I was looking for a laptop under $1000, and I was able to find the Toshiba for $849.86 at Circuit City – this was actually the lowest price I could find!

The specs are sweet on this 5 pounder –

  • 2 GB RAM, expandable to 4GB
  • 200 GB hard drive
  • 1280 by 800 widescreen display
  • Wireless card that’ll work up to wireless n, the new industry standard
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (should work great with 2GB of RAM)

I’ll be getting home tomorrow, and I’ll spend the day testing it out – so expect some comments or a review from me later!

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  1. I used to have a Toshiba Satellite at work, I loved it – it finally gave up the ghost and I still miss it… (It was pretty old…) It had some great features and I would recommend Toshiba to anyone.

    • This is my first Toshiba. My first laptop was an HP, then I got a Dell (dude, I got a Dell! ๐Ÿ˜† ) As far as desktops, my first one was a no-name brand that a friend of mine gave me – trusty little computer, too! Then I got a Compaq, which I’ve passed on to my mom.

      I don’t know if brand names mean much, but I don’t think I’ll buy a Dell again. The customer service wasn’t that great, and for the price, I could have gotten better features elsewhere.

  2. I started with a DELL desktop and I’ve actually still got it (at least that was my first Windows PC – I had a couple of DOS computers before that – Oh yes, I am THAT old…!) ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
    Since the DELL, I have had two no-name computers of unknown origin and have been pretty much happy with them (especially as I didn’t pay for them). I like the DELL as it has never let me down, and they replaced my monitor for free at one point, and it’s real quiet when it’s running which is a good attribute. If it were any more upgradable, I would still be using it as my main PC, but I’ve taken it to the max…. without changing the motherboard.

  3. Dirtcheap :-)

    My previous was a Toshiba protege, all went well till the fan broke down. Luckily that didn’t affect the harddisk so I had plently of time to continue working with it before changing it.

    Maybe I shouldn’t have used my laptop next to a contruction place :-)

    • That might help, Linky! ๐Ÿ˜† I’m really enjoying my new laptop, so I can’t complain at all :)

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