Laptop: Help me choose

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Nick, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. Nick

    Nick Guest

    Anyone care to offer opinions of the following two laptops, and which would
    be better. Prices for both laptops are the same!

    Laptop # 1

    HP/COMPAQ NX7010 688 Centrino Pentium M 1.7Ghz
    15.4 " TFT WSXGA
    512MB Ram, 64MB ATI 9200 Video,
    DVD+RW, 80GB HD

    Laptop # 2

    Dell Inspiron 9100

    Pentium 4 3.2Ghz with HT
    15.4 " TFT WSXGA
    1024MB RAM, 128MB ATI 9700 Video,
    DVD+RW, 60GB HD

    Alot of the specs are similar, I guess the one's that concern me are the
    Pentium M 1.7Ghz compared to the Pentium 4 3.2Ghz, the 128MB video compared
    to 64MB video, and also the extra RAM in the Dell. How would a Pentium M
    1.7Ghz stack up aganist the Pentium 4 3.2Ghz?

    Anyone care to give their thoughts please??
    Nick, Jun 19, 2004
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  2. Nick

    Nick Guest

    Sorry....meant to post to aus.computers instead.

    Feel free to offer advice still if you wish.
    Nick, Jun 19, 2004
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    Matt Guest

    If you care about battery life, get the Pentium-M - it's almost as fast
    and sucks about 1/4 of the juice. The difference between 512mb and 1gb
    of memory isn't going going to bother you unless you're doing some
    serious computing, and if you are you can always upgrade it. Finally,
    unless you're playing games the difference in the video cards won't make
    any difference to you.

    Matt, Jun 19, 2004
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    Edge Guest

    Presario or Evo?

    I'd not EVER buy Dell equipment ... their warranty is sporadic and
    difficult. They do NOT cover everything inside your equipment and have you
    ever tried to deal with their helpdesk?

    Other than that, i've owned a Compaq Presario (bit plasticcy) and a Compaq
    Evo (current) and I thought they were both fantastic.

    Have you considered Acer? Not as upmarket as Compaq but not bad .. we have
    300+ of them at work and the only one that has broken in 6 months had coffee
    spilt into it.
    Edge, Jun 19, 2004
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    paul cavka Guest

    I own a iBook at the moment. About a 18 months ago I had a Toshiba
    satellite 3000 with a Pentium M 1gig.
    Even though I'm a mac person, I loved that laptop. The main reason being
    that in owning it for just over 9 months, I swear it never once locked
    up on me. I know that sounds pretty incredulous. Right now I'm on a
    Pentium 4 2.8 gig machine which locks up a couple of times a week, and
    my iBook isn't a whole deal better.
    I only ended up selling the toshiba because I never got around to be
    able to print from it. Just too many years of Mac use I guess. Even now
    I process all my work with this super fast windows machine, but then I
    drag everything over to my tiny little 12 inch iBook, just for the
    purpose of colour correction.
    I know there is nothing wrong with wintel machines, and you can get them
    to print just as well, It's just that I can's seem to manage it.
    I'm hoping to some day get hold of a photographer using windows machines
    to teach me how to get prints to look as good as they do with my macs.

    paul cavka, Jun 20, 2004
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    Daran Guest

    Daran, Jun 21, 2004
  7. Compaq.
    Dont like Dell (Warranty, service, quality).
    For photos, you prob want a bigger HD (not that 60GB is small).
    The Last Gunslinger, Jun 23, 2004
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