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Three Stars
03-01-2009, 11:01 AM
In March 2006, while on vacation in New Hampshire, I got an Asus V1jp from our friends here at XoticPC. They got it out to me basically overnight (with the extra RAM still in the package, for speed!) so I could take it with me on the plane back home. 2 years later, it's still mostly going strong.

What's funny is, originally I was going to use the laptop as my "game box" and my desktop for productivity, portability, and web browsing. After a couple of months, I found that my desktop was gathering dust, and I was using the laptop for everything. Plus, the only portability I needed was the ability to move between the couch and the comfy chair, so that's definitely not a consideration now.

I'm considering bumping up to a 17" laptop this time, as I'm missing having a numeric keypad, and the extra screen real estate will be nice for movies and games.

The good news for Justin is...I'm now a permanent resident of New Hampshire, so no more mad dash shipping. :p

FAQ ahoy...

General Questions

1) What is your budget? Around $2500. I can go higher, but it should be for a good reason.

2) What size notebook would you prefer?
c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen - This is what I have now. I've never felt it was too small.
d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen - This is what I'm considering now.

3) What country are you buying this in? USA.

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like? I like ASUS based on personal experience. I've heard lots of good things about Sager.

5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook? Web browsing, watching DVDs, productivity and e-mail, playing various games. Just about everything.

6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk? Mostly leaving it on my portable desk with wheels, so I can switch couch cushions when one gets too worn down. :)

7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games? My current game is Sacred 2. I play mostly Action RPGs. I've never minded turning settings down to ensure smooth gaming, and I don't feel it's entirely necessary to play games at native resolution, but this time around I'd like a reasonably top of the line card. The real question is...is it worth it to get a 9800m GTX if a 9800m GT or GS or GTS or PDQ will do nicely?

8) How many hours of battery life do you need? Not really an issue with this kind of laptop.

9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person? Buying online is fine.

10) What OS do you prefer? (more details below)

-Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit or 64-Bit
-Windows Vista Business 32-Bit or 64-Bit

Screen Specifics

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

e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets. This would be my choice for 15.4" laptops
f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets. This would be my choice for 17" laptops
12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non glossy screen? I'm a glossy screen fan

Build Quality and Design

13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? I don't like a lot of lights, bells, and whistles. The Asus V1jp was nice in that regard, as it was very businesslike in appearance.

14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last? Soon. I'd like 2-3 years out of it. My budget is not as constrained as last time, so I'm willing to pay more to ensure it's longer lasting

Notebook Components

15) How much hard drive space do you want; 250GB, 320GB, 500GB I'd probably go with a 7200 RPM drive for good performance. I don't really need double hard drives or RAID arrays or stuff like that.


16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, CD/DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive? I have no Blu-Ray discs currently, so I have no powerful urge to get a Blu-Ray drive. If it comes with the laptop, then so be it, but I won't go out of my way to get one.

17) What speed CPU/Processor would you like? Dual core or Quad Core CPU? I'm finding that the price for upgrading a quad core in most cases is prohibitive (900 dollars!), so a nice dual core is likely more than enough.

The Sager 5797 has been recommended to me, and it's certainly a nice choice for power and customizability if I want to go 17", but I don't want to discount the various ASUSes, or even going back to a 15.4" (like the 8660) if I can get really nice performance and longetivity out of it.

Thanks!

Anewbus
03-02-2009, 03:11 PM
Hi Threestars
Yes, the Sagers are quite nice as well. Actually, most all the laptops Xotic sells are very nice and really the only concern is what is the best fit for you within your budget.:XPCS::notworthy:D
By the way, missing the numeric keypad on a 15.4 inch lappy can be easily resolved by purchasing a USB numeric keypad or indeed a whole standard desktop keyboard.:) Since you not taking you lappy out and about too much I thought I would throw that idea on the table. However, for the sake of the possibility of getting a 17 inch for more than just the numeric keypad (more screen real estate, etc) I’ll do some config ideas to get you started.
I’ll through in a 15.4 inch or two as well since you mentioned you may consider just getting another one of those depending on power etc.
You also mention that regarding native screen resolution that you would like 1920x1200 for a 17 inch and 1680x1050 for a 15.4 inch and that you never really play games in the native resolution anyway. Actually, most folks don’t play games in native resolution. In my opinion, I find the 1680x1050 resolution to be more flexible. Two reasons behind my opinion are that the 1680x1050 can be set down to 800x600 if needed for say, using a TV as the display. (With today’s modern LCD TVs you rarely need to step it down that low, but the situation may come up, who knows). Also in regards to watching DVDs, that native resolution is still higher than the native resolution on a 1080i/p LCD TV so you can certainly watch HD video to your heart’s content. Anyway, that’s just my opinion or personal taste. You can still step a native resolution screen down to 1200x800 if needed.

Ok here’s some config ideas to get you started and play around with. These are all just merely my opinion:

Here are some 17 inch models, IMHO I think Asus offers better machines in it’s 15.4 inch line than it’s 17 inch line, for the 17 inch models that Xotic has I would stick with Clevo or MSI. I also configured each for Vista 64 bit to take advantage of 4GB of RAM, but you can change all that as well. If you go with 32 bit I would recommend contacting Justin to see if you could get them to stick 3GB of RAM in your machine. You could also just stick 4GB in for future in case you ever did go to a 64 bit OS:

This one I like to call “The Beast of the Sager line”.:p This is one heavy powerful notebook. While you can get this machine with one HD and it is in line with your max budget, I think this may be kind of a waste for you if your not in need of dual or triple drives and such and would like to bump the warranty up another notch. I just thought I would show it to you anyway. I did the config with the 1920X1200 resolution screen, you can shave $95 off the price with a 1650X1050 screen

SAGER NP9262 Ultimate Custom Laptop (Built on Clevo D900C / D901C) (http://www.xoticpc.com/product_info.php?products_id=2273%7B76%7D1296%7B18 7%7D1757%7B94%7D1074%7B92%7D2046%7B88%7D2419%7B186 %7D734%7B93%7D2044%7B112%7D656%7B98%7D1295%7B96%7D 2434%7B97%7D1943%7B192%7D1943%7B104%7D674%7B168%7D 1453%7B116%7D1416%7B117%7D705%7B120%7D703%7B110%7D 2426%7B169%7D1449%7B119%7D1898%7B100%7D734%7B164%7 D1441%7B107%20)
- 17" WUXGA "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1920x1200)
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- ~Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz w/ 6MB L2 Cache - 1333MHz FSB
- nVidia GeForce 9800M GTX 1,024MB PCI-Express DDR3 DX10 (User Upgradeable)
- ~ 4,096MB DDR2 800 (2 SODIMMS) Dual Channel Memory (Requires Vista 64-Bit to recognize Full 4GB)
- Standard Finish
- ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Softwares
- ~ 320GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache)
- HDD Raid Settings - OFF
- Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo/SD/Mini-SD/MMC/RS)
- Internal Bluetooth + EDR
- Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 5300 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi Link
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Basic Black Business Case - Included
- Smart Li-ion Battery (12 Cell)
- ~Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit Installed (64&32-Bit CD Included) w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's
- 3 Year Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Based Toll Free Telephone Tech Support
(Labor Warranty through Xotic PC)

TOTAL = $2496.78 with cash discount


In my humble personal opinion as far as 17-inch notebooks for you are concerned, I would take a serious look at this one (Sager NP5797). This is also a bang powerful notebook. In fact, it’s similar to the beast except for the CPU, but even with the 2.66GHz Proc, you won’t be missing a thing. It has the best GPU just like the Beast (9262) too. I configured this again with the 1920 screen which brings it over your budget by $100, but if you want you can save $95 by going with the 1650 screen which would bring this config to just $5 over your budget. I also went with the best warranty Xotic has on this so if you wanted to drop it down a notch that would also shave off some money.

Sager NP5797 Custom Notebook (Built on Clevo M570ETU) (http://www.xoticpc.com/product_info.php?products_id=2540%7B76%7D1296%7B18 7%7D1757%7B94%7D1074%7B92%7D2424%7B88%7D2419%7B186 %7D734%7B93%7D2431%7B193%7D657%7B112%7D2032%7B98%7 D1295%7B96%7D2434%7B168%7D1453%7B116%7D1416%7B117% 7D705%7B120%7D703%7B110%7D2426%7B169%7D1449%7B119% 7D1898%7B100%7D734%7B164%7D1441%7B107%7D689%7B106% 7D1696%7B12%20)
- 17" WUXGA "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1920x1200)
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- ~Intel® P9600 45nm "Montevina" Core™2 Duo 2.66GHz w/6MB L2 On-die cache - 1066MHz FSB 25 watt
- nVidia GeForce 9800M GTX 1,024MB PCI-Express DDR3 DX10 (User Upgradeable)
- ~ 4,096MB DDR3 1066MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (Requires Vista 64-Bit to recognize Full 4GB)
- NP579x Orange Frame Trim Color
- ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Softwares
- ~ 320GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache)
- Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo/SD/Mini-SD/MMC/RS)
- Internal Bluetooth + EDR
- Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 5300 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi Link
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Basic Black Business Case - Included
- Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- ~Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit Installed (64&32-Bit CD Included) w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's
- 3 Year Parts & Labor Warranty 24/7 Tech Support

TOTAL = $2597.66 with cash discount


Here is another 17 inch built on the MSI foundation. MSI is popular in Europe especially just in case you had interest in that trivia. This has no option for the 1920 screen, but as I mentioned the 1650X1050 is just as fabulous in my opinion. This machine also has a nice GPU that will more than fit your needs. The thing about this machine as well is that Xotic’s best warranty comes standard with it. I just thought it was worth a look in my opinion. The price is nice.

FORCE 3751-ID2 (Built on MSI-1722-ID2) (http://www.xoticpc.com/product_info.php?products_id=2560%7B76%7D1280%7B18 7%7D1757%7B94%7D1074%7B92%7D2448%7B88%7D2463%7B186 %7D734%7B93%7D2489%7B193%7D657%7B112%7D2476%7B98%7 D1799%7B96%7D2461%7B168%7D1453%7B116%7D1416%7B117% 7D1478%7B120%7D703%7B110%7D2426%7B169%7D1449%7B119 %7D1898%7B100%7D734%7B164%7D1441%7B107%7D1539%7B10 6%7D1691%7B%20)
- 17" WSXGA+ "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1680x1050)
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- -Intel® T9550 45nm "Montevina" Core™2 Duo 2.66GHz w/6MB L2 On-die cache - 1066MHz FSB 35 watt
- nVidia GeForce 9600M GT 512MB PCI-Express DDR3 DX10
- - 4,096MB DDR2 800MHz KINGSTON HyperX Matched Kit - Low Latency CL5 (2 SODIMMs) Dual Channel Memory SPECIAL!
- Standard Finish (WXGA - Plastic Matte Bllack with Silver Trim ~ WSXGA+ - Black Brushed Aluminum
NO DELAY for Custom Color Options
- - Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti 8X DVDRW Drive w/ Software
- - 320GB 7200RPM WD or Seagate (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s)
- Internal 5-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/ xD-P)
- Internal Bluetooth + EDR
- Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 5300 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi Link
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- None Standard
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Carrying Case Optional (Select if desired)
- Smart Li-ion Battery (6-Cell)
- -Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's
- 3 Year Complete Care Full Parts / Labor Warranty - Next Business Day Shipping both ways - Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Toll-Free Telephone Tech Support

TOTAL = $1827.48 with cash discount


This looks to be the same machine except I think the case is different and for some reason it’s a bit lower in price for the same config.

FORCE 3751 (Built on MSI-1722) (http://www.xoticpc.com/product_info.php?products_id=2500%7B76%7D1280%7B18 7%7D1757%7B94%7D1074%7B92%7D2448%7B88%7D2463%7B186 %7D734%7B93%7D2489%7B193%7D657%7B112%7D2476%7B98%7 D1799%7B96%7D2461%7B168%7D1453%7B116%7D1416%7B117% 7D1478%7B120%7D703%7B110%7D2426%7B169%7D1449%7B119 %7D1898%7B100%7D734%7B164%7D1441%7B107%7D1539%7B10 6%7D1691%7B%20)
- 17" WSXGA+ "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1680x1050)
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- -Intel® T9550 45nm "Montevina" Core™2 Duo 2.66GHz w/6MB L2 On-die cache - 1066MHz FSB 35 watt
- nVidia GeForce 9600M GT 512MB PCI-Express DDR3 DX10
- - 4,096MB DDR2 800MHz KINGSTON HyperX Matched Kit - Low Latency CL5 (2 SODIMMs) Dual Channel Memory SPECIAL!
- Standard Finish (WXGA - Plastic Matte Bllack with Silver Trim ~ WSXGA+ - Black Brushed Aluminum
NO DELAY for Custom Color Options
- - Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti 8X DVDRW Drive w/ Software
- - 320GB 7200RPM WD or Seagate (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s)
- Internal 5-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/ xD-P)
- Internal Bluetooth + EDR
- Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 5300 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi Link
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Carrying Case Optional (Select if desired)
- Smart Li-ion Battery (6-Cell)
- -Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's
- 3 Year Complete Care Full Parts / Labor Warranty - Next Business Day Shipping both ways - Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Toll-Free Telephone Tech Support

TOTAL = $1730.48 with cash discount



Here are a couple of 15.4 inch models I threw in since you mentioned that you might go that direction again.

Here’s the famous NP8660: It is one of the better 15.4 inch models out there. I configured this with the best warranty as well.

Sager NP8660 (Built on Clevo M860TU) (http://www.xoticpc.com/product_info.php?products_id=2411%7B76%7D768%7B187 %7D1757%7B94%7D1074%7B92%7D2424%7B88%7D2417%7B186% 7D734%7B93%7D2431%7B193%7D657%7B112%7D656%7B98%7D1 295%7B96%7D2434%7B168%7D1453%7B116%7D1416%7B117%7D 705%7B120%7D703%7B110%7D2426%7B169%7D1449%7B119%7D 1898%7B100%7D734%7B164%7D1441%7B107%7D689%7B106%7D 1696%7B121%7D%20)
- 15.4" WSXGA+ "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1680x1050)
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- ~Intel® P9600 45nm "Montevina" Core™2 Duo 2.66GHz w/6MB L2 On-die cache - 1066MHz FSB 25 watt
- nVidia GeForce 9800M GTS 512MB PCI-Express DDR3 DX10 (User Upgradeable)
- ~ 4,096MB DDR3 1066MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) (Requires Vista 64-Bit to recognize Full 4GB)
- Standard Finish
- ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Softwares
- ~ 320GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache)
- Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo/SD/Mini-SD/MMC/RS)
- Internal Bluetooth + EDR
- Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 5300 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi Link
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Basic Black Business Case - Included
- Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- ~Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit Installed (64&32-Bit CD Included) w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's
- 3 Year Parts & Labor Warranty 24/7 Tech Support

TOTAL = $1962.31 with cash discount


Here’s another Asus I felt might be worth looking at in my opinion. It does have a funky native resolution, but it’s not a huge concern. The GPU is more than decent as well. I changed the warranty to the one covered by Xotic instead of Asus. In my humble opinion it’s a bit better on certain concerns.

ASUS N50VN-B1B (http://www.xoticpc.com/product_info.php?products_id=2525%7B161%7D654%7B76 %7D646%7B187%7D1757%7B94%7D1903%7B92%7D1987%7B88%7 D1993%7B186%7D734%7B93%7D1645%7B112%7D656%7B98%7D1 907%7B96%7D2461%7B168%7D1453%7B116%7D1416%7B117%7D 1915%7B120%7D703%7B110%7D1747%7B169%7D1449%7B119%7 D1898%7B100%7D734%7B164%7D1441%7B107%7D689%7B106%7 D1691%7B121%20)
- FREE! UPS GROUND SHIPPING (Use Coupon Code FREESHIP in Checkout) & $100 ASUS Mail In Rebate
- 15.4" WXGA+ "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1440x900)
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- ASUS Zero Bright Dot (ZBD) Pixel Guarantee
- -Intel® P8600 45nm "Montevina" Core™2 Duo 2.40GHz w/3MB L2 On-die cache - 1066MHz FSB 25 watt - ENS
- nVidia GeForce 9650M GT 1,024MB PCI-Express DDR2 DX10
- ~ 4,096MB DDR2 800 (2 SODIMMS) Dual Channel Memory -
- Standard Finish
- - Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti 8X DVDRW Drive w/ Software
- - 320GB 7200RPM WD or Seagate (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s)
- Internal 8-in-1 Card Reader: MMC/SD/Mini-SD/XD/Memory Stick/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo
- Internal Bluetooth + EDR
- Built-in 802.11 Wireless A/B/G/N
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Basic Black Business Case - Included
- Smart Li-ion Battery (6-Cell)
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- Asus USB Optical Mouse
- -Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's
- 2 Year Parts/Labor Warranty 24/7 Tech Support w/ LCD Accidental Damage Protection

TOTAL = $1713.02 with cash discount

Three Stars
03-02-2009, 08:16 PM
You may be right about the screen resolutions. There seems to be massive debate about the relative merits of resolution and detail, and how one should best configure a notebook in that regard. My habit has always been to decrease resolution (keeping aspect ratio) to allow greater detail. If someone wants to make a case for the other side of things, I'm all ears. I'll probably head down to my local Best Buy and play with the 17 inch lappies to see which resolution works for me.

I agree that the NP9292 is too much hardware for my needs.

Other than choice of color (I'd go silver :) ) that's pretty much the setup for the NP5797 that I would go with. Decreasing the screen resolution and going for a 2 year warranty brings it to $2389.11 (cash price). Not bad. The higher resolution screen would be $2481.26. Still not bad.

This is really the first time that I'm considering top-of-the-line graphics cards for a notebook. In previous years, I've always compromised on a mid-to-high range card to save money, but this time I want this particular purchase to not make me feel like shopping for a new one in 2 years. It seems like most of the other models have compromises to make. The ASUS G71G-Q1's processor is a bit weak unless I feel like shelling out $900+ for the next higher one, and the graphics card seems a tad crippled compared to the one in the NP5797. The MSI GT725 is pretty nice, but I like glossy screens. Same with a maxed out NP 5793...no glossy screen there.

Anewbus
03-02-2009, 11:00 PM
"I'll probably head down to my local Best Buy and play with the 17 inch lappies to see which resolution works for me."

You can do that which will give you a good idea about size, but not as accurately about resolution I think. Just keep in mind that the lappies at the Best Buys and the like are batch manufactured (using the cheapest parts possible I might add) and set up for the store. Also keep in mind (very important when looking at resolution), that the GPUs in most of those store machines are not dedicated, but intergrated so there is not a whole lot of memory on them. (They basically use the caching memory from RAM and the CPU). In other words, the same resolution and subsequint performance may look different on those machines than they would on a machine from Xotic that has a dedicated GPU (and a powerful one at that talking about the 5797 for example).

It's funny, I almost bought a Toshiba before I chanced upon the almighty XoticPC. Sure it would have cost me about $250 less before OS exhange (hate Vista wanted XP), but for what I wanted it for the performance would have been lackluster at best. Not only that but there was some question of warranty and support. I'm glad I opted not to get a Toshiba and went with Xotic instead. The Toshiba would have been fine if I just wanted it for basic business and general computing, did not care about support and perhaps 3 years of life if lucky. However, it would have been a poor choice for video streaming - hooking up to a home theater and of course, gaming.
With my Xotic I got the best of all worlds - well built, performance lappy, excellent warranty and support and the lappy should last me well beyond the 3-year warranty with proper care of course. Besides, what model of Toshiba for example is going to offer custom graphics? It's my first lappy and therefore I felt it called for.....no, make that demanded a custom job.:D:XPCS::notworthy

Three Stars
03-03-2009, 09:35 AM
I would be looking at the screens for things like text and window/browser size (and I know it's adjustable) rather than performance. I know that the average Best Buy laptop is an expensive paperweight compared to custom built models. I'm also still thinking of 15.4" options.

I've never streamed video to a TV, so that's not an issue for me. I also have never wanted custom graphics on a laptop, since I like a vaguely businesslike appearance. Then again, I guess I could have them etch a shirt and tie on the back of my laptop to make it really formal. :D

Anewbus
03-03-2009, 12:31 PM
I would be looking at the screens for things like text and window/browser size (and I know it's adjustable) rather than performance. I know that the average Best Buy laptop is an expensive paperweight compared to custom built models. I'm also still thinking of 15.4" options.

I've never streamed video to a TV, so that's not an issue for me. I also have never wanted custom graphics on a laptop, since I like a vaguely businesslike appearance. Then again, I guess I could have them etch a shirt and tie on the back of my laptop to make it really formal. :D

I was just giving you my personal story. We all have different uses and preferences and such. That's what makes things interesting here in lappyland.:p

Three Stars
03-06-2009, 01:45 PM
I just ordered my NP5797! The bad news is having to wait until the end of the month, but the good news is the price drop and the updated graphics card.

I did end up going with the 1680x1050 screen, after I got a look at some 17" computers with various resolutions. I've been happy with that resolution (as far as text sizes and web page spacing) on my 15.4", so getting it on a bigger screen will be nice.

Anewbus
03-06-2009, 02:16 PM
I just ordered my NP5797! The bad news is having to wait until the end of the month, but the good news is the price drop and the updated graphics card.

I did end up going with the 1680x1050 screen, after I got a look at some 17" computers with various resolutions. I've been happy with that resolution (as far as text sizes and web page spacing) on my 15.4", so getting it on a bigger screen will be nice.

Congrats on your new lappy!!:) Totally worth the wait! :XPCS::notworthy
What kind of config did you get?
I'm jealous, the NP5797 is the one that makes my mouth water!:p

Three Stars
03-06-2009, 03:26 PM
Congrats on your new lappy!!:) Totally worth the wait! :XPCS::notworthy
What kind of config did you get?
I'm jealous, the NP5797 is the one that makes my mouth water!:p

Vista Home Premium 64 bit, P9600 processor, the new graphics card, 4 gigs of RAM, 320 gig 7200 RPM hard drive, and of course the 1680x1050 screen.

I'll get a mini-mouse on my own time. I have a cooling stand that I've used for my 15.4" that also has an extension for 17". That should still work nicely.

Anewbus
03-06-2009, 04:30 PM
Vista Home Premium 64 bit, P9600 processor, the new graphics card, 4 gigs of RAM, 320 gig 7200 RPM hard drive, and of course the 1680x1050 screen.

I'll get a mini-mouse on my own time. I have a cooling stand that I've used for my 15.4" that also has an extension for 17". That should still work nicely.

Lovely lappy.:) Let us know how it works for you after you receive it.

Three Stars
04-16-2009, 02:32 PM
Guess what just arrived by UPS! Yay!

Fortunately, with the silver finish it looks businesslike enough that I can have it open on my desk at work without anyone suspecting the gaming power caged within.

I have to get it home to install games now. 5:30 PM can't come soon enough!