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looking to buying a new laptop

By bigbang
May 13, 2007
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  1. im looking to buy a new laptop.. something that does medium gaming and also work. all of these cost more or less the same.. im changing all the vista operating system in the package to xp so maybe that would reduce the price a little bit. so which of these do u guys recommend id get? ive rated the price rating 5 for most expensive and the cheapest 1.


    Option 1:-(expensiveness = 1 )
    ACER Aspire 5584WXMi ( Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600 1.83GHz )

    -Genuine Windows® Vista™ Home Premium
    -Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology Intel® Core™2 Duo processor T5600 (1.83GHz, 2MB Cache, 667MHz FSB) supporting Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel® EM64T)
    -Intel® 945PM Express Chipset Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945abg Wireless Connection
    -14.1" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite colour LCD, supporting 1280 x 768 pixel resolution
    -NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7200-SE with 128 MB of external GDDR2 VRAM, supporting NVIDIA® PureVideo™ technology (WMV HD, High-Definition MPEG-2 Hardware Acceleration), Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0, Shader Model 3.0, OpenEXR High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, NVIDIA® PowerMizer® 6.0, PCI Express®
    -160GB SATA HDD
    -1G DDR2 RAM (upgradeable to 2GB)
    -Integrated 56Kbps modem & 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN Integrated Slot-Load
    -8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
    -Integrated Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR
    -Integrated 1.3-megapixel Acer OrbiCam CMOS Camera with Acer VisageON & PrimaLite Technology Acer Video Conference featuring Voice and Video over Internet Protocol (VVoIP) support via Acer OrbiCam and bundled with Acer Bluetooth® VoIP phone 5-in-1 Card Reader supporting MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, xD-Picture, Memory Stick & Memory Stick Pro Magnesium Aloy Casing
    -6-cell Li-Ion Battery Pack (3-hour battery life) with Acer QuicCharge™ technology (Actual battery life may vary, depending on usage and configuration). 3xUSB, 1xTV Output, ExpressCard™ slot, 1xVGA port & 1xFIR Port 334 (W) × 243 (D) × 28/35 (H) mm Weight 2.35kg (5.25 lbs.) Acer eManager 1-Year International Traveller Warranty Free:- Acer Designed Carrying Bag


    Option 2:-(expensiveness = 4)
    ASUS
    Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology
    • Intel Core Processor Duo T7200, Core 2 Duo inside
    ll (2.0GHz, 4MB Cache, 667MHz FSB)
    • Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset
    • Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
    • Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition SP2
    • 1.0GB DDR2 667Memory / 120GB Hard Drive
    lllSATA5400Rpm
    • 8X DVD+/-RW Super-Multi Dual Layer Drive
    • 14.1" Wide XGA TFT with Color Shine & Crystal Shine LCD
    • Nvidia GeForce Go 7700 PCI-E Graphics TurboCache 512MB
    • ASUS Splendid Video Intelligent Engine
    • Built-in Web Camera, Microphone & Card Reader
    • Built-in 56K Modem, 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, Bluetooth
    • 5x USB 2.0 / PCMCIA Slot / VGA Outl/ SPDIF / DVI Port /
    lllS-Video Out
    • 2.3Kg with 6-Cell Li-ion battery


    Option 3:-(expensiveness = 5)
    ASUS
    • Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology
    • Intel Core Processor Duo T5600, Core 2 Duo Inside
    ll (1.83GHz, 2MB Cache, 667MHz FSB)
    • Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset
    • Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
    • Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
    • 1GB DDR2 Memory / 100GB Hard Drive 5400Rpm
    • 8X DVD+/-RW Super-Multi Dual Layer Drive
    • 15.4" Wide XGA TFT with Color Shine & Crystal Shine LCD
    • ASUS Splendid Video Intelligent Engine
    • ATI Radeon X1700 Graphics 512MB HyperMemory
    • Built-in 1.3M Web Camera, Microphone & 8-in-1 Card
    lllReader
    • Built-in 56K Modem, 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, Bluetooth
    • 4x USB 2.0 / PCMCIA Slot/ VGA Out / SPDIF / DVI Port /
    TV-Out
    • 2.7Kg with Li-ion battery


    Option 4:-(expensiveness = 1 )
    ACER Aspire 9424WSMi ( Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600 1.83GHz )

    -Genuine Windows® Vista™ Home Premium
    -Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology Intel® Core™2 Duo processor T5600 (1.83GHz, 2MB Cache, 667MHz FSB) supporting Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel® EM64T)
    -Intel® 945PM Express Chipset Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945abg Wireless Connection
    -17" WXGA+ high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CrystalBrite™ TFT LCD, 1440 x 900 pixel resolution, supporting simultaneous multi-window viewing via Acer GridVista™
    -NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7600-SE with 128 MB of external GDDR2 VRAM, supporting NVIDIA® PureVideo™ technology (WMV HD, High-Definition MPEG-2 Hardware Acceleration), Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0, Shader Model 3.0, OpenEXR High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, NVIDIA® PowerMizer® 6.0, PCI Express®
    -160GB HDD
    -1G DDR2 RAM (upgradeable to 2GB)
    -Integrated 56Kbps modem & 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN
    -Integrated Bluetooth
    -Integrated 8X DVD-Super Multi double layer Drive
    -Integrated 1.3-megapixel Acer OrbiCam CMOS Camera with Acer VisageON & PrimaLite Technology Acer Video Conference featuring Voice and Video over Internet Protocol (VVoIP) support via Acer OrbiCam Acer SignalUp wireless technology support 5-in-1 card reader, supporting MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick®, xD-Picture Card and Memory Stick PRO™
    -8-cell Li-Ion Battery Pack (3.5 hours battery life) (Actual battery life may vary, depending on usage and configuration).
    -5xUSB, PC Card Slot, 1xVGA port, 1xEthernet port, 1xModem port, Headphone/speaker/line-out port 400 (W) × 295 (D) × 31.4/39.9 (H) mm Weight 3.81kg 1-Year International Traveller Warranty Free:- Acer Designed Carrying Bag


    Option 5:-(price = 3 )
    Dell XPS M1210 Notebook
    -Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T5600 1.83 GHz, 2MB Cache, 667 MHz FSB
    -12.1" Wide Screen XGA display with TrueLife(TM) (1280x800 res.) & 1.3MP Web Cam
    -1GB (2 X 512MB) 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
    -100GB SATA 7200RPM Performance Hard Drive
    -Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Combination Drive with dual layer write capabilities Roxio Creator 9.0
    -Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy ADVANCED HD Audio Software
    -256MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) Go 7400 TurboCache
    -9-cell 85Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Avoid option 1 Acer, and Option 5 Dell.

    Option 1: Acer; Option 2: Unknown; Option 3: Unknown; Option 4: Aceer; Option 5: Dell XPS M1210.
    You left out the most important part of the configuration: number of cooling fans and size of cooling channels.
    Laptops used in gaming have an extremely high failure rate... due primarily to heat and inability to move out the hot air.
    If you cannot inspect the laptop to observe cooling channels, do not get it.
    The Dell is doubly handicapped with Roxio instead of Nero. But you do not tell us about the burner software of the other four.

    My choices would be Options 2 and 3 but I would have to know the brands and models, and model of DVD player.
    Whatever your choice of these, you can expect early screen failure and early video graphics failure... so get the one with the longest warranty.
  3. bigbang

    bigbang TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    there are no other details on the softwares based on the broucher i got. but i think most of them are nero.

    option 2 and 3 models are asus and the dvd brand is not told.. im actually looking to avoid these options coz its more expensive then the others.. but would a cooling pad help much in cooling the laptop?
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    The ASUS units are significantly better machines for long term reliability than either the ACER or the Dell. Still, cooling is the main issue... a cooling pad will not help much unless you can get air pulled away from the CPU and the video graphics.
  5. bigbang

    bigbang TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    hmm.. what bout this as a cooling pad - http://www.dvhardware.net/article16892.html

    the iXoft notebook cooler fanless. dont really think it is different from the normal cooling pads but just checking..

    so the major problem is the cooling system.. any suggestions??
  6. dilly_bob

    dilly_bob TS Rookie

    Acer's are horrible dont go anywhere near them
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    The problem is very few laptops are going to be reliable after the first two years. Acer is one of the seven laptop manufacturers in the world. They do make good models, but they make a bunch of bad models.
    It is impossible to make a great laptop cheaply. They compromise on screen, video graphics, and cooling fans.
    Don't go for low cost. Go for quality. In two years you will be happy you did.
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