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Looking For Advice On New Laptop


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#1 westislandbrewer

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:04 AM

Hello,

I am looking for a new laptop. The main function I will use this for is to watch movies and surf the net. I am looking at the 17" widescreen models. I saw one at a local store and the salesman played a hd-dvd (tomb raider) and I have to say I wasn't that impressed. It didn't really look that much better than a standard dvd on a 1440X900 screen. There are so many names to the screens out there "brightview" ultrabrightview etc. Can anyone recommend a good laptop model for the uses I mentioned earlier. My budget is around $1200. to $1500.

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 08:19 PM

Dell XPS Are nice laptops. I have not had much experience on repairing laptops but I have used these (My dad has 3 of them). I have personally owned two IBM Thinkpads which are a little more rugged and best suited for on the go computing. As for screen size you have already taken the recommended step of going to a store and actually looking at one. Find the one that is best for you and then get that in the laptop of your choice. As for the different bright technologies they will effect how the picture is in different lighting.

Edit: There are others here with more laptop experience that can give you more Idea's

Edited by Sneakycyber, 15 December 2007 - 08:21 PM.

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 09:51 PM

Most of your newer laptops have the option in the BIOS, to allocate more of the system RAM for the video processor. So maxing out the Ram and allocating more to the chip would be the way to go. I doubt they did that to the one you looked at. Also different media players and the way they're set up can make a difference
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 01:53 AM

Well, I am assuming you want to watch DVD movies not ones from the Internet so you would need a very good graphics card and a fast proccessor, My personall opinion is to go with Dell because most people I know have said that they are better than other brands in reliablity and customer support and are overall better. But, do some research on the graphic card that come with the laptop and you should be able to work out which is better for you.

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 10:10 AM

Dell, HP, or Mac Book are your only solid A++ choices.

Edited by Grdn1014, 21 December 2007 - 10:11 AM.





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