Quality laptops?

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  1. KoolKeith

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    Im helping out a friend here. He wants a quality laptop for gaming and college? What brands are good / bad? Dell? Sager? etc.Thanks
     
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    what is his budget?
     
  3. KoolKeith

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    2000-2500
     
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    dell E1705. Costs about $2k with 7800, 2gb RAM, 17"screen, intel core duo 1.86ghz.
     
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    XPS's any good? Idk if what you metioned is a XPS.
     
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    the xps is the dell gaming line. They're big, heavy and suck the battery, but they're really fast.
    That's going to be my bonus for this year at work.
     
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    alienware = sager = clevo
     
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    dells are NOT quality laptops.

    go with ASUS, nothing but.
     
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    Get an Asus notebook.
     
  14. KoolKeith

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    I'll check them out, thanks
     
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    Apple makes the best notebooks, followed by Sony. Go to a store and look, and you'll agree.
     
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    I don't much like Sony's. Wouldn't mind an Apple though.
     
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    Some people don't like the appearance of the Sony's, but the quality of design and manufacturing is unbeaten.
     
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    acer makes a good laptop and they have some of the best customer service that is out there.
     
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    I mentioned this in the other thread, but I'll say it again: don't buy a notebook you haven't personally used, in the store, or wherever. Feel is everything.
     
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    Can you get a Voodoo for $2500? Probably overkill for college uses though...
     
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    got my toshiba satellite M100 for 1700 shipped. awesome coupons though.

    dual core 2.0
    2GB DDR2 pc2-5300 667MHz
    bluetooth
    wi-fi
    14.1" trubright widescreen
    12-cell battery
    ATI X1400 128MB
    harmon/kardon speakers
    120GB SATA HDD
    DVD +/- RW DL
     
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    I disagree on the sony comment. I've had poor experiences with them. IBM makes top-notch hardware. Not much in the way of gaming machines, but excellent business, and some good multimedia machines. Asus is excellent all-around. Apple is an obvious choice, both in quality hardware and sexy designs. Their intel hardware is extremely sexy, right now. Unfortunatly, Apple is using EFI on their intel hardware, which prohibits installing Windows (well, doesn't prohibit it, but Windows does not recognize EFI, yet... Vista will be the first version to be EFI-compatible) Depending on your gaming requirements, Windows may be a prerequisite. I personally do not like Dell, although they have very good price-points that can be difficult to beat. If properly taken care of, most laptops will last a few years. If you do choose a mainstream notebook, please purchase the extended warranty. I do not like extended warranties on most products -- but laptops are an exception to that rule... They need them!

    For $2-2.5k you have many options that would be suitable. I recommend you consider what is important. If this is a college computer, then consider that smaller size and better battery life is going to be prefered for carrying between classes, actually using on your small classroom desks, using in libraries, or on your lap, etc -- which is contrary to gaming, where bigger is usually better. Better battery life from reasonable processors, and smaller screens will also be preferred for school, but is of no concern for gaming. Higher-performing processors and video cards will help gaming performance, but will do so with less battery life and more heat -- which means more cooling requirements resulting in toasty laps and sometimes loud fans (even a small "quiet" fan is noticable in a quiet classroom or library). Consider your options and weigh your requirements before making a choice. There is a good notebook for you, but nothing is going to be 100% perfect for everything -- a balance between school and play must be acheived.
     
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    vista wont support efi anymore, and you can now dual-boot xp on a macbook pro. They're still working out some driver issues for xp though.

    If you must use a pc notebook, I recomend thinkpads or asus.
     

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