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help me pick a laptop

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Clyde in CO, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. Clyde in CO

    Clyde in CO LOL WUT?

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    Aug 7, 2002
    the Springs
    are the extra features of the aspire worth the cost?


    first the acer ferrari: $2049


    Brand Acer
    Series Ferrari
    Model 4005WLMi
    Part# LXFR406035
    CPU
    CPU Type Turion 64
    CPU Speed 2GHz
    CPU Cache 1MB
    Operating Systems
    Operating System Windows XP Professional
    Display
    Screen Size 15.4"
    Display Type Wide SXGA+
    Resolution 1680 × 1050
    Graphics
    GPU/VPU ATI Mobility RADEON X700
    Video Memory Dedicated 128MB
    Graphic Type Dedicated Card
    Hard Drive
    HD Capacity 100GB
    Memory
    Memory Speed DDR333
    Memory Size 1GB
    Optical Drive
    Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
    Optical Drive Interface Integrated
    Communications
    Modem V.92 56K
    LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
    WLAN 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
    IRDA IrDA
    Bluetooth Yes
    Ports
    USB 4
    IEEE 1394 1
    Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, 1 x S-Video TV-out
    Audio Ports Atereo headphones/speakers/line-out with SPDIF support
    Input Device
    Touchpad Yes
    Keyboard Standard
    Supplemental Drive
    Card Reader 5-in-1 card reader for optional MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO or xD-Picture Card
    Power
    Battery Lithium Ion
    Physical spec
    Dimensions 14.3"W x 10.5" D x 1.4"H
    Weight 6.3lbs
    Warranty
    Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year Limited



    now the acer aspire: $2238

    Brand Acer
    Series Aspire 9500
    Model AS9504WSMi
    Part# LX.A880J.002
    General
    Operating System Windows XP Media Center Edition
    CPU Type Intel Pentium M Processor 760(2.0GHz)
    Screen 17.0" WXGA+ (1440 x 900) TFT display
    Memory Size 2GB (1/1) DDR2 533 SDRAM
    Hard Disk 120GB hard drive
    Optical Drive DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
    Graphics Card ATI MOBILITY RADEON X700 graphics
    Video Memory 256MB DDR
    Communication Modem, Gigabit LAN and WLAN
    Card slot PC Card slot for one Type II card, 32-bit PC CardBus architecture
    Dimensions 15.8" W x 11.3" D x 1.6" H
    Weight 8.4lbs
    Tech Intel Centrino Mobile Technology
    Other Features analog TV tuner
    CPU
    CPU Type Pentium M
    CPU Speed 760(2.0GHz)
    CPU FSB 533MHz
    CPU Cache 2MB
    Operating Systems
    Operating System Windows XP Media Center
    Chipset
    Chipset Intel 915PM
    Display
    Screen Size 17.0"
    LCD Features Acer CrystalBrite Technology
    Display Type Wide XGA+
    Resolution 1440 × 900
    Graphics
    GPU/VPU ATI Mobility RADEON X700
    Video Memory Dedicated 256MB
    Graphic Type Dedicated Card
    Hard Drive
    HD Capacity 120GB
    Memory
    Memory Slots 2x DIMM
    Memory Speed DDR2 533
    Memory Size 2GB
    Max Memory Supported 2GB
    Memory Dual Channel Support Yes
    Optical Drive
    Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
    Optical Drive Spec -Read - 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD-ROM, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+RW, 8X DVD+R, 6X DL DVD+R, 8X DVD-RW
    -Write - 24X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD+R, 8X DVD-R, 4X DVD+RW, 2.4X DL DVD+R, 4X DVD-RW
    Communications
    Modem V.92 56K
    LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
    WLAN 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
    IRDA Yes
    Bluetooth Yes
    Ports
    Card Slot PC Card slot for one Type II card, 32-bit PC CardBus architecture, Zoomed Video support
    USB 5
    IEEE 1394 1
    Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, 1 x S-Video TV-out
    Other port RF jack for digital/analog TV antenna cable input
    AV-in for audio/video input composite/S-video/line-in
    Audio Ports Stereo headphones/speakers/line-out with SPDIF support
    Stereo microphone
    Stereo line-in
    Audio
    Audio Integrated Sound card
    Speaker Two integrated 2.1-channel speakers with built-in subwoofer
    Input Device
    Touchpad Touchpad with four-way integrated scroll button
    Keyboard -103-key keyboard, inverted T cursor layout, embedded numeric keypad, hotkey controls, international language support, 2.5mm minimum key travel
    -12 function, four cursor, two Microsoft Windows keys
    -Web browser, e-mail, one user-programmable, Acer Empowering Key easy-launch buttons
    -Front-access wireless LED button
    -Front-access Bluetooth® button
    Supplemental Drive
    Card Reader MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO or xD-Picture Card
    Power
    AC Adapter 90W AC adapter
    Battery 8-cell lithium ion
    Battery Life 2.5hours
    Physical spec
    Dimensions 15.8" W x 11.3" D x 1.6" H
    Weight 8.4lbs
    Warranty
    Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year Limited
     
  2. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    if it's something you'll carry a lot, I'd go with the smaller screen size cheaper model.

    if it's something that will replace a desktop, I'd go with the larger screen expensive one.

    it really depends on what you will be doing with it, and what kinds of programs you will run.
     


  3. Clyde in CO

    Clyde in CO LOL WUT?

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    Aug 7, 2002
    the Springs
  4. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

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    Apr 14, 2004
    Mucus City, USA
    Sager. A quick look tells me you can get about the same specs from Sager for about the same dollars as either Acer.

    I’m a professional geek surrounded by a throng of professional geeks with scads of discretionary income. These guys spend ridiculous amounts of cash on the geekiest hardware imaginable and they expect nothing less than world-class performance. So if they buy a megabuck piece of hardware that doesn’t cut muster, they’ll ‘eBay it’ in a New York second.

    My daughter needed a laptop for college so I polled these guys (I myself dropped out of the horsepower race years ago). Among them, nothing receives such universally high praise as Sager customs (followed by Dell XPS, then Alienware, then all the rest). So I bought her a loaded Sager with an AMD 64. She’s a chip off the old block, likes to make a PC sweat to earn it’s keep (lots of video editing, MP3 sampling, etc.) and in five months she has yet to have a single BSOD or raise even one significant gripe. Considering the source, I consider that even higher praise than all my pocket-protector-wearing brethren. I'm so impressed I’m even thinking about getting one for myself.

    Sager, BTW, does all their warranty support in-house. They’re a small company with limited staff so you might get voicemail when you call but they guarantee a call-back within 24 hours. A fair tradeoff in my view, considering the person who calls will be a card-carrying geek, not just a call screener reading from a cookbook, and it might even be the guy who built your laptop to start with.
     
  5. johnstrr

    johnstrr In the Garden

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