Picking a new laptop?

Discussion in 'Electronics & Video Games' started by T3hk1w1, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. T3hk1w1

    T3hk1w1 New Member

    Jun 27, 2008
    Well folks, I'm in the market for a new laptop. I'm looking for a Windows unit to take over as my primary laptop from my current computer. I'm currently running a Mac (iBook G4, OS 10.4, 1.42GHz PowerPC) and am new to Windows machines. I've used 'em, but I dunno much about the system software, especially GUIs in general. I'm looking for a computer that will handle just about anything I can throw at it for a couple years, with the exception of some of the new games(Oblivion, Crysis System, etc). These are the minimum requirements I have come up with so far.

    Screen-15"-17" widescreen, 1440x900 or better
    Processor-2.4 GHz or better
    Hard drive-250GB
    RAM-2GB or better
    Video card-256MB
    DVD+/-RW drive
    best wireless card I can find

    I'm looking for suggestions on that, and also what platform to get. I'm leaning toward the Dell XPS series, but I'm open to suggestions.
    Anyone think I ought to wipe Vista off and install XP?

  2. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    I would put XP on it. Vista would probably consume more energy since it taxes the system resources so much with all the background junk.

    XP has everything you could need, and is perfectly stable.

    Technically since you'll own a Vista license you could put it on a desktop. I just wouldn't want all the additional heat and energy usage in a laptop.
  3. Cyfer

    Cyfer Active Member

    May 29, 2008
    I second Texas1911 on the XP. To get Vista to run smoothly (especially on a laptop and if you're going to run Aero) you'll need as much RAM as possible, 4GBs. All the PC's, laptops that come in with Vista for us are immediately reinstalled with Windows XP. I don't even boot the machine up to see if Vista is even running.

    I guess you're next option would be to select a brand (i.e. Dell, HP, Sony, IBM, etc...) With brand, make sure you also look at their support and warranty for the laptop.
  4. JKTex

    JKTex Well-Known

    Mar 11, 2008
    DFW, North Texas
    I can't speak for the difference between a desktop and laptop and Vista, but I too was a Vista hater. Then I got a new PC that had Vista Home Premium on it, and I couldn't find my XP Pro CD so that when it showed up, I could flatten it.

    Well, I hate change and hate Vista just from all the issues especially networking. I have the new PC and I'm running Vista. :D

    Networking has a couple minor quirks but it works great on my network. So far nothing has been a problem and it runs great. I'm kinda liking it.

    One thing, I think Vista will only recognize 3 Gb RAM which bites because it could use more, but my PC has 3 GB and it runs fine.

    I don't hate it anymore.
  5. Thumper_6119

    Thumper_6119 Member

    Jun 19, 2008
    Amarillo, Texas
    I'm sure some will not agree with this, but I prefer Dell's. (I do IT for a living at a corporate law firm). Regardless of which OS you go with, max out the resources. Video Card, Memory, and processor(s) (Quad core if you can afford it). Also, if you can afford it, get a Blu-Ray burner as an optical drive. I got an XPS M1730, and I just love it. (A bit pricey though). If you go Dell, it's SOOOO worth it to get the 3 year warranty. I've never had Dell hassle me one time about service issues (which have not been many considering how many machines we have). Granted, my specs are cost follows perfermance.
  6. Cyfer

    Cyfer Active Member

    May 29, 2008

    I totally second Thumper's comments about Dell, Blu Ray, warranty, etc... I prefer Dell and in all my corporate Healthcare facilities, we've always utilized Dell as our workstations. but HP and IBM for our servers.
  7. Hockey03

    Hockey03 New Member

    Jun 18, 2008
    Stay with Mac
  8. mac79912

    mac79912 Well-Known

    Mar 4, 2008
    I have a dell laptop with XP as the Vista it came with was awful.
  9. Cyfer

    Cyfer Active Member

    May 29, 2008
    And you've since converted to XP right???? :confused:

    If not, we need to talk and I will get you the software you need. NOW!!! :D
  10. carneyman

    carneyman Active Member

    Feb 23, 2008
    Go Dell or Alienware...mostly you are buying a name, but the high end products are good, if you can afford them. the dell XPS's are pretty good. Really, it would be nice if you could just build your own laptop, but that would be hard...

    +1 on the xp. We won a laptop with Vista on it, and it just wasn't as fast as it should have been. It has since been sold and has allowed me to build a desktop with all I needed/wanted!


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