Toshiba or HP laptops.
Posted 08 February 2009 - 04:20 AM
I'm about to get a laptop because I dont have access to my main system since some months ago.
I have two options, and I would like to ask for your recommendations about wich one to get, if possible.
The uses, besides the tipical stuff (internet browsing, email, blah blah blah...), are going to include graphic design (so I can finally finish some designs I left behind in my main PC) on Fireworks and Photoshop, VMware jobs, maybe a couple of days of City Of Heroes, some Hulu.com HD watching, and other stuff that doesnt requiere too much computing power.
Specs I dont care too much about are Battery Life, Weight, Dimension, OS (I use XP 32 bits and I will be testing Windows 7 as well), Video or Audio outputs and RAM (both have 3 or more GB).
Specs I DO care about are CPU performace, GPU performance, Wireless Adapter and Screen Resolution.
Toshiba Satellite A305-S6905
Pros: (compared to the HP machine)
Core 2 Duo CPU
Wireless Draft N
Smaller Screen Size and Screen Resolution
Hp Pavillion dv7-1245dx
Pros: (compared to the Toshiba machine)
Bigger screen size, therefore better resolution
Somewhat better GPU
Higher price (a difference of $70)
Wireless adapter not being Draft N (does it matter at all??)
Now, I have some doubts, how faster Core 2 Duo is compared to AMD's Turion X2 (for those specific models, T6400 and RM-72)?
Is there going to be any rendering problems for City Of Heroes, by example, if I use Intel's lower end GPU?
Thank you in advance for all the insights you can provide, I really have to update all my software to the lastest versions, update my automated installers and more importantly, finish my folder designs.
Thank you again.
Posted 08 February 2009 - 04:37 AM
Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:16 AM
But I would avoid anything branded Toshiba like the plague.
I've repaired 6 or 7 Toshiba notebooks with power connectors snapping off the motherboard (cold-solder joints) and other poor QA problems.
My dad's set-top DVD player blew up 2-months out of warranty.
Personally I'd go with an Intel CPU, but again, it's your choice.
Posted 13 February 2009 - 10:23 PM
i'd also avoid acer.
are you only limited to best buy?
oh and core 2 duo > amd
and i would not really list Wireless Draft N as a 'pro' b/c as far as i know the final spec still isnt out yet, but even then wireless 'g' would probably be enough for you
Posted 14 February 2009 - 02:04 AM
I went to BestBuy to check out some other machines, and I found that, after all, a 14 inches screen laptop with 1280 * 800 of resolution was not as bad as I believed before (I was looking for machines with 15 inches screens and up only). And following your advice, I checked an Asus X83VB-X2, wich pretty much has everything I need, except for the HDD size, but that's fixable.
I was taking a look for the Toshiba models as well, but I just couldn't stare at them for more than 5 seconds...those were some ugly ass machines!!!
Its just that I have good memories from a Toshiba laptop that my Dad used to have years ago...
And since I want what John C. Dvorak calls "instant gratification", then going online to order and waiting for the damn thing to arrive it's not my thing, that's why I have to go to local retailers, and for laptops Best Buy its much better than J&R or any other stores here in NYC.
If you have any more insights, please let me know.
Thank you again.
Posted 14 February 2009 - 10:57 AM
Posted 15 February 2009 - 02:02 AM
Posted 16 February 2009 - 06:49 AM
Posted 16 February 2009 - 01:27 PM
On a positive note, it is fast though
Hope you enjoy your new PC mate, have fun!
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