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nekrosoft13
03-05-08, 10:15 AM
Ok, well I might be replacing my aging laptop soon (1-2 months).

I'm looking for some recommendations.


Here is what I’m looking for:
1) Intel Duo based, because of better battery life (compared to AMD)
2) 15.4 widescreen, 17 inch is too big
3) 2GB or 3GB ram
4) Wireless n
5) Sturdy, but not that heavy
6) Upgradable video card if possible, nothing fancy to start with
7) Good battery life
8) 600-999 dollars

newfiejudd
03-05-08, 12:13 PM
Your hoping for a miracle. lol.. It will be hard to fill those requirements with a 900 dollar budget.
The Alienware does have the M15x with a 8600gt in it for around 1499 with Wireless n, and the GPU will be somehwat futureproof. I have the M15x with the 8800 gtx and the 2.8 extreme processor. I enjoy this laptop and it handles lan parties great. Beats the hell out of dragging my box around.

nekrosoft13
03-05-08, 12:58 PM
i don't need 8600gt right now, even basic intel chip will be fine, just to be able to actually replace it for something better.

ViN86
03-05-08, 01:05 PM
Found this Dell (meh, not a big fan of Dell but w/e) for $999

My Components
Jet Black
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista ® Home Premium Edition
Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
Size: 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
CD / DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini-card
Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
56Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
High Definition Audio 2.0
My Software & Accessories
Dell AIO 926 - Includes Media Card Reader
Dell All-In-One Printer 926
1Yr Ltd. Warranty, 1 yr HW Warranty Support, 1 yr Advance Exchange
Trend Micro Internet Security 24-months
Microsoft Works
My Service
1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor,24x7 Phone Support
Included 3 GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1Yr
6 Months Risk-Free Trial AOL Advantage Internet Access
Also Includes
Integrated 10/100 Network Card
Integrated Modem
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
Windows Vista™ Premium
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor

personally im a fan of the Thinkpad T Series. the T61 is a very powerful notebook.
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=2432D88590C944B79D33FDA517A5C756
customize one and check it out.

bob saget
03-05-08, 01:26 PM
there should be lots of notebook available at those prices at regular electronics stores like bestbuy. I cannot comment on GPUs though, since most of those have an integrated version. There was even a 17inch notebook for 900 here, but a bad GPU.

stncttr908
03-05-08, 01:52 PM
There are a ton of options at that price class. My Dell 1420 in my sig was only $999 last August. Something similarly equipped should be < $800 now.

nekrosoft13
03-05-08, 01:57 PM
Found this Dell (meh, not a big fan of Dell but w/e) for $999

My Components
Jet Black
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista ® Home Premium Edition
Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
Size: 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
CD / DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini-card
Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
56Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
High Definition Audio 2.0
My Software & Accessories
Dell AIO 926 - Includes Media Card Reader
Dell All-In-One Printer 926
1Yr Ltd. Warranty, 1 yr HW Warranty Support, 1 yr Advance Exchange
Trend Micro Internet Security 24-months
Microsoft Works
My Service
1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor,24x7 Phone Support
Included 3 GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1Yr
6 Months Risk-Free Trial AOL Advantage Internet Access
Also Includes
Integrated 10/100 Network Card
Integrated Modem
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
Windows Vista™ Premium
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor



which model was that?
is video upgradable?
I would drop the hdd to 160 or 120, and get higher res monitor

thanks that does look good.

stncttr908
03-05-08, 02:01 PM
That's probably the Dell 1525. It's slimmer and nicer overall than the 1520. Kick the screen up to either 1440x900 or 1680x1050 and it'll be a nice overall machine.

AFAIK the video is not upgradeable and the 8600GT is the best choice you've got. Dell reserves gaming graphics for the XPS series for the most part.

I'd also recommend the 9-cell battery. Mine gets well over 3 1/2 hours on normal usage.

One more thing...it's pretty heavy. The 1525 is between 5-6lbs. My 1420 is 5lbs and it takes a bit of getting used to if you're switching from a smaller notebook.

CaptNKILL
03-05-08, 02:11 PM
Is upgradeable video a common feature in laptops? I know they went through a phase where that was possible, but are they still doing it? I don't think I've seen a laptop video card being sold anywhere online in 4 or 5 years.

ViN86
03-05-08, 02:54 PM
which model was that?
is video upgradable?
I would drop the hdd to 160 or 120, and get higher res monitor

thanks that does look good.
Dell 1525
http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspnnb_1525?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~tab=bundlestab

dont know if video is upgradable tbh. also, idk if you will be able to find a laptop with upgradable video for under $1k. i think you will need to get an XPS.

ViN86
03-05-08, 02:57 PM
here's for $1284

My Components
Tuxedo Black
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 (2MB cache/2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition
High Resolution glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LCD(1680x1050) & 2MP Camera
3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms)
Size: 120GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
Slot Load DVD+/-RW (DVD/CD read/write)
128MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400M GS
Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card
56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
High Definition Audio 2.0
Finger Print Reader XPS M1530

high res monitor and i think the video is upgradable. you can upgrade the CPU/RAM more if you want (up to 2.6GHz/4GB) for more $$$.

Heinzftw
03-05-08, 08:35 PM
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Xplorer_X5-6800_Notebook/
160Gb Hard drive 8600GT card!!! 2 Gb of ram. Free Hp Printer along with vista or xp!! Whichever you choose. Cyberpowerpc.com has been good to me and it will be for you too!!

RaidenWoW
03-05-08, 08:57 PM
Ok, well I might be replacing my aging laptop soon (1-2 months).

I'm looking for some recommendations.


Here is what I’m looking for:
1) Intel Duo based, because of better battery life (compared to AMD)
2) 15.4 widescreen, 17 inch is too big
3) 2GB or 3GB ram
4) Wireless n
5) Sturdy, but not that heavy
6) Upgradable video card if possible, nothing fancy to start with
7) Good battery life
8) 600-999 dollars

Notebookreview ALWAYS has the best prices. NEVER buy retail laptops. ALWAYS buy refurbished. Preferably HP laptops like the DV6000. They're stylish, fast, and very affordable.

Edit: http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=199871&WT.mc_n=3&WT.mc_t=U&cm_ven=COMPARISON%20SHOPPING&cm_cat=CNET&cm_pla=DATAFEED-%3EPRODUCTS&cm_ite=1%20PRODUCT&cm_keycode=3

Amuro
03-05-08, 09:24 PM
Get a Dell Inspiron.

nekrosoft13
03-09-08, 11:12 AM
Notebookreview ALWAYS has the best prices. NEVER buy retail laptops. ALWAYS buy refurbished. Preferably HP laptops like the DV6000. They're stylish, fast, and very affordable.

Edit: http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=199871&WT.mc_n=3&WT.mc_t=U&cm_ven=COMPARISON%20SHOPPING&cm_cat=CNET&cm_pla=DATAFEED-%3EPRODUCTS&cm_ite=1%20PRODUCT&cm_keycode=3

i don't want AMD in my new laptop, intel has much better battery life

mullet
03-09-08, 02:53 PM
Vostro 1500


PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 9. Does NOT Include MS Word
LCD PANEL 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Display with TrueLife™
MEMORY 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 DIMM
OPTICAL DRIVE 8X CD/DVD Burner w/ double-layer DVD+R write capability, w/ Roxio Creator
VIDEO CARD 128MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8400M GS
HARD DRIVE 250GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
MEDIA DIRECT Dell Exclusive MediaDirect™ Instant Play Software Application
WI-FI WIRELESS CARD Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Internal-card
WEBCAM No Webcam Option
BATTERIES 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
WARRANTY & SERVICE 1 Year Basic Limited Warranty plus 1 Year Mail-in Service
DELL DATASAFE™ ONLINE BACKUP 10GB for 1 Year Online Data Backup by Dell DataSafe
AUTOMATED PC TUNEUP 1 Year Dell Automated PC Tuneup edit
ON-SITE SYSTEM SETUP No Onsite System Setup edit
SOUND OPTION High Definition Audio 2.0
Integrated NIC and Modem Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
Labels Windows Vista™ Premium


Subtotal $976

nekrosoft13
03-09-08, 04:25 PM
I some how like the look of 1530 better

probably will get 1gb of ram, i found a deal for 4gb of ram online

nekrosoft13
03-09-08, 07:55 PM
ok, i just ordered 1530

My Components
Tuxedo Black
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 (2MB cache/2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition
High Resolution glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LCD(1680x1050) & 2MP Camera
1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms)
Size: 120GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
Slot Load DVD+/-RW (DVD/CD read/write)
256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
Dell Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card
9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
High Definition Audio 2.0
Finger Print Reader XPS M1530


yes, i know 1GB is not enought, but i can get 4GB Ram online for 70-90 bucks, why pay dell more