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What's the real difference between these laptops?

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August 3, 2007 6:04:58 AM

The Gateway MX6961 Laptop Computer delivers the power and technology to easily tackle the most demanding applications. The Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo T7200 2.0GHz processor provides top-level performance for games, entertainment or multimedia applications. Its 2.0GHz processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, 160GB hard drive and Dual Layer DVD+/-RW optical drive make this Gateway laptop a rival for any of your home or office PCs. The Gateway MX6961 Refurbished Laptop Computer features a 15.4-Inch Ultrabright WXGA display, Intel's Graphics Media Accelerator 950 GPU, a 4-in-1 Digital Media Manager, and 802.11a-b-g Integrated wireless.

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Model: Gateway MX6961
Processor: Intel Core2 Duo processor T7200 2ghz
Memory: 2048MB 533MHz DDR2
Pointing Device: Touch Pad
Hard Drive: 160GB
Display: 15.4-inch Widescreen Ultrabright
Speakers: Internal
Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW Multi-Format Double Layer
Operating System: Windows XP Media Center
Video: Integrated Graphics
Sound: Internal Sound
Media Reader: Integrated
Modem: Integrated V.92 56K modem
Wireless: 802.11g wireless Mini-PCI card type III-B
Network: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
Battery: 8-cell Li-Ion
Power Adapter: Included
System Weight: 5.5 pounds with battery installed
Software: Windows XP Media Center

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Model: HP Pavilion dv5237cl
Processor: 1.83GHz Core Duo T2400
Memory: 2GB DDR2
Pointing Device: Touch Pad
Hard Drive: 120GB
DisplayL 15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen
Speakers: Integrated
Optical Drive: DVD+-RW Dual Layer
Operating System: Windows XP Media Center
Video: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Sound: Integrated
Media Reader: Integrated
Modem: 56K
Wireless: 54g 802.11b/g WLAN
Network: 10/100
Battery: Included
Power Adapter: Included
System Weight: 6.38 lbs
Software: Windows XP Media Center Edition

Which is the better buy. The HP is 100 dollars cheaper. Which would you recommend and why. Thanks you.
a b D Laptop
August 3, 2007 3:26:58 PM

The Gateway. It has a newer, faster processor and it is lighter than the HP.

Not sure what you are planning on doing with the laptop, but don't expect to play many games on it with the Integrated graphics.
August 3, 2007 7:22:20 PM

I'm not playing any games.

I did find out the following.

The HP uses 600mhz ddr memory while the gateway uses the slower 533 ddr 2 memory.

Do anyone know the hard rive speeds?
a b D Laptop
August 3, 2007 9:01:36 PM

The memory speed won't make a huge difference in your performance. The better speed of the gateway's CPU will take care of it. Both laptops look like they use slow 5400rpm HDD.
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