IBM T42 15" (2379-DXU) or HP nc8000 ???
First off, thank you to everyone here for tolerating me for the past 6+ weeks. I must say that, although I know a lot about PC's from 15+ years with them, I have learned a ton about notebooks here!!!
Thanks to all of you!!!!
Secondly, I was able to borrow a notebook for a couple days from a friend, and found out that I can work with SXGA+ so that changed everything!! I don't have to settle for plain-old XGA!!!
I got a quote on a T42 2379-DXU last week, before the credit card discount was lowered. The quote is good for another 20 days.
I am undecided on whether I want the T42 or an HP nc8000.
Both would have Dothan 1.7, SXGA+ (the IBM has the Flexview), Combo drive, Wireless a/b/g, bluetooth, 512MB (will add another 512), the IBM comes with the 60GIG 7200, but I already have one to drop-in if I get the HP.
Here are the pros and cons I know of, and a couple questions:
-The T42 is lighter, slightly thinner, no firewire, no SD memory reader
-The nc8000 is a little heavier, thicker, but has firewire and SD memory reader
I had questions about the T42 screen (the Flexview) SXGA+ and the sound through the internal speakers on both of them. Most of my questions have been answered on the Flexview. Apparently, it absolutely does NOT have the glare of the SONY XBrite, but is the same technology. It is slow (60ms) and ghosts in some games, but I don't really game much. Nothing demanding maximum frame rates anyhow. Most people say there is no ghosting in DVD playback. The HP screen is a WVA SXGA+ and is also a very nice standard type LCD, but is not supposed to have the limited viewing angles that many of the SXGA+'s on the market today do.
I don't know about the sound at all on either of them. Not sure how good the sound is to the speakers on either (less important). Not sure about how good the audio out is to external speakers, etc. (more important).
If you were me, would you get the T42 15" SXGA+ or the HP nc8000 15" SXGA+ ????
Please tell me why you would choose one or the other.
I believe that they are both of high quality. People with Thinkpads tend to say that the IBM is much better, etc. but I would love some factual opinions!!!
I would greatly appreciate your comments, because I need to order tonight, or first thing tomorrow morning. I already have quotes. 15% off on the IBM (deal now expired) and 8% off on HP. Tax on both! (darn it) and free 2 day air on both.
PLEASE don't suggest another make/model.
I did consider heavily the ASUS widescreen (yes, I know that is just WXGA.) Since I have a 60GIG 7200rpm drive already, I could get an M6N really cheap, and save $1,000 plus. It is very, very tempting, but I don't think I can do it. I don't know a place that would sell a barebones M6N and guarantee less than 5 dead pixels (if you do, please let me know TODAY), and powernotebooks and discountlaptops are the only places I know of that would allow an M6N return.
Anyhow, I am picky, so if I order the HP or IBM and get a dead pixel or pixels, I will just order another one.