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Looking for a laptop (Maybe Sager?)

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April 25, 2007 1:58:38 AM

I'm going to buy a laptop with the new Centrino Pro platform, and, hopefully, Solid State Drive if cheap enough.

I was looking for some feedback on Sager, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, etc...
Good warranty? Good service? Good prices? Good performance?

Which brand you recommend?

I was looking for a decent graphic card (DX10), 15.4" / 17", FULL KEYBOARD! WITH NUM PAD!! Min 2GB Ram...

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April 25, 2007 2:51:35 AM

OK, well I can answer some of your questions and leave you hoping for more with others.

A) By Centrino Pro you mean the new Santa Rosa, correct? Not out yet so no laptops have it or are spec'd with it.

B) Dell- opinions vary from person to person. I have had nothing, but good experiences with them.
Sager- Manufacturing company of many of the laptops you see today. From what I have heard, good build quality, but tech support is non-existent(buy from a re-distributor).
Toshiba- nice looking laptops with good performance. No idea about tech support.
Sony- don't even waist your time.
HP and Gateway- same as Dell.

C)DX10 is not out yet for laptops, so no recommendations can be made. Estimates put arrival during this summer or fall.
April 25, 2007 6:59:33 PM

From the research I've done and having just bought one, I really like the ASUS brand (although I have to admit my exposure to ASUS tech support is limited - had no issues with the laptop yet).

They have so many options (and a kickass no dead pixel guarantee), have a look.

Here's a review of an ASUS I got from Xoticpc.com:
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/mobile/XoticPc-ftopict48...
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April 25, 2007 11:29:28 PM

Yea santa rosa will be out may 8-9, most likely some nvidia graphic cards supporting dx10 will be out around that date as well.

If any1 knows, I'd like to know the dead pixel policy of the major laptop companies, the overall quality of their laptops ( will it get scratched all over in a few weeks... etc)

And which company has the best price / performance, quality, etc
April 26, 2007 11:30:35 AM

If you want something that can reasonably play the average game, hit officemax online and pickup an Everex XT5000T...699.00 with a 7600 go...
2 drive bays and a single 1gig stick of ram. It's a nuts good deal.
April 26, 2007 3:53:29 PM

Definitely not, I want the santa rosa platform ( Centrino Pro ).

My budget is close to 3k, hopefully I can afford a 32GB SSD with that, and a laptop with 2 hard drive bays, so I can fit my SSD in!
April 26, 2007 7:49:30 PM

Well, if Santa Rosa is what you want then go for it :)  Brand won't matter much as they will all be entirely new platforms, different cooling solutions etc. You'd best wait till they hit the market and base your decision on the individual machines. Brand means little unless it translates into service as almost all of these boxes are oem'd anyway. I've had great luck with Gateway service, horrible experience with Toshiba, and it was some time ago that Dell built its reputation for service, the more recent reports are definitely non flattering.

Everything sony seems to always cost a fortune relatively speaking LOL. I have refused to even consider their units since they refused to replace a client's clearly defective screen under warranty. Not only that, their quoted repair price on just the screen was about 90 percent of the original retail price....since that incident they've lost about 50k in referrals from me...and will continue to do so. I'm a fan of the asus boxes, and they seem to be coming on strong. Acer is also competitive but i'm not impressed with the build quality. MSI seems inconsistent. Several of their units are real tanks, others flimsy as the dickens..so again...

bottom line is, look over the new boxes and buy the box, not the name.

One very good way to tell the quality of engineering is to examine the units cooling solution... For example, the 7200 c2d in my Gateway nx860xl churns away all day with core temps of around 11 C...you read that right..11 C, at idle just downloading i get between 4 and 7C.....confirmed by Speedfan, Core Temp, and Everest Ultimate. Find me ANYONE ELSES 7900GS 1900x1200 2gig , 7200rpm HD machine that can do that.....yet there is at least one other Gateway lappie I wouldn't have if you gave it to me, its all in the oem...

Good luck but i'd watch the 3k...everyone will sell you a 3k lappie...whether its worth it or not :)  heheh

seer
April 28, 2007 12:41:12 AM

Since your budget is 3k. Have you looked at Killernotebooks?
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