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College notebook opinions- $1200

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August 8, 2007 4:44:17 AM

hello all,

i checked out some laptops at Best Buy to get a more focused idea of what i want. Here's what I want, and I would appreciate feedback/opinions:
-WXGA or WSXGA
-17", but 15.4" is acceptable
Intel Core 2 Duo
60GB+ Hard Drive (not really an issue-always external)
2GB RAM for Vista
USB 2.0 (firewire, too, unless i can buy a firewire USB2.0 hub?..)
Counter Strike, Day of Defeat, HL2, FarCry, Crysis= (8600 preferred)
In the price range of $1200

: no backlight/leakage/ghosting
: zero dead-pixels
: good blacks with movies/games

Anyone have recommendations based on my preferences?
August 9, 2007 2:43:41 AM

Check out my post I'd recommend that deal for you.
August 9, 2007 4:39:05 AM

kuanaco said:
Check out my post I'd recommend that deal for you.

its funny that you mention the 1520, i was just looking at that earlier with these specs recommended by some laptop/notebook review sites:

$1,323
Dell Inspiron 1520
SYSTEM COLOR Jet Black
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7300 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/4MB cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition
DISPLAY High Resolution, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch display (1680x1050)
VIDEO CARD 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
MEMORY FREE! 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
HARD DRIVE FREE! 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
OPTICAL DRIVE CD writer / DVD player (Combo Drive)
WIRELESS NETWORK CARDS Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Mini-Card
INTEGRATED WEBCAM No Webcam Option
BATTERY OPTIONS 56Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
SOUND OPTIONS High Definition Audio 2.0

However, I am not a fan of Dell after i bought their 2005fpw when it 1st came out...Their quality and service doesn't seem on par with what i want, but, who knows.

ive also looked at the Acer Aspire 5920 in person and just didn't like the design (plus, the USB port on the right hand side prevents the CD drive from opening if you have a USB device attatched-CNET.UK on YouTube)

Any other suggestions?
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August 10, 2007 12:56:59 AM

found some options:
-HP DV9000t

-Sager NP2090
http://www.xoticpc.com
1367-41.01 cash=
$1325.99
15.4 WXGA+ Matte Super Clear Ultra Bright (1680x1050)
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 2.0GHz w/4MB L2 On-die - 800MHz FSB Cache
512MB PCI-Express nVidia GeForce 8600GT DX10
2 GB (SODIMMS) DDR2/667 PC 5300 Dual Channel Memory
Standard exterior finish
Combo Dual Layer Super Multi 8X DVDRW Drive w/ Software
80GB 7,200RPM Serial-ATA 150
Internal 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MSPRO/)
Built in 2.0 Megapixel camera
SoundBlaster compatible 3D Audio
Intel Pro Wireless 4965.802.11 a/g/n
Smart li-ion battery 9 cell
110/220V 120W Auto switching AC adapter
Integrated fingerprint reader
NO OS intalled/ drivers and utility software only
Full Range Auto Switching AC Adapter
1 year parts/labor, lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Toll Free Customer Service

http://www.powernotebooks.com
$1372 (-$41.16 cash discount)=
$1330.84
15.4 WXGA+ LCD w/ PCI-e nVidia GeForce 8600 GT w/512MB
Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 2.0GHz w/4MB L2 On-die - 800MHz FSB Cache
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
2 GB (SODIMMS) DDR2/667 Dual Channel Memory
80GB SATA/150 Hard Drive 7,200RPM
Combo Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW CD-R/RW Drive w/Softwares
4-in-1 Memory Card Reader (MS/MSPRO/SD/MMC)
Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965 802.11a/g/n
9-cell Smart Li-ion Battery
NO OS intalled
Full Range Auto Switching AC Adapter
1 year parts/labor, lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Toll Free Customer Service

http://www.discountlaptops.com
$1,337.23



-Dell Vostro 1500
$1,293
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7300 (2.0GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate
LCD PANEL 15.4 in UltraSharp™ Wide Scrn XGA+LCD Display w/TrueLife™
MEMORY 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 DIMM
HARD DRIVE 120G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
OPTICAL DRIVE 8X CD/DVD Burner w/ double-layer DVD+R write capability
VIDEO CARD 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8600M GT
WI-FI WIRELESS CARD Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Wi-Fi Mini Card
WEBCAM No Webcam Option
SOUND OPTION High Definition Audio 2.0
BATTERIES 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
PRODUCTIVITY No Pre-installed Productivity Software
SECURITY No Pre-installed Anti-Virus/Security Software
ADOBE SOFTWARE Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 7.08
WARRANTY & SERVICE 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Mail-in Service
DELL DATASAFE™ ONLINE BACKUP No Online Data Back Up Installed
AUTOMATED PC TUNEUP No Dell Automated PC Tune Up Installed
DELL NETWORK ASSISTANT Dell Network Assistant
ON-SITE SYSTEM SETUP No Onsite System Setup
PURCHASE INTENT Purchase is not intended for resale.
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