Laptops and internet coverage

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 11:33
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Any comments on lightweight reliable laptop? Also any recommendations for best roaming internet coverage supplier. Travelling to NT and then Northern QLD from Maitland NSW. THx
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Reply By: Member - Barry (NT) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 11:41

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 11:41
If travelling as above go Telstra / Bigpond wirelss as it the only realistic option IMHO

we have beed on the road for 2 1/2 years and have a Bigpond external modem (was the Maxon previously with external antennae connection, but newer models available I believe - go to Bigpond website)

we use an external antennae sold by Telstra MATCHED to the modem and have fantastic reception for internet/email etc when mobiles don't work

others are quite jealous of our reception at times

research thoroughly and talk to NON Telstra/ Bigpond retailers also

get a picture of what is available and what you need versus what you want

you can then come back to this forum and say will this setup work for us we want to do XXXX with it

hope this helps Baz
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry (NT) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 11:44

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 11:44
Kirsty

meant to say we have our antennae mounted on a square camping extendable tent pole - down for travel and up for better reception BUT only had to put it up (above caravan roof) on a couple of occasions
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Reply By: Member - Humff(TAS) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 11:45

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 11:45
hi kristy
keep an eye on catch of the day they regulary have the "Asus eeepc 1000h" for under $500 A wonderful little machine Good reviews from all the computer magazines. Recommend you Google and have a look
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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 12:06

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 12:06
Gooday,
Would strongly agree to go with Telstra for coverage, Modem, as said, a variety of same, we have Gateway and have had good resuts with that,
As far as a Laptop, if you only need to do E-mails and web searching etc they have come down a lot in price.We have Dell which we have had very good service from but you will get lots of other reccomendations on this.
Cheers,
Boroma 604.
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 12:11

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 12:11
If you're only doing a short trip and want casual access then you can use a Telstra NextG phone as a modem and save the cost of the USB stick.
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 18:16

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 18:16
I used to do this but now it is far cheaper to get the USB dongle with its own Next G connection, because of multiple services with Telstra (home phone, mobile, cable etc) the wireless thingy was free and costs just $9.95 /month.
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 08:41

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 08:41
I agree, but for casual use (and those of use who have no other services with Tel$tra) you can't beat it.
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 12:33

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 12:33
Just picked up my junk mail - Retravision (in WA, at least) this week have an HP mini notebook with 10.1" screen, 1GB RAM, Windows 7 Starter, 160 GB HD, with a bonus external 250gb HD for $398. They don't come much cheaper than this. This sort of thing, with an Atom processor is not the fastest thing in the world, but works fine for emails, websurfing and OziExplorer.
cheers,
Gerry


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Follow Up By: Member - Barry (NT) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 12:37

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 12:37
is 1gb of RAM enough these days

doesn't windows need about this to run at optimum?????

suggest check this

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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 12:42

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 12:42
You're probably right, Barry, but RAM is so cheap these days that another 1GB wouldn't break the bank and the lappy would still be a bargain.

Gerry

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Follow Up By: Member - Barry (NT) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 13:13

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 13:13
RAM may be cheap but many IT guy won't touch any job to add RAM in Laptop,,, please correct me if I'm wrong anyone but that's been my experience to date
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 14:09

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 14:09
It's simple and do it yourself. Just plug and play.
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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 15:41

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 15:41
Yep, the handbook will tell you what sort it is and how. Unscrew the cover, slip it in, put the cover back. No more difficult than doing a desktop PC. Just take static electricity precautions, as you would with any computer card.


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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 21:18

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 21:18
I've got a Sony 10" netbook. Couldn't get the extra gig of RAM because to install it you have to remove the keyboard. Computer shop wouldn't do it! Worth checking before you make this assumption. Having said this, it runs XP pretty well with 1 Gig.
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Follow Up By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 22:32

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 22:32
Hi

Recently bought a Compaq CQ61, widescreen, 250 hard drive, 2 gig ram, Windows 7 Premium, DVD burner, card reader, etc,etc.
I particularly like the decent size keyboard,(as opposed to the netbooks) and it has a numeric key pad as a bonus. Australia Day Managers Special, $498 at The Good Guys in Melbourne. How long it will last is unknown, but seemed like a good buy to me.

Cheers, Dave

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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 09:57

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 09:57
My ASUS netbook only came with 1gig and it was a bit slugish once I put windows 7 on went out and got a 2 gig stick and it's heaps better now.

Most netbooks only have 1 ram slot
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Reply By: Brett and Judy - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 13:15

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 13:15
Most of the new netbooks are supplied with 1gb ram running either XP or Win 7. Both will run fine on 1gig, unlike Vista. Be aware that Win 7 starter is missing a lot of features of the Home premium edition, go with a netbook on XP.
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 14:12

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 14:12
Travelled up west coast into NT and down through the centre then back across Nullabor last year and used my Toshiba laapy with a telstra stick modem. We had reception wherever we could get a Next G phone signal and the days we didn't we just enjoyed ourselves. Found we didn't need to be in touch "every day".
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 14:13

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 14:13
HP Pavillion Series laptops or the Lenovo range, whichever suits your budget. The pavillion is packed with features so would be a good choice and off course go with a Telstra Next G Card.
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Reply By: D200Dug- Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 15:13

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 15:13
For ease of use and protection from viruses buy a Mac

They seem a bit expensive but check out the whole software package and remember you get what you pay for.

We have used them for years now laptops and desktops they are great stable machines.

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Follow Up By: Member - brett g (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 20:51

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 20:51
100% agree after buying a macbook 8months ago for the trip we are on i would and will not go back to a pc never has locked or freezed up not needed to shut down and is pretty fast . If i can use the mac any one can find it easy, we used next g wireless stick thing and coverage is very good.
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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 22:24

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 22:24
http://store.apple.com/au/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook?mco=MTAyNTQzMzg

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Reply By: Barra-2 - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 23:33

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 23:33
I have had a HP Pavillion DV600 for nearly 3 years and it has been as tough as nails. Bought it of Ebay for $1100. We now have 3 in the family.

Travelled SA, NT & WA with a Vodfone dongle, worst coverage ever, even in CBD's.

I have gone to the Bigpond plan with the express card and external aerial, not that I have needed it yet. It worls out $7 a week dearer than Vodafone, but well worth it.

Cheers from Barra
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Reply By: johntoyo - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 23:52

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 23:52
I went for the Next G USB wireless device from Bigpond. Was not aware at the time that Telstra and Bigpond compete for your buisness with the same devices.
When you contact them be very specific what you want the device for and the expected use, as it took some 9 months and 6 devices to get a unit fit for purpose.

I did this, ie desktop at home and laptop while travelling with in some 9 months and 6 devices to get the right one even after telling them what I needed it for.

Your modem speed is related to Next G (mobile tower) signal strength so the ability to connect an external antenna capability which not all devices have is a big plus.

The Bigpond plans have recently been upgraded with more plan download and reduced price. They advertise this for new customers, but a call to them will get existing users onto the enhanced plans.

As for machines there are quite a few good 10-12" screen machines out there. Most of the 10" screen machines do not have a DVD player so software has to be loaded through a USB device or down loaded which will eat into your down load GB, but should only be once.

Any way good luck with your choices.
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