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Old 09-18-2008, 09:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have changed my mind again about buying a laptop. On my last post, I stated that I would just buy a cheap laptop and a powerful desktop. Now, I changed my mind to just buy a laptop as a desktop replacement and a portable mobile computer. THe reason being that if I'm spending time on the computer at my dorms, I won't be using my laptop therefore money comes to waste because I'm only able to use one or the other. Plus, I already have a desktop on my dorm so no need to buy another one.

Here are the specs for the 3 laptops that I have in mind for purchasing:
Newegg.com - Acer Aspire AS8920-6746 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T9300(2.50GHz) 18.4" Wide UXGA 4GB Memory DDR2 667 320GB HDD Blu-ray Disc / Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS - Laptops / Notebooks

Newegg.com - ASUS M50 Series M50Vm-B1 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T9400(2.53GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA+ 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS - Laptops / Notebooks

Gateway - Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology - P-7811FX

Just go to specs and yeah...

Can someone do a constructive compare and contrast. On the ACER laptop, can you connect it to a bigger screen (i have a monitor that can do 1920x1200) to watch HD movies and such? The ACER's native resolution is 1440x900.

For the 9600m gs 1gb of ram, i heard that some graphic cards aren't able to use up all its memory. Is this true for the case of this video card?
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All three of those have an HDMI port - so you have to purchase that cable and connect it to an HD TV and you'll be able to watch HD movies / shows from your laptop onto a larger screen.

Just some of the things i've noticed:
-For the T9400 it is a 5400 RPM drive
-The T9300 has a faster processor and is the only one w/ a blue ray DVD and larger screen. For 300 more bucks i think it is well worth the purchase.

IMO go for the T9300.
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Go for the gateway since it has a nice graphics card for a laptop, also the processor is pretty fast too, and it looks stylish, it also has DDR3 ram at a brilliant price.
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I found this awesome laptop from gateway too!

Gateway P-173XL FX Edition Notebook PC - Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 2.4GHz, Bluetooth, 802.11abgn Wireless, 4GB DDR2, 400GB HDD, DL DVDRW, 17" WUXGA, Fingerprint Reader, Webcam, Windows Vista Ultimate at TigerDirect.com

i noticed it only has a ddr 2 memory, is that a lot of downgrade from a ddr 3 memory?

Also, can a 1440x900 laptop output to a 1920x1200 monitor via VGA cable?
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I dont know much about laptops but i think you should stick with the cheaper one, and DDR2 isnt much of a difference from DDR3.
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I believe that someone over at overclock.net has that Gateway for sale for less then 900 bucks, which is really a steal.
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well Dell computers cost more than Gateway for the same price. Do you guys know anything about Gateway's laptops? are they of quality?
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Gateway and Acer laptops will be the same, last year Acer purchased Gateway, theres pros and cons to getting an Acer / Gateway and others. I ran the Firedog Pc repair bay for a CC, inc sotre in this area and after Acer purchased Gateway, we were no long allowed to work on customers Acer / Gateway laptops, it would void the entire warranty. Even though we did, it had to be documented that we did.

I now work for Lexmark, a former IBM company, so my first choice would be a Lenovo, Think Pad or perhaps an IdeaPad.
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I now work for Lexmark, a former IBM company, so my first choice would be a Lenovo, Think Pad or perhaps an IdeaPad.

QFT. Lenovo makes some great laptops and they are sturdy. If I could afford it I'd get a T61 without a second thought.
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