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Dell vs hp

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April 13, 2010 6:01:13 PM

i have two laptops in mind plz help me choose

HP Pavilion dv6-2163TX Laptop Specs:

* Windows 7
* 15.6″ inch WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen
* Intel Core i5-550M Processor (2.4GHz, upto 2.93GHz in Turbo Mode, 3MB Cache)
* Nvidia Geforce GT 230M Graphics Card (1GB)
* 500 GB Sata Hard Disk Drive
* 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
* Integrated Bluetooth
* 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
* Altec Lansing Speakers
* Card Reader
* TV Tuner
* HP Pavilion WebCam with Integrated Microphone
* HP Mobile Remote Control
* 6-Cell Battery
* 65W AC Adaptor
* Weight: 2.86Kg

Intel® Core™ i5-520M Processor (2.4GHz, 4 Threads, turbo boost up to 2.93GHz, 3M cache) edit
Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit (English) edit
Security Software
McAfee™ Security Center (Multi-Language) - 30-Day Trial Version edit
Microsoft(R) Works Include Microsoft(R) Home and Student 60 Days Trial Pre-install edit
Dell Service: Hardware Maintenance
1 Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis edit
15.6 " 720p WLED (1366x768) Display with TrueLife™ edit
4GB (2GBx2) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (Work at 1066MHz for Intel Arrandale CPU) edit
Hard Drive
320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive edit
Optical Drive
Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Combination Drive with dual layer write capabilities edit
Video Card
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5470 - 1GB edit
Audio Solution
Integrated CREATIVE Sound Blaster(R) X-Fi MB Audio Software Solution edit
Wireless Network Card
Dell 1520 Wireless-N Card edit
Bluetooth Module
Dell(TM) Wireless 365 Bluetooth Module

i am worried about the overheating rumours in hp that i hear im inclined towards hp becoz i like its design plz help me choose

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a b D Laptop
April 13, 2010 8:49:58 PM

The HP has a far better GPU - with a larger hard drive, the HP is the best choice.
April 14, 2010 8:27:49 AM

@zipzoomflyhigh : yes the second specs are for the dell laptop.

basically i want to know how the nvidia card in the hp laptop fares against the ati card in the dell.

also what about the heating issues in hp.

well both the processors are 520m its just a misprint.

and what about the customer service is hp's service as good as dell's?
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April 14, 2010 8:30:03 AM

also ive heard that hp's speakers arent that good is that true?

what about the build ?
does hp have a strong body build?
a b D Laptop
April 14, 2010 2:01:34 PM

I'd avoid both.....both were probably made by the same vendor.

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

Major relationships include:

* Quanta sells to (among others) HP/Compaq, Dell, Toshiba, Sony, Fujitsu, Acer, NEC, Gateway and Lenovo/IBM - note that
* 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.

I prefer to use a boutique vendor who will custom build to my specs based upon ODM's such as Clevo which cater to the enthusiast market. You can read about and find a vendor here:

Alternately I would look at the new Asus lines whose pricing is extremely competitive.

a b D Laptop
April 14, 2010 3:51:21 PM

Both are built to about the same standard, as they come built from the same company, as JackNaylorPE has stated.

Speakers in notebooks are a moot subject - they're all bad by definition. You just can't make good sounding speakers in a cramped space like that. They all sound tinny and unbalanced.
April 14, 2010 8:28:57 PM

yeah both may be built by same company but it also depends on which company is actually selling the notebook. also depends on the chip set approved by the seller.

HP laptops tend to be hot. and company has a bad track record of not recalling any faulty laptops.
I speak from experience of TX1410US.
it had a faulty chip set that had already been recalled in an another laptop series but was used again in the TX1000 series. HP is aware of the problems it created and even then has not done anything with regards to this laptop.

in the end the choice depends on the fact as which chip set the manufacturer has used in your laptop.