Buying this week...Any advice?

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  1. karprive

    karprive Notebook Enthusiast

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    $1400

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
    b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    14.1"-15.4"

    3) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?

    Routine office apps, internet, email, and some moderate gaming

    4) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?

    Would prefer something a bit portable

    5) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?

    Some gaming...AOE3, Civilization 4, Counter-Strike: Source, Hitman, etc.

    6) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

    Thinking about Alienware, Asus, Compal, HP Compaq, and Dell

    7) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    Would like around 3 hours

    8) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?

    No

    9) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in?

    USA...Los Angeles, CA

    Screen Specifics

    10) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?

    Widescreen

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

    Standard
    a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
    b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
    c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

    Widescreen
    d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

    No higher than WSXGA+


    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    No real preference...

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Yes

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

    Looking to make a purchase this week...would like it to last at least 3 years

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 160GB?

    80 GB

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?

    DVD-RW


    I'm currently considering the following notebooks:

    Compal HEL-80
    Compal HGL-30 (fan noise?)
    Asus F3JM (like that there is no vent on the right side)
    Alienware Area-51 m5550 (seems as if many people have problems with them)
    HP Compaq nc8430 (but this may be out of my price range)
    Dell e1505 (considering this only because it is so inexpensive)

    I would love suggestions from people that are familiar with the above mentioned notebooks. I really don't want to focus on other makes or models, as I think I'm already confused enough.

    Also, I like the Alienware, but are they really as bad as people say on some of these forums? Also, would love to hear all comments...both good and bad.

    Thank you in advance for your help.
     
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    HP dv6000 with the 7400 might be worth a look as an alternative to the Dell.
     
  3. claudione314

    claudione314 Notebook Deity

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    The Asus F3Jm will offer the best gaming power among those you selected; however, it's also one of the heaviest. For best compromise I'd go with the Compal HGL30.

    C.
     
  4. Sam

    Sam Notebook Virtuoso

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    Inspiron E1505 isn't that bad, as long as you ignore the fact that its build quality isnt' as good as Asus. The F3J is a bit heavy. But not heavy enough to prevent you from traveling with it.
     
  5. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    $1,400 buys a better notebook than a Dell.
    I haven't heard of any problems with it, but you can see our review here:
    http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=3165&review=Alienware+Area+51+m5550
    I wouldn't recommend it because A) you can't get that good of a configuration for your budget, and B) the battery life is subpar @ 1.5 hours.

    The Compal HGL30 gets my vote for a 14".
     
  6. chrisyano

    chrisyano Hall Monitor NBR Reviewer

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    For portability, the Compal HGL30 is a great choice in the 14.1" size and will be nicely configured within your budget.
     
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