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Need Laptop Advice < $800

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
November 2, 2007 5:22:37 AM

I basically am looking for the best value laptop that has a Core 2 Duo CPU and a gig of ram. Price is really no object, but let's try to keep it under $800 unless there's a great deal. Any suggestions?

1.) Programming. Must be able to run Visual Studio well, and compile fast!
2.) Mobility. I'd like to be able to stick it in my fiancee's purse if possible.
10.) Gaming. I listed gaming as #10 because the games I play are so old, they'd run well even with an integrated graphics card. Plus only any idiot would game on a laptop over a desktop with a CRT.
11.) Battery. Pretty much doesn't matter - it'll be plugged in most of the time.
20.) Operating system. It will likely be stripped down, and Windows XP + Linux installed. Windows Vista would be a plus to play with before stripped.

Side Question:
If my laptop happens to come with Windows Vista, is it true that Vista renders the Desktop in DirectX? If so, is there a significant concern of performance loss of using an Integrated graphics card with Vista? I don't know anything about Vista, so any input would help (e.g., if you can turn Desktop rendering off, etc).

Thanks in advance!

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November 2, 2007 10:40:18 PM

Best bet would be to go to and configure a 1400, 1500, or 1700 series, the numbers refer to the size of the screen. Unless you girlfriend uses a laptop case for a purse, not likely any of them will fit
December 3, 2007 3:43:53 PM

check out Acer Aspire series as well ..
December 3, 2007 6:28:52 PM

I would say Acer too....

I have 2 Acers...and they both served me well....

on top of that....Acer does not have any preinstalled application....which is good in a certain way....