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Ambivalent on laptop research

By StevethePirate
Jun 19, 2010
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  1. I am merely curious of the following companies which would surmount the others: Asus, Lenovo, MSI, or Toshiba? My criterion is currently lenient; its cost can be roughly $1.2k, 500+gb HDD, 5000-7200rpm read/write speed HDD, 200 or 300 nVidia series (or Radeon equivalent; I neglect to stay updated w/ ATI), HDMI compatible, 15-17" screen w/ 16:9/16:10/15:9 aspect ratio, and several hour battery life. The companies mentioned are of my prior knowledge and recommendation. If there are any comparable companies not aforementioned, I'm welcome to research them as well. Appreciate your time.
  2. StevethePirate

    StevethePirate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Here is my elucidated criterion:

    budget: ~$1-1.5k

    size: 15-17"

    resolution: 16:9/16:10/15:9 aspect ratios

    battery life: 3-5hrs

    graphic performance: Op Flashpoint: Dragon Rising... I think that is taxing enough for a benchmark :)

    other features/ tasks: sound hardware near FLAC standards, HDMI compatibility, and ability to run Rhino & Solidworks

    HDD capacity: 500+gb

    sites: amazon.com, compudirect.com, directron.com, evertek.com, mwave.com, ncixus.com, newegg.com, pcdirect.com, tigerdirect.com, zipzoomfly.com, et cetera

    longevity: I would prefer that it remain adequate for my entire 4-5year undergrad endeavor; however, I do prospect that I shall built a high performance desktop in a few years. My emphasis on this laptop's abilities is underscored by versatility and practicality.

    brands: preferred = Asus, Dell, Lenovo, MSI, and Toshiba; chosen from personal experience and others' recommendation. disliked = Acer, Gateway, & HP; chosen from reviews holding them lowest in reliability or customer service
  3. StevethePirate

    StevethePirate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    After devoting a moderate amount of time in personal research, these four models appear the most sufficient contenders, each with its advantages and shortcomings:

    --- ASUS N61JQ-X1 or A1
    pros:
    >optional HDD capacity
    >7200rpm HDD
    >DX11 compatible ATI Radeon HD 5730; NVidia 330GT is not & is generally
    lesser performing
    >USB 3.0
    >matte finish
    >most inexpensive
    >reputable customer service
    cons:
    >lesser i7 720QM processor
    >4gb RAM
    >low native resolution

    --- MSI GX740-079US
    pros:
    >DX11 compatible middle performing ATI Radeon HD 5730
    >7200rpm HDD
    >high native resolution
    >USB 3.0
    cons:
    >lesser i7 720QM processor
    >4gb RAM
    >gloss finish
    >uncertain customer service

    --- SONY VAIO F Series VPCF123FX/B
    pros:
    >better i7 740QM processor
    >PhysX compatible NVidia 330GT
    >6gb RAM
    >blu-ray compatible
    >high native resolution
    >USB 3.0
    >matte finish
    >reputable customer service
    cons:
    >5400rpm HDD (custom order VPCF1190X has optional 7200rpm HDD)
    >DX11 incompatible & least perfoming NVidia 330GT

    --- TOSHIBA Qosmio X505-Q870 or 887
    pros:
    >optional i7 processor
    >PhysX compatible & highest performing NVidia 360GTS
    >7200rpm HDD
    >18.4" screen
    >USB 3.0
    cons:
    >DX11 incompatible NVidia 360GTS
    >18.4" screen
    >gloss finish
    >most expensive
    >uncertain customer service
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