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(hey all) + Buying a new laptop

Re: (hey all) + Buying a new laptop

Postby mido.813 » Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:46 am

Asus G71GX-RX05

* Editors' rating: 3h stars
Overall score: 7.4 (3.5 stars)
* User rating: 3 stars out of 8 reviews

$1,149 at 1 store $1,149.99 - Best Buy
Asus G71GX-RX05 Reviewed on 07/07/2009

The Bottom Line: The Asus G71GX-RX05 is a solid gaming-oriented desktop replacement, but with a few shortcomings that could make or break a purchasing decision.

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.53 GHz), 6 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 8.8 lbs, 17.1 in TFT active matrix, RoHS, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
HP Pavilion dv7-2185DX

* Editors' rating: 3h stars
Overall score: 7.1 (3.5 stars)
* User rating: 4h stars out of 4 reviews

$1,199 to $1,299 at 2 stores $1,299.99 - Best Buy $1,199.95 - Ecomelectronics
HP Pavilion dv7-2185DX Reviewed on 07/01/2009

The Bottom Line: HP makes excellent, slick multimedia machines, such as the Pavilion dv7-2185DX, but we'd still trade its quad-core CPU for a full HD 1080p display and Blu-ray.

Specs: Intel Core 2 Quad (2 GHz), 6 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 7.7 lbs, 17.3 in TFT active matrix, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
Sony Vaio FW480J/T

* Editors' rating: 3h stars
Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)

$1,199 at 1 store $1,199.99 - Best Buy
Sony Vaio FW480J/T Reviewed on 06/30/2009

The Bottom Line: As an above-average Blu-ray-playing laptop with impressive looks and good under-the-hood power, Sony's Vaio FW480J/T is a solid portable multimedia machine.

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo (2 GHz), 6 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 6.8 lbs, 16.4 in TFT active matrix, RoHS, EPA Energy Star, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
Apple MacBook Pro Summer 2009 (Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 9400M, 13-inch)

* Editors' rating: 4 stars
Overall score: 8.6 (4.0 stars)
* User rating: 4 stars out of 36 reviews

$1,168 to $1,199 at 9 stores $1,199.99 - Best Buy $1,194.00 - Amazon.com $1,149.00 - MAC Connection
Apple MacBook Pro Summer 2009 (Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 9400M, 13-inch) Editors' choice Reviewed on 06/10/2009

The Bottom Line: Previously known as the MacBook, Apple's basic 13-inch aluminum unibody laptop has been promoted to the "Pro" series, all while adding features and cutting the base price.

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.26 GHz), 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 4.4 lbs, 13.3 in TFT active matrix, EPA Energy Star, EPEAT Gold, Apple MacOS X 10.5
Dell Studio XPS 16 Laptop Computer (Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, 320GB HDD, 4GB)

* Editors' rating: 3h stars
Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)

$1,134 at 1 store $1,134.00 - Dell, Inc.
Dell Studio XPS 16 Laptop Computer (Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, 320GB HDD, 4GB) Reviewed on 01/16/2009

The Bottom Line: Dell's new 16:9 Studio XPS 16 adds upscale extras such as a leather trim and a backlit keyboard to a fairly standard set of components, without jacking up the price (too much).

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.4 GHz), 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 15.6, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition
Dell Studio XPS 16 Laptop Computer (Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, 250GB HDD, 4GB)

* Editors' rating: 3h stars
Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)

$1,109 at 1 store $1,109.00 - Dell, Inc.
Dell Studio XPS 16 Laptop Computer (Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, 250GB HDD, 4GB) Reviewed on 01/16/2009

The Bottom Line: Dell's new 16:9 Studio XPS 16 adds upscale extras such as a leather trim and a backlit keyboard to a fairly standard set of components, without jacking up the price (too much).

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.4 GHz), 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 15.6, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition
Apple MacBook Air (Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M)

$1,199 to $1,399 at 6 stores $1,399.99 - Best Buy $1,228.19 - Amazon.com $1,199.99 - MacMall
Apple MacBook Air (Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M) Reviewed on 10/14/2008

The Bottom Line: The MacBook Air introduced the unibody chassis design and multitouch gestures last year, and, thus, it doesn't receive much of an upgrade this time around.

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo (1.6 GHz), 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 3 lbs, 13.3 in TFT active matrix, EPEAT Gold, EPA Energy Star, Apple MacOS X 10.5
HP HDX18

* Editors' rating: 3h stars
Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
* User rating: 3h stars out of 9 reviews

$1,199 at 2 stores $1,199.99 - HP Home & Home Office Store $1,199.99 - HP Home & Home Office Store Accessories
HP HDX18 Reviewed on 09/19/2008

The Bottom Line: HP already makes some of the best multimedia laptops, and trading up to a true 16:9 18-inch display makes for an impressive semiportable home theater in the form of the HP HDX18.
Dell Latitude E6400 Laptop Computer (Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 250GB/2GB)

* Editors' rating: 3h stars
Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
* User rating: 2h stars out of 22 reviews

$1,104 at 1 store $1,104.00 - Dell, Inc.
Dell Latitude E6400 Laptop Computer (Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 250GB/2GB) Reviewed on 08/21/2008

The Bottom Line: A total revamp of Dell's ubiquitous business laptop line, the Latitude E6400 offers Intel's latest Centrino 2 mobile platform and introduces a brushed-metal design that works at home or office, but the real highlight here is the long battery life.

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.40 GHz), 2.0 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 4.4 lbs, 14.1 in TFT active matrix, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1, With media
Sony VAIO VGN-FW465J/B - Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53 GHz - 16.4

$1,149 at 2 stores $1,149.99 - Sony Electronics, Inc. $1,149.99 - Amazon.com
Sony VAIO VGN-FW465J/B - Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53 GHz - 16.4" TFT

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.53 GHz), 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 6.8 lbs, 16.4 in TFT active matrix, EPA Energy Star, RoHS, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
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Re: (hey all) + Buying a new laptop

Postby JabbaPapa » Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:22 am

l33t wrote:its been a long week. and since i just lost my job, i am not going to be able to afford a new laptop for quite a while.

thanks for your help on this though.

can a moderator just delete this thread? there isn't anything useful here, so it might as well be deleted.


I'm sad to hear about your personal problems, and I hope you will bounce back quick enough :(

There is no point deleting the thread, but I can certainly lock it, to avoid any further contributions to it ...
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