I have been looking at laptops for quite a while now, and have narrowed it down to three.
Dell Studio 1749, Sony VAIO F series, and the Toshiba Qosmio x505-Q880
I'm not a big fan of ASUS, I've never had one but something just seems odds about them, (maybe 1hr batteries, etc???) I do like the extended warranty options that come with the Dells and Sonys, and the option of purchasing software at the same time for convenience's sake.
As far as I can tell you can't customize toshibas???
Qosmio X505-Q880 Laptop Specifications
Intel® Core™ i7-720QM processor
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 360M
2298MB total: 1GB GDDR5 discrete memory + up to 1274MB shared memory w/NVIDIA® TurboCache™ technology
Memory and Storage
6GB DDR3 1066MHz memory
564GB: 64GB SSD (Serial ATA) + 500GB (7200rpm, Serial ATA)
Blu-ray Disc™ ROM and DVD SuperMulti drive with Labelflash®
Audio and Video
FHD TruBrite® TFT LCD Display
Supports 1080p content, 1920x1080, 16:9 aspect ratio
Built-in microphone, Microphone jack (mono), Headphone jack (stereo), S/P DIF output port (shared with headphone port), harman/kardon® stereo speakers
Webcam and microphone built into LCD bezel
Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth® V2.1 + EDR
No Modem port
10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
180W (19V x 9.5A) Auto-sensing,100-240V AC Adapter
High Capacity Li-Ion (8000mAh, 12-Cell)
PC Express Slot
S/P DIF output port (shared with headphone port), Memory Card Reader
1-eSATA/USB (2.0) combo port with Sleep and Charge, 3-USB (2.0)
HDMI-CEC (Regza Link™)
Sony VAIO F Series ( they are a little vague when they list their specs)
* VPCF1290X CTO (customized)
* Large capacity battery
* Intel® Core™ i7-740QM processor (1.73GHz) with Turbo Boost up to 3.06GHz
* 16.4" VAIO Full HD Premium Display (1920x1080) (Reg. price $100.00)
* NVIDIA® GeForce® 330M GPU (1GB VRAM)
* No Fresh Start
* LED Backlit Keyboard
* 6GB (4GBx1 + 2GBx1) DDR3-SDRAM-1333
* Blu-ray Disc player
* No Engraving
* Adobe Creative Bundle
* Backstage™ VIP Protection™ Suite (Recommended)
* Microsoft® Office 2010 Home & Student
* Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* 500GB Hard Disk Drive (7200rpm)
I have read complaints about the visibility of the screen and poor qualitiy. If I am going to get a blu-ray i want to at least be able to enjoy it fully and for other's in the room to be able to see it without reflections or the tunnel effect.
ALSO INCLUDED WITH YOUR SYSTEM
PROCESSOR Studio 17 Laptop
BATTERY OPTIONS 85 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (9 cell)
INTEGRATED WEBCAM No Touch Software
VIDEO CARD 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
Adobe Reader Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0
ACCIDENT DAMAGE PROTECTION 1Yr LoJack for Laptops Theft Protection
I don't want the touch screen. I have also heard the keyboard plastic seems king of cheapy.
It is really up in the air between these 3. The cost differences between them really has little impact, i just want the best laptop in this area. A good gamer for while I'm at school, and a fast and efficient machine. I will possibly be running programs like CAD in the future and I want this laptop to last for at least the next 3 years.
Any info, tips, advice, or general knowledge or opinions would be greatly appreciate!!!!
Portability would be nice, but it is mainly going to stay at the desk. I would consider it more of a desktop replacement.
The Qosmio looks pretty awesome, but the only thing that concerns me is that it only has a 1 year warranty while the sony and dell both have 3 year coverages.
My budget is pretty much around $2500 but if i can get what i want/need for less that is great.
Dell with software/custom ~2300
Sony with software/custom ~2100
Toshiba ~1900 BUT by the time i buy antivirus, office home and student, and IF it had 3 year warranty it would run ~ 2300 or so i estimated. (3 year warranties for the other two are about 300)