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

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
August 13, 2008 5:08:56 PM

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
August 13, 2008 5:46:24 PM

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.
August 13, 2008 6:17:14 PM

Photo editing is not my profession, but I do some webdesign and I work on some of my personal land and underwater pictures.
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August 13, 2008 6:54:16 PM

I'd go for the XPS. The high res screen should be really nice for photo work.
August 14, 2008 12:02:54 AM

how you get that price for XPS?
August 14, 2008 6:35:28 PM

Some coupons online.

Any final thoughts?

August 14, 2008 9:06:48 PM

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 
August 15, 2008 5:03:51 PM

Very cool. I guess you are not worried about the 8600 issues right?