I Love eBay Laptop Auctions

I love laptops. They never miss a beat. No system shutdowns, and no lost data when the lights go out. I can actually put my laptop out of sight in a matter of moments and see a non-digital world around me. I don’t do that very often.

Disconnecting all those wires is not a problem when you have a dock. The IBM mini-dock cost $229 new, but now sells on eBay for about $25. I won an auction and bought mine for $10.00, plus shipping.

Watch those shipping charges when you buy on eBay. An auction won at a great price, may not be such a value when you see the shipping costs. I recently won a floppy drive for my IBM T23 for one penny. I paid eight dollars by the time I received it.

Many eBay sellers make their profit off their shipping and handling charges. Buyer beware. So even knowing all this, I love to wander around the eBay auctions for things related to my computing needs. I also love to win auctions.

I win a lot of stuff that I don’t need, but think I might someday use. None of my computers has a floppy drive and I have a drawer full of floppy disks. Someday I might like to know what is on them. I wonder if I have any software that will read those old files.

It really was fun winning that auction. ET

Published in: on April 16, 2008 at 7:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Comparison of the IBM T23 and IBM R51 Laptops

When buying used laptops, it is good to find a brand name that has some depth in its model lines. IBM, is a great example. Their “T” and “R” laptops, have as many as eight models in one line. I believe IBM now markets their laptops under the name of Lenovo, which may help your searches for the “R” series laptops.

The IBM “T’ series laptop was designed to be a mobile business platform, and retailed new for over $3000. The “R” series was released for the personal laptop market, and has features not seen on the business model. It also cost much less when new. The last laptop in the “T” model series is the T43.

There is quite a performance gain when moving to the “R” series. The T43 is the last of the “T” series models, and has the closest performance to what the “R” series laptops deliver. The T43 reaches for where the “R” series laptops go.

I purchased my T23 from a friend last year for $250. It now goes for about $225 on eBay. I saw an auction the other day where a T43 went for around $300. I recently paid $400 for the R51 in an eBay auction. This gives you an idea on how the prices lower for each model as they get older.

There was a noticeable jump in performance with the R51. I moved from a Pentium III 1.1 Gig, to a Pentium M 1.7 Gig CPU. The Pentium M is a CPU designed for use in laptops.

The 30 Gig hard drive in the T23 has proved cramped for my needs. The R51 has a 60 gig hard drive, and gives me room to stretch. I have over-written my hard drive and had to reinstall my whole system. With hard drives, I now feel bigger is better.

The integrated graphics card in the T23, is replaced by an independent graphics card in the R51. That R51 graphics card is a ATI Mobility Radeon 9000, and is 3D capable, at least with Windows. This is a huge jump in graphics capability for me.

The R51 also comes with a 15 inch, Flexview TFT display. This an improvement over the 14.1 inch screen found on the T23.

A larger screen, sharper display, and increased graphics capabilities, help make the R51 display much brighter.

It appears I am back in flow. I can keep up with current technology much better now. Making yearly upgrades through the older Dell, and IBM laptops, has worked well for me. It has helped keep my hardware costs in a range I can afford.

My computer is my major source of distraction, and I like my distractions to be worth the price I pay for them. My used IBM laptops have been worth every cent I have paid for them.

Smiles. ET

Published in: on April 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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