Originally Posted by EricM
i am going to get a laptop within the next few months and im stuck between two options. I was going to get a dell but since theyll probably be shifting to vista within the next few months im a bit discouraged to get a dell now. i dont want vista until everything is worked out... (drivers, software compatibility etc). so my other option is to get a macbook as i will not be needing this laptop for gaming. so what would you do?
well here is the thing, even if you wont be doing gaming on the laptop there are some very good changes coming to the notebook world, most of them are associated with Intel's new (not yet released, comes out in 2H 07) platform, Santa Rosa,
IN fact parts of it are already in the works, but it will sum up all the great progress that has been made in notebooks after the pentium M.
for example: Core 2 Duo processors for notebooks are only sitting in make shift sockets right now, the new chipset will be something like a mobile p965 and will allow the core 2 duos to run at a fsb of 800 mhz. ddr2 800 will also be supported although this wont happen right away because manufacturers are slow to release this sort of stuff until there is a full demand. newer wireless cards will be used and they are supposed to be much faster and allow longer battery life. Of course vista will be fully supported as opposed to current notebooks, which dont necessarily have everything it takes to run vista. Newer video cards are just around the corner, this is good news for not only gamers but everyone, because right now the standard of mobile graphics cards is extremely poor (the likes of ati 1600 are being called "fast").
so if you can wait a few more months that would be perfect, if not, then there are great notebooks being made by hp, and asus right now, two of the companies that I would recommend the most. also look at toshiba, and sony if you have the money.