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Topic # 13104 22-Apr-2007 19:07

I'm hardly a regular in the posting department these days, I am however due for a personal computer upgrade and am keen on a laptop/notebook of the desktop replacement variety.

I've looked at a few but really whilst I am technologically literate am note sure how to juggle the competing specifications given my loose requirements.

I have gathered through my research that the Core 2 Duo processors exceed current AMD offering (I assume when comparing apples with apples) so I am inclinded for are Core 2 Duo based machine.
I want to run vista and anticipate using Ultimate or Home Premium (unless the machine came with business then the switch would be excessive). This will require a capable graphics package which is ultimately my weak point because I have never cared too much before.

RAM will be 1GB or if something comes with 2 it is a bonus, a RAM upgrade is likely depending on the price point.

It would be a stretch to be spend much more than $3k and $2.5-3k is the likely price range.

I'm not after an ultra portable laptop and as a desktop replacement 100GB+ storage, DVD writer and multiple USB ports are important.

The way I use computers is I do lots of things at once (firefox with a million tabs), downloading, reading and doing other things in the background so a competent multi tasking machine is what I am after.

So any thoughts would be welcome and if you can recommend any configurations to go with or avoid it would be helpful
Cheers



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Reply # 68081 22-Apr-2007 20:25
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I am very happy with my Acer Ferrari 5000, which is running an AMD Turion 64. HAve in mind the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 comes with its own 256MB, instead of using the system memory (important when comparing laptops), this is a great machine. I am using it as a desktop replacement and it supports even some heavy on-line gaming (including Titan Quest, Age of Empires III and more).

I am running Windows Vista Ultimate on it.

Just remember Acer support is below anything else. Theo only time I contacted them I didn't get a reply. And we are talking about their top of the line laptop in terms of price and configuraton. They just don't care.





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  Reply # 68393 25-Apr-2007 07:24
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Hi there,

I have had three Acer laptops and every one has had the hard drive go bang within 2 years. They are also bulky machines and not the most portable. I wouldn't recommend anyone to buy an Acer. The only reason I replaced one with the other was for insurance purposes.

I have and HP/Compaq NC6000 machine for work and I have never had any problems. It is an excellent machine.

I recently also recommended a friend to buy an ASUS laptop with a 17" screen and VISTA. From what I have seen these are reasonably priced and very good machines.

Hope this helps.

Mike 

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  Reply # 68424 25-Apr-2007 13:22
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I would wait till june to get the toshiba g40 http://www.itechnews.net/2007/04/07/toshiba-qosmio-g40-desktop-replacement/
it should do the job. lol

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Reply # 68425 25-Apr-2007 13:24
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The Qosmio is a great laptop. But big and heavy. It can be a desktop replacement, but don't think you will be taking it along to any trips.







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  Reply # 69280 2-May-2007 19:49

Bit the bullet, the laptop arrived today:
Acer Aspire 5675, HD DVD Drive, intel core 2 duo 2.16ghz, 2gb ddr2, 100gb hdd, ati mobility radeon x1600 256mb,
going alright so far, not sure if i want to just skip straight to vista

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  Reply # 69292 2-May-2007 20:28
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SNicolle: Bit the bullet, the laptop arrived today:
Acer Aspire 5675, HD DVD Drive, intel core 2 duo 2.16ghz, 2gb ddr2, 100gb hdd, ati mobility radeon x1600 256mb,
going alright so far, not sure if i want to just skip straight to vista

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  Reply # 69302 2-May-2007 20:54

here's hoping

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Reply # 69561 4-May-2007 22:34
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Its better than mine! lol sounds like a great machine


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