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Dell vs Asus - Which One Is Better?!

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by zoot, Jan 28, 2010.

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  1. zoot

    zoot Newbie

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    Ive narrowed it down to two laptops, both are approximately the same price. Ill be using the laptop for music multimedia, gaming and everything in between. Both prices are 899$ but the DELL comes with free shipping.
    Im thinking that its better to go with the faster processor and ram rather than video card, but im no pro. which Is why I need YOUR help! lemme know what u think.

    p.s. Speaker quality is important

    Dell Studio 14
    -Core i3-330m 2.13ghz
    -3gb ddr3 ram @ 1066
    -250gb hd @ 7200rpm
    -Radeon HD 4530 512MB
    -dvd burner

    Asus x83vp-a1
    -Core 2 duo 2.53ghz
    -4gb ddr2 @ 800
    -500gb hd @ 5400rpm
    -Radeon HD 4650 1gb ddr3
    -no burner*
     
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    alumina Newbie

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    asus for games
     
  3. zoot

    zoot Newbie

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    Thanks, any one else?
     
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    Vlad_I Notebook Evangelist

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    Asus is much higher quality product and has marginally more powerfull internal components. Either of the machines are not suitable for anything but occasional gaming. It would seem that battery life could be on the Dell's side judging by the components. IT all really comes down to what you want to do with the machine.
     
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    nodnarb83 Notebook Consultant

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    Keep in mind that for gaming, the video card is always more important. The processor speed and RAM will help if they are higher, but the graphics card will pull the majority of the weight for higher resolutions, eye candy, etc.

    The 4650 is a much better video card for gaming than the 4530. At 720p, the 4650 will be able to perform pretty well on a lot of games, whereas the 4530 will struggle a little bit more. The Studio 14 is the better system all around, but the Asus will outperform it in games. Both will handle any multimedia you throw at them, but if you really think your going to be gaming a lot on your laptop, then go with the Asus.
     
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    Hackez Notebook Evangelist

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    Asus by miles. Did I mention Asus? Oh and Asus. :D
     
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    jonadagi2 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Go with the Asus.

    Better Video Card, Better Quality and Better Warranty.

    Plus, Asus Canada is offering a $100.00 mail-in rebate for the X83VP-A1 until January 31, 2010.

    http://promo.media.anitec.ca/rebate/asus_nb_mir_01_2010.PDF

    The mail-in rebate isn't mentioned on Newegg.ca's website, but I don't see anything in the form that would prevent you from using it.

    N.B. the Asus does have a DVD Burner. On Newegg's site it's listed as "DVD Super Multi" aka multi-format DVD burner.

    Also, notebookcheck rates the P8700 higher than the i3-330M. It gets slightly higher scores in each benchmark.

    The only thing the Dell has going for it is faster Ram/HDD and even then the Asus has +1GB Ram and double the size HDD.
     
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    ahl395 Ahlball

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    +1 for Asus ;)

    Not only is that laptops specs better, but they have the best reliability rating. :)

    [​IMG]
     
  9. mystery905

    mystery905 Notebook Deity

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    Asus FTW....
     
  10. zoot

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    Thanks alot for the input people.

    Does any one know how the speakers preform on the asus?
     
  11. Texanman

    Texanman Master of all things Cake

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    If you do not want to pay extra for a 2 yr warranty and a one yr adp... go with asus... but if you want a little more cpu power and if something breaks they come to your house and fix... then go dell

    If you are going to go light on the gaming and want a little more cpu power get the dell.... the asus warranty is a little slow to get it replaced when I had a issue but if your down with sending your laptop to another state then asus would be good too
     
  12. jonadagi2

    jonadagi2 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Here is an excerpt from a review of the X83VP-A1:

    "Audio
    The speakers are on the front, underside of the lappy. I prefer it there since they're aimed at you instead of broadcasting to the world. Although they do tend to get blocked.

    In any case, they're average for a laptop. Meaning they lack any real bass or mid-range. But from my personal experience that's pretty much the case with most laptops."
     
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    espresso_jim Notebook Guru

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    As mentioned above, don't forget the better warranty from ASUS. The one year accidental was a real plus for me when I got my ASUS. I have had excellent results with it. I had to use the ASUS service when I first got it. The service was extremely fast and efficient. The problem was completely fixed.

    Definitely go with the ASUS.

    Jim
     
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