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Planning to buy a laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TheSeventhArtist, Jan 26, 2007.

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  1. TheSeventhArtist

    TheSeventhArtist Thread Starter

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    Here is the specs for the laptop that we are planning to buy:

    Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo T5600(1.83GHz/2MB L2Cache)
    or
    AMD Turion(TM) 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-56(1.8GHz/1MB)
    15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x800)
    256MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) Go 7400
    Microphone and Webcam
    1024MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
    LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD+/-RW w/Double Layer
    802.11a/b/g WLAN & Bluetooth (AMD)
    or
    Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network w/Bluetooth (Intel)
    6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
    or
    12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

    We will use it as a Entertainment Laptop for playing DVD Movies, playing some games, running multiple applications, business use, word processing, graphics design, picture editing etc.
    I based the specs from the HP store. I don't know what brand I should buy but I think I prefer HP and Toshiba. Is that okay? Can that specs run most of the things I mentioned above?

    Aside from that, what would be better to suit my needs, the AMD or Intel?

    Lastly, should I go with having a 12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Here ya go:

    www.hp.com - click on notebooks. all below includes Extra finish and Brightview Screen option.

    Its $950 with what you want with AMD TL56 but NOT the go 7400... not sure if its much faster than 6150.

    The HP dv6000z = $1075 with extra fancy finish and GO 7200/256mb with otherwise above stats.

    The HP Pavilion dv6000t (Core2Duo version) has the 7400/256. = $1245.

    Make sure ya click on MCE edition of XP for the coupon for VISTA. If you think you will put vista on the notebook, consider 2gb.

    I'm an AMDer... but for mobile, I don't know which is actually faster or by HOW much.

    12cell battery = more weight by x2 the operation... on some of these notebooks (like above) its used to give the notebook more ANGLE (which I would prefer).

    NOTE A: Store pricing is about same ONLINE from hp.com, maybe a little cheaper at the store - until you pay tax...

    NOTE B: For photo editing and multitasking - is the 17" model too big? (1680x1050)
    HP makes a model with the Go7600 - but that is ONLY for the 17" model (note: HP seems to charge the same $75 to upgrade from low-end graphics to a 7200/7400/7600go graphics, seem to me, not much difference.

    But I did find a chart for notebook with graphic card. Its not great...
    3DMark 06:
    7200 = 674
    7400 = 800
    7600 = 1900
    7700 = 2700
    7600GT = 2800
    7900gs = 3800
    7900gtx = 4700

    After reading a review... for decent gaming, the go7600 is recommende min. Its performance is that of a deskto 7600gs which about half as fast as a 7600GT.

    But what is IMPORTANT is that the 7400 and below use Turbocache (Share memory) with your main = loss of RAM (128mb) and slower performance.

    $1300 = 17" HP with 7600 / 1GB RAM / wireless media remote / MCE WindowsXP & 8cell STD. battery. It will easily outrun the 15" C2D with 7400 video for $60 more. And includes a nice numeric keypad.
     
  3. TheSeventhArtist

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    I think that the 17" is too big...

    Do they offer the 15.4" with the 7600 video card?
     
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    no...

    Go to CompUSA, Office Depot or other computer sales place that sells HP. The 17" model is available everywhere. Those units are about 2" wider... see how they look and feel to you.

    17" = 15.16" (L) x 11.65" (W) x 1.57" & 7.77lbs, 8.32lbs (Dual Lamp)
    15" = 14.05"(L) x 10.12" (W) x 1.56" & 6.6lbs

    So its about 1.2" longer and 1.5 deeper
     
  5. TheSeventhArtist

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    Well, I think the 7400 seems good enough since the 17" is already too big for me. I'm not using the laptop for extreme gaming anyways...

    Is the 1024MB DD2 of memory already enough for Windows Vista or should I get the 2048MB DDR2?
     
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    vista really prefers 2gb.... but dont get vista anytime soon... lots of problems, including with notebooks that are "vista ready".
     
  7. TheSeventhArtist

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    Hey, where did you find that chart for notebook using 3DMark?
     
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    don't know - Type in review 7400 go (or go before 7400) and it'll be a good size site, showing listing of various notebooks with onboard video or add-ons... its was QUITE good.

    Looks like I have to buy a Vista notebook for a client this weekend, will be trying to get an XP-version. Or else I'll have to buy XP-Pro, wipe out vista and locate drivers from the manufacture somehow. :(
     
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    Given these uses, I'm surprised you want a smaller screen. When watching movies and running multiple apps, you want as much screen space as possible.
     
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    The 17" model is a bit heavier - but in reality, its only about 1.5" bigger around.
     
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