Can't decide on a laptop, argh!

By Thalin
Aug 14, 2007
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  1. Thalin

    Thalin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 103

    More spam, screw Dell. 200 something pounds VAT and shipping. Back to being indecisive.
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    Stay away from Dell - not what they used to be and customer support leaves much to be desired.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    The VAT and Shipping is most likely due to the fact that it's meant for small business use IMO. Acer isn't very good too, since I've seen many of their lappies fail quite fast, much faster than HP\Compaq. I haven't seen any Toshibas fail in this part of the world, but internationally that doesn't seem to be the case. In any case, a mid-end HP is of decent build and I have one that hasn't failed since I bought it, so I'd vouch for it.
  4. Thalin

    Thalin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 103

    OK, i'm pretty much decided on the HP one http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/128979/rb/0
    Are the graphics OK though?

    I've heard HP are good, although not the best for multimedia, as in image editing, movies and especially gaming (yes I know, no laptops are for the latter, but i'd probably want to play something like Guild Wars reasonably well). Is this true?
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    I doubt that's true, coz my friend owns a top-of-the-range HP model and uses it for Photoshop and watching DVDs. It's working fine for about a year and a half now.
  6. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    Thalin - get yourself down to the local box-shifter like PC World (grief - did I just say that?) and buy the manager's deal of the day. Don't like it, take it back.
  7. Thalin

    Thalin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 103

    I think i'll pass on that offer :)

    As long as the graphic capabilities are good with that HP one, i'll buy it. Are they?
  8. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    I stick by my guns and recommend Acer.
  9. Thalin

    Thalin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 103

    I've heard people have problems with Acer and HP, as with any other brand or anything else in life. There will always be problems with something. I would get that large screened Acer laptop but it lacks dual core, and that turns me away. Although it does however have nice graphics and a large screen. The HP seems to have everything I need, and seems to be a reliable brand, if only I knew what the graphic capabilities are!
  10. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    OK - as much as I hate to say it, go to your nearest box-shifter and have a look at both of them on display. Someone I know would make a choice based on colour - but then that seems to have worked for her car!
  11. Thalin

    Thalin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 103

    I went ahead and bought the HP laptop, although I am not overlly impressed, let me explain.

    I reformatted straight away to get rid of all the **** I don't need, updated the drivers of everything etc, then ran a 3D Mark (free version) check. It gets scores of 600-800 at best, which from what i've researched is dismal because people with similar specs, or even worse specs, are getting atleast 2000.
    I then proceeded to try some games. I was surprised that Half Life 2 ran quite well, with details on high, full HDR and AA it was smooth, until I got into outside areas where it dropped to 15 or so FPS. Without AA it improved and moved to about 25-30 fps or so. Not bad.
    I then tried Battlefield 2, which was unbearable at high graphics but playable at medium, no AA. Dawn of War worked relatively well on high.

    Games aside, the PC seems relatively fast, although not as fast as I expected.

    Now this might be exactly right, and I have nothing to be concerned about. I'm rarely going to play games on it, but things like the 3D Mark score bother me, considering they are very poor compared to others I have seen with similar specs.
     
  12. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    You pays your money and you makes your choice.......be happy!
  13. Thalin

    Thalin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 103

    OK well i'm about to install the graphic drivers. I'm tempted to install the Omega ATi drivers considering they are more up to date and overall better, instead of the RS960 ATi or whatever, found on the HP website.

    Edit -

    Well the Omegas didn't count as a driver for some reason. After installing them after removing the original graphics drivers, it still brings up a message saying it's found new hardware, and opening the control panel tells me there is no driver installed. Strange considering they are supposed to work on any ATi card.

    I am having trouble installing the most updated drivers for the card. The release notes tell me that it is compatible with the Radeon 1250 which I have, yet during installation it tells me it can't find the correct hardware.
  14. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    The spec says it is a Radeon 1250 so the drivers should work - unless HP have changed the spec without telling anyone. You might have to uninstall any other drivers first, perhaps.
  15. Thalin

    Thalin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 103

    That's what I did :suspiciou
  16. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    OK - so the latest drivers don't work so perhaps try one release back if you can find them. If not on the HP site have a look on the ATi site as well.
    Hope this helps - crikey, what a thread!
  17. animemanga

    animemanga Newcomer, in training Posts: 98

    sorry for the hijacking.

    Good post. Learnt somethings from it. http://www.acerdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_6920G__Core_2_Duo_2.0GHz,_4GB_Memory,/version.asp, from you post this is going to be slow as it has 5200rpm?
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