Seeking a good all around notebook

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by karprive, Jan 16, 2007.

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  1. karprive

    karprive Notebook Enthusiast

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    I am looking for a good all-around notebook...some gaming, dvd watching, business apps, etc. I am looking to make a purchase soon, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, should I wait until Vista is pre-installed or is it ok to buy something now? Thanks in advance.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget? $1500

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

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

    Gaming, MS Office applications, internet, dvd watching

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

    Would like it to be portable

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

    Civilization IV, AOE III, WoW, mostly strategy games, some shooters

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

    Not really

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

    Would like at least 3 hours

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

    Don't mind

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


    Screen Specifics

    10) Would you prefer standard or widescreen? No pref

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

    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.

    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.

    b and e

    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? No pref

    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? Within 1 least 2 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

    Thanks again everyone...
  2. Gophn

    Gophn NBR Resident Assistant

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  3. chrisyano

    chrisyano Hall Monitor NBR Reviewer

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    I think your best bet for a WSXGA+ screen is going to be either the Compal HEL80 or Asus Z96J with your budget.

    The WXGA+ Asus A8Jp/A8Js are also worthy of consideration with the added portability of a 14.1" chassis.
  4. ejl

    ejl fudge

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    the compal hgl-30 is also worth a look but is not exactly a looker. if you want something a bit more stylish btotech is selling the asus w3j (with core duo not core 2 duo) for under your budget.
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