That is fine logic, but:
1.) The HP is NOT cheaper, it is actually a few dollars more, and without the 60GB 7200, but as I said, I already had one, so no big deal.
2.) You saw an HP nc8000 at Circuit City. I am not sure how, since they don't sell them in retail stores????? Are you sure it wasn't one of the consumer line systems??
3.) I agree with you on the equipment issues with the HP being better in that department.
4.) I agree with you on the "questionable" IBM screen. Also, there is NO question that it is much slower, and that it ghosts, since most people say that is is/does.
Originally Posted by rincewind
While the IBM is thinner/lighter...
The HP imho is portable enough. its not a riot shield 17" or anything so thats fine, at least for me.
The HP also has the better video card, so if you want 2 years+ longevity in the gaming department this would be the better route...
You said you had alot of periphials that use firewire? Well the HP also already has this... instead of wasting a PCMCIA Cardbus for firewire expansion in the IBM... go with the HP and use the PCMCIA for something else more useful (like an indigo soundcard or biometrics security card)
While I have not actually seen the IBM T42 screen (aside from the video on c|net) the fact remains that the actual quality of the screen remains unclear from conflicting reviews of it.. and along with the questionable reflective glare that was aparent in the video. Bright studio lights or no bright studio lights, it shouldnt do that with a light source directed to it if it wasnt suppose to be reflective/glossy.
I was actually at CC today and saw the screen to the HPNC lappy and its perfectly fine... no glare, so its exactly what you want!
If you were going to get a laptop that would be durable enough to last you 4+ years or so I'd recommend the IBM even tho its skimpped in a few areas compared to the HP (IBM makes products built to last)
but since you said it yourself you'd like to get something better than a dell and adaquate enough to last you 2 years b4 you upgrade again, and the HP just that. (Plus its the cheaper choice... if u plan to get another one in 2 years, why dump big $$$ into it that doesnt have as much of everything as you want?)
Plus I think if you go with HP you get 3-year warranty? Thats a great offer