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A couple other final thoughts (I'm bored, :-) )

1) Even if you don't like the M1210 or don't want to spend the $, I still woul discourage you from buying a 15.4 incher if you plan on bringing this to class with you, to the library, to the coffee shop, etc... If you really think about it (you can do the math if you want using the pythagorean theorem and knowing that the dimensions of a widescreen are 16:10) 12.1" is not THAT much smaller than 15.4" However, the difference in weight and in size of the computers is huge. 15.4 inchers often weight 9 - 12 pounds with power cable, whereas the dell is 5 pounds WITH the power cable. Also, a 12-incher is much easier to use on planes, in cars, etc..., and the battery life is generally longer which is better for DVD viewing, etc...

There is a nice in-between size: 14.1" I THINK Toshiba makes one with a dedicated video card, and I know Dell does in their small business line of Latitudes. However, again, both may be too expensive.

I know Asus makes 14" lappies - see if the egg has one with a Go 7300/7400 or a Go 7600 in your price range.

And, as stated, if you have the $, go for a Core 2 Duo. You will REALLY be thanking us 2 - 3 years down the road, if not right away...

Here's a 14.1" Dell in your price range with a dedicated video card (tho it's a Quadro, not a GeForce): http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...=blcwe1s&s=bsd
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This thread has inspired me to create an official list of all 14.1" and smaller laptops with dedicated video cards. I have always had an interest in portable power-houses, and it seems some other people have too...

I'll get on this tomorrow...
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Wow, IamtheGTIguy you had some things to say! Thanks so much for the lengthy (and informative) responses!

Hmmm I'm starting to become convinced to get a smaller lappy - 14.1" sounds quite nice now. The thing is, it would be nice if the battery lasted long, and also had a dedicated card. Hp has some lappies with 12-cell batteries......How does the Intel Core Duo do in terms of battery life? Cause I know the Pentium M is awesome....

I contacted Dell today (live chat) and I was told it is possible to change the warranty to Sweden. But, I donno if I am gonna be able to keep the 4-years (or whatever I buy) warranty over there. I think I'll call them first. But maybe I'll have also have a gaming rig in Sweden (mATX, + LCD in my checked luggage), so who knows. It just pains me to have a computer that can't play games, hurts my heart inside.

Lots to think about and not enough time (esp for sleep ). Got 4 days left of school b/c I'm a Senior, can't wait!
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Not sure about your request. But if you're getting a laptop, a Core 2 Duo beats the Turion X2 in everyway. Specifically things like performance and battery life, which are very important.
I second him..Core 2 Duo > Turion!
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I second him..Core 2 Duo > Turion!
Yes but what about battery?? It's not a desktop replacement! Which is better for battery? Turion x2 or Core Duo?
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Yes but what about battery?? It's not a desktop replacement! Which is better for battery? Turion x2 or Core Duo?
First thing's first. You are confusing 2 VERY different processors here.

There is the "CORE DUO" that was released in 2005. This processor, while better than the Pentium M, is generally considered a piece of poo nowadays. It was based off the PEntium M architecture, which was loosely based off the netburst architecture of the Pentium 4. In short, the "CORE DUO" was a power-saving dual core Pentium 4 (sort-of). CORE DUO = Poo (relatively speaking).

Then there is the more recent (mid 2006 - present) "CORE 2 DUO." The names are similar, the chips are 100% different and on 100% different sockets. The Core 2 Duo are based on a merom core - which is the mobile version of the almighty Conroe core. Core 2 Duos outperform Core Duos by margins ranging from 20% - 80% depending on the application - and they suck less power.

As far as performance, this is your basic order:

Core Duo < Turion X2 < Core 2 Duo



As for battery life, this is your basic order:

Turion X2 < Core Duo < Core 2 Duo


Hope this helps..!
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I had to order (coincidentally) a laptop yesterday with a dedicated graphics card for a CAD computer at work.

I found this at Dell's website. It has a 256MB X1400 card (a decent card): http://www.dell.com/content/products...&~ck=FamCustom

Also, it offers Core 2 Duo procs, and can be configured in your price range easily!

Also, it's a 14.1" screen! Use the link above, though, because it can only be purchased from the small business store!

EDIT - it's actually a 15.4" screen - sorry. But you should still consider it!
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post #18 of 69
Well I was gonna say Macbook. Take it to any Apple store and voila, fixed.

Though it's outta your budget...so I dono...

Either way it doesn't matter where you live, does it? Just send it in and they fix it?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by IamtheGTIguy View Post
I had to order (coincidentally) a laptop yesterday with a dedicated graphics card for a CAD computer at work.

I found this at Dell's website. It has a 256MB X1400 card (a decent card): http://www.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/inspn_6400?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&~ck=FamCustom

Also, it offers Core 2 Duo procs, and can be configured in your price range easily!

Also, it's a 14.1" screen! Use the link above, though, because it can only be purchased from the small business store!

EDIT - it's actually a 15.4" screen - sorry. But you should still consider it!
The link you posted has Core Duo's only.

***EDIT

Bah, Core Duo's until you reconfigure them. Nice Find!
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Thanks!

And Niklas, I did some research (Primarily on Tomshardware, but other places too) yesterday on mid/low range laptop video cards, and just for your references, here is how they stack up:

Intel GMA < < < ATI X1100 < NVIDIA 6150 < ATI X1300 < NVIDIA Go 7300 < ATI X1400 = NVIDIA Go 7400 < Nvidia Go 7600 < < < Nvidia Go 7900 GS < Nvidia Go 7900 GTX < Nvidia Go 7950 GTX

Obviously some of those are out of your price range, but anything from the X1300 up to the GO 7600 GS will likely play most games at lower resolutions with AA turned off.
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