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Notebook/Laptop recommendations please!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Raider4evr, Jun 3, 2004.

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  1. Raider4evr

    Raider4evr Thread Starter

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    Hi all! This place has always provided some good information, so Im hoping you can do it again! I'm on the verge of purchasing a laptop/notebook computer. I would mostly be using it to play games on while I have down time during my job (breaks, etc.) and like a portable DVD and to hook-up to my network at home. My problem is I know little about laptops - never have worked on one, fixed one or really used one. I am currently thinking of getting an HP or Toshiba - both with 3.0/3.2 Ghz, 17 monitor, 60-80gig HHD, Nvidia 5200/5600 video, 512 or 1gig memory, DVD/CD-rw, wireless "g", etc.

    What whould you recommend? I was told that the CPU on a notebook is not the same as a CPU on a desktop (quote from someone else :"1.7 ghz mobile is equal to a 2.6 desktop cpu"), is this true? Also, is there a site that gives information on notebooks/laptops - CPUs, memory, etc.? Any and all help would be appreciated.

    TY!
     
  2. Raider4evr

    Raider4evr Thread Starter

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    ANyone?
     
  3. Jtoast

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    I personally prefer Toshiba or Sony but thats simply a personal preference. They just seem to give more bang for the buck. I also do laptop repair and I see less major problems with Those 2 brands.

    As to the processor question, it depends on the processor. A lower clockspeed Pentium M will perform equal to a faster P4 on certain applications due to the way it processes instructions. It also runs cooler and has longer battery life usually.

    If money is no object, I have really been impressed with most Centrino notebooks but they are a little pricy. I also prefer ATI for graphics so a Radeon Mobility chipset would be my preference for gaming.

    Here is one link to laptop comparisons. A quick google search will probably find you a few more.

    http://www.laptopadvisor.com/index.html
     
  4. Raider4evr

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    Thanks!
     
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