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How To Choose The Right Laptop?


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#1 nat

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 07:29 AM

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I want to sell my desktop and buy a laptop instead.

I mainly use my PC for surfing, research, graphics, audio and visual, photos, music, videos etc.

I am a software downlaod addict, and seem to find myself downloading stuff just because it looks interesting, and then of course, I forget where I saved it. SO I guess I'm looking for fast, great graphics and sound, with a serious amount of RAM and Hard Drive.

I live in Cape Town South Africa so am thinking that we are "slightly" behind in the technology department.

So far I have been advised that HP (now Dell ??) is about the best laptop to buy, with the following:


HP Pavillion DV 6521 - (this one was reccomended my Incredible Connection, and it looks great visually, but googling DV 6521 yieled no results???


Intel Core 11 DUO
1.66 GHZ x 2 (what does the x 2 mean??)
120 GB HDD
1024 MB RAM
15.4" Hi Def LCD
DVD/CD Writer Lightscribe
Modem & Wired / Wireless LAN
Blurtooth
Windows Vista Premium Edition
Inboard Fingerprint Reader

I currently have ADSL and wireless

Below are the details of my current OS.



Specifications
ATI___
System Model: AWRDACPI
BIOS Version: Award BIOS for Intel GC11010N.86A.0303.2005.1108.2057


Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version: 5.1.2600
Service Pack: 2.0
Location: C:\WINDOWS
PID: 76477-OEM-0059734-37297
Hot Fix: KB935840


Memory (RAM)
Capacity: 512 MB

Processor
Intel® Celeron® CPU 2.53GHz
Version: x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
Speed: 2533 MHz

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 07:59 AM

It looks like a good laptop. The X2 next to the processor means it has two cores running at 1.66ghz, which is much better then your current single core celeron at 2.53ghz.

Also, it doesn't say what graphics card it has. Can you find it on the site maybe or wherever you got this other information, so we can tell you if they're good or not?
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Posted 25 June 2007 - 04:27 PM

Hi Sterling 14

Thanks so much for replying.

I am considering between the HP and DV 2554ea and DV 6521ea

Please have a quick look at them both - site addresses below:


http://www.hpshop.co.za/shop/product.asp?StockID=2994

http://www.hpshop.co.za/shop/product.asp?StockID=2998


They both seem to be very similar, and the only differences I have noted are as follows (not that I exactly know what they mean..??)


The 2554 beats the 6521 in the following"



HP DV 2554 HP DV 6521

Duo Process T7300 T7100

4MB 2 MB
HD 160GB 120GB
Display Size 14.1” 15.4”
Power Supply 65 W AC 90 W AC
DV 2554 Software “not listed” DV 6521 Verisoft Access Manager




I can't seem to find the Graphics card, but obiously the graphics, audio etc are important.

I have a HP Officejet 5600 All-in-One Series (printer, fax, copier, scanner)

So what do you think ??

Many thanks
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Posted 25 June 2007 - 04:37 PM

According to your links, they both have the same video:

Video adapter
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

Video RAM
Up to 256 MB shared video memory


and each will do a maximum Display resolution of 1280 x 800.

They also both have the same audio: 3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit integrated.


If you haven't physically seen the difference in the size of the displays, you might want to go somewhere where you can compare them. You may feel that the 1.3" difference is significant.


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Posted 25 June 2007 - 04:46 PM

Well, looking between the two, the dv2554ea is better. The processor is .2ghz faster, and has twice the cache. The L2 cache (level 2 cache), is where information is store, kind of like the ram. Once the cache is full it has to dump, so more is better so it won't have to dump information as often, or something along these lines not exactly sure.

I looked through the links you sent, and they both had these graphics: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with 256mb shared memory. I'd say these are probably decent, but the shared memory uses some of your computer's ram. It's not alot probably only 64mb-128mb. Also, if your getting vista home premium or any of the other's, I've heard some people complain it goes slow with only 1 gb ram. I don't know though, since I have little experience with vista.

hope this was helpful!
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Posted 25 June 2007 - 06:06 PM

Thanks Sterling14 and JohnWho


Sterling14, when you said "I've heard some people complain it goes slow with only 1 gb ram", which model were you refering to? As in, are you referring to the "Internal Hard Disk Drive - (120 GB for the 6521 and 160 GB for 2554). Sorry to be so ignorant, but it's better to show naivetiy over pride !!


So as far as I can tell, the 2554 is the better one - except for the 1.3" difference in display size.

Would you therefore both agree that the 2554 is the one to go for if the 1.3" difference is taken out of the picture??

I'm set to buy the laptop tomorrow so am grateful for your help.

Thanks so much for your help.

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 06:10 PM

Would you therefore both agree that the 2554 is the one to go for if the 1.3" difference is taken out of the picture??


Yes, I'd agree with Sterling14.

If you can add a second G of RAM to whichever you buy, you'll really appreciate the speed difference over the 1G, since, as was mentioned, the Video steals (shares) some of it.


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Posted 25 June 2007 - 07:04 PM

Hey JohnWho

Ok, so if I add a 2nd G of Ram, do I ask for that whilst buying the laptop, or after. And. how exactly do I add extra RAM ?? !!

By the way, would you happen to know anything about MS Outlook 2003 ??? Then please take a look at the below address. Nobody seems to be able to help - Can you ??

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/94186/outlook-not-opening-error-event-viewer/

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 07:13 PM

Hey JohnWho

Ok, so if I add a 2nd G of Ram, do I ask for that whilst buying the laptop, or after. And. how exactly do I add extra RAM ?? !!


That would be my suggestion - see what kind of deal you can get at time of purchase.


I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!


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Posted 25 June 2007 - 07:15 PM

By the way, would you happen to know anything about MS Outlook 2003 ??? Then please take a look at the below address. Nobody seems to be able to help - Can you ??

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/94186/outlook-not-opening-error-event-viewer/


Ah, if you are having other problems that are showing up in an HJT log,

this may simply be a symptom of those problems.

I'm with tg1911 - you should get that fixed first, and then see where you stand.


I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!





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