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Help deciding on a laptop

By algoespanol
Aug 6, 2008
  1. I'm looking to get a laptop to basically replace my desktop PC. I really like the macbook pro, but I don't have the kind of money to buy it, and I'm not a big fan of apple or macs. I have also looked at HP, the pavilion dv5t series with the intel core 2 duo 8600 (2.4 Ghz), the 1680 x 1050 display (is the infinity screen nice?), 3GB memory, 512MB 9600 GT, 250 GB HDD. Here's the link if you want to see it http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/s...Versatile+performance&series_name=dv5t_series . These are really the only two I've looked at so far. I spend a lot of time online, and will also probably be doing some light gaming, and a lot of music and movies. I'd like to be in about the $1300 range when I'm done (although less is better). Any input would be great. Thanks.
     
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Your link doesn't work, although from the specs it doesn't look too bad. It'd be better going for one with an 8600 series video card, since it'd be cheaper and more suited to light gaming.
     
  3. algoespanol

    algoespanol TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i forgot to include video/ music editing in that list
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I'd go with the recommended configuration and go with the 9600GT, plus the 160GB 7200RPM drive. Everything else can remain the way it is. It'd be able to do everything you want and stay within your budget too. I wouldn't recommend upgrading anything else, except maybe the RAM if you want, since the extra price would not get you too much extra performance.
     
  5. algoespanol

    algoespanol TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Any opinion on the infinity screen?
     
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    It looks like more of an aesthetic option than anything else IMO. Go for it if you can afford it, but I doubt it'd make much of a difference.
     
  7. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    I recommend the Samsung R700 - especially if a numeric keypad is useful - if there are any left.
     
  8. algoespanol

    algoespanol TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Does HP make good/durable laptops? 'Cause I've heard mixed opinions on weather they make good products or not.
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  10. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    From the workshops end experience, I see too many HPs. Very few Acers, hardly any Samsung or Sony. Personally would only by samsung or acer.
     
  11. Toasterfraker

    Toasterfraker TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I have heard very bad things about HP too... both from unfortunate owners and from guys working in workshops. I own a brand new Toshiba Satellite which was working quite well until last week and a number of BSODs I'm in the process of debugging but I'd still recommend Toshiba or Sony over HP.
     
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