Written on August 27, 2008 by CincauHangus
Every time when someone asks me what laptop to buy, I’ll always say go with Dell. Simply because of the after sales support and fast customer services. Even if you’re an expert at repairing computers, I’m sure you’ll be lazy and just call Dell Support to fix them.
Usually the best price to specifications laptop is the XPS laptop’s 13 inch range. Of course it will cost around RM3500 but still it’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.
Think of it this way, you’re paying RM3000 for the XPS laptop, and RM500 for the 2-3 years after sales support. Believe me that RM500 is worth every penny. The CompleteCover accidental damage protection plan is even better if you could afford it.
Another thing about buying laptops from Dell, if you plan to customise, always customise from the lowest/basic configuration laptop. It’s cheaper, for some reason. And usually the best prices would be during PC fair week.
However, with WiMAX creating a big fuzz in the computing industry in Malaysia, it’s best NOT to buy a laptop now. Reason why is because of Intel’s latest processor, the Centrino 2. Centrino 2 is the 5th generation of the Centrino processor range where the predecessors supported WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, DDR2 RAMs, as well as support for HSDPA connectivity.
The new Centrino 2 supports the above and together with WiMAX as well, which should be your main consideration when buying a new laptop within this 2 years. Any laptops that you buy now without Centrino 2, will not be able to enjoy the comfort of having WiMAX connectivity.
Besides support for faster RAMs (DDR3 800MHz, 1066MHz) and wider support for external screens, I believe the main selling point of this processor is the WiMAX connectivity. It even uses lesser power than the previous Centrino processors.
Well of course you can buy a WiMAX modem separately but consider this; you’ll be using a USB port to connect your WiMAX modem, which will consume some of your battery life, or you may be grounded to use a power adapter for your WiMAX modem.
WiMAX is about mobility and being free from wires. That should be applied to laptops as well.