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HELP ME GET A GOOD LAPTOP!!





dodah
i wanna buy a good laptop,CPU 2.8Ghz an memory 1.5GB
as mimimun
any suggestions about models and prices?
modak
dodah wrote:
i wanna buy a good laptop,CPU 2.8Ghz an memory 1.5GB
as mimimun
any suggestions about models and prices?


I don't think laptops with the CPU speeds you mentioned are sold anymore. (They used to sell Pentium 4 laptops at one point of time). Both Intel Pentium M and AMD Turions max out at 2.2 Ghz. Maybe you'd want to do some research on the current scene in laptops first.

Maybe have a look at the Acer Aspire 9800 http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?art=2999
borud
Acer Ferrari 4100 or Dell XPS. They're awsome Razz
copilot
Get an Alienware laptop. They are REALLY nice computers. They are in the high price range, but the one I was looking at started with a processor that ran at 3.2ghz. I think the highest was a dual core 3.8ghz. You could get 3gb of ram if you so chose also. They are fantastic computers. But whatever you do, DON'T GET A CELERON PROCESSOR. They are the worst processor.
copilot
Got an update. I went to the Alienware website. They have a computer that has a Pentium 4 processor that runs at 3.0ghz. It comes with 512mb of ram, but that can be upgraded to 3gb max. It was not a dual core, but it has the HT technology. You can scale up your processor to 3.8ghz max if you felt like it. The computer base model is $2,229. With 2 gb of ram, it is $2,479. They are expensive, but they are nice.
sush
Alienware with Intel Core Duo. Check out the models, anything you want is right there. Expect a $2500 bill. Slightly under them in the list is Acer Ferrari at $1800 (?) again a gem, but AMD.

RAM is only limited by your budget.
Spe_eddy
i dont have much money, but im looking for a laptop with around 1.5gb memory and over 100gb ROM, whats my best option, the ones mentioned above look a bit too expensive, or is that just because im being unrealistic?
psycosquirrel
Laptops always are very expensive. Also, the frequencies are VERY decieving. Mobile processors' architechure is horrible, because they have to be reduced in terms of size, thermal, and power usage. To be honest, I think performance laptops are extremely bad investments. My AMD Opty 146 will completely dominate one of the high-end pentium mobiles, even though my opteron's frequency is only 2Ghz.

Let me provide another example. I have several oldish systems; one of which is a Dell laptop that runs a Pentium M at 3.2 Ghz and has onboard GeForce 4 series graphics and 512Mb RAM. It would seem that it would outperform my old socket 478 desktop that runs at 2Ghz, has GeForce 5 series graphics, and 512Mb RAM. But the opposite is completely true. I can't play Counter-Strike 1.6 on the laptop because it is so slow, but the desktop will run it with well over 100fps and run Counter-Strike Source as well. You may blame this on the graphics card, but I have a GeForce4 TNT2 that I used to have in the desktop, and it is still incomparably better than the laptop's graphics.

So basically my point is, get a small form factor system (like a shuttle). You will get much more performance for less money, you will be able to upgrade in the future, and everything will last much longer than a laptop.
psycosquirrel
For example, let me build you a beyond-amazing small form factor system for under $1500:

Case (SG-01): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811163050
Mobo (AM2 /PCI-E): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157089
Memory (2 Gb): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145590
Processor (AMD 3800 DUAL CORE):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103735
Power Supply (500w): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817151024
Hard Drive (250GB): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144701
DVD Drive 1:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106013
DVD Drive 2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106013

As the computer is now, it has onboard 6100 graphics. This system is at $999.93 plus shipping and has everything you could need in a computer. It will far outperform ANY alienware laptop.
psycosquirrel
But, what is a high-end computer without an extremely high-end graphics card? Here are your options for high-end graphics, from above-average to beyond-your-wildest-dreams-omg-shoot-me-now-good graphics:

7600GT KO ($165): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130017
7900GT KO ($290): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130016
7950GX2 ($590): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130023

Obviously, there is low, mid, and high pricings there. They do not necessarily indicate performance. The 7600GT will run ANY modern game with an entirely acceptable graphics. The 7900GT should be fully satisfyable to any fps ******, who wants AA 8x and high-detail everything with no fps drops. A paranoid fps ****** who wants over 100 fps everywhere with everything on maximum settings while multitasking on dual monitors (phew) would get the 7950GX2.

Now let's assume you want to spend your whole budget (I will assume $1500), and get a high-end LCD that will rape any laptop. You would go with the 7900GT, because you are probably not insane, and a low-delay LCD for gaming (Acer 2ms delay 17" LCD): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824009087

This puts you at almost exactly $1500 + shipping.
psycosquirrel
Now compare the specs to that of the equally-priced Alienware: http://www.alienware.com/product_detail_pages/Area-51_m5750/area-51m_overview.aspx?SysCode=PC-LT-AREA51M5750-R2&SubCode=SKU-DEFAULT

Ouch. The system I just specified for you has more than twice the power of the laptop, and has a much larger screen.

You can easily go wrong with a laptop. Just get a small form factor system like this and you will not be disappointed Very Happy
Spe_eddy
wow,sounds good, but im saving up at the moment, i'll save the website in favourties and look back in a couple of weeks, thanks
borud
If you have finacial problems, just try ebay. You almost everything alot cheaper there. Wink
pansophia
I went to Fry's yesterday, and I was disappointed to see their prices were matching CompUSA. I noticed someone mentioned newegg.com above. Where are some other good places to get parts and accessories?
neosree
Alienware is the best in high end laptops. They even have a 19 inch laptop, with Nvidia SLi graphics and with 4 GB Ram. I think u r lucky to have that much money. This model is the best performance laptop that money can buy.
TheGeek
^^ if you feel like paying out your bung hole for a laptop, yes they do....


Other good places inlclude....newegg....newegg...and newegg...unfortunatly not many others compare to newegg in service and prices. Some have lower prices however, you may be disappointed with theyre shipping and support service.

If i must list others though, you could try TigerDirect, though thats usually a pretty bad experience from what i have seen.

bensbargains.com is good from what i have heard, they just list the lowest prices on the net on certain items though, they dont actually sell anything.

If i can think of any others ill let you know

::EDIT::

O yea, jabtech is another good one from what i hear.
ibay
I think Toshiba Satellite Series is a good choice. They are reputed for their durability and style. Go for Intel Core Duo Processor with 512MB+ RAM, 80 GB+ Hard Disk and a larger battery option. They also have DVD super multi option which enables u to write DVD's. Thats all I know.
bassgs_17
I agree with that pro-toshiba post; you should go with something with a core duo processor. Or get a Merom... I worked on Laptops for a while, and the Toshibas are both reasonably durable and easy to repair compared to similar HP machines. HP doesn't even label the screws! (any laptop tech will know what I mean)

-Aquastrike
psycosquirrel
Toshis are easy to repair, but are not that durable. At work, a few have had CPU coolers die, others had random BSODs, etc. I would really reccommend an IBM Thinkpad (T43 if you can afford it Very Happy ), we have hundreds at my office and we rarely have to service them.
photographerguy
I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 17" and a Powerbook G4 15".

The 17" is just too big and heavy, the screen is awesome though. It runs fast enough for me, I use Photoshop and Blender alot.

I love my Powerbook. I think the 15" screen is a perfect balance of viewing space and size/weight to carry around. Since I do alot of photo editing, the screen size is important to me.

My next laptop purchase is going to be a new Intel Mac.

I've had no problems with both of these systems and would reccomend either.
Xeniczone
Put this as simple as I can.

DON'T GET CELERON

or

DON'T GET DURON

that's it.
neosree
photographerguy wrote:
I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 17" and a Powerbook G4 15".

The 17" is just too big and heavy, the screen is awesome though. It runs fast enough for me, I use Photoshop and Blender alot.

I love my Powerbook. I think the 15" screen is a perfect balance of viewing space and size/weight to carry around. Since I do alot of photo editing, the screen size is important to me.

My next laptop purchase is going to be a new Intel Mac.

I've had no problems with both of these systems and would reccomend either.



I also like to own a dell 9400 17" laptop, but I have to reconsider the portability. But still, I need really a lot of space to work with, I think Dell latitude is a good choice.
Xeniczone
Put it pritty simple.

HP/Compaq:
Pros:
Cheap(price)

Cons:
Cheap(hardware)

Dell:
Pros:
Cheap(price)
High quality

Cons:
Batteries Explode (not a problem just make sure your batt. isn't on recall)

Alienware:
Pros:
Power...

Cons:
Expensive
BIG

Sony:
Pros:
Quality

Cons:
Expensive

Apple:
Pros:
Quality
It's a Mac (duh)

Cons:
Price
Jaan
I am currently on a Dell Precision M90, which cost me $4000AUD. It is VERY nice (2.16 ghz processor, 4 gb RAM, 512 mb video card). And if it busts, then I find Dell has the best service. You call them, and the next day they drop by and fix it. I would go with Dell if I were you. With Alienware and Voodoo, you are paying alot for the "brand name" like "ooh, he has a Voodoo". They do make good PCs, but in my opinion, they are a bit overpriced Smile . Wink
Xeniczone
Alienware overclocks. They used to offer a 4.0ghz Pentium 4.

You really don't know if you getting a stable machine or not, and your paying for mostly brand name and braging rights thats it.

I would also say completely opition on my part, but I don't like their cases. They should make somthing more alienlike even if it means more detail. I think it would be cool. Normally the simple cast comes out. The Apple cases sell well and they are pritty plain.


A little of topic but the new Dell XPS cases are butt ugly.
tamilchild
The labtop contain the following requirements

1. Intel mother board
2. Intel Processor
3. Monitor
4. logitech keyboard
5. logitech mouse
6. DVD RW
7. Hp inkjet printer
8. HP scanner
9. Online UPS

this configuration is best.... nearly Rs.70,000/- Laughing
vignesh_natraj
you can invest in a Sony VAIO laptop these series have very good features with reasonable prices. Smile
vignesh_natraj
tamilchild wrote:
The labtop contain the following requirements

1. Intel mother board
2. Intel Processor
3. Monitor
4. logitech keyboard
5. logitech mouse
6. DVD RW
7. Hp inkjet printer
8. HP scanner
9. Online UPS

this configuration is best.... nearly Rs.70,000/- Laughing

is that your desktop computer you use in your lab !

a laptop is called so only because it has all necessary peripherals like keyboard,mouse... packed in a single unit.
tumpat
the best n cheapest laptop i think acer...
internetjobs
buy one company item... like IBM.. get latest configuration from IBM will be the best one for u...
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