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SoySauce
06-29-2008, 11:41 PM
General Questions

1) What is your budget?
Somewhere between 1500-2000, but the cheaper the better!
2) What size notebook would you prefer?
c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
or
d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
3) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in.
USA... don't see any flags in the post icons?
4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
It all depends on the individual products. I really like Asus though.
5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
Word processing, internet browsing, listening to music(important), watching videos
6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
It will most likely be traveling with me in my backpack most of the time.
7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
Not necessarily, the ability to do so would be a plus, and if I could have the ability to game on a laptop I would probably be playing Battlefield 2 or similar games.
8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
As much as possible! I don't know how frequently I'll get to charge my battery. Being able to replace the battery with a fresh one when I need to would also be a plus.
9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
Don't mind at all.
10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
XP Pro Sp2
Screen Specifics

11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
Doesn't matter, widescreen isn't really necessary for me.
12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer? (more details below)
Standard

c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

Widescreen

e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.


13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non glossy screen?
Doesn't really matter to me, but I prefer glossy. Never used a matte screen before, though, so I wouldn't really know.

Build Quality and Design

14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
Just don't want it to be ugly as sin
15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
I absolutely need it by mid-august, and I want it to last as long as is reasonable
Notebook Components

16) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 500GB?
Well I know that I need 100 GB off the bat just for my music and videos. I plan to legitimately and legally acquire loads of music in college, so the bigger the drive the better.
17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
Need a burner at least, blu-ray isn't really necessary, but would be nice.


Note: The most important things to me are its ability to play (and store) music, its portability, and battery life. I would be willing to sacrifice in some other areas to improve those three.

Thanks in advance, folks!

haid
06-30-2008, 01:08 AM
You could probably get a very nice laptop well under the 1500-2000 range from xoticpc. Your screen resolution is probably the component that would drive up cost the most, because mostly higher end laptops will have high resolutions. I'd recommend browsing the 15.4" section, almost any of those laptops will run BF2 and most of them can handle modern games (on medium settings depending on game and resolution). Since you are emphasizing that you want storage for music/movies, it would probably be easier to get an external hard drive and load all of your media onto it and just access from there rather than seeking out and being limited to laptops with large drives. Any laptop will have enough space for the essential albums you might want to keep with you all the time. Good luck!

SoySauce
06-30-2008, 01:51 AM
Good ideas. Thanks, haid.

robamb2002
06-30-2008, 07:22 AM
Something you may want to think about... the 1680x1050 screens draw alot of power. you should decide what is more important, longer battery life or the higher res screen. I'm pretty sure you can get about an extra hour out of a notebook with the lower res screen and a 9 cell battery (though I have not tested this as I do not have the capacity) One of the Justins might be able to help you determin how to maximize your system for the money you are willing to spend.

also a machine with a "Penryn" processor will help extend battery life as they are a significantly lower voltage processor... also stick with the 5400RPM hard drives as they too require less power.

I know you said Asus was your preference for brands. You should research Sager as well... There machines are quality builds and in most cases cheaper. plus the NP2092 would suit your needs very well.

Happy Lappy Hunting! :)

Justin_W@XoticPC
06-30-2008, 10:49 AM
As robamb2002 said, the Sager np2092 would be a good choice. Another two options would be the Force 3298 or the Asus M50SV-A1. You can view all three of these notebooks here (http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-latops-tablets-laptops-ct-95_51_149.html)

Mazeura
06-30-2008, 12:43 PM
I did some messing around and this is what I came up with inside of your budget (and a few below your budget):

SAGER NP6690 Custom Sager Notebook
- 15.4" WXGA "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1280x800)
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- ~Intel® T8100 45nm "Penryn" Core™2 Duo 2.1GHz w/3MB L2 On-die cache - 800MHz FSB
- 128MB PCI-Express nVidia GeForce GO8400M G w/ up to 512MB Turbo Cache DX10
- ~ 1,024MB DDR2 667 PC2 5300 (2 SODIMMS) Dual Channel Memory
- Standard Finish
- ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Softwares
- ~ 320GB 5400RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 8MB Cache)
- Internal 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO)
- Built-in Wireless 802.11A/B/G
- Built in 1.3Megapixel Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Basic Black Case
- Smart Li-ion Battery (6-Cell)
- Full Range Auto Switching AC Adapter - Included
- ~Windows XP Pro SP2 w/ Drivers, Utilities CD
- Microsoft Office 2007 SBE - (Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint/Publisher)
- 3 Year Parts/Labor Warranty 24/7 Tech Support w/ LCD Accidental Damage Protection
$1,705.00


SAGER NP2092 Custom Laptop (Built on Compal JFL92)
- 15.4" WSXGA+ "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1680x1050) 2092
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- ~Intel® T8100 45nm "Penryn" Core™2 Duo 2.1GHz w/3MB L2 On-die cache - 800MHz FSB - 2092
- 512MB PCI-Express nVidia GeForce 8600GT DX10
- ~ 4,096MB DDR2 667 PC2 5300 (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 5400RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 8MB Cache) - 2092
- Internal 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO)
- Receive FREE Internal Bluetooth (Limted Time Offer)
- Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965 802.11 a/g/n
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Basic Black Business Case
- Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)
- Full Range Auto Switching AC Adapter - Included
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- ~Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit Installed (64&32-Bit CD Included) w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's
- Microsoft Office 2007 SBE - (Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint/Publisher)
- Sager 3 Year Parts & Labor Warranty, Lifetime Sager Toll Free Support
$1,668.00


SAGER NP6680 Custom Cheap Sager Laptop
- 15.4" WXGA "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1280x800)
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- ~Intel® T8100 45nm "Penryn" Core™2 Duo 2.1GHz w/3MB L2 On-die cache - 800MHz FSB
- VIA VN896 CHROME 9HC 2D/3D Video up to 224MB
- ~ 1,024MB DDR2 667 PC2 5300 (2 SODIMMS) Dual Channel Memory
- ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Softwares
- ~ 320GB 5400RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 8MB Cache)
- Internal 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO)
- Built in 1.3Megapixel Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Basic Black Case
- Smart Li-ion Battery (6-Cell)
- Full Range Auto Switching AC Adapter - Included
- ~Windows XP Pro SP2 w/ Drivers, Utilities CD
- Microsoft Office 2007 SBE - (Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint/Publisher)
- Sager 3 Year Parts & Labor Warranty, Lifetime Sager Toll Free Support
$1,413.00


ASUS M51SN-C1 Customizable Laptop
- !! FREE !! UPS GROUND SHIPPING (Use Coupon Code FREESHIP in Checkout)
- 15.4" WXGA "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1280x800)
- ASUS Zero Bright Dot (ZBD) Pixel Guarantee
- -Intel® T5750 Core™2 Duo 2.0GHz w/2MB L2 On-die cache - 667MHz FSB - ASUS Default Processor
- 512MB PCI-Express nVidia GeForce 9500M GS DX10
- None Standard
- - 3,072MB (2 SODIMMS) DDR2 667MHz Memory - Asus Default Memory
- Standard Finish
- - Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti 8X DVDRW Drive w/ Software
- 250GB SATA 150 5400RPM Asus Default Hard Drive
- Internal 8-in-1 Card Reader: MMC/SD/Mini-SD/XD/Memory Stick/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo
- Internal Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR
- Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965 802.11 a/g/n
- Built in 1.3Megapixel Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Basic Black Business Case - Included
- ADD Asus M5 9 Cell Battery
- Full Range Auto Switching AC Adapter - Included
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- Asus USB Optical Mouse
- ~Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's - ENS
- Microsoft Office 2007 SBE - (Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint/Publisher)
- 3 Year ASUS GLOBAL Warranty, 24/7 DOMESTIC Technical Support, 1 Year Accidental Damage Coverage & 2-Way Overnight Shipping for Warranty
$1,567.00

Modify as you would like though. Personally I like the Sager 2092 though.

SoySauce
07-05-2008, 07:14 PM
Wow, thanks a lot guys. I will certainly take those configurations into consideration, Mazeura.