View Full Version : good deal on a laptop?

06-21-2005, 08:30 PM
ok, im looking for an entry level to laptop to

play poker, 4 tables, pt, pv, etc.
dl and watch movies/ music, burn dvds
do work

if its possible some gaming capability, how realistic is that if im in the 1500 under range? games like halo, gta- sa, 3d intensive games. how expensive does that get? i know the poker stuff is not system intensive but display and screen can be.

on one hand im willing to pay, i have the money from poker but i dont want to hit the part of diminishing returns and drop 600$ more on a comp that isnt that much better.

how does this toshiba (http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.process?Product=4008296) look?

1.8 ghz, 512 DDR ram, 15.4" LCD (how is this?), dvd multi, 128mb geforce go 5700 card

my budget is 1500 or less (thats what im looking for) but if it is more and really worth it ill go higher. my common sense tells me its more efficient to buy a 1200$ laptop, then another 1200$ laptop in 2 years than buy one pimped out 2K+ one now.

06-21-2005, 10:27 PM
Acer Ferrari - best value.
here (http://www.acernotebooks.co.uk/Acer_Ferrari_Laptop/prod.asp)

06-21-2005, 10:51 PM
if the pound sign was a $, yeah. but it isn't. 1168 pounds is pretty much 2K.

i was hoping under 1500.

what about this? is the video card good enough to play games, stuff like gta sa?

toshiba 2 (http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.process?Product=4044541)

06-21-2005, 10:57 PM
what does native resolution mean?

if a comps native resolution is 15.4 inch LCD, 1280 800, is that good, bad, other?

06-21-2005, 11:07 PM
Computer stuff is much cheaper in the states than in the UK... look around you might find that ferrari laptop for <$1500... I got one and it's great. Really good quality and, needless to say, amazing design.
This laptop turns heads.

06-21-2005, 11:23 PM
ok cool, acer ferrari? ill add them to my list of recommended ones.

06-22-2005, 02:25 AM
Inspiron 9300

17" wuxga (4 tables w/ room to spare)
1.86 GHz processor
128 MB video
256 MB RAM
60 GB 7200 RPM HD
Additional 9 cell battery
Extra 1GB RAM from NewEgg ($100)
1500 on the dot after $750 off coupon from gottadeal.com

06-22-2005, 09:26 AM
I guess I'll use the coupon and get that one.

Does anyone know what "native resolution 1280x 800 means?

06-22-2005, 12:49 PM
It's the resolution of the actual computer. The computer could possibly handle a larger external screen.

Also, there is a way to make the screen larger than it really is, but to see the edges you have to scroll around a bit. This would be larger than the native resolution.

Native = actual...

06-22-2005, 01:05 PM
It also means you will have tons of overlap playing 4 tables.

06-23-2005, 03:57 PM
If you want to try Dell, here are some coupon codes they are running right now (got them off of Techbargains.com):

$600 off on select Inspiron Notebooks $1499+ Coupon
Code: MHN4P3P7JP270R Exp Th 6/30/05 5:59am CT or earlier

$750 off on select notebooks $1899+ Coupon
Code: 0LQ49832L?KK0C Exp Th 6/30/05 5:59am CT or earlier