Monday, June 29, 2009

My First Laptop

Hi, I want to to tell you about my laptop purchase and its decision process. Firstly I wanted to have laptop for programming, music and communication purpose. Initially I wanted to have 'Gateway' refurbished laptop in india. in Gateway i can have Turion 64 bit, 3GB DDR2/3. 320 GB at 25,000. But it is very difficult to get a Gateway lappy in India, unless one of your friend is coming back to india and he can buy for you. After searching a lot online, I decided go to local market, Nehru Place. NP is india biggest grey market. I went to all showrooms but unable to find suitable AMD turion 64 bit model. because I use GNU/linux, I can utilise full advantage of 64 bit processor and OS. Finally I decided to buy Intel based laptop. people have misconception about processor speed and they often try to buy the latest processor and the price difference between 2.0 GHz and 2.2 GHz contain difference of 1000 to 2000 INR. frankly speaking, by speed, 2.0 and 2.8 will not produce any significant speed difference. Speed comes from RAM speed. So I decided to buy DDR3 based RAM. Again people think that 4GB is better then 2B RAM. in most of the case, the RAM utilisation is just around 1-2GB or less. even I never found any use of swap space. So I decided to stick with 2GB DDR3 RAM. I wanted to have storage of 320 GB. Now comes to features. Most of the people never go to see what exactly are the features they are getting. The most important feature is Sound. You are supposed to listen movies and sounds. For my laptop i decided to have Dolby digital sound. The next feature is connectivity, Gigabit LAN and 802.11 N* support wifi and bluethooth. Do you believe I was able to get all these configuration within 29,500 from Nehru Place. Let me tell you the model number I selected Acer Aspire 4736z. Here is the full configuration of my laptop.

  • Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200 processor (1MB L2 cacahe,2GHz,800 MHz FSB)
  • Mobile Intel GL40 express chipset
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM, 1067 MHz
  • 320GB Hard Disk Space, 5400 RPM
  • Super Multi DVD writer
  • 14.1-inch HD Acer CineCrystal LED-Backlit TFT screen
  • Dolby Surround sound
  • 1366×768 resolution
  • Acer CrystalEye Webcam, 1.3 MP
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Gigabit Lan
  • HDMI
  • 5-in-1 card reader
  • 3 USB v2.0 ports
  • 1 year international warranty


Anonymous said...

How much did this cost you?


tapsboy said...

My experience with acer: the LCD life is too short

My LCD stopped functioning in 10 months. As the laptop was in warranty period, they replaced it for me, only to face the same issue in 4 months again. Finally, I spend 4500 bucks to get a new one

aruntechnobuddy said...

Hello Naren,

Congrats !! for ur New Lappy.its has superb features as compared to Cost.
"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes" Best Lappy Machine in terms of configuration.


puneeth said...

nothing can get better than this in terms of price, i have a friend who brought a lenovo thinkpad with the EXACT same features except for a little larger monitor. She got it for a mind Blowing 42k, this is definitely a smart buy without doubt.

Narendra Sisodiya said...

I got it in 29,500 including all tax paid with one lappy bag..

Jaju said...

Hey Neeraj,

You didnt tell us whether you were able to get gigabit Ethernet & Wifi N in the price range.

Narendra Sisodiya said...

Yes, This model has Gigabit Ethernet and wifi 802.11 N

Anonymous said...

hey, don't be so happy with your buy. I had acer's tablet PC and now it is lying waste. One of my colleagues got acer for 35k and every month he has to go to acer service center. IBM might be expensive but they are much more reliable. That is why are used in business environment where reliability is a key criteria. All I do is hope that your system does not give you much problems. Good luck and congrats on your new buy.

Prakhar K Goel said...

First of all congrats for the buy. But I think you should have consulted in the forum before heading out to grab an ACER. Even I dont have a fair experience with Acer. The mouse buttons gave me trouble.

Your choice of features was cool, but you never told why you preferred Acer and not any other brand with same confi and more or less same price.

Wishing your lappy a happy and safe life..!