Laptop for photo editing and casual gaming

1. What is your budget?
+-$600 (5000 Rand)

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15-16'' range is good

3. What screen resolution do you want?
Something that's ideal for viewing and editing photos

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
It's a desktop replacement, but it will be used on the move. Not too concerned about size + weight though

5. How much battery life do you need?
At least 2hrs

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
Yes. Huge fan of Flight Simulator 2004. Also enjoy games like the CoD series, Hawx, Mirror's Edge etc. Doubt I'll be running things like Crysis

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Photo editing, watching movies

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
250GB-320GB. External Hdd's are cheap, so not too worried.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
Minimum of 3-4years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
DVD ROM+ writer

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Have my eye on the HP ProBook 4515, but I haven't heard good things about the screen. However, there is a place here with a good deal; Laptop + extra 8cell battery + bag + mouse, for R5000 (about $600)

13. What country do you live in?
South Africa

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I'm not into hectic photo-editing; I dabble with CS3, Picasa, that sort of thing. But a screen with good resolution and colours is what I'm after. I need something that will work, and that will last. A decent dedicated graphics card is also a plus.
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  1. Hello SardineG;

    Here is some information on that HP ProBook 4515:
    HP 4515 summary compairson @ Notebookcheck
    HP ProBook 4515 review @ Techradar
    It's a 2yr old model that I can't find anywhere for sale in the US. Last price shown was selling for $380.
    Not looking at all good for your gaming goals of FSX/Hawx/ME with the HD 3200 graphics. CoD4:MW would run on Low graphics settings.
  2. There is a later model of the HP 4515 that has a AMD Turion X2 RM-76 (2.3 GHz) CPU and HD 4330 video card.
    Which CPU/video card does the laptop you're looking at have?
  3. Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards

    Find the ATI Radeon HD 3200 and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 cards in that long list. Tick the boxes and then use the RESTRICT button above to get an idea how the video cards compare.

  4. Hey, thanks for the reply. The one I'm looking at:
    HP ProBook 4515
    2.1GHz AMD Dual Core Athlon M320
    4GB DDR2 Memory
    320GB hard drive
    512MB ATI HD4330 Graphics

    I'm hearing more and more bad comments about the 4515's screen/colour/contrast, so I might just rule it out.
  5. It's hard to suggest anything for you when we don't know what is available in the price range you mentioned.
    What else is available down there for 5000 Rand?
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