“Expensive” Laptop for the Judges

Court judges deserved a high-performance laptops considering the bulk of their paperwork and legal research.  But the Cebu City government doesn’t need to spend P80,000 for each laptop.

My former computer mentor now City Councilor Rodrigo Abellanosa, who is also a computer wizard and owner of a computer school, raised the alarm bell when the cost estimate for each laptop was presented to the City Council lately for deliberation and approval.

Abellanosa may be right when he described the estimate done by the Management Information and Computer Systems (MICS) as “expensive”.

MICS presented these specifications of the laptop for the judges:

  • Multi-core processor
  • 14-inch monitor
  • Hi-definition audio
  • Vista Business OS
  • Anti-virus program
  • Brands: Lenovo, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard

Curious about it, i made my own canvassing at a computer store in SM City and here’s the specs and corresponding prices for two brands:

LENOVO 3000 G430 (Price: P32,995)

  • Intel pentium Dual Core T3200 2.0 ghz 1mb/667mhz
  • Intel GM 45 express chipset
  • 1Gb DDR2 SDRAM, 250Gb SATA HDD
  • Integrated modem, LAN
  • Intel Pro Wireless 802.11b/g
  • Super Multi-DVD writer
  • 14.1 inch WXGA monitor
  • Card Reader
  • 6-cell Li-Ion battery
  • NO operating system software (Vista Business—P15-16T)

FUJITSU ESPRIMO U9200 (Price: P39,995)

  • Intel core 2 Duo
  • 160Gb SATA HDD
  • NO operating system software

Just add the price of the Vista Business OS which won’t go beyond P20,000 to the tag price and still it won’t reach P60,000 each.

Whether or not the judges will accept the laptop from the city government, i’m sure they won’t allow themselves to be used for any possible price manipulation or overpricing. Wake up Councilor Bob Abellanosa, chairman of the Comittee on Information Technology.


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  1. UPDATE: Councilor Bob Cobarrubias told this blog that their committee report on the proposed laptop purchase shall be presented to the City Council during its next Wednesday’s regular session.


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