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February 11, 2010 7:24:59 PM

In the market for a laptop. Want to do some light gaming (probably nothing more intensive than MW2 on external monitor) but still be able to take notes all morning in class. Sister has a 15" dell, which is way too big for my tastes. I can't afford a Vaio Z (~$2K), but wouldn't mind spending around a grand, even a little more. Anything decent out there?

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February 11, 2010 10:27:54 PM

15" is too big? Then basically your looking at 14" laptops and under with a low-end but still decent graphics card like Geforce 9400M or ATI 3000 or 4000 series. Also Alienware has a gaming netbook that costs $800.
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February 11, 2010 10:50:38 PM

Ultimate_Destructo said:
15" is too big? Then basically your looking at 14" laptops and under with a low-end but still decent graphics card like Geforce 9400M or ATI 3000 or 4000 series. Also Alienware has a gaming netbook that costs $800.

just note that alienware is made by dell (just a thing to be aware of)
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February 12, 2010 12:21:30 AM

Yea, 15 is the very smallest for any gaming. any smaller and you might as well get a netbook man. Alineware has a very nice 15" gaming one though.
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February 12, 2010 3:31:19 AM

have a netbook, but i like being able to do media-related things on the go (hulu is as bumpy as flying into denver). dell bought alienware a couple of years ago, iirc, but how's the graphics card on the m11x? surely there's gotta be a decent 13"/14" asus or something with reasonable graphics power
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February 12, 2010 8:14:13 PM

The graphics card looks good, but the processor (whether you upgrade to the Core 2 Duo or not) is only 1.3GHz.
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February 12, 2010 8:22:38 PM

shovenose said:
just note that alienware is made by dell (just a thing to be aware of)


and Dell doesn't make laptops.

The vast majority of laptops on the market are manufactured by a small handful of Original Design Manufacturers (ODM).[2]

Major relationships include:

* Quanta sells to (among others) HP/Compaq, Dell, Toshiba, Sony, Fujitsu, Acer, NEC, Gateway and Lenovo/IBM - note that Quanta is currently (as of August, 2007) the largest manufacturer of notebook computers in the world.
* Compal sells to Toshiba, HP/Compaq, Acer, and Dell.
* Wistron (former manufacturing & design division of Acer) sells to HP/Compaq, Dell, IBM, NEC, Acer, and Lenovo/IBM.
* Flextronics (former Arima Computer Corporation notebook division) sells to HP/Compaq, NEC, and Dell.
* ECS sells to IBM, Fujitsu, and Dell.
* Asus sells to Apple (iBook), Sony, and Samsung.
* Inventec sells to HP/Compaq, Toshiba, and BenQ.
* Uniwill sells to Lenovo/IBM and Fujitsu.



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February 12, 2010 8:23:50 PM

andrewwildman said:
In the market for a laptop. Want to do some light gaming (probably nothing more intensive than MW2 on external monitor) but still be able to take notes all morning in class. Sister has a 15" dell, which is way too big for my tastes. I can't afford a Vaio Z (~$2K), but wouldn't mind spending around a grand, even a little more. Anything decent out there?


http://www.pro-star.com/index.cfm?mainpage=productdetai...

Custom build from there....up RAM to 4 GB , up HD speed to 7200 rpm, add WiFi and BT.
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February 12, 2010 8:24:55 PM

but is $100 worth another core...?
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February 22, 2010 1:53:16 AM

Best answer selected by andrewwildman.
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