Do you have a question? Post it now! No Registration Necessary. Now with pictures!
- Posted on
- laptop for solider
December 21, 2004, 2:19 pm
rate this thread
be downloading pictures from digital camera and making CD's, watching DVD's,
battery life, and exchanging emails. After looking at numerous ones they all
seem close other than price. But, how about being durable. There are some
that are built to handled very roughly but cost three times as much. My
thoughts are to buy a more reasonable priced (cheap) one with a good
carrying case such as the Pelican with the idea if something happens to buy
another. Any comments would be very helpful. Thanks in advance. Terry
Re: laptop for solider
drop breaks the screen or whatever, you'll be glad.
You left out price, and that's a big omission. That aside, right above me
was a Toshiba recommendation. They make good computers and good support. I
don't know about support out of the country. Dell has discounts for
military folks, and a special warranty for world wide repairs and support.
I use a modest IBM, and there is definitely worldwide support and repair.
A big hard disk is nice, but I use a USB external with a modest 40g HD. I'd
rather have a 7200 rpm 40 or 60 gig HD over the 5400 80 gig. So size
doesn't matter. I recommend lots of RAM, and 512 meg is the entry point
with 1 gig really encouraged.
Re: laptop for solider
Does 'overseas' mean Iraq or elsewhere in the Middle East? If so, whatever
brand, go for a Pentium M. You want something that runs as cool as possible
and does NOT use a fan any more than possible (you don't want to be sucking
dust into the system via the fan--dust and heat are the main enemies in the
The Panasonic toughbook has a great reputation, but I don't know about the
warranty. Toshiba and Dell are the only 2 brands I know of that have
extended warranties available that cover accidental damage--you probably
Also, as far as battery life and general security goes, you probably want a
smaller unit (12 to 14") screen as opposed to a larger one (15 to 17").
It's easier to transport and secure a smaller machine and they usually get
better battery life.
Most of the Toshiba consumer models (Satellite) are fairly large, but they
have some business models (Tecra, Portege) that are smaller.
I'd check into a Dell Inspiron 600m or Latitude D600 or a Toshiba Tecra M2
or a Panasonic T2 w/anti-glare screen. If they are into gaming, the Dell
would be better, otherwise the Panasonic would probably be my choice if I
could get a good extended warranty.