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Old 11-16-2005, 09:52   #1
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help me pick a laptop

are the extra features of the aspire worth the cost?


first the acer ferrari: $2049


Brand Acer
Series Ferrari
Model 4005WLMi
Part# LXFR406035
CPU
CPU Type Turion 64
CPU Speed 2GHz
CPU Cache 1MB
Operating Systems
Operating System Windows XP Professional
Display
Screen Size 15.4"
Display Type Wide SXGA+
Resolution 1680 × 1050
Graphics
GPU/VPU ATI Mobility RADEON X700
Video Memory Dedicated 128MB
Graphic Type Dedicated Card
Hard Drive
HD Capacity 100GB
Memory
Memory Speed DDR333
Memory Size 1GB
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
Optical Drive Interface Integrated
Communications
Modem V.92 56K
LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
WLAN 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
IRDA IrDA
Bluetooth Yes
Ports
USB 4
IEEE 1394 1
Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, 1 x S-Video TV-out
Audio Ports Atereo headphones/speakers/line-out with SPDIF support
Input Device
Touchpad Yes
Keyboard Standard
Supplemental Drive
Card Reader 5-in-1 card reader for optional MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO or xD-Picture Card
Power
Battery Lithium Ion
Physical spec
Dimensions 14.3"W x 10.5" D x 1.4"H
Weight 6.3lbs
Warranty
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year Limited



now the acer aspire: $2238

Brand Acer
Series Aspire 9500
Model AS9504WSMi
Part# LX.A880J.002
General
Operating System Windows XP Media Center Edition
CPU Type Intel Pentium M Processor 760(2.0GHz)
Screen 17.0" WXGA+ (1440 x 900) TFT display
Memory Size 2GB (1/1) DDR2 533 SDRAM
Hard Disk 120GB hard drive
Optical Drive DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
Graphics Card ATI MOBILITY RADEON X700 graphics
Video Memory 256MB DDR
Communication Modem, Gigabit LAN and WLAN
Card slot PC Card slot for one Type II card, 32-bit PC CardBus architecture
Dimensions 15.8" W x 11.3" D x 1.6" H
Weight 8.4lbs
Tech Intel Centrino Mobile Technology
Other Features analog TV tuner
CPU
CPU Type Pentium M
CPU Speed 760(2.0GHz)
CPU FSB 533MHz
CPU Cache 2MB
Operating Systems
Operating System Windows XP Media Center
Chipset
Chipset Intel 915PM
Display
Screen Size 17.0"
LCD Features Acer CrystalBrite Technology
Display Type Wide XGA+
Resolution 1440 × 900
Graphics
GPU/VPU ATI Mobility RADEON X700
Video Memory Dedicated 256MB
Graphic Type Dedicated Card
Hard Drive
HD Capacity 120GB
Memory
Memory Slots 2x DIMM
Memory Speed DDR2 533
Memory Size 2GB
Max Memory Supported 2GB
Memory Dual Channel Support Yes
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
Optical Drive Spec -Read - 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD-ROM, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+RW, 8X DVD+R, 6X DL DVD+R, 8X DVD-RW
-Write - 24X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD+R, 8X DVD-R, 4X DVD+RW, 2.4X DL DVD+R, 4X DVD-RW
Communications
Modem V.92 56K
LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
WLAN 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
IRDA Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Ports
Card Slot PC Card slot for one Type II card, 32-bit PC CardBus architecture, Zoomed Video support
USB 5
IEEE 1394 1
Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, 1 x S-Video TV-out
Other port RF jack for digital/analog TV antenna cable input
AV-in for audio/video input composite/S-video/line-in
Audio Ports Stereo headphones/speakers/line-out with SPDIF support
Stereo microphone
Stereo line-in
Audio
Audio Integrated Sound card
Speaker Two integrated 2.1-channel speakers with built-in subwoofer
Input Device
Touchpad Touchpad with four-way integrated scroll button
Keyboard -103-key keyboard, inverted T cursor layout, embedded numeric keypad, hotkey controls, international language support, 2.5mm minimum key travel
-12 function, four cursor, two Microsoft Windows keys
-Web browser, e-mail, one user-programmable, Acer Empowering Key easy-launch buttons
-Front-access wireless LED button
-Front-access Bluetooth® button
Supplemental Drive
Card Reader MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO or xD-Picture Card
Power
AC Adapter 90W AC adapter
Battery 8-cell lithium ion
Battery Life 2.5hours
Physical spec
Dimensions 15.8" W x 11.3" D x 1.6" H
Weight 8.4lbs
Warranty
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year Limited
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Old 11-16-2005, 11:11   #2
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if it's something you'll carry a lot, I'd go with the smaller screen size cheaper model.

if it's something that will replace a desktop, I'd go with the larger screen expensive one.

it really depends on what you will be doing with it, and what kinds of programs you will run.
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Old 11-16-2005, 11:46   #3
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well I will be travelling with it

got a new job

http://www.glocktalk.com/showthread....18#post5237218

and this will basically be a desktop replacment, so it will be mainly used for gaming, internet, movies, photo and video.
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Old 11-16-2005, 16:37   #4
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Old 11-17-2005, 06:11   #5
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Sager. A quick look tells me you can get about the same specs from Sager for about the same dollars as either Acer.

I’m a professional geek surrounded by a throng of professional geeks with scads of discretionary income. These guys spend ridiculous amounts of cash on the geekiest hardware imaginable and they expect nothing less than world-class performance. So if they buy a megabuck piece of hardware that doesn’t cut muster, they’ll ‘eBay it’ in a New York second.

My daughter needed a laptop for college so I polled these guys (I myself dropped out of the horsepower race years ago). Among them, nothing receives such universally high praise as Sager customs (followed by Dell XPS, then Alienware, then all the rest). So I bought her a loaded Sager with an AMD 64. She’s a chip off the old block, likes to make a PC sweat to earn it’s keep (lots of video editing, MP3 sampling, etc.) and in five months she has yet to have a single BSOD or raise even one significant gripe. Considering the source, I consider that even higher praise than all my pocket-protector-wearing brethren. I'm so impressed I’m even thinking about getting one for myself.

Sager, BTW, does all their warranty support in-house. They’re a small company with limited staff so you might get voicemail when you call but they guarantee a call-back within 24 hours. A fair tradeoff in my view, considering the person who calls will be a card-carrying geek, not just a call screener reading from a cookbook, and it might even be the guy who built your laptop to start with.
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Old 11-17-2005, 08:56   #6
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I've worked on a few Toshibas here recently (not because they broke...) and I have to say that they are pretty nice. Like this..

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http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/...7&ccid=1291021
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