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Topic # 59736 10-Apr-2010 22:29
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http://configure.ap.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=s541013nz&c=nz&l=en&s=dhs&cs=nzdhs1

Am looking at getting a core i7 (720QM or above) laptop for about $2500 and stumbled upon the above

no must haves, but would strongly want
- calibrated screen for photo editing: will the TrueLife RGB option provide that?
- 7200rpm hdd: not offered. is SSD worth the $400? disadvantageous?
- lightweight: HP ENVY does that but ...
- BD Writer: not paying $600 to get it!
- reliability i guess no point dying in 13 months CGA or not: XPS reliable?

any other better deals?
i guess the Sony F-17 option may get to $2800 with a Noel Leeming 20% discount but did not happen over easter so what are the chances of that before boxing day!

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  Reply # 316896 10-Apr-2010 22:54
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hmm tried to change titile to "Should i buy this laptop" but cant ...



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  Reply # 316897 10-Apr-2010 23:25
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i've been banned from editing posts? anyway - can anyone tell me if i will be able to transfer TRUE-HD/DTS-MA bitstream via HDMI in this (or any other laptop with HDMI) laptop while playing bluray disc?

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  Reply # 316909 11-Apr-2010 00:15
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What do you want the laptop for?

Good point to start =P



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  Reply # 316917 11-Apr-2010 01:24
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photo editing, HTPC and general purpose.

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  Reply # 316919 11-Apr-2010 02:12
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joker97: photo editing, HTPC and general purpose.


Why not a desktop HTPC and a nice laptop which can be used as a laptop? (13" one).

You could get both easily for under that price.

You'll find with those spec's youll have what i like to call a lug top.

Have a think? Do you really need a mobile HTPC?

Everyone i know with a lug top (generally 15"+, big laptop) doesnt use it as a laptop because its too big and heavy.

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  Reply # 317168 11-Apr-2010 23:42
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http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=386219

DROOL.

? Intel? Core i7 Processor 720QM
? 8GB DDR3 1333 MHZ
? 17.3" Full HD (1920x1080)
? ATI Mobility? Radeon? HD 5870, 1G GDDR5 VRAM
? 1TB, 7200 rpm
? Blu-Ray DVD Combo

Yes. Thats a HD5870. In a laptop. More than twice as powerful as my current desktop gaming rig.



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  Reply # 317186 12-Apr-2010 06:16
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*sigh decisions decisions ...

1) yes i do need a laptop because we are on the move all the time, unlike most of you lucky fellas.

2) i've debated lugtops and laptops - in the end if i'm paying $3000 i might as well get a feature packed small lugtop instead of a core solo snail paced 13" which costs the same and comparatively retarded.



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  Reply # 317187 12-Apr-2010 06:19
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the ASUS looks mouthwatering!

but i know the screen on the XPS and Vaio F117 has RGB (full colour gamut) and that's quite important. not sure about the Asus.

i guess i might wait in hope for the Noel Leeming 20% discount ... surely the Dell will drop further in price (another hope)! ... while i research the HDMI bit



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  Reply # 317188 12-Apr-2010 06:37
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i had originally thought about a core i5, but they cost nearly $2500 and so i thought what the heck get the i7 with 2 more cores and 4 more threads!

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