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10-24-2007, 01:45 PM
Hi Gang - Is there a good site out there that can give the real skinny on top deals out there? Brands to avoid?


10-24-2007, 01:49 PM
Cnet is a pretty good review site. If you have any specific questions let me know I work in the IT field.

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10-24-2007, 01:50 PM
I dont know about a website to steer you towards... but I highly recommend a ToughBook (Panasonic) if you can afford one. Super nice features, and extremely durable. I am outside most of the time, and the screen can still be seen even in the sunlight. There are too many features to list, I would just suggest that you give them a look, especially, if you are like me, and might not be using the equipment under optimal conditions all the time. I love mine, but I will warm you, they are pricey. Best of luck

DISCLAIMER- I do not work for or represent Panasonic, this is strictly my personal opinion based on my experiences.

Capt. John Deering
10-24-2007, 02:13 PM
i think i would buy at Costco, 2 year warranty, no questions, and they have real people for tech assistance and you can communicate with them. Prices? i think tey are pretty good, but i'm not a techy.

10-24-2007, 05:42 PM
Paxfish, Check out - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! ( They have great deals on all sorts of computer items, they are known for the customer service and you can read reviews of individual products by real people. They can be extremely helpful.

10-24-2007, 05:51 PM
Just buy a Mac, everyone has the same prices on them.

Bug Guy
10-24-2007, 06:17 PM
If you know someone at a University - their plans on Dell and Mac's are usually top notch (my sister just did one). Needs to purchased through that person though.

Otherwise, you can periodically check these websites:

Ben's Bargains - Bargains, Coupons, Freebies (
hot-deals - constantly updated with the best deals (

Be careful though, sometimes the "great deals" are just a large percent off a jacked up price - usually though they are good. Check the discussions and do some research on prices before you buy. Also, don't buy from shady looking websites, look for buys from the manufacturer such as Dell or IPM or the Apple Store or something.

These sites are good for getting deals on all kinds of things too - toys, electronics, shoes, etc.

A top notch computer related website that I use for parts and accessories is - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! (

Their customer service of off the hook good (at least for me and all the people I know who have purchased through them). Friend got a T-shirt, bumper sticker, and other nick-nacks just for writing a thank you email when they delivered something overnight even though she only selected 5-7 standard ground or something.


10-24-2007, 06:24 PM
I just bought a decent laptop from Dell... Got a decent coporate discount. If I was to do it again I would buy a MAC. Nothing wrong with the deal from Dell, and I like the laptop... but after buying it I used a MAC and was blown away.

Do yourself a favor and at least go to an APPLE store and test drive one...

Paul R
10-24-2007, 08:46 PM
Keep an eye on for the latest deals. For reviews, try

Johnny Rockfish
10-24-2007, 10:05 PM
NewEgg is the place I use for all my computer stuff. Excellent reviews from customers. Excellent shipping and fast. :thumbup: