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Old 06-21-2006, 07:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The thing is with an ACER, they use cheap parts, meaning it falls apart. Dell's are actually pretty good for laptops, they have an excellent warranty service.
MAC = Multimedia Freindly although expensive. MAC is the choice for music and video editing!
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I agree get a powerbook of some sort. I saw a freakin Apple playing FEAR and BF2 max settings at a LAN party. I was like You dont exactly have to get a gaming one but they are well built and will handle pretty much any music thing you throw at it. Either that or get a Dell XPS.
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Old 06-21-2006, 08:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Wow, with that HP link I can make a pretty **** decent laptop. Except the video card...

$1,500

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http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...=E1505C2&s=dhs

I recommend this Dell laptop for one good reason: "Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD Audio". If he's a music student, this would be a nice feature.

You can upgrade it nicely and still fit in the budget.
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The Alienware laptops I've seen are very good, and not too expensive, either...
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The Alienware laptops I've seen are very good, and not too expensive, either...
Yeah, if you want to go with an Alienware, I think the Sentia 3200 would be the only laptop to fit in your budget.
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Aleinware labtops are expensive as ****
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Old 06-24-2006, 03:20 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Well, just as an update, my friend ended up buying that notebook I linked in my first post. We sat at the PC and scoured the internet for notebooks with similar specs and couldn't find anything lower in price then the Acer. So he bought it. It comes with a 1 year limited warranty and he bought the 2 year extended warranty.

He ordered it on Wednesday morning and got it on Friday afternoon from Newegg with standard shipping. Not bad at all.
So we fired it up and I did all the first time start-up stuff for him.

I must say, i'm pretty impressed with this notebook. For $1,100 USD it's got a nice performance package. We installed a copy of BF2 on it and patch it. Fired up BF2 and set all settings to Mid. I logged on with my account and played for about 20 minutes. I was totally shocked at how well it ran and was just as good as a desktop. We also put HL2/CS:S on it and he played that for a bit. It looked great actually and played extremely well. So all in all the Radeon X1600 Mobility is a pretty decent notebook card and seems to handle pretty good.

I really liked the Keyboard's feel. Very quiet and nice touch to it. The screen is 15.4 and is really nice also. We popped in a DVD to check out movies and it was crystal clear and looked perfect.

So far so good with this notebook. I'd say it's a heck of a deal. With his 3 years worth of warranty, it should be a great notebook to get him through college. Oh, yeah... the specs on newegg said, "1G" but, I don't know what happened, because he got one with "2G", which was like $1300 - we aren't going to say a word.

Bottomline - If you want a cheaper laptop that will handle anything... This is a perfect choice.
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Good specs but a crappy company.
Joking? Acer is excellent.

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Oh, yeah... the specs on newegg said, "1G" but, I don't know what happened, because he got one with "2G", which was like $1300 - we aren't going to say a word.


PS: Link doesn't work anymore, I think. Could you link again, I'm interested in seeing which one you got.
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Old 06-24-2006, 03:49 PM   #20 (permalink)
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It works for me:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115246

newegg search code: N82E16834115246
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