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Old Dec 22, 2005, 6:09 PM   #11
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get the upgraded battery.. the 9 cell one and probably a good idea to get another for backup if you can afford it..
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Old Dec 22, 2005, 9:39 PM   #12
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Well, some people need the portability of a laptop while others do not.

I have a laptop and a tower, but I do all my photo editing on my tower and not my laptop.

My tower is much faster, has more memory, nice upgraded graphics card (DVI out) and a 19 inch LCD (DVI in).

Much nicer to edit and view photos working on my tower.

Generally my laptop will work in a pinch, but I wouldn't stoke huge $'s into a laptop for editing photos.

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Old Dec 22, 2005, 10:34 PM   #13
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Dell notebooks always allow you to get an additional battery that replaces the CD/DVD drive. The 2 batteries together allow pretty good battery life 3-4 hours when new.

Keep in mind however that all batteries degrade over time and after 18-24 months you'll probably only be getting about half what they managed when new.

I just wish Toshiba would get a move on with their small fuel cells which will hopefully make battery woes a thing of the past real soon now.

If you don't need portability then a desktop machine is better value for sure, but there are some laptops - look in the manufacturers' "Desktop Replacement" ranges that make a pretty decent all-round machine and can manage OK for photo work.


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Old Dec 22, 2005, 11:49 PM   #14
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If you want to go light...I'd second the Dell 700m.
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Old Dec 23, 2005, 6:56 AM   #15
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If you get a Dell (they do make great laptops for the $'s), think about an external CD/DVD drive.

The internal ones pack up, usually within a year. lol.

I bought a laptop with the DVD burner drive and it lasted one year.

My girlfriend's son bought one with the CD RW and DVD read only, and it packed up in a year as well.

I've seen a number of other people's Dell laptiop internal drives pack up as well.

I'm sure Dell doesn't mention it on their website!

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Old Dec 23, 2005, 11:27 AM   #16
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I guess mileage varies, we buy Dell laptops at the company and I've never heard of any CD/DVD drives packing up.

At any rate you'd be crazy not to get it with the 3 year warrantee. If it breaks phone them up and they'll be over the next day to replace it for you.
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