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Laptops - need some info

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by JBuk, 7 May 2006.

  1. JBuk

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    I`m looking into getting a laptop, probably a budget model

    I dont know anything about laptop hardware and need to know what should I be looking out for..i want a laptop that is a good general all rounder

    I could do with knowing the best/top 3 or so of gfx cards, processors, hard disks, etc


    thanks in advance
     
  2. malccy

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    Location: Torquay, Devon, UK

    If knew kind of things wanted to use it for would help people give better advice.
     
  3. SiriusB

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    Unless you're using the laptop for gaming then it isn't even worth bothering about the GFX card. All you really need to know about a laptop is stuff like how heavy it is, how long the battery lasts, is it wi-fi enabled etc etc. CPU and RAM differs alot across the board so you should look around and see which has the best balance between performance and length of use.

    I have a Toshiba Satellite and it has a 1.6GHz Intel, 512MB RAM, 60GB HDD, integrated Wi-Fi and as a bonus an ATi Mobility Radeon 9700. While not exactly equipped for running FEAR or doing masses of multi-tasking, it is plenty for my needs :) Also, using some tweaking software, I can make my battery last up to 4 hours - an hour longer than in the specs :O

    SiriusB
     
  4. JBuk

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    thanks for the replies but i think ive phrased my question badly,
    what i`d like to know is what models of processor and gfx cards are the best - preferably in like a top 5 type thing

    ie centrion, core duo ,turion, etc ,etc - same for the gfx cards

    theres so many names and numbers and i dont have a clue with the the laptop stuff


    basically what i`m doing is getting shot of one of my desktops and putting the proceeds towards a laptop that will suit everyday use,ie, wireless net, some gaming capability (but not essential), dvd burning, photo editing (more essential)
    it needs to be light-ish and have a half decent battery as i will be using it in the middle of nowhere sometimes (but not always)
    id like a decent screen also, probably 15" min, or 17" wide if it doesnt make it too heavy

    its all going to be a compromise on performance/price/weight/batterypower
     
  5. ChoÞÞer

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    Location: UK, Lincolnshire, Lincoln

    just go on dell, select a laptop you like, and click the hardware you want..
    sorted

    Chopper! :D
     
  6. hittman

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    what software is that?
     
  7. Shootist

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    Tried that.
    Dell is quick to quote laptops from £399 but when you spec it up to decent performance you end up with an expensive, average performing laptop.
    I got an Acer from .....oops can't say... and it is pretty decent for £650.

    AMD64 3000+, 512meg ram, ati graphics chip with seperate video ram, DVD +/- d/layer RW drive, 80 gig h/d, wifi, bluetooth, USB2, IEE1394, built in memcard reader. 15.4" widescreen display and more.
    Nice looker too and not too heavy.
     
  8. pumaz

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    What laptop is that shootist?
     
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  9. JBuk

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    has anyone got any idea?

    is the core duo any good?

    is the mobile x1300 good?

    cheers
     
  10. SiriusB

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    http://www.pbus-167.com/chc.htm

    VERY useful piece of software and I am impressed. You can monitor and change a whole load of hardware settings for optimal performance or maximum usage.

    It also has lots of profiles so for example if I unplug my laptop from the mains, CHC automatically knocks down the voltage and clock speed of my 1.6GHz processor to just 600MHz! Saving loads of power. However, should my laptop need more processing power, CHC automatically increases voltage/clockspeed as needed.

    My favourite feature of CHC is the battery life countdown timer. So instead of a percentage, I can glance at the system tray and see how long approx in hours and minutes I have left!

    I urge you all to have a look :D

    SiriusB
     
  11. ChoÞÞer

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    well its true about that with dell ;) i got a dell now.. i guess the only good laptop is xps [ Not pc 1 ]
    Chopper:D
     
  12. Shootist

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    Acer Aspire 3020.
    Since I do image editing among other things I did upgrade the ram to 2 gig but it was still way cheaper than one from Dell.