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Dell Vostro 1500 vs. Acer Aspire 5630-6288

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by *Daystar*, Jul 29, 2007.

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  1. *Daystar*

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    I finally got it down to 2 notebooks. the dell vostro 1500 and the Acer Aspire 5630-6288 and here are the specs for both

    Dell Vostro 1500: Cost is $748

    PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5470 (1.6GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® XP Home edit
    LCD PANEL 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Display with TrueLife™ edit
    MEMORY 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 DIMM edit
    HARD DRIVE 120G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive edit
    HARD DRIVE PARTITION Custom Hard Drive Partition, 20GB Primary, Remainder Secondary (XP Only) edit
    OPTICAL DRIVE 8X CD/DVD Burner w/ double-layer DVD+R write capability edit
    VIDEO CARD 128MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8400M GS edit
    WI-FI WIRELESS CARD Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g Wi-Fi Mini Card edit
    WEBCAM No Webcam Option edit
    SOUND OPTION High Definition Audio 2.0 edit
    My Accessories
    BATTERIES 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery edit
    BUILD A BUNDLE Belkin Laptop Cooling Stand with Fan edit
    My Software
    PRODUCTIVITY No Pre-installed Productivity Software edit
    SECURITY No Pre-installed Anti-Virus/Security Software edit
    My Services & Warranties
    WARRANTY & SERVICE 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Mail-in Service edit
    ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE SERVICE 1 Year CompleteCare Accidental Damage Service edit
    DELL DATASAFE™ ONLINE BACKUP 10GB for 1yr Online Backup by Dell Datasafe edit
    AUTOMATED PC TUNEUP 1 Year Dell Automated PC Tuneup edit
    DELL NETWORK ASSISTANT DellNetwork Assistant 1.7 edit
    ON-SITE SYSTEM SETUP No Onsite System Setup edit
    PURCHASE INTENT Purchase is intended for resale. edit
    ALSO INCLUDED WITH YOUR SYSTEM
    Integrated NIC and Modem Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
    Labels Windows XP™
    Processor Branding Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
    Miscellaneous Vostro 1500

    and here's the Acer's Specs: cost is $779

    Processor brand Intel®
    Processor type Core 2 Duo
    Processor speed 1.66GHz
    Bus speed 667MHz
    Level 2 cache 2MB
    Memory
    RAM 2GB
    Memory type (RAM) 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
    RAM expandable to: 4GB
    Storage/Drives
    Hard drive speed Info unavailable
    Hard drive size 160GB
    Burns DVDs Yes
    Graphics and sound
    Screen size (diagonal) 15.4"
    Maximum screen resolution 1280 x 800
    Video memory 224MB
    Video memory type Shared
    Ports
    USB 2.0 4
    Firewire 0
    Infrared port No
    PC card Yes
    Express card No
    S-video out Yes
    Media card slot Yes
    VGA Yes
    TV tuner No
    Internet/networking
    Dial-up modem Included
    Ethernet Yes
    Wireless 802.11a/b/g
    Bluetooth No
    Built-in webcam Yes
    General features
    Operating system Windows® Vista Home Premium
    Warranty Parts 12 Months
    Warranty Labor 12 Months
    Dimensions
    Height 1.4 inches
    Width 14.1 inches
    Depth 10.4 inches
    Weight 6.4 lbs.

    What do you think i should go with? also with the Dell vostro or Acer is it possible to upgrade the processor (later when i can afford it)or Just the RAM or hard drive (of course)
     
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    oh yea and the Acer only comes with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 and the Vostro with the 128MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8400M GS . let me know what ya'll think. thanks
     
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    Acer's build quality hasn't been up to par in recent history, this Acer model may be no different in that respect. If build quality's a big factor in your purchase, go with the Vostro since it's well built as a business notebook, because that's what's expected of their build quality in a business setting. The 8400m GS should serve you well for casual gaming as well, and should run games like HL2 or WoW nicely.
     
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    HL2? do you mean Halo2? i don't play world of warcraft..but i at least want to play Halo2 on it..
     
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    Well Halo 2 is just badly coded, I hear even powerful computers have trouble running it on PC...talk about a bad port. :eek:
     
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    really? the Halo2 that they made thats compatible with vista or the just the regular one for like 30 bucks?
     
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    Regular Halo2 is for Xbox only, wont run on your PC. He is talking about the Halo2 for Windows Vista,
     
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    ok yea anyways..would it be better to get windows xp on the dell vostro or have the vista premium on the Acer considering what the specs are?
     
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    He's talking about Half Life 2, if I'm not mistaken...
     
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    enough about games..what notebook should i go with?
     
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    need more opinions..
     
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    The Acer is on sale this week at Circuit City for $699. That is a lot laptop for the money when you look at the specs. If CC didn't charge 15% for an open box return for the HP I bought last week, I would consider this. The things that kept me from buying the Acer before were the 950 graphics and build quality. Whenever I pressed the keyboard, the whole keyboard flexed. I don't know which is worse, flexing keyboard or my HP that gets hot on both sides of the keypad.
     
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