Ok, parrents got me an Acer Aspire 4530-5476.
Dad got it cause some random person at The Source (Circuit City) Said it had a 'game card'
Specs on this.
Description Specifications Essentials Reviews
* Processor Brand: AMD
* Processor Type: Athlon™ X2 Dual-Core Processor QL-60
* Processor Speed: 1.90GHz
* Bus Speed: 667MHz
* Level 2 cache: 1MB
* RAM: 3072MB
* RAM expandable to: 4096MB
* Memory Type (RAM): DDR2 SDRAM
* Hard drive size: 250GB
* Hard drive speed: 5400RPM
* DVD Drive: DVD- Super Multi Double-Layer
* Burns DVDs: Yes
* Lightscribe: No
* Display Size: 14.1"
* USB 2.0: Yes, 3
* Serial Bus: Yes
* DVI (digital video interface): No
* HDMI: No
* Ethernet: Yes
* Wireless: Yes, 802.11bgn
* Dial-up Modem: Yes
* Video Memory: 256MB dedicated, and up to 1663MB, shared
* Video Memory Type: NVIDIA GeFroce 9100M G
* Operating System: WindowsÂ® Vista™ Home Premium
* Mouse: Yes, touchpad
* Speakers: Yes, built-in
* Cables: N/A
* Webcam: Yes
* Height: 2.9-3.9cm
* Width: 33.9cm
* Depth: 24.3cm
* Weight: 2.4kgs
* Additional Features: 5-in-1 card reader
* UPC: 884483371785
* Manufacturers Part Number: LX.ARE0X.115
* Product Warranty: 1- Year
However Staples has a Toshiba laptop on sale aswell.
Toshiba A300-02W Laptop
* Features: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5800
* 4GB DDR2 System Memory and up to 8GB DDR2 memory
* 250GB 5400 RPM SATA hard disk drive
* DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive supporting CD-ROM (24x), DVD-ROM (8x), CD-R (24x), CD-RW (4x), DVD-R (Single Layer, (8x), DVD-R (Double Layer, (4x), DVD-RW (4x), DVD+R (Single Layer, (8x), DVD+R (Double Layer, (4x), DVD+RW (4x), DVD-RAM (5x)
* Mobile Intel GMA 4500M with up to 1759MB (shared) graphics memory
* 15.4” Wide XGA TFT with TruBrite 1280 x 800 LCD
* 10/100 integrated Ethernet LAN
* V.92 56K Data/Fax Modem
* Bluetooth v2.1+EDR
* Intel 802.11 agn Wireless LAN
* Integrated 1.3 Megapixel Web Camera for
* Ports: 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adaptor (SDHC Card, xD picture card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Multi Media Card),4 USB 2.0 w/ Sleep and Charge capability, RJ11, RJ45, IEEE 1394, external microphone port, headphone port/ S/P DIF, RGB
* Windows Vista Home Premium
* Removable, rechargeable 6-cell Lithium Ion battery
* Dimensions: 362 (W) x 267 (D) x 34.5/38.5 (H) mm
* Weight: 6 lbs
* 1-Year Limited Warranty.
Which one would you get? I'm pretty sure I could put a 1GB stick of ram in the Acer. It doesn't have bluetooth, but the Toshi does.
I'm just weary. My parrents know nothing about computers. Mom asked me which one I'd get for my dad (who can barely type, and all he does is browse the web and check emails, he doesn't need a fast computer)
and I said either the Toshiba (different one) or an Acer.
8 months ago I started looking for a desktop replacement and ending up basing my purchase on Quality and reliability with a Toshiba 305/1250 ATI gpu, nevertheless I ended up selling this laptop RIGHT back within 2 months because it was to darn slow.
Talking to a few people who work at major retail stores online, I heard the same things from them all, Toshiba has almost NO returns thus Highest quality, Acer is excellent quality but fails the Novice users with customer support (almost none in USA)
MSI and IBM have the Best of the best hardware built in and also ranked very good with my research.
ASUS to my surprise had a very harsh reaction from the workers with quality near the legend COMPAQ and Gateway (HORRIBLE-HOW ARE THEY STILL IN BUSINESS quality)
I was told ASUS no longer makes their own parts and contract 3rd party's to do all of the work for them and all of this happened after the boss died and the offspring took over.
So what have we learned so far?
ASUS COMPAQ AND GATEWAY- no matter how cheep it is, its still not a smart buy.
IBM TOSHIBA AND MSI are rated the best and should be considered top picks.
as for acer, I can vouch from my Acer aspire 4530-5350 its good and comes with no bloat ware but runs at 70-80c a bit high, everything works great and Linux installed without a single hiccup in under 15min (including all updates).
But what douse all of this mean?
going back to my searching for quality laptops I ran into wholesales and every thing else you can imagine, right now im sitting next to 2 computers on sale on eBay that I bought cheep.
Once again what douse that mean?
It means as of june 9th 2009 the best laptops on the market are:
Costly: 17 inch GT725-212us (1920 x 1200) quad core monster factory over clocked.
coming in at about 1600$
Costly: 17 inch Toshiba Qosmio x305-725 screen is not as good but I have used this laptop before and its a solid piece of work, I don't care what any one said about its Weight, its one of the best laptops I have ever handled, very sturdy top pick quality, you have to try it to see how heavily its underrated (probably by competing companies)
Acer Aspire 4530 (1280 x 800) light, a tad more sturdy then average and once again I don't know what people are doing with their battery's but mines lasts me a good 3 hours of ACTUAL USE, on lowest settings goes over 4 hours.
Runs a little hot and Linux installs abnormally easy on these.
you want 2 computers, 1 small 1 large for travel and home.
large 17 inch and up
small 12.1inch -14 inch 12-13 preferable.
both laptops need to be low heat (common sense duh!! heat traps) INTEL+ATI is the only combination thats has a proven track record.
the small laptop needs a DVD drive in it.
Search IBM/Lenovo refurbished, they are godly with quality.