Which one of these 3 notebooks would you buy

By anubhab123 · 10 replies
Dec 27, 2004
  1. Anyone here have a Sager Notebook?I was wondering how those are. Right now I am deciding between 3 notebooks

    HP ZD8000
    Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition(w/dual tv tuner)
    Intel(R) Pentium(R)4 processor 540 w/HT Technology
    17.0" WSXGA+ BrightView Wide Viewing (1680x1050)
    1.0GB DDR2 SDRAM, 400MHz (2x512MB)
    100 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
    DVD+/-RW/R & CD-RW Combo w/Double Layer Support
    256MB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) X600
    54g(TM) Integ. Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN & Bluetooth
    Microsoft(R) Works/Money
    12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

    Dell Dimension XPS
    Microsoft® Windows® XP Home
    Pentium® 4 Processor 3.40GHz w/ HT Tech
    15.4-in WUXGA Active Matrix
    1GB Dual Channel DDR SDRAM at 400MHz
    100GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive
    8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer write capability
    Dell® Wireless 1450 Internal Wireless (802.11a/b/g, 54Mbps)
    Inspire P7800 with Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX
    96 WHr 12-cell Primary Battery with Subwoofer
    132 WHr 16-cell Secondary Battery

    Alienware Area 51-m 7700
    Microsoft® Windows® XP Home
    Area-51m 7700 Case with 17" WideSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 LCD Display with Built-in Camera - Xeno Grey
    Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 560 w/ HT Technology 3.6GHz 1MB Cache
    Geforce 6800 go PCI-E
    1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 533MHz - 2 x 512MB
    Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy 2 ZS PCMCIA
    100GB 5400 RPM ATA100 - Seagate
    8X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW / 24X CD-RW Combo w/Software
    Internal Wireless 802.11a/b/g miniPCI Card
    Area-51m 7700 Primary Lithium-Ion Smart Battery Pack

    I am also considering a Sager Notebook because it seems to have the best features out of all of these however I never ordered from Sager so.......

    If anyone has better notebooks they could point me to or can pick one of these three and tell me why it would be greatly appreciated.Thank you!
  2. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,668   +988

    I happen to be doing some research for buying a laptop myself however I'm mostly looking for Centrino-based notebooks that offer a longer battery life... you seem to be looking for a desktop replacement with gaming on mind (which sets you at a very high price range).

    But since you seem rather comfortable paying for those notebooks you mentioned, I would say the Alienware would be my first choice, it's the most expensive, too and you don't mention what's the videocard (Geforce Go 6800, I think), I especially like the 17" screen.

    If you don't mind the smaller screen, the Dell gets close enough although for a mere ~$200 extra, I would go for the Alienware. I definitely like the battery options in the Dell something which you should look closely in anything you buy.

    The HP system looks nice but the X600 videocard is not a gamers' choice so beware of that.
  3. anubhab123

    anubhab123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thx so much anyone else have any input?
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    It would really depend on what you expect from your laptop.

    IMO a laptop should be portable first and thus I would go for the 15" screen version from these.

    In general I like the 12.1" ultraportable models of all :)
  5. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,668   +988

    I agree with Nodsu in the portability factor with the exception being when your laptop becomes your desktop as well.

    I like 13" laptops a lot and I would get one if it wasn't that I couldn't find any that came with a faster videocard than a Radeon 9200 which won't do enough for my gaming needs... I'm thinking of buying the following:

  6. Mikael

    Mikael TS Rookie Posts: 277

    Gaming wise, I would probably go with the Alienware. I have a little bit of experience with Alienware and VoodooPC laptops. On the other hand, I have lots of experience with Dell laptops and absolutely love them.

    What were you expecting to do with your laptop?


    I was actually thinking about getting the Acer Ferrari laptop. :)
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    I wouldn't buy any of them. They are a con.

    I would buy a cheap Centrino-based notebook and upgrade the HDD and RAM. Keep the old HDD and encase it in a USB caddy. This way, you can get larger amounts of disk space plus a laptop that has 1GB+ RAM for under the prices you are paying above.

    Those deals above will have nicer screens and a DVD-RW drive or something, but to be honest a cheap laptop can be made to have all of these upgrades and you will still save money. Well, not the screen which you are kind of stuck with, but what I am trying to say is that I think it would be much better to get a cheaper laptop and upgrade it.
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,668   +988

    After some research I found that the Ferrari notebook and other Acer 8000 mobile models are pretty good overall although everyone seems to agree that the screen is the only major shortcoming.
  9. YellowC4S

    YellowC4S TS Rookie Posts: 107

    Sager Computers

    I have the Sager 9860 which is the same as the Alienware Area51 7700. The chassis is by Clevo, a Taiwan based company. You will find that The Sager will me less expensive for the same computer AND you won't have to go through that "Phases" crap that Alienware puts you through. You can find lots of information regarding your choices at www.notebookforums.com
  10. compguy

    compguy TS Rookie Posts: 162

    I would go with the 7700 from alienware. I have a desktop and runs awsome.

    Sebastian :knock:
  11. YellowC4S

    YellowC4S TS Rookie Posts: 107

    No offense, but I would not purchase the Alienware. I can get the same notebook from Sager/PC Torque as Sager, Hypersonic, Voodoo, Alienware, Falcon Northwest, Eurocom PC and a host of others. All use the exact same chassis/parts from CLEVO and it would be a lot cheaper from Sager and delivered a lot faster because I won't have to go through the "PHASES" crap. I ordered my 9860 on a Friday, paid for it the following Monday and recieved it two days later on Wednesday, plus, I could do without the eyes. I get excellent customer service from PC Torque without having to deal with some dweeb in India reading from a script.
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