Hey guys, been a while since I've posted on the forums, great to be back.
Anyway, I'm looking for a laptop for school next fall and I've got loads of questions. I use my computer everyday and do lots of multi-tasking and gaming (ie. COD, WOW, HL2 etc.) My budget is about $1300 for a laptop. I'd really like to strictly go no more than +/- $100.
What I'm looking for in a laptop:
- 15"-16.4" screen
- 4GB DDR3 RAM (will not take DDR2)
- >250GB Hard Drive @ 7200RPM
- Backlit Keyboard
- Wireless N
- Windows 7
Couple of the things I seem to keep running into:
- Windows 7 Premium vs. Professional
I'm still confused as to the differences between the 2 and google doesn't help
- Nvidia 310M vs. 330M graphics
I currently have a Radeon 3850 on my desktop and that works great for me, I'd really like something that can handle games similar to the stature as my current card.
I'm looking into mostly Sony and Toshiba Laptops but if you can make an educated and convincing argument to persuade me I will respectfully listen.
Thanks again guys
the alienware mx15 $1199
i understand this a gaming laptop but it does fit your required spec.
it has 3gb of ddr3 1066mhz ram for an extra $50 you can get 4gb of ddr3 1066mhz ram.
15.6" screen 1600x900
Intel® Core™ i3-330M 2.13GHz (3M cache)
250GB SATAII 7,200RPM (add $25 for a 320gb)
well the m15x is a little too thick for me. I guess I didn't really include that but it's like 2.5" thick (shut) and plus at $1200 it doesn't include enough for me and I feel like I'm really paying for a name more than anything else.
Nice amount of money for a laptop. I would look at the i3 laptops. Get Windows 7 Pro.
i think your asking to much. you do know that the thinner you go the less performance
I know I'm not asking too much because I see laptops with what I want. The problem is choosing the best laptop for me. I think I'd rather go with an i5 over an i3. Looking at upgradable Toshiba Satellite A500 and Sony F series notebooks and can't choose between the 2 and also looking for other opinions.
great lappy nil! Only problem is i'm looking for more portability :/ so 18.4" is a little big for me :( Lovin' the specs though
How big is too big? You want power, but from what I know of laptops power comes with size. Sounds like what you need is a Netbook, but most of them lack power.
Just tossing this out there for you too look at.
anything 17" or above is too big. anything like 14 and below is too small. I know i'm being picky but I know what I want in a laptop and I'm just looking for the best for my money and the things I'm looking for
Then it sounds like you should go to one of your local stores and have a look at what you like and then come back and let us know so we can get the best deal.
Here's a chart that explains the differences between Windows 7 versions:
Do you really need a backlit keyboard? And why not go with Asus? They make really nice laptops.
I live in the U.S.
So did you check out some of the Asus G series I7 notebooks?
I really like the look of the G51JX-X1. My only concern is the battery life
Well with the i7 laptops, you'll probably still get some pretty nice battery life because they're not clocked very high, but they are still very capable, especially because the i7's can automatically overclock themselves when they need to use more power.
Unfortunately Vortex that is not the case-i7's have absolutely terrible battery life. A large part of the blame falls on hyperthreading which just burns power at an insane right. Most i7's get 30mins-1 hour even at low clocks. You can buy an extended battery for like $70-80 which doubles the battery life but then the labtop weighs a lot more.
in that case I guess I'll add an intel core i5 processor into my wants. Do you think the i5 would be more energy efficient or should i look for a core 2 duo? Anyone see the specs I want in a laptop?
Core i3 is still better than a core 2 duo and I'm guessing it would give you more battery life than an i5...or maybe not because i3's have hyper-threading?
i5 is ok-The comprimise between power vs. battery
Normally Like 1-2 hours on a low clocked i5. i3 can get 2-4 hours but it is only a dual core so it does not sound like what you want.
Personally in your situation I would get an i5+extended battery to have the a ton of power last (3-5) hours but it would be a bit on the heavy side (7-8 plds)
Well something to keep in mind is that the i3 is a dual core, but it has hyper-threading technology as well. So it acts like a quad core, but it's not a true quad core.
Hyperthreading does not equal a quad core-that is just marketing. Hyperthreading only adds 0-40% performance at BEST-most things only marginally.
Well then I guess it would be almost equal to a tri-core then, lol. Just keep in mind that right now most people don't even need a quad core. Most things run just fine with a dual core cpu.
Yes most things run fine with a dual coal but serious gaming can really take a hit with a dual core-especially low clocked ones.
No I would not count hyperthreading as an extra core-it helps you pretty much jack squat for most applications but can really help for video encoding-and PS etc. If you had an extra core then it could do everything the other cores can not just help sometimes. Plus HT generates a lot of heat while some 3 cores as cool as duals(non-HT).
in a game the difference between a dual core and a quad core is more than a few fps
Most games don't really utilize more than 2 cores though. I'm sure they will start making some that do utilize them more in the near future though.
these days games do trust me
the days of "nothing really uses 4 cores" are over
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