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  • Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

    I never had any use for a laptop computer, but with life you never know and my requirements have now changed....

    I'm seriously in the market for a good solid notebook, and I have a few requirements, questions and concerns....

    Requirements:

    15.4" or smaller and easy to carry

    Good solid keyboard that is easy to type with

    Reliable manufacturer with good support(needs to last a few years)

    Decent battery life under light load

    Quiet fans are actually a nice feature but far from necessary.

    Good solid gaming capability. This is obviously a "Gaming" website and we all share the fact that we enjoy playing games! It doesn't need to be the "Uber-Pwnest" when it comes to games, but it needs to have strong capability and have a stand alone graphics card.

    At the end of the day the computer is not about gaming, but if I can add that capability without sacrificing much in other areas, that is preferable.


    Budget= $1000

    A few extra concerns are regarding 64-bit vista. Are there any conflicts with 32-bit applications(I.E. BF2) with a 64-bit system?


    I appreciate any info that is given within this thread. I have looked at the HP DV5t and the Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 - 40512YU already.

    Thanks,

    Turkish
    |TG-X|Turkish


  • #2
    Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

    Some of the Nvidia cards have the ability to turn off and defer to onboard when not in use. I'm not sure if this has made it into the laptop market yet, but it sounds like it would be a perfect match for what you are asking.

    EDIT: after a bit of searching it appears this feature has been lost in development limbo.
    Last edited by Namebot; 11-29-2008, 06:01 PM.
    |TG-12th| Namebot

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    • #3
      Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

      Dell ftw.

      I hate dell and I love dell.... but in the end, they have the best service around - as long as you know the rules (21 day buyers remorse, 90 return warranty, 1 yr replacement)

      I love me 1720 and it can hold it's own in the gaming world. when I overclock the 8600, I can get playable fps in most games. Also the bluray and dual hard drive bays are awesome additions.

      I also have the mini9 (which is awesome all by itself) for portability around work and home and a sony ux380n for the car and horsepower on the go. (the ability to work on a premiere pro project when docked and then put the computer in a jacket pocket to work on while commuting is great.)

      unportability aside, the 1720 has all the horsepower you need to do today's tasks.
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      • #4
        Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

        Originally posted by =DdogG= View Post
        Dell ftw.

        I hate dell and I love dell.... but in the end, they have the best service around - as long as you know the rules (21 day buyers remorse, 90 return warranty, 1 yr replacement)

        I love me 1720 and it can hold it's own in the gaming world. when I overclock the 8600, I can get playable fps in most games. Also the bluray and dual hard drive bays are awesome additions.

        I also have the mini9 (which is awesome all by itself) for portability around work and home and a sony ux380n for the car and horsepower on the go. (the ability to work on a premiere pro project when docked and then put the computer in a jacket pocket to work on while commuting is great.)

        unportability aside, the 1720 has all the horsepower you need to do today's tasks.
        Thanks for the input, but I will not get a notebook with a 17" monitor.
        |TG-X|Turkish

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        • #5
          Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

          http://www.dell.com/content/products...ref=lthp&s=dhs
          XPS laptops are great for what you're asking for. The options there are good, with 3GB of ram you should be going through BF2 just fine on med/high settings.

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          • #6
            Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

            Have you talked to Pilot about this?? He just went through the whole laptop purchase and required a small screen as well.

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            • #7
              Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

              Originally posted by TurkishDeligh
              Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!
              I hope you realize we are: a) not Pokemon and b) we don't respond well to Pokemon-like orders. ;)


              Have you looked into getting a netbook? Something like the ASUS N10?

              It has a extended 6-cell battery that should give you anywhere from 3.5 to 5.5 hours (depending on how much of the "dedicated" graphics chipset you use). It's got a 10-inch screen and weighs around 3.5 lbs.
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              • #8
                Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

                Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
                I hope you realize we are: a) not Pokemon and b) we don't respond well to Pokemon-like orders. ;)


                Have you looked into getting a netbook? Something like the ASUS N10?

                It has a extended 6-cell battery that should give you anywhere from 3.5 to 5.5 hours (depending on how much of the "dedicated" graphics chipset you use). It's got a 10-inch screen and weighs around 3.5 lbs.


                First of all, WTF? Pokeman?! My title had nothing to do with that.....

                Secondly, thanks for the link! :)

                I will consider getting something like that, but that size starts to severely limit keyboard ergonomics.

                Thanks for all the input so far.....
                |TG-X|Turkish

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                • #9
                  Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

                  Originally posted by llPANCHOll View Post
                  Have you talked to Pilot about this?? He just went through the whole laptop purchase and required a small screen as well.
                  I am going to see if I can catch him on TS....
                  |TG-X|Turkish

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                  • #10
                    Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

                    the new(er) intel 4500hd should be sufficient to play bf2 right?
                    powered by Windows 7

                    . . . .

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                    • #11
                      Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

                      Originally posted by Tonk View Post
                      the new(er) intel 4500hd should be sufficient to play bf2 right?
                      That's a negative: Notebook Check Info on the 4500HD.

                      It only has 10 pixel pipelines, a 350 MHz core, and doesn't have any dedicated memory so it's far weaker than a 7600GS.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

                          If you go for a dell, make sure you return it for a full refund within the 30 day period if anything goes wrong. Even remotely wrong. Do not send it in to repairs while you can still get a full refund.

                          But other than that, I would go for a macbook and install windows on it if you must.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

                            Originally posted by Rincewind View Post
                            But other than that, I would go for a macbook and install windows on it if you must.
                            Or pick a different brand. Good gaming Macbooks (like the Pro) cost quite a bit of money. Plus you'll have to dish out another $100 or so for Windows and mess around with a emulator.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Notebook Gurus...Activate!!!

                              Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
                              Or pick a different brand. Good gaming Macbooks (like the Pro) cost quite a bit of money. Plus you'll have to dish out another $100 or so for Windows and mess around with a emulator.
                              An emulator? What for?

                              The reason I suggest a macbook is because apple has the best notebook construction in the industry (now even better), has a price of $999, comes with a great OS, and can run windows native--what's this talk about emulation? Just partition your drive and install. Or alternately if you have no need for OSX, just reformat and install (Vista SP1 or XP SP3+). And yes, it will run games...

                              No other notebook manufacturer has rated as high as Apple on build quality, so if the quality of your notebook build is important in making your purchase decision, take a serious look at Apple.

                              If you do decide to go with Dell, know that I've had a lot of trouble in the past with their fresh-from-the-factory build quality. Flimsy LCD housings, shoddy workmanship, and broken components out of the box. However, if you get a Dell that is built right and has no problems in the first 30 days, chances are you'll be OK for the life of the notebook. Make full use of their 30 day money-back guarantee if there is anything at all wrong with the notebook. This goes for all manufacturers really. Don't send it in for repair when you can return it, cut your losses and reorder from Dell or somewhere else.
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