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Unfortunately the time has come to purchase a laptop for university. Though I'd love to go cheap and keep as much left as possible for my rig, I definitely want to be able to enjoy some mobile gaming during those boring classes (SC2, CS:S, Dirt2 mostly).

After some hours of browsing into the world of today's laptops, I'm looking at something down the line of i5 2410M, GT 540M, 4-6GB, 15,6''. Though I'm unsure whether to go Full HD or 1366x768.


Does a native 1080p screen look the same as a native 1366x768 when gaming at 1366x768, or is the quality lesser?

Also, is 6GB worth it over 4? And 7200rpm over 5400?
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Go 1080p. Don't look back.
    
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playing @ 1366x768 on a 1080p screen will look miles worse than on a native 1366x768 screen.

If you're going to be gaming a lot I'd say get the one with 1366x768 res, or try to find one with something a bit higher. But if this thing is going to be mostly for working purposes then go 1080p definitely.
 
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Originally Posted by MR KROGOTH;13686236 
Go 1080p. Don't look back.

Naturally I would, but only if it performs the same at 1366x768 in games as the native 1366x768 screen. Besides, it doesn't seem all that much needed on 15,6''.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alatar;13686297 
If you're going to be gaming a lot I'd say get the one with 1366x768 res, or try to find one with something a bit higher. But if this thing is going to be mostly for working purposes then go 1080p definitely.

Working purposes will become secondary for sure. tongue.gif
I haven't been able to find much in between, though I agree 1600x900 would be ideal.
Edited by Stance - 5/30/11 at 7:49am
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Originally Posted by Stance;13686321 
Working purposes will become secondary for sure. tongue.gif
I haven't been able to find much in between, though I agree 1600x900 would be ideal.

Well then just go with the 1366x768 one. Or if you can search for a while longer then I suggest you do that. Really on a small screen a native 1366x768 is not bad looking by any means, and in a game if you can slap 2xAA on there it's pretty nice.

Try and game @ 1366x768 with your sig and see what it looks like.... Hint: ewww. assuming you have a fullHD monitor
 
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Indeed, looks horrifying.

Think I'm settling on 1366x768, full HD just seems too much for the poor 540M anyway. Thanks. thumb.gif
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Indeed, looks horrifying.

Think I'm settling on 1366x768, full HD just seems too much for the poor 540M anyway. Thanks. thumb.gif

If you're trying to stretch 1366x768 to fullscreen on 1080p then yes it will look horrible. That's why they allow you to play windowed. It's like fullscreening a DVD on your 1080p monitor; butt ugly.
     
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Originally Posted by Rookie1337;13692218 
If you're trying to stretch 1366x768 to fullscreen on 1080p then yes it will look horrible.

Yeah, but there's not really any other choice with a 1080p screen. Gaming at native would completely crap out the GT 540M in most games I play.


I'm looking at an interesting 1600x900 model now, the Asus K73SV-TY128V. Even though it's a 17,3'' the resolution seems very fitting.

Playing at 1366x768 should look better on a 1600x900 than on a 1080p screen, right?
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dell xps 15?

thinkpads = best
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dell xps 15?

XPS is rather expensive in €'s. The XPS 17 with a GT 550M is certainly nice, but at €850 a little over my budget.

I've been thinking about getting something from the States, but I can't find any sites like Newegg that ship to the EU. A €700 budget would translate into a $1000, could get such a great laptop. frown.gif
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