I currently own an IBM A21m (PIII, 700MHZ, 800x600 lcd, 128MBRAM). I originally bought the IBM because I thought they were a good company and they were the original designer and manufacturer of the IBM PC, etc. Since they've sold out to China, I have come to resent my IBM computers, as they made a fool out of me. I used to preach that IBM was the best PC maker and whatnot. This is the 2nd time this happened! I used to be a big Mac guy until I saw how horrible Mac OS X is and made me regreat all the preaching I used to do, and I dumped all my Mac stuff and bought IBM. Now I am trying to figure out what brand laptop to replace both my IBM desktop and laptop. I hardly used the desktop anyway, so I figured I'd pool the money I get for both of them and get a nicer laptop. I am heavily leaning towards Sony. Sony has an excellent reputation in nearly every market they're in. As far as I can tell, they build their laptops in their own factories, not outsourced. What I want to know is what you guys think. I am going to go the used route, most likely another PIII but with a higher resolution screen and more RAM. But a P4 would be nice. What P4 model do you think could be had cheapest on the used market? How does Sony compare to the older IBMs (like my 2000-vintage A21m) in build quality. And what models, if any, have both a floppy and CD drive built into the case?
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8/17/05 at 2:57pm