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HP or Dell????

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
September 30, 2008 5:06:47 AM

Looking for a new Laptop for my wife. General computing and some games as my son gets older Considering

HP dv4T for about $900:

• Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
• Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26 GHz)
• 14.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)
• FREE Upgrade to 3GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) from 2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
• 50% OFF 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
• FREE Upgrade to 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
• [For LED Display] Webcam + Fingerprint Reader
• HP Color Matching Keyboard
• Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card with Bluetooth
• No Integrated WWAN
• No Modem
• SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
• No TV Tuner w/remote control
• High Capacity 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
• Microsoft(R) Works 9.0


Dell XPS M1330 for around $1100

Flamingo Pink
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8100 (2.1GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1
Standard Display with 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
Size: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW Drive)
128MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8400M GS
Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini Card
56Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
High Definition Audio 2.0
Biometric Fingerprint Reader

The HP seems like the winner (pink color option aside) Is there any advantages the Dell is going to have over HP or vice versa. Is there any downside to the HP that I should keep looking for a better deal on the Dell?


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a b α HP
a c 244 D Laptop
September 30, 2008 10:41:40 AM

I would go for HP one unless u need the extra 70GB capacity
October 2, 2008 9:08:25 PM


i recommended my brother in law a dell

if you want xps, why don't you get the 15 inch? it's cheaper and has better gpu

i have a hp myself with 7200go card nv. i can't download real drivers from nvidia because hp made this card. it doesn't even exist if you ask me.

i think dell is the way to go, and get a 9 cell batt!
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October 2, 2008 11:48:22 PM

vochtige said:
i have a hp myself with 7200go card nv. i can't download real drivers from nvidia because hp made this card. it doesn't even exist if you ask me.

No, that would be because NVidia doesn't officially support mobility cards, except for a select few from only a couple of companies. Otherwise it's the same with every laptop on the market. You can, however, find modified drivers from sites like
October 3, 2008 1:02:25 PM

Or better yet:
Omega Drivers
October 4, 2008 6:09:10 PM

The big difference between HP and Dell involves the warranty.
Dell has next day on-site service.
(Usually ends up 2 days. U call Day 1. Tech Gets Part Day 2. Tech Fixes your PC on the 3rd Day)

If your HP breaks, you call and then mail your a shipping package.
Then you ship your Laptop to them.
They fix it. (No guarenteed turn around)
Then they ship it to you.

So if the HP breaks, expect to be w/o a laptop for 3-4 weeks at least.
Dell - 2 days.

That is why I only buy Dells.

If you want a better Deal, forget XPS.
Look at the Studio 15 or something along those lines.
a b α HP
a b D Laptop
October 6, 2008 6:28:44 PM

I havn't looked at the hp but I do love my m1330 great for school, its small and light, good for most games and 3d apps
a b α HP
a c 244 D Laptop
October 6, 2008 9:09:32 PM

Its not good for games,u have to play with low resolution and low settings(for new games) but its a great laptop :)