New notebook $1000-1200

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  1. rtknecro

    rtknecro Newbie

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    I'm looking to buy a thin and light notebook for under $1200. Right now my choices are the Dell Latitude D500 (M 1.3ghz, 256mb, 40gb, DVD, XP Home) for about $1150 after tax and rebate or an Acer TravelMate 291XCIH (M 1.4ghz, 256mb, 40gb, DVD/CD-RW, XP Pro) for $1260 after tax. The TravelMate is a bit faster, comes with a burner, XP Pro, and has more USB ports. I know a lot of people who own Dell notebooks and say they are fine but I don't know if Acer notebooks are durable and dependable.

    Both of these notebooks use Intel Extreme Graphics 2 but I was wondering if there are any other notebooks with a better graphics option (32 or 64mb vid card) under $1200 aside from the Dell 600m.
     
  2. Brian

    Brian Working at 486 Speed NBR Reviewer

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    Acer is a solid brand, just little known in the US. They're even making the Ferrari notebook for those who are especially status conscious! You may also consider the eMachines line, the Apple forum moderator actually just bought one yesterday. I'll try to get him over here to give feedback on that purchase.

    Brian

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  3. Barry J. Doyle

    Barry J. Doyle Notebook Geek NBR Reviewer

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    Depending on whether you want more power or not, the eMachines M5312 (http://www.emachines.com/products/products.html?prod=eMachines_M5312) offers a heck of a lot more for the money including integrated Wireless G. Best Buy is currently (1-2-04) offering an unbeatable price (after $250 off) of $999.00 for this powerhouse. I just got one and absolutely love it, however being a 15.4" widescreen, it may be a bit too big for what you want. However if you want all the bells and whistles for $1000 bucks, this could be your dream machine:

    Specifications
    Display: 15.4" Widescreen TFT LCD WXGA (1280 x 800 max. resolution)
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
    CPU: Mobile AMD Athlon™ XP-M 2400+ Processor
    Quantispeed™ Architecture operates at 1.8GHz
    266 MHz Front Side Bus and 512K L2 Cache
    Memory: 512 MB DDR SODIMM (PC 2100)
    Hard Drive: 60 GB HDD
    Optical Drives: DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive (24x10x24 CD-RW; 8x Max. DVD-ROM)
    Video: ATI® Mobility RADEON™ (Integrated)
    64 MB DDR Shared Video Memory
    Sound: PC2001 Compliant AC '97 Audio
    Built-in Stereo Speakers
    Modem: 56K* ITU V.92 Fax/Modem
    Network: Integrated 802.11g Wireless LAN (up to 54Mbps); 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet
    Pointing Device: Touchpad with Vertical Scroll Zone
    Battery: 8-cell Lithium-ion (Li-ion)
    Dimensions: 1.36"h x 14.0"w x 10.0"d
    Weight: 6.6 lbs.
    Ports/Other: 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 IEEE 1394, 1 VGA External Connector, 1 S-Video Out, 1 Parallel, Microphone In, Headphone/Audio Out, 1 PCMCIA Slot (Card Bus type I or type II)

    Good Luck


    Barry J. Doyle
     
  4. Joe_125

    Joe_125 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Greetings Barry,

    I made a post yesterday kinda asking the same question. I what you responded here and was wondering a few things. First, is how do you get the 250 off rebate?

    Second is are the Athlon processors good for laptops? I bought one about 8 months ago for my Desktop and it overheated and fried so I'm a bit skeptic.

    And last, will the 64 MB integrated shared video memory affect its performance too much while gaming compared to the 64 MB ATI Raedon that the Dell has on its 5100?

    An answer here or in my thread would be greatly appreciated either way.

    Thanks
     
  5. Brian

    Brian Working at 486 Speed NBR Reviewer

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    I'll let Barry reply, but two quick notes:

    1) The AMD chips are fine, but they do tend to run hot.
    2) You would be hard pressed to notice a difference between integrated video memory and dedicated.

    Brian

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