Which laptop should I choose?

By Joawro
Dec 8, 2009
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  1. Gateway NV5335u
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway... Red/9605152.p?skuId=9605152&id=1218130501411

    or

    Dell Inspiron 15(1545)
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell - ...Blue/9568728.p?id=1218125775111&skuId=9568728

    (You can get a compare list if you click on Everyday Laptops then select both laptops and click compare in the laptop list.)

    I plan on using the laptop for college, while playing some games (Such as Counter Strike: Source, or other games with similar requirements; I go for performance, not quality)

    I'm mainly worried about the processor and Graphic card. The Pentium is faster than the AMD, but the Radeon is defiently faster than the 4500mhd, but not sure by how much.

    If you have any other laptops you would like to suggest for under $500 (subject to change), please do tell.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,487   +73

    Let you know the Gateway is a (Acer) that FSB (front side bus) is only 533MHz while the DELL is 800MHz on the FSB. So performance from the sub-system on the DELL would be faster than the Acer.

    DELL allows you to upgrade the RAM to 8GB instead of the Acer is limited to 4GB. You might as well buy the DELL. If you can try both systems out in the store before you buy online. I would do that.

    One more thing, might interest you or not. Bing.com as cash back program that gives you money back if you buy the unit online then go and pick-up in the store. If you just gone to the store you wouldn't get cash back in the mail from bing. Optional.
  3. HDDC

    HDDC Newcomer, in training

    Dell > Acer. I'm not an Acer fan.
  4. joanna

    joanna Newcomer, in training

    I prefer dell too.
  5. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TechSpot Maniac Posts: 378

    I am typing this on my NV53 right now. Just finished playing wow and typing my paper. I speak as an unbiased user that the NV53 is a nice laptop for the price. Time for pros and cons.

    PROs:
    1. Stylish
    2. Perfect size
    3. Amazing Screen (LED Back light makes all the difference.)
    4. Decent integrated GPU (HD4200 w/ 256MB dedicated)
    5. Good CPU
    6. 64-bit
    7. PRICE!

    CONs:
    1. Gateway :p
    2. Comes with one stick of 2GB PC6400 and 1GB of PC5300...
    3. When gaming the fan kicks on and can get slightly noisy.
    4. Battery life is average for a laptop in this class. (~3 Hours)

    The keyboard takes some getting used to but is comfortable and responsive. The multi gesture touch pad should be removed, I disabled mine. Audio was surprising! Very clear and good volume. Here are some PICs, sorry about quailty, all I have on me in my iPhone. I upgraded the memory by removing the 1GB PC5300 with a 2GB PC6400, in gaming I did notice a difference and the boot time is quicker. It play CS:Source with everything maxed at about 35 FPS.

    Here are the pics http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/ind...iewPicture&friendID=287886238&albumId=1216707
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,487   +73

    1st. HP
    2nd. ACER
    3rd. DELL
    4th. Toshiba

    This is how I rate them for features, price and how they are going to hold up.
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