I need a laptop. I don’t have much money. I will only use it for word processing, e-mail, very basic stuff. So I’ve been looking at prices, etc…
Question 1: Proc
I’ve heard celerons run hotter b/c they’re more cheaply made and slower than pentiums, and this is a big problem in a laptop b/c they tend to fry. Still true? True at all? Can/should I go for a celeron?
Question 2: Brand
I had a gateway laptop a couple of years ago and after two years the screen was shorting out and the keyboard was going dead, and I had done my best the whole time to take care of it. It was not an el-cheapo model, either. So I’m a little worried about gateway quality. But from what I’ve heard, they’re pretty much the same (quality wise) as Dell machines. I’ve heard IBMs are the most solid, but they are also considerably more. Those are the only three I’ve seriously considered.
Question 3: IBM R-series with a 13" screen.
IBM’s cheapest laptop is an “R-series” with a celeron and a 13.3" screen. It isn’t the hot little ultra-portable, it’s just a cheap model. Anyone have one of these? How small/bad is that screen really? Is it worth it? (for the $1200 that costs I can get a gateway with a 14.4" screen and a P4).
I’ve read all the reviews, etc… I could find, but you know there’s always a lot of juvenile “Dell ROOLZ” kind of crap in user reviews, and most of the corporate reviews are paid advertisements. Can’t trust anyone. ‘Ceptin’ y’all, natch’. Help, please! Thanks.