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M4600 vs. W520 vs. 8560w

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by sgogeta4, May 31, 2011.

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Which of the three would you pick?

  1. Dell Precision M4600

    33.0%
  2. Lenovo W520

    43.6%
  3. HP Elitebook 8560w

    23.3%
  1. 5150cd

    5150cd Notebook Evangelist

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    Until mSATA drives are move available and are supported better, I prefer to roll with a 2.5" SSD and a 2.5" HDD. The M4600 only supports a mSATA and a (1) 2.5" drive.

    The W520 supports Optimus in both graphic configurations. The M4600 does not support Optimus when using the IPS display and the AMD graphics card available offers no kind of graphic switching.
     
  2. wow

    wow Notebook Enthusiast

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    yes, it is all about IPS panel. W520 with decent screen+Optimus and 2 HDD/SSD+mSATA drive looks more attractive compared to M4600 with similar configuration(-1 HDD/SSD slot). But IPS display is a big deal. I think I am moving towards M4600 with IPS display depending reviews will be good(there are none at the moment, which is kind of annoying for such advanced product not to have a professional review). For me laptop is a 100% desktop replacement, I favor good monitor and ready to sacrifice battery life and other perks for it.
     
  3. lovelaptops

    lovelaptops MY FRIENDS CALL ME JEFF!

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    I haven't heard anything about the new Elitebook 8X60 line. They're only just hitting the market. I'm commenting from personal experience with the 8540w, 8730w, 2730p and 2740p over the last 2 years. These were either new models or refreshes and in all cases I had at least one return and, in the case of the 2740p, 4 returns until I finally got a unit I could live with, and it took a $1,000 added discount for me to accept the 5th unit. HP is great about throwing money at you when they delay shipments or sell you poor quality machines - though the $1,000 off an already discounted $1,700 tablet PC was truly unprecedented - but you do go through a lot of aggravation and time wasted as you help them do what should be their own beta testing but they do it with version 1.0 general releases instead.

    But again, I am not familiar with any experiences, good or bad, with the newest Elitebooks; I'm just speaking from fairly extensive experience with their predecessors over the past several years.
     
  4. ostler

    ostler Newbie

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    Yes, I read from another post that there is a bug in power unit of 8540w or elsewhere that may make the notebook down. Though this is corrected after a few months, but HP should do this in their internal test.
     
  5. Out of the Maelstrom

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    Are you saying the AMD card absolutely will NOT allow optimus to run?? Only the Quadros will allow optimus?? Even in BIOS?
     
  6. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Optimus is nVidia technology, so far AMD doesn't have an equivalent for their workstation models (not sure about consumer ones). Only the Quadros will run Optimus if there is no 10-bit panel (IPS) installed since the integrated GPU only supports up to 8-bits.
     
  7. Out of the Maelstrom

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    Thanks very much. I thought Optimus was something Intel offered on their newer CPUs, the ones with on-board graphics.
     
  8. Jarhead

    Jarhead Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    If it helps you sgogeta, I bought my W520 for the battery like (#1 reason) and for the great, inexpensive (compared to the IPS panels) 1080p display.
     
  9. ksna

    ksna Notebook Evangelist

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    Mine arrived today. Haven't tested out the battery life but I expect it only to be a few hours because of the IPS screen (which is great, btw).

    Only complaint is the size of the power supply (see below). Would be interested to see the adapter for the HP and the Lenovo.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Out of the Maelstrom

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    The w520 adapter is a beast in size, similar to yours in the photo above, but supposed to actually weigh *less* than the w510's.


    Btw, report please on your M4600!



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