Need help buying a laptop

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  1. abaddon41_80
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    I know that someone creates a topic like this almost every day so I hate to bother everyone again but this board has the highest collective computer knowledge of any place on the internet that I frequent. I am looking to get rid of my current laptop because I now have the money to buy a better one. It is not that the one I have now is bad or anything but I just want to upgrade to one that can play newer games if I want to and has better battery life. My current laptop's specs are,

    Acer Aspire 4730Z
    Intel Premium Dual-Core processor T3400(2.16 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 cache)
    Mobile Intel Graphics Accelerator 4500M
    4 GB (2 x 2GB) PC2 6400 RAM
    250 GB HDD

    It actually works fantastic for what I bought it for, schoolwork and going on the internet, and the price ($450) but the problem is the graphics card. As most of you know, it sucks. What I am looking for is a laptop with very good processing speed, very good battery life, a decent gaming computer, and good portability. I am willing to spend up to around $1100 but if someone knows of a laptop that can do everything I want for cheaper then please tell me.

    Things I am looking for (in order of importance)

    1. Battery life - I currently get 2-2.5 hours while on the internet but I would like to improve upon that.
    2. Processing speed - The laptop I have right now has great speed and I don't want to downgrade.
    3. Decent gaming computer - I know I will never play something like Crysis, though.
    4. Portability - I am not looking for anything that is bigger than 15.4'' because I will be lugging this around along with books every day.

    I have found a couple that seem pretty good to me.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16834220519 - Seems pretty good for $900

    Dell Studio 15 with Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz/1066Mhz FSB/3MB cache), 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 video card, and a free upgrade to a 9-cell battery for $929
     
  2. Devion

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    Wel I recently bought a Asus laptop that work's awesome
    I installed the sims 3 and stuff and it still WILL work the specs

    Asus K50IN
    CPU = DUO T6500
    Wireless = 802.11N
    Display = 15,6 HD(led saves battery)
    Hard drive = 320GB
    Memory = 4GB [​IMG]
    512MB NVIDIA GEFORC
    Intel core duo.....
    Battery wil last on the high performance mode for 3 hours (playing sims 3)

    And of course it uses vista home premium [​IMG]

    It also got a nice touch pad that is very sensitieve.....

    (strange language but you can see the computer...)

    other things:
    1 SD card slot
    4 usb
    1 external screen output
    mic and earphone output
    build in webcam
    build in microphone
    1 cd/dvd reader/burner

    If u need more info just tell me... [​IMG]

    Good Luck
     
  3. Lodis

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    Look for the NP8660 or NP8662. You are unlikely to get really good battery life on any laptop that games really well but you could always undervolt the CPU to increase this.

    I suggest you post your question here:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=16
     
  4. abaddon41_80
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    Thanks guys. From what you said, Devion, I guess Asus gets good battery life, which is the main thing I am looking for. I posted my questions on that forum you suggested, lodis.
     
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    Using a laptop to play games is hopeless, really.
     
  6. Devion

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    Why hopeless i can play game on vacation, Can you take your desktop computer on vacation that easily? I don't Think so....
     
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    Playing computer games while on vacation seems like a waste man. But what I mean is, it'll get outdated so fast it's not even funny.
     
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    I bought A Dell XPS M1730, its a gaming laptop but Very Pricey indeed
    Anyway, here are the specs

    XPS M1730
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T8100
    Single 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8700m GT graphics card
    2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
    160GB Hard Drive

    and the Good thing is Windows Vista ULITMATE [​IMG]
     
  9. UltraMagnus

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    my macbook pro can play oblivion on max settings, not really that hopeless.
     
  10. abaddon41_80
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    These are pretty much the 4 I have narrowed it down to.

    A) Levono Thinkpad T400 - $998
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    B) Dell Studio 15 - $929
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    C) Asus N81Vg-X1 - $899.99 (after rebate)
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    D) HP dv4t - $975
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    I am currently leaning towards the Studio 15 but 12 cell battery that comes with the dv4t is tempting.
     
  11. Lodis

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    You definitely have a point but still, if you get a really decent gaming laptop, it will last you quite a good while. I know of some one who got a Sager NP9262 that has a 2.5 Ghz Quad Core, 3 HDD's and Dual SLI GPU 8800M X 2. They are still playing games just fine.
     
  12. DSGamer64

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    Don't buy an Acer whatever you do. Laptops already have heating issues when playing games, Acer machines naturally run hot and you can damn near burn yourself sometimes, take it from someone who owns one.

    HP seems to have a track record around here of poor quality laptops, my brother has a dv2000 and it's junk, the motherboards were horribly designed and he has had it overhauled twice since he got it just over a year ago.
     
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    DSGamer64, that's the exact same one I'm using right now. I've sent it in for repairs 4-5 times because of a faulty fan. The only games I can expect to play on here are 2D games.
     
  14. abaddon41_80
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    Yeah, both of my first two laptops have been Acers so I know what you mean. My first one ran terribly hot even on flat surfaces and I sometimes had to hold it up while using it. The one I have now is not that bad, though. Another thing I have noticed about Acers is that the battery life starts to deteriorate faster than other laptops. Is this true for you too?
     
  15. DSGamer64

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    Well mine is 3 years old now and the battery only lasts for about 40 minutes, it used to last 3 hours when I got it, depends on the battery pack I think.

    I am disappointed in HP's quality too considering I have a desktop that is going on 6 years old or so and it still runs fine, a bit slow cause it needs a nice hard drive clean up but otherwise it's fine. Sad to hear that their laptops are so shitty these days, I know some people swear by their computers.
     
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    Last post I am going to make because I know I am annoying people. I have narrowed my choices down to 2 and I need help deciding.

    1) Dell Studio 15 - $1045.66 (including tax)
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    2) HP dv4t - $989.73 (including tax)
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
  17. abaddon41_80
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    Never mind. I found a $250 off for the HP so I am definitely going with that.
     
  18. Lodis

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    If you want anywhere near decent gaming performance, you will save your money and not bother with that HP. If you are going to get a laptop, you should get the best one your money can buy. That $250 off might translate into much more later on when you become annoyed at the poor gaming performance, especially in newer titles.
     
  19. DSGamer64

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    Dell's are overpriced compared to Asus for gaming laptops, the only luxury is customization but their graphics options suck to be honest.
     
  20. UltraMagnus

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    asus suck in build quality.

    remember with dell if you order by phone you can usually barter them down by at least 10% and maybe get free upgrades