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Kain
08-02-07, 03:54 PM
Looking for a 15.4 inch widescreen laptop. Any recommendations? Not too expensive! BTW, performance > battery life for me.

stncttr908
08-02-07, 03:58 PM
Define "not too expensive" for us. If you want performance, the Dell 1520 looks good for the price. You can get it equipped with an 8600M GT for around $1200 w/coupons.

Kain
08-02-07, 04:04 PM
No more than $1,500.

nV`andrew
08-02-07, 04:16 PM
Define "not too expensive" for us. If you want performance, the Dell 1520 looks good for the price. You can get it equipped with an 8600M GT for around $1200 w/coupons.

Excellent deal. The Inspiron line is great

Kain
08-02-07, 05:30 PM
What about HP?

DROT
08-02-07, 05:47 PM
You can get a 17" laptop from HP for that price easy. A 15" with the 8600 will run you around 1300 bucks from HP. I really like HPs laptops prices. I've use a few first hand and they work wonderfully.

Kain
08-05-07, 12:21 AM
Ok, I need your opinion on this. I've pretty much decided I'll be getting a HP Pavilion dv6500.

The specs are:

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T7500 / 2.2GHz / 800MHz bus
2GB RAM (2 x 1GB)
200GB hard drive / 4200 rpm
NVIDIA GeForce 8400
Up to 895 MB total graphics memory with 128 MB dedicated
Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support

OR, I could get the dv6500 Special Edition (which is in white/silver rather than black/silver) with the following specs:

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T7300 / 2.0GHz / 800MHz bus
2GB RAM (2 x 1GB)
160GB hard drive / 5400 rpm
NVIDIA GeForce 8400
Up to 895 MB total graphics memory with 128 MB dedicated
Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support

Both are roughly the same price however I like the color combination of the Special Edition better. My question is, the 'regular edition' has a faster processor but a slower hard drive where as the Special Edition has a slower processor but a faster hard drive. Which will offer better overall performance? BTW, I don't care about 40GB hard drive space difference between the two, I'm just worried about the performance.

BTW, here are the differences between the two laptops' color schemes.

Regular:

http://hpshopping.speedera.net/www.shopping.hp.com/shopping/images/products/dv6500tseries_400.jpg

Special Edition:

http://hpshopping.speedera.net/www.shopping.hp.com/shopping/images/products/dv6500tseseries_400.jpg

breathemetal
08-05-07, 12:30 AM
I would personally go with the one with the faster cpu
It makes more sense to me
And I personally like the first pc's scheme better

I just hate that laptops hardrives are so slow
You can get 7200rpm drives though
See if they have them before making a purchase

Kain
08-05-07, 12:38 AM
These laptops are pre-configured since I'll be buying them locally. You sure it's better to get a faster processor rather than a faster HD? BTW, can you really tell the difference between a 4200 rpm and 5400 rpm HD in games and such?

breathemetal
08-05-07, 01:04 AM
Im sure someone more knowledgeable can answer the hd question better...

but id rather get the faster cpu, and down the road by a faster hd from newegg or something, or order one from hp and install it myself if i was going the route you are going

you can always get a nice fast external one as well

DROT
08-05-07, 01:16 AM
why are you going preconfigured? Is there a reason besides locality? They have some great rebate and deals online right now. The black looks really nice in person though I'd go with the black. Externals are cheap and great too for extra stuff. But if you must go preconfigured, I'd go with the black one.