Lap(top)dance of Joy

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  1. GoM

    GoM TPF Noob!

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    So yeah,

    My parents, and pretty much my entire family, have essentially agreed to buy me a laptop for my combined xmas-birthday (mid-late November). It's both needed and heavily wanted.

    So, I've done some research into various companies...Dell, HP, Sony, VoodooPC, Falcon NorthWest, Alienware...and what do you know, to my immense surprise, the system with both the best price (in comparision) as well as the best specs (when customised) was an Alienware.

    So, even though I'm not a huge gamer (I go through spurts of intense gaming to not much at all), it turns out that the specialised-for-gaming laptop turns out to be, so far, the best bang for the buck.

    I mean, I could go to MDG, Sony, HP or whatever and buy a stock system, since none of them allow customisation..but..whatever qualities I get for buying stock are gonna be outweighed by sheer crap for everything else.

    So, I'll keep the desktop I have now for storage..as you don't throw away 160GB of hard drive space when it can work as perfectly good storage (not to mention that I could shoot RAW now....ooooooo), but yeah. I'm pretty stoked. Never thought I'd be able to say "I own an Alienware", so even though I'm sure I'm paying a couple hundred bucks just for the name, it still ends up so much better, and cheaper, than anything else I've found so far.

    So. I'm happy.
     
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    Congrats!!!! Wish I had a laptop..though other than travelling, I don't have much use for one.
     
  3. GoM

    GoM TPF Noob!

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    Aaaand so much for the Alienware, forgot the site was in US! Without duties and taxes and shipping!

    So, to Dell it is...*sigh*

    I was close
     
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    EBphotography TPF Junkie!

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    Aww..oh well, Dell has some great laptops too, ask Arch! :)
     
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    clarinetJWD The Naked Spammer Staff Member

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    If you ask me, I'd avoid Dell laptops at all cost.

    As far as quality is concerned, the best 2 out there right now are Sony and Lenovo. What's your budget?

    Plus...most alienware laptops have a battery life of less than an hour (not kidding). My Dell doesn't get much more than that. My mom's Sony (much higher power) lasts 4-5 hours
     
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    congrats on your soon to be new laptop.
     
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    GoM TPF Noob!

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    I've looked into Dell and HP, and I have two I'm liking the look of...I avoided HP at first because they don't do customisation, but I found an HP machine I've liked. So, I'll take another look at the VAIO series and see what they have there. Usually, with the stocks, I find that the hard disk space, ram etc is fine, but the video card is crap. I need a good one of those, so the stock's aren't always good, but we'll see.

    Looks like it'll only be $1500-2000 too, which is nice.
     
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    kelox TPF Noob!

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    i am hoping to get a new macbook pro in a few weeks
     
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    GoM TPF Noob!

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    Nice

    I was never a fan of macs...grew up on em, but since I've gotten my PCs, cant' stand macs. Good enough for those who like em, which is all that matters.

    That said...

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgZQ_It0weI[/ame]
     
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    clarinetJWD The Naked Spammer Staff Member

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    THe Sony VAIO SZ series is amazing, very light, but with a real graphics processor, and great battery life. It's at the top of your price range, but well worth it.

    VGN-SZ340

    (my mom got the carbon fiber one, but that's pricey)
     
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    GoM TPF Noob!

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    Yeah, that's a bit much...

    starting at $2300 (CDN, remember, add a couple hundred to the US)

    I'll take alook at it more tommorrow..now, i'm beat and heading to bed

    Not ot mention that I have 8 swedes waiting for me. all women. naturally.
     
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    clarinetJWD The Naked Spammer Staff Member

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    That's right...you're using the loonie :p
    I always forget about those!
     

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