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Best gaming laptops under $1000?

By zak55555
Sep 10, 2008
  1. I am looking for a gaming laptop around the price of 1000 usd, any suggestions?
     
  2. zak55555

    zak55555 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    If no suggestions, help me decide between these 4:
    (All suggestions welcome)

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    1.Sager 7680

    Specs:

    intel® Core™2 Duo Processors P8400 (2.26GHz), P8600 (2.4GHz) w/3M L2 Cache, T9400 (2.53GHz, 35W), P9500 (2.53GHz, 25W), T9600 (2.8 GHz) w/6M L2 Cache - 1,066MHz FSB
    15.4" WSXGA+ (1680x1050) or WXGA (1280x800) Glossy Widescreen LCD w/PCI-e

    nVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS w/256MB
    Up to 320GB 7,200RPM or up to 128 GB OCZ Core Series SATA II 2.5" SSD
    2GB DDR2/800 Memory (up to 4GB Dual Channel - Requires 64bit Vista)
    Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti 8x8x4x2.4x +/- DL DVD R/RW - 24x10x24 CD R/RW Drive w/Softwares
    Up to 4GB Intel® Turbo Memory (Robson) Available
    Integrated 2.0 Megapixel Camera
    MemoryStick/MemoryStick Pro and Secure Digital (SD/MMC) memory card reader
    5.8 lb.- 14.13" x 10.55" x 1.46"
    Built-in 56k V.90/V.92 Modem RJ-11
    10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet RJ-45
    Mini-PCI 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Or Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5300AGN
    Built-in Bluetooth V2.0+EDR
    Built in Biometric Fingerprint Reader
    External USB Multi-Region HDTV Tuner w/Remote (Optional)
    3 USB 2.0 Ports
    Windows XP Home or Professional, Windows Vista Available as Options

    PRICE: 950 $

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    2. Acer Aspire AS6920-6441

    SPECS:

    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    CPU Type Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2G
    Screen 16" WXGA
    Memory Size 3GB DDR2
    Hard Disk 250GB
    Optical Drive DVD Super Multi
    Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS
    Video Memory 512MB
    Communication Modem, Gigabit LAN and WLAN
    Card slot 1 x ExpressCard/54 slot
    Battery Life 3.2 hours
    Dimensions 15.13" x 10.81" x 1.55-1.71"
    Weight 7.28 lbs.
    Other Features Fingerprint reader
    CPU
    CPU Type Intel Core 2 Duo
    CPU Speed T7500(2.20GHz)
    CPU FSB 800MHz
    CPU L2 Cache 4MB
    Chipset
    Chipset Intel PM965
    Display
    Screen Size 16"
    Wide Screen Support Yes
    LCD Features Acer CineCrystal
    Display Type Wide XGA
    Resolution 1366 x 768
    Operating Systems
    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    Graphics
    GPU/VPU NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS
    Video Memory Dedicated 512MB
    Graphic Type Dedicated Card
    Hard Drive
    HDD 250GB
    Memory
    Memory Slots 2 x SO-DIMM
    Memory Speed DDR2 667
    Memory 3GB
    Max Memory Supported 4GB
    Optical Drive
    Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
    Optical Drive Interface Integrated
    Optical Drive Spec 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive:
    Read: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD-ROM, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+R, 6X DVD-ROM DL (double-layer), 6X DVD-R DL (double-layer), 6X DVD+R DL (double-layer), 6X DVD-RW, 6X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM
    Write: 24X CD-R, 16X CD-RW, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+R, 4X DVD-R DL (double-layer), 4X DVD+R DL (double-layer), 6X DVD-RW, 8X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM
    Communications
    Modem V.92 56K
    LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
    WLAN 802.11a/b/g Wireless LAN
    Ports
    Card Slot 1 x ExpressCard/54 slot
    USB 4
    Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI
    Audio Ports Yes
    Audio
    Audio Integrated Sound card
    Speaker Internal Speakers
    Input Device
    Touchpad Yes
    Keyboard Standard
    Supplemental Drive
    Card Reader 6-in-1 card reader, supporting Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), MultiMediaCard Plus (MMCplus), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card (xD)
    Webcam Yes
    Power
    Battery 8-cell lithium ion
    Battery Life 3.2 hours
    Physical spec
    Dimensions 15.13" x 10.81" x 1.55-1.71"
    Weight 7.28 lbs.

    PRICE: 999.99 $
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    3. Toshiba Satellite P105-S921

    Specs:

    * Platform Technology Intel Centrino Duo
    * Built-in Devices Wireless LAN antenna, Stereo speakers
    * Embedded Security Fingerprint reader
    * Width 15.5 in
    * Depth 10.8 in
    * Height 1.7 in
    * Weight 7.1 lbs
    * Localization United States
    * Notebook type Mid-size laptops (6-7.5 lbs.)
    * Screen type Wide-screen
    * Wireless capabilities 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a

    Processor

    * Processor Intel Core Duo T2400 / 1.83 GHz
    * Multi-Core processor technology Dual-Core
    * Data bus speed 667 MHz
    * Processor features Power-optimized processor system bus, Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Execute Disable Bit capability
    * Chipset type Mobile Intel 945GM Express

    Cache Memory

    * Type L2 cache
    * Cache size 2 MB

    RAM

    * Installed Size 1 GB / 4 GB (max)
    * Technology DDR2 SDRAM - 667 MHz
    * Memory specification compliance PC2-5300
    * RAM configuration features 2 x 512 MB

    Environmental Parameters

    * Min Operating Temperature 41 ?F
    * Max Operating Temperature 95 ?F
    * Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80%

    Storage Controller

    * Storage controller type Serial ATA/IDE
    * Storage Controller / Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150

    Storage

    * Floppy Drive None
    * Hard Drive 160 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 4200 rpm
    * Storage Removable None
    * Hard drive type Portable

    Optical Storage

    * Type DVD?RW (?R DL) / DVD-RAM - Integrated
    * CD / DVD read speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
    * CD / DVD write speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD?R) / 2x (DVD-R DL) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)
    * CD / DVD rewrite speed 10x (CD) / 4x (DVD?RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)

    Optical Storage (2nd)

    * 2nd optical storage type None

    Card Reader

    * Card reader type 5 in 1 card reader
    * Supported flash memory cards MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia Card, Memory Stick, SD Memory Card, XD-Picture Card

    Display

    * Display Type 17 in TFT active matrix
    * Max Resolution 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
    * Widescreen Display Yes
    * Features TruBrite

    Video

    * Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS PCI Express x16
    * Video Memory DDR SDRAM - 256 MB

    Audio

    * Audio output type Sound card
    * Audio output compliant standards DirectSound, DirectSound3D, DirectMusic
    * Audio Output Features SRS TruSurround XT, SRS WOW, Harman/kardon stereo speakers, High Definition Audio

    Input Device(s)

    * Input device type Keyboard, Remote control, Touchpad
    * Features Built-in numeric keyboard

    Telecom

    * Modem Fax / modem
    * Max transfer rate 56 Kbps
    * Protocols & Specifications ITU V.92

    Networking

    * Networking Network adapter
    * Networking / Wireless LAN Supported Yes
    * Wireless NIC Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
    * Data link protocol Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
    * Networking standards IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g

    Expansion / Connectivity

    * Interfaces 1 x Modem - Phone line - RJ-11, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire), 1 x Display / video - DVI-Digital - 24 pin digital DVI, 1 x Microphone - Input - Mini-phone 3.5 mm, 1 x Display / video - S-video output, 4 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x Display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45, 1 x Headphones - Output - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x Infrared, 1 x Audio - SPDIF output/headphones


    Power

    * Power device form factor External
    * Voltage Required AC 120/230 V

    Battery

    * Technology 9-cell Lithium ion
    * Installed Qty 1
    * Battery capacity 6000 mAh
    * Mfr estimated battery life 2 hour(s)

    Operating System / Software

    * OS Provided Microsoft Windows XP Professional

    PRICE: 800.00 $
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    4. HP Pavilion dv9810

    SPECS:

    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    CPU Type AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60 2.0G
    Screen 17" WXGA+
    Memory Size 3GB DDR2
    Hard Disk 160GB
    Optical Drive DVD Super Multi
    Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 7150M
    Video Memory shared memory
    Communication Modem, LAN and WLAN
    Card slot 1 x Express Card
    Dimensions 15.16" x 11.22" x 1.65"
    Weight 7.7 lbs.
    Other Features Kensington MicroSaver lock slot
    Power-on password
    Accepts 3rd party security lock devices

    What's in the box
    Mobile Stereo Earbud Headphones (1 pair)
    HP Mobile Remote Control
    CPU
    CPU Type AMD Turion 64 X2
    CPU Speed TL-60(2.00GHz)
    CPU L2 Cache 2 x 512KB
    Display
    Screen Size 17.0"
    Wide Screen Support Yes
    LCD Features BrightView
    Display Type Wide XGA+
    Resolution 1440 x 900
    Operating Systems
    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    Graphics
    GPU/VPU NVIDIA GeForce 7150M
    Video Memory Shared system memory
    Graphic Type Integrated Card
    Hard Drive
    HDD 160GB
    HD RPM 5400rpm
    Memory
    Memory Slots 2 x DIMM
    Memory 3GB
    Max Memory Supported 4GB
    Optical Drive
    Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
    Optical Drive Interface Integrated
    Optical Drive Spec LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
    Communications
    Modem 56K
    LAN 10/100Mbps
    WLAN 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
    Ports
    Card Slot 1 x ExpressCard/54 Slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
    USB 4
    IEEE 1394 1
    Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x S-Video TV-out
    Other port 1 x Consumer IR
    Port Replicator 1 x notebook expansion port 3
    Audio Ports 2 headphone-out
    1 microphone-in
    Audio
    Audio Integrated Sound card
    Speaker Internal Altec Lansing speakers
    Input Device
    Touchpad Touch Pad with dedicated vertical and horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad
    Keyboard 101-key compatible
    Supplemental Drive
    Card Reader 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
    Webcam Yes
    Power
    AC Adapter 65-watt AC adapter
    Battery 8-cell lithium ion

    PRICE: 850.00 $
     
  3. joytime360

    joytime360 Banned Posts: 57

    Well personally I think the first one Sager 7680 should be the best choice among them.
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The Toshiba is the best for gaming due to the beefy video card. If you can spend a little over $1K though, this would be a far better choice.
     
  5. zak55555

    zak55555 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    What about this this hp pavilion.

    SPECS:


    Operating system
    Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1

    Processor
    2.00 GHz dull core

    Display
    17.0" diagonal WXGA+ High-Definition BrightView Widescreen Display (1440 x 900)

    Dimensions
    15.16 (L) x 11.65 (W) x 1.57(H)"

    Weight
    7.7 lb.

    Memory
    4096MB

    Total memory slots
    2 DIMM

    Maximum memory expansion
    4096MB

    Graphics card
    Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS with up to 2303MB Total Graphics Memory with 512MB dedicated

    Networking
    Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)

    Broadband wireless
    Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN

    Primary CD/DVD drive
    LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD+/- R/RW with Double Layer Support

    Hard drive
    320GB [gigabyte is defined as 1,000,000,000 bytes, accessible capacity may vary]

    Primary battery
    8-Cell Lithium-Ion battery

    Personalization
    HP Imprint Finish & HP Pavilion Webcam with Integrated Microphone

    Front-side bus (processor dependent)
    667MHz FSB
     
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Yep, it's pretty good too. But the Toshiba still has a better-performing GPU.
     
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