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Old 04-28-2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Calling All Computer-Know-It-Alls, Please.

Ok Ive had this Sony Vaio computer for around 5-6 years and its great and all, but im in need of a new computer, prefferably a notebook computer. Im a college student and I need a portable computer that can do everything my current computer can do (i.e. run Photoshop CS3 smoothly, stream the net without much slow-down etc.). I am a gamer too but thats not too important, specially since gaming comp.s cost upwards from $1000.

Ok to sum this up, can someone find me a computer of equal specs to my desktop but in a laptop. I want it to run as fast if not faster than my current 5-6 year old desktop. Oh and please, if possible, keep the price of your laptop below $1000. I am a college student, remember, were hobos. ;D Thanks!

This is my Sony Vaio's specs:
OS: XP Home SP3
CPU: Pentium 4 2.40GHz
RAM: 1.0GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700LE

If you need to know anything else about my rig, please ask away, I'll respond asap.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:39 PM   #2
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I'd look at the Dell XPS 1530. Seems like a perfect match for you.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:43 PM   #3
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Ok i'll have a look at it, any other notebooks you suggest?
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:44 PM   #4
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Yeah, plenty, what are you specially looking at? Design, durability, longevity?
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:50 PM   #5
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well im actually looking to replace my current desktop with any laptop computer so long as it has specs that equal the desktop or surpass it while being cheaper than $1000. Design of the notebook is a definate plus but its not really all that important. Durability and longetivity are important, but not as important as the specs. I dont know too much about compairing desktop specs to laptop specs, but does that XPS 1530 equal or surpass my ol' Vaio's specs?
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:01 PM   #6
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Pretty sure all of them do. Here are a few more.

Lenovo ThinkPad T500

HP EliteBook

Dell Latitude E6500
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:06 PM   #7
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cool, thanks 01001010 aka J. I'll have a look at these. if you find anything else, please post, anything is greatly appriciated.
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The notebooks above are all business notebooks. While not the best in design, all of them are rugged and durable. Expect the option of adding four or more hours to battery life. That's what they're made for.
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alright, yeah deisgn isnt a big deal to me, so its not much of a sacrifice to me, they appear rugged an durable, so thats better in the long run. thanks
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Here ya go:

HP - Pavilion Laptop

Intel® Core™2 Duo Mobile 2.13GHz
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:51 PM   #11
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Don't really suggest the HP Pavilion line unless you prefer to have less space on your monitor. If you like their line, purchase it built using your own specifications.

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With BrightView technology and 1440 x 900 resolution showcases your movies and games in stunning clarity.
1440 x 900 is almost a joke on a 17" notebook screen.
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:13 AM   #12
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That is funny. That's the same resolution as my Acer X192W 19" widescreen LCD.




You know what the real joke is 01001010?

The laptop I suggested has more memory, larger hard drive, a bigger screen, and a much better video card than the one's you suggested that cost more.
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:19 AM   #13
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Well I think all these specs are great computers, some are pricier than others, and some are better suited for other specific needs, but all seem good. thanks you guys, anything else you guys find, please list. Im still searching for the "best buy" available in laptops right now. Im planning to purchase a new laptop to replace my curent desktop by the end of May. So till then, let the search for the perfect pc go on! ;D
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Good luck with your search jvr*jr.
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That is funny. That's the same resolution as my Acer X192W 19" widescreen LCD.
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1440 x 900 is almost a joke on a 17" notebook screen.
That's funny, considering I mentioned notebook screens. Don't worry, I have the same resolution across all my monitors.

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You know what the real joke is 01001010?

The laptop I suggested has more memory, larger hard drive, a bigger screen, and a much better video card than the one's you suggested that cost more.
The real joke is how that matters in the real world. Those small increments mean absolutely nothing. The notebooks I mentioned are meant to be abused and put to the test. These aren't based on design, but on reliability. I'd bet the Pavilion was built with different specifications in mind. I'd also expect the specifications to be better on the notebook you linked, considering how it's all housed in a 17" notebook.
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You know what the best thing about that HP is? It can do everything he wants it to do, in the price range he wants:
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Im a college student and I need a portable computer that can do everything my current computer can do (i.e. run Photoshop CS3 smoothly, stream the net without much slow-down etc.). I am a gamer too but thats not too important, specially since gaming comp.s cost upwards from $1000.

Ok to sum this up, can someone find me a computer of equal specs to my desktop but in a laptop. I want it to run as fast if not faster than my current 5-6 year old desktop. Oh and please, if possible, keep the price of your laptop below $1000.
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You what the best thing about that HP is? It can do everything he wants it to do, in the price range he wants:
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I don't know about you, but if I were in college, I wouldn't want to lug around a 17" notebook that weighs 7.6 lbs.
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LOL! My 12 year old hauls around a back pack for classes in junior high that weighs more than that.
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LOL! My 12 year old hauls around a back pack for classes in junior high that weighs more than that.
Just wait till she goes to college. Go ahead and buy her that 17" notebook. She'll love lugging that baby around. I'm sure that thing will fit on the desks, especially since they give you so much room nowadays.
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I'm sure he would love it. I'm also sure he wouldn't notice that it weighs only a pound more than the Dell XPS.
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