Toshiba P25-S609 MCE laptop - opinions please

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Jack Fu, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. Jack Fu

    Jack Fu Guest

    I'll thinking of buying the S609 while the $200 rebate offer is still on.
    Would appreciate hearing opinions and your experience on this machine. Also:

    Will the copy protection built into MCE prevent DVD X COPY from working in
    this machine?

    Does the VHS copying work well? (One reason I want to get MCE is to transfer
    all my VHS and Beta tapes to DVD, now that blank DVDs have come down a lot
    in price, if you look for sales.)

    Thanks in advance!
     
    Jack Fu, Mar 3, 2004
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  2. Jack Fu

    mslack Guest

    All opinion and personal experience, BUT...

    After 12 months of researching the notebook field, I finally went with an HP zd7000 17" notebook and, after 6 months, could not be more pleased. On stats alone, it wins hands down. I have absolutely no hands on experience with the Toshiba model other than what I've read in the specs and forums.

    I do not know how experienced you are with DVD authoring & burning software, but after researching the field...
    There is no DVD authoring or burning software that does not have its problems, so be prepared. Also, if you value your VHS tapes for their content, you will copy your VHS tapes to DIGITAL video tapes, NOT DVDs. I have 20 year old VHS tapes that look as if I SHOT them yesterday. Regardless of the hype surrounding the ability to burn home movies into DVDs (to sell more computers), DV tape in practice is more standardized, more reliable and more "mainstream" supported than DVDs. This comes from my personal experience and forums located on video ONLY sites such as DVDRHELP.COM (which I recommend wholeheartedly) where they are not pushing hardware & software products.

    There are much better products out there than DVD X Copy, by the way. And their free.

    If you still want to convert your VHS tapes to DVD, it is VERY dependent on the speed of your processor, speed of your hard drive and whether you have other programs running in the background. And, of course, how well the OEM integrated all the necessary hardware and software components to complete the task.

    I know on my HP zd7000 my VHS copies come out flawlessly, each and every time. But, as I said, I also have been converting them to DV for archiving down at the local bank. DV is going to be around a LOT longer than the current notebook DVD format which will soon be replaced ever so slowly beginning in April.

    Good luck,

    Mark


    ----- Jack Fu wrote: -----

    I'll thinking of buying the S609 while the $200 rebate offer is still on.
    Would appreciate hearing opinions and your experience on this machine. Also:

    Will the copy protection built into MCE prevent DVD X COPY from working in
    this machine?

    Does the VHS copying work well? (One reason I want to get MCE is to transfer
    all my VHS and Beta tapes to DVD, now that blank DVDs have come down a lot
    in price, if you look for sales.)

    Thanks in advance!
     
    mslack, Mar 4, 2004
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  3. Jack Fu

    Jack Fu Guest

    Nigel and Mark,

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I use DVD X COPY on my present old clunker desktop and it works fine though
    it's slow.

    Jack



    HP zd7000 17" notebook and, after 6 months, could not be more pleased. On
    stats alone, it wins hands down. I have absolutely no hands on experience
    with the Toshiba model other than what I've read in the specs and forums.
    software, but after researching the field...
    problems, so be prepared. Also, if you value your VHS tapes for their
    content, you will copy your VHS tapes to DIGITAL video tapes, NOT DVDs. I
    have 20 year old VHS tapes that look as if I SHOT them yesterday.
    Regardless of the hype surrounding the ability to burn home movies into DVDs
    (to sell more computers), DV tape in practice is more standardized, more
    reliable and more "mainstream" supported than DVDs. This comes from my
    personal experience and forums located on video ONLY sites such as
    DVDRHELP.COM (which I recommend wholeheartedly) where they are not pushing
    hardware & software products.
    on the speed of your processor, speed of your hard drive and whether you
    have other programs running in the background. And, of course, how well the
    OEM integrated all the necessary hardware and software components to
    complete the task.
    time. But, as I said, I also have been converting them to DV for archiving
    down at the local bank. DV is going to be around a LOT longer than the
    current notebook DVD format which will soon be replaced ever so slowly
    beginning in April.
     
    Jack Fu, Mar 5, 2004
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