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Windows 7: New Laptop - Opinions Needed

24 Jun 2011   #11
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As Digerati says, there is no laptop that is good at playing games. But if you want a halfway decent setup with an i7 CPU and a 1GB GPU, you are looking at around $1000. An SSD would come on top.

Large screen is nice, but a 17" is heavy. So if you want to lug it around, that may be a showstopper. On the other hand there are some 17" that have 2 disk bays. That would be important if you consider an SSD.

Do yourself a favor and do not buy from Walmart (as one poster suggested). They get junk especially manufactured for them. Also stay away from E-Machines, Acer and Compac. The ones to recommend are Sony (super service), Toshiba (good quality) and to a certain extend Gateway (although they are part of Acer and since then their sevice went downhill. But their laptops are OK).
What about Samsung? They seem to have a good reputation.
I think you are right. Forgot about them. They seem to really coming up strong in the market. And I have read some very positive reviews about their products. But I have never used one myself.

With the ones I mentioned though I have some personal experience. So I have a better judgement about those.

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24 Jun 2011   #12

Windows 7 Professional x64

Because of his specific needs; He wants to run Emulators, Minecraft, and general computing, I think he should shoot for a Fusion based machine, if Sandy Bridge, no higher than i5, but with Fusion the integrated graphics are discrete class, which will make a huge difference both in price, and battery life.

A Fusion APU seems like a perfect fit, gaming capability without the cost and power drain of discrete graphics, and much cheaper because it's on die. Sandy Bridge has fantastic x86 cores, but awful integrated graphics, especially when compared to Fusion.

For those very specific needs, a Fusion APU just seems like an absolutely perfect fit. But I guess if he doesn't mind paying a few hundred dollars more, he could shoot for an i7 with discrete graphics and a very good 9cell battery, just not sure it's worth all that considering what his needs are.

Just my perspective.
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