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July 27, 2012 12:44:01 AM

Trying to decide between 3 computers to buy. Looking to mainly play GTA 4 and Arma2 right now with some BF3. I will mainly be playing GTA4. Buying tonight I need some suggestions please. I have found 3 below I liked.


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July 27, 2012 1:00:24 PM

anyone? I would like to order asap. Im thinking the MSI GT70 but im a total noob to these gaming laptops.
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July 30, 2012 6:52:45 PM

The third one (G75VW-TS71) is not a good option, because it comes with a 17.3" 1600x900 display instead of a 17.3" 1920x1080 display.

This is a significant issue. 1600x900 resolution in a 17.3" display makes things onscreen large, and 17.3" displays that have 1600x900 resolution tend to have very poor image quality due to low contrast. The same applies to 15.6" 1366x768 displays, and you should make a point to avoid this type of display when it is reasonable to do so, unless you need large text.

I've actually seen this model (or a similar one with the 1600x900 display) inside a CompUSA store. The display was quite terrible. It looks grainy, has an overly-aggressive matte finish (akin to sandpaper), has particularly narrow viewing angles (even for a TN panel), cannot produce dark colors properly (due to low contrast), and of course made things onscreen larger than they should be.

The other two, with their 17.3" 1290x1080 displays, are better options.

Like the GE70, but cheaper, is the Sager NP6370: http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np6370-clevo-w370et-p-4796...
- Remember to select Windows 7 under Operating System.
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