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Dell Studio XPS 16 and SAGER NP7110

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October 1, 2010 4:20:02 PM

Hello All,
I have been trying to shop for a new laptop for work (Programming, Web design) and and occasional gaming (CoD, FIFA, Splinter Cell). i have come across excellent suggestions and looks like i have to make up my mind on the two below. Which will you recommend and why? I have no experience with SAGER notebooks and didnt know they exist until some few hours ago LOL.

please advise.

Studio XPS 16 Studio XPS 16 Notebook
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Processor NEW 2010 Intel® Core™ i5-520M (2.40GHz, 4Threads, turbo boost up to 2.93Ghz, 3M cache)
Memory 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3
LCD Panel Edge-to-Edge FHD Widescreen 15.6 inch WLED LCD (1920x1080) W/2.0 MP BLKG15F
Video Card ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5730 – 1GB
Hard Drive 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 500GB72
System Color Obsidian Black High Gloss Finish BLKGLS
Network Card Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card INTNIC
CD ROM/DVD ROM Slot Load DVD+/-RW (DVD/CD read/write) 8XDVDRW
Sound High Definition Audio 2.0 with SRS Premium Sound IS
Wireless Intel© Centrino© Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 IP6250
Battery 6-cell Battery 6BAT
Bluetooth Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Module (2.1+EDR)

SAGER NP7110
Display 17.3" Full HD LED Display with Super Glossy Surface (1920 x 1080)
Video & Graphics Card 1GB DDR3 Nvidia GeForce GT 330M GPU with Optimus Technology / Embedded Intel HD Graphics with Shared Memory up to 1.7GB
CPU Processor Intel® Core™ i5-540M Processor ( 32nm, 3MB L3 Cache, 2.53GHz / 3.06GHz Turbo Mode )
Thermal Compound IC Diamond 7 Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU [$20.00]
Operating System Genuine MS Windows® 7 Home Premium 32/64-Bit Edition ( 64-Bit Preloaded )
Memory 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 2 X 2GB
Primary Hard Disk Drive 500GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive [$20.00]
Optical Drive 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software
Wireless Network Card Internal 802.11 B+G+N Wireless LAN Module
Bluetooth Internal Bluetooth V2.1 Module
Primary Battery Smart Li-ION Battery Pack (6 Cells 62.16WH)
Carrying Bag Standard Carrying Bag
October 1, 2010 4:37:51 PM

I would probably go with the Sager. From everything I have read so far on these forums and others, it appears that they have excellent build quality, reliability, and cust svc. However, if you went with the XPS, yoyu would get a better gpu (the ATI has DX11 and I think it beats out the Geforce 330M in performance. Slight edge goes to the Sager on CPU.

Granted, I haven't owned a Sager and my evidence of their quality is anecdotal. But to be honest, I can't recall reading a poor word against them in all of my researching on my own purchase, which I cannot say for Dell.

Good luck on your purchase whichever one you pick!
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October 2, 2010 3:01:40 PM

Hello,
Seen this MSI @ www.jr.com, how does it stack up agianst the xps 16 and the sager?

Intel Core i5-450M 2.26Hz Processor with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.53GHz
3MB Cache
4GB DDR3 SDRAM
500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
15.4" WSXGA+ Glossy LCD Display (1680x1050), 16:10 aspect ratio
ATI Radeon HD5850 Graphics Card with 1GB DDR5 VRAM
SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Drive
802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN
10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN (RJ-45 Port)
4-in-1 Card Reader SD, MMC, MS, xD
SRS Premium Sound certified high-fidelity speakers
Integrated 2.0MP Webcam
ExpressCard Slot
Ports: 3 x USB 2.0 (eSATA/USB combo), IEEE1394, Bluetooth, Headphone-out Jack, Microphone-in Jack, VGA, HDMI, RJ-45
Approximate Unit Dimensions: 14.1 (W) x 10.24 (D) x 1.22 (H) inches
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