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Old Oct 22, 2006, 11:56am   #41
 
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On the subject of Vista, I have already seen laptops advertising that they are vista compatible so if you decided you had to purchase before it's launch you could cover yourself that way.
Personally I'd be inclined to wait, I have been looking at a laptop update for a few months now and decided I'd wait to see what the initial reaction to vista is like. The trouble with computers, is that somebody is always just about to release something new and faster, and if you waited for them to stand still you'd never buy one :
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Old Oct 22, 2006, 1:59pm   #42
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Guys,

You’ll find loads of info on Vista if you type “vista ready” into Google, including a list of laptops that are capable of running it:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...y/capable.mspx

http://www.windowsmarketplace.com/Content.aspx?ctId=366

Personally, I’d go for one of these:

http://www.rockdirect.com/viewNotebo...ME%20CTX%20PRO

it would make a perfect desktop replacement, IMO.

HTH

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Old Oct 22, 2006, 2:26pm   #43
 
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Personally, I’d go for one of these:

http://www.rockdirect.com/viewNotebo...ME%20CTX%20PRO

it would make a perfect desktop replacement, IMO.

HTH

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Yeah cool but pricey, personally I buy a laptop for its portability, not it's performance, therefore I buy one that takes care of basics, when I want high end performance I spend the money on a desktop.
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Old Oct 22, 2006, 2:35pm   #44
 
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wasp started this thread I hapilly admit my tech knowledge is limited but wouldn't this (Xtreme CTX Pro) be too game orientated for trading purposes alone? I don't want something that'll make me feel like I'm really flying a plane if, when it comes to trading, my speed is let down because the technology is based moreso on the amazing colours instead of whats important (for a trading ONLY machine)

Most of the notebooks I have looked at come vista ready so I'll be more than content with that for the time being. Once Vista is launched I'll then see how it performs and decide from there.
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Old Oct 22, 2006, 2:48pm   #45
 
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I'd say that something like this would handle all the trading you can throw at it spec wise, don't have any experience with the brand though.
http://www.acernotebooks.co.uk/Acer_.../version-1.asp
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Old Oct 22, 2006, 2:55pm   #46
 
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wasp started this thread Flicking through it definately finds itself on the list. I'm always a tad dubious with not so common brands as I have not, nor anyone I know, used an acer, but like trading, sometimes the lesser travelled road is the better route.

I have a short, well, sort of shortlist now and as good as some of the gaming machines sound, I don't think they are really what I need.

Maybe if some of you slightly more computer whizz guys could post what you think is important for a trading laptop I can set on reducing my list a bit further!

All I really know at the moment is it should be 'Dual core' and ideally vista ready, although not neccessary....
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Old Oct 22, 2006, 4:34pm   #47
 
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All I really know at the moment is it should be 'Dual core' and ideally vista ready, although not neccessary....
Yeah, I'd say even the dual core is a luxury, but I like to stay fairly up to date with processor technology, a good centrino would be adequate, the only other thing is RAM 1gig min and I say that's about it. Trading is really not that demanding of a computer, the setups we get are more a symptom of our thirst for the latest gadgets than any real trading need
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Old Oct 22, 2006, 4:58pm   #48
 
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I think there is a very good life left in XP Pro/Home yet
Interestingly I was reading somewhere the other day there is a Sp3 release planned for 2008 so yes I would say a fair bit of life left in that.
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Old Oct 22, 2006, 5:11pm   #49
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Flicking through it definately finds itself on the list. I'm always a tad dubious with not so common brands as I have not, nor anyone I know, used an acer, but like trading, sometimes the lesser travelled road is the better route.
I use an Acer laptop which has now just passed its 3rd birthday and am on the lookout for something new. (I did add an extra 1024MB of RAM to the 512 MB suppied which made it go some!) That said, it's served me very well and I'm v. happy with it.

This thread prompted me to have a look round to see what was about. I quite fancy the newish 20 inch Acer monster, but at nearly 7kg it's portability is questionable! We'll see.
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Dual core.......is at present the new pc buzz word, you can see Intel's new tv campaign do more with less or whatever the slogan is, its not that new, Ive been been using a AMD dual core processor for nearly 18 months, its good, but how much faster it is than an ordinal CPU I'll never know, I should add at this point that I use a desktop pc NOT a laptop, but IMHO its not going to change your life that much, see past the sales pitch, I to want to buy a laptop/notebook so these posts are very welcome, the only advantage a laptop will give me is portability, NOT performance...
good luck with your search...........
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