Down to the finalists: Thinkpad T61, HP dv5t and Dell XPS M1530

Guys, please cast your opinion what system is better. I use the computer mostly for: webdesign (dreamweaver), photo editing (photoshop), once in a while video editing (premiere), and watch a lot of video streming over the web. Outlook is usually open as well as skype and messenger.

Here are the SPECS

Thinkpad t61

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T8300 (2.4GHz 800MHz 3MBL2)
160 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M (128MB)

Price $1,015.00

HP dv5t
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor P8600 (2.4 GHz)
15.4" diagonal WSXGA+ High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1680 x 1050)

256MB NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS

Price $1028

Dell XPS M1530

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB, 3MB Cache)
Full Hi Definition, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LCD (1920x1200) & 2.0 M
160GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with Hard Drive Protection
"128MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400M GS

Price $1136

I could also consider shelling another $300 and pay $1400 for a Thinkpad T500, but only if it will make a big difference in performance.

What do you guys think? Any other suggestions?

Thanks so much
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  1. IMO, for photo editing, you should get the system with the highest res screen, i.e. the XPS. The P8600 is comparable in performance to the T8300 - although the former's TDP is better (25 vs 35 Watt) -, so this shouldn't be the discriminating factor.
  2. Photo editing is not my profession, but I do some webdesign and I work on some of my personal land and underwater pictures.
  3. I'd go for the XPS. The high res screen should be really nice for photo work.
  4. how you get that price for XPS?
  5. Some coupons online.

    Any final thoughts?

  6. I just ordered the XPS M1530. T8100, 250gb HDD, 2gb RAM, Geforece 8600m gt, $1080 with tax and shipping. Can't wait.:D:D:D
  7. Very cool. I guess you are not worried about the 8600 issues right?
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