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3 Laptops, which one to buy?

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September 5, 2007 3:50:25 PM

Hi, I'm used to building my own desktops but am taking the laptop plunge- which of the 3 listed here is best? (not knowing much about the brands)

Asus F5R-AP214C
AUD$1150

Specifications
• Processor & Cache Memory Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2130 1.86GHz
• Operating System Genuine Windows® Vista™ Home Premium
• Main Memory 1GB DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM
• Display 15.4" WXGA (Glare-Type)
• Hard Disk Drive 160GB 5400rpm 2.5" 9.5mm SATA HDD +TPM
• Optical Drive 8x DVD Super-Multi with Dual Layer support
• Card Reader One built-in card reader support MMC/ SD /MS (4 in 1)
• Communications 56K S/W modem (MDC type)
10/100 Mbps LAN built-in]
Integrated 802.11a/b/g
Bluetooth module v2.0+EDR
• Web Camera 1.3MP CMOS Web Camera
• Audio Built-in Azalia compliant audio chip
SoundBlaster Pro Compatible
Build-in stereo speakers
• Interface VGA Port (D-Sub 15)
One Headphone-out jack (WO/SPDIF)
One Microphone-in jack
One RJ11 Modem jack for phone line
One RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
4 USB 2.0 ports
• Battery Li-Ion 49 WHrs (6 cells: 4400mAh, 3S2P)
Run-Down life: >3 hr
• AC Adapter Output: 19V DC, 3.42A, 65W
Input: 100~240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
• Dimension & Weight 365~367 x 262 x 27( front)~35(rear)mm
2.65Kg (6 cell battery)
• Supplied Accessories Optical Mouse + Carrying bag
• Warranty & e-support 2-year limited global hardware warranty
1-year battery pack warranty
On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
OS (Microsoft Windows XP) install/uninstall consultation
Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
ASUS software supporting


Acer Notebook Extensa 5620-1A1G12Mi Intel C2D T5250 1.5GHz/2x512Mb/120Gb/DVD±RW/15.4"WXGA/XPP
AUD$1160
*Microsoft Windows XP Pro
*Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5250 (1.5GHz, 1M cache, 533MHz)
*2 x 512MB DDR-II SDRAM 667MHz – expandable to 4096MB
*120GB 5400RPM SATA HDD
*DVD Super-Multi Dual Layer drive
*15.4” WXGA Widescreen CrystalBrite,
*Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 up to 384MB
*5-in-1 Card Reader(SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD)
*Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/b/g with SignalUp technology
*Integrated Bluetooth
*Integrated Webcam
*1 x 1394 Port
*1x10/100/1000 LAN port
*4 x USB 2.0 ports
*1 x Modem port
*1 x External display (VGA) port
*1 x Type II PC Card slot
*1 x S-video TV out port
*6-cell Lithium Ion Battery
*1 year pickup & return + 1 year International Travelers warranty



BenQ JoyBook A52V02 Intel CD T2250 1.73GHz/512Mb/80G/DVD±RW/15.4"WXGA/VHBasic

AUD$999
• Model: A52V02
• Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo T2250
• Chipset: ATI® RC415MD
• Memory: DDRII 512MB (max to 2.0GB), 2 Memory Slots
• HDD: 80GB (5400RPM - SATA)
• Optical Drive: 8x DVD-DUAL with Double Layer support
• Graphics Card: ATI Radeon® Xpress 200M
• Video Memory: Shared (max. to 128MB)
• Display: 15.4" WXGA (1280x800)
• Operating System: Genuine Windows® Vista™ Home Basic
• Battery: 4-cell Lithium-Ion Battery, 29.6Whr (2000mAh)
Warranty: 2 years (1st year global warranty, 2nd year Australia wide)


MSI PR600 Intel C2D T7300 2.0GHz/1G/120G/ DVDRW/15.4"WXGA/VHPremium
AUD$1249
MSI MegaBook PR600,
15.4" Glare WXGA (1280 x 800) ACV Display,
Intel T7300 2GHz CPU,
1GB DDR2 RAM,
120GB SATA HDD,
Intel GMA X3100 Graphics Card,
Wireless 802.11b/g,
Intel GM965 + ICH8-M Chipset,
Dual Layer DVD-RW, Bluetooth,
MMC/SD/MS/MS Pro 4-in-1 Card Reader,
Dual Layer DVD-RW , 1 VGA Output, 1 x S-Video Output, 1 x PC Card (PCMCIA) slot, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN Port, 1 x Modem port, 1 x IEEE1394,
1.3 MegaPixel Webcam,
4 x USB2.0, Headphone Out,
Microphone In, Li-Ion 6 cell battery,
Windows Vista Home Premium,
Microsoft Windows Live One Care (Anti-virus Protection, Firewall, Spamfilter and Backup), Microsoft Office 2007 60-Day Free Trial,
2-year pick-up and delivery warranty (call 1300 669 260)

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a c 244 D Laptop
September 5, 2007 5:03:27 PM

go for MSI one it has the fastest processor. but if u must have a larger hdd like 160 then go for Asus F5R-AP214C
a b D Laptop
September 5, 2007 5:23:44 PM

The MSI gets my vote.
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September 5, 2007 8:11:16 PM

I say MSI as well, go for the best CPU and GPU and then LCD and Chassis, HDD and Memory can be upgraded later.
September 6, 2007 2:31:26 AM

Cheers peoples, MSI was my pick, but the computer shop person selling all the above said to keep away from MSI, confusing-

Any idea about MSI's quality?
September 6, 2007 3:16:51 PM

What's your price range?
September 8, 2007 6:27:10 AM

"HardwareBoss" said
"What's your price range?"

upto $1300, looking for something good for 'Adobe Prem Pro' and general use of course

September 8, 2007 7:08:57 AM

The plot thickens, added to the above 4 is:

Processor: AMD Turion 64Bit X2 (2.0GHz)
Storage: 120GB HDD
Optical Drive: DVD-Burner (Dual Layer)
Screen: 15.4inch WXGA
Video: 512MB ATI X1300 Graphics (128mb dedicated + 384mb shared)
Connectivity: Wireless, 56K Modem, 10/100 LAN
Built in Devices: Bluetooth, Card Reader, USB, Built in Mic, Inbuilt Webcam
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Warranty: 12 Months Manufacturer
Category: Mainstream
Memory: 2 GB DDR2 RAM
September 8, 2007 11:19:37 AM

without a doubt the core 2 duo will blow the turion out of the water in rendering time, especially if you plan on using a lot of effects in premiere or after effects.

i would imagine battery life is also a big point with mobile editing
a c 244 D Laptop
September 8, 2007 3:22:34 PM

definitely ^^^ , that MSI is alot better
a c 244 D Laptop
September 8, 2007 3:22:34 PM

definitely ^^^ , that MSI is alot better
September 9, 2007 12:26:48 AM

Sweet! choice is made then! thanks for all replies.
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