Laptop: Which is better

Hi all,

Which one is the better laptop
1) Compaq - Presario T2310 Laptop Model: C713NR


2) Toshiba Satellite® L45-S7409 15.4" Widescreen Notebook Computer With Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor T2310
Both have the same configuration (Intel Pentium dual-core processor T2310 operating at 1.46GHz, 1GB memory, 80GB hard drive and windows vista basic) and same price.

Any thoughts?

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lcitConnect With a Mentor Commented:
All specs being the same, I prefer Toshiba.  Being in IT at a college, I see all kinds of hardware.  Toshiba's seem nicer to me than Compaq's.  
Keep shopping.
aarch1Author Commented:
I need to buy one this right away(due to my urgent need).
I have got a good price on both of these (same price also).

Can an of you help me decide.
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All things equal, I would go to the closest place.
PUNKYConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Go with HP/Compaq since their customer technical support better.
chuckyhConnect With a Mentor Commented:
either one, definitely get 2 gigs of ram though.
aarch1Author Commented:
Here is some info about these laptops.
Looks like you cannot expand the memory to 2gigs in compaq.
Also compaq has only 1M L2 cache

Could you please have a look at the specs.  below and suggest
I would consider facts:
- customer technical support
- select xp pro over vista (in case you would hate vista as many do) but system will be vista capable
- you are right. Toshiba has better cpu than Compaq.

lacrewgaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Start with the 1 gig. The cpu's are identical. Buy the one which has the least amount of hassle purchasing. If they are not both widescreen, go with the widescreen. Keep in mind that networking will be limited on Vista Basic. They are somewhat usable even in a domain situation. Memory, Vista Upgrades will cost the same on either machine. Once you have purchased and used, then you can consider upgrades if needed. (If Vista Basic is not going to suit your needs, you need to consider the price of upgrade when shopping).Tech Support on either machine is not the greatest. If you can tell me intended use and stores where being purchased and prices, maybe can be of more help.
You can expand the memory to 4 gigs on the compaq, their web site's wrong.  both the processors have 1M L2 cache, they are identical processors. Just pick one and go with it, the difference between the 2 isn't worth the time you've spent trying to decide on it.
aarch1Author Commented:

Compaq is from best buy. Laptop price : $399 + Preinstalled Trend micro virus software $50 = $449.99 (after instant rebates)
Toshiba is from office Depot. Laptop price: 449.99( after mail in rebates)
This is for my daughter (school use).


ridConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Heard a lot about Toshiba support (sucks, according to the info I've had) and their super-proprietary solutions and would go for anything but T.
lacrewgaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I went to both websites. I saw no advantages... one over the other. However, in my zipcode, I noticed the compaq was sold out. weekly specials online brochure will let you know stock availability in your area. I don't think you'll go wrong with either choice. Especially considering the price.
Dr-4NConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Toshiba is better (through years of experience with laptop hardware problems) toshiba has got the least hardware failures according to my experience
pratiganConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you haven't bought it yet.  I would go to  their prices are the best around and I would go with an IBM Thinkpad with the SPECS you want.  That's all I sell and I have never had a customer come back only to by newer ones.
Good Luck !!
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