Does anyone have any recommendations for laptops, or know a seller that truly lets you customize one?
I want a fairly high-end laptop except for I don't need the Dual SLI Nvidia (Etc) video cards - which is probably adding 4-500+ dollars to the order. I do, however, want a large drive, dual-core, etc (need it for Visual Studio\Dreamweaver\Photoshop\Notepad++ (probably all at once))
Anyway, any recommendations are welcome - especially if anyone knows of any Laptop lines that come with a full-keyboard, Toshiba used to have some nice ones some years ago but I can't find them.
Last time I ordered a laptop myself was in 2003, and I just got it off of Dell's website. I have a Dell from work now, but it's not really a high end system (but it's still pretty good for a non-gaming computer). Alienware is supposed to make good stuff but I think they mark up their prices considerably for the "coolness" factor.
I haven't seen a proper full keyboard in quite a while. Most have an almost full keyboard, but then rearrange some of the surrounding keys.
Too bad they don't seem to be manufactured anymore, it's smaller brother is still a good deal at 1500 though, basically the same except an 18 inch screen. I think I might go with that, but I'm not sure yet. Everything else I've seen with those kind of specs is almost a grand more.
Link doesn't work. And FWIW I've found Dells to be priced decently compared to other similar vendors – that is, people who provide support, warranties, etc. I'm sure you could find quite a bit cheaper if you forwent (heh) all that. It's certainly true for desktops, and even more so if you put them together yourself. Never tried to do that with a laptops; I imagine it's a lot harder because it's not as standardized.
Desktops I buy all my parts from mwave.com. Not always the very cheapest, but about the best service and return policies I've ever had. IE: I had a $500 video card explode due to a surge, past their warranty, past the mfg warranty, and they still accepted it as a return – and sent me an upgraded card. As for laptops I'm very happy with my (slightly older – 2006) HP. Good price and never had any issues with it yet.