1. devenprasad97's Avatar
    Hey Every One,
    I am looking to get a new laptop, but I dont have alot to spend.
    I have narrowed my search down to two laptops.

    This One:

    * ASUS X83Vm-X1 Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26 GHz 14.1-inch Notebook
    (yes i know this laptop is a lil old)
    * General Features:
    * Color: Brown with geometric design
    * Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP1 pre-installed w/CoA
    * Intel Centrino 2 technology platform
    * Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26 GHz processor
    * 3 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB speed
    * 4 GB DDR2 RAM
    * 320 GB hard drive
    * LightScribe DVDRW DL drive
    * NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS graphics w/1 GB frame buffer
    * Integrated audio with built-in speakers
    * Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
    * IEEE 802.11b/g/Draft-N wireless LAN
    * Built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam and microphone
    * 4-in-1 Digital Media Reader
    * QWERTY keyboard with touchpad
    * 14.1-inch TFT active matrix widescreen LCD display (1280 x 800)

    * Battery Specifications:
    * 6-Cell Li-ion battery pack
    * 4800 mAh
    * 11.1 Volts

    * Supported Media:
    * Secure Digital (SD)
    * MultiMediaCard (MMC)
    * Memory Stick (MS)
    * Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO)
    * Expansion Slots:
    * One (1) ExpressCard/54 card slot

    * I/O Ports:
    * Five (5) USB 2.0 ports
    * One (1) HDMI
    * One (1) eSATA
    * One (1) 15-pin VGA
    * One (1) RJ-45 Ethernet
    * One (1) 4-pin IEEE 1394 FireWire
    * One (1) Headphone
    * One (1) Microphone

    Dell Inspiron 15.6" AMD Turion X2 Dual Core RM-75

    Approximate Battery LifeUP To 3 Hours
    Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
    Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute5400 rpm
    LED Backlit DisplayNo
    Optical Drive8X (DVD+/-RW)
    Processor Cores2
    Processor Speed2.2 GHz
    Processor TypeAMD Turion X2 Dual Core RM-75
    RAM4 GB
    Screen Size15.6 Inches

    Discrete Video MemoryYes
    Expandable Video MemoryYes
    Graphics ChipsetATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 (512MB)
    Integrated Video MemoryNo
    Native Screen Resolution1366x768
    Upgradable Video SystemYes
    Video Memory512MB

    Audio Chipset5.1 Internal High-Definition Surround Sound Audio
    Audio OutputStereo
    Digital InputNo
    Digital OutputNo
    Hardware Volume ControlYes
    Integrated AmplifierNo
    Integrated MicrophoneYes
    Microphone InputYes
    Speaker Wattage2 W

    Card Reader - Compatible Memory TypesYes
    Card ReaderYes
    Composite OutputNo
    ExpressCard/34 InputYes
    ExpressCard/54 InputNo
    HDCP CompliantNo
    HDMI PortNo
    IEEE 1394 Input/OutputNo
    IR ReceiverNo
    Number of Touchpad Buttons2
    PC Card InputNo
    S-Video OutputNo
    Type of KeyboardEnglish No Backlit
    Type of ModemInformation Not Available
    Type of Pointing DeviceTouchpad
    USB Ports3 Ports
    VGA OutputYes
    Wireless Display (WiDi) CapableNo

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    Mostly All I use my laptop is for photo editing in corel and browse the internet.
    08-15-10 09:58 AM
  2. syb0rg's Avatar
    I've got an Asus net book and love it.

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    08-15-10 10:39 AM
  3. BigBadWulf's Avatar
    I built my PC around an Asus board. It's 5 years old now, and still damn quick. Only hesitation I would have is the Vista OS.
    08-15-10 09:01 PM
  4. WhoolioPreludee's Avatar
    Well I would go with an HP. I've had 3 Hp's and no issues. Had one dell and nothing but problems....

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    08-15-10 11:26 PM
  5. Rootbrian's Avatar
    I built my PC around an Asus board. It's 5 years old now, and still damn quick. Only hesitation I would have is the Vista OS.
    Windows 7 is vista, just more slim. Ubuntu, is very fast, slim, malware-resistant and there's anti-virus software you could add to it. I am mostly a ubuntu user, still learning the terminal stuff. Adding these two packages, Wine and PlayOnLinux, will allow most windows applications to run flawlessly.

    Making the jump from windows to linux (or mac) is one heck of a learning curve, but you get used to it after a while. Linux breathes new life into an older computer (or anything from circa 2000-2010). My sig lists the two computers I own, both running ubuntu, one is a tribooter, running XP SP3, Win7 and Ubuntu 10.04, circa 2001. I simply love it. The good thing is, compiz, it's quite better than Aero in my honest opinion.

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    Last edited by Rootbrian; 08-16-10 at 04:10 AM.
    08-16-10 04:07 AM
  6. wnm's Avatar
    What are the prices of the machines? Would help to evaluate what you're getting for what price.

    I agree with Whoolio on HP. I love mine. Faster than my wife's newer Dell. Screen and keyboard are great.
    08-16-10 06:44 AM
  7. jlb21's Avatar
    ......Linux breathes new life into an older computer (or anything from circa 2000-2010).............
    I second that. My daughter's PC, which we all used until we got a new one for ourselves, is a Dell from about 2004/2005. Very old in PC terms. Loaded Ubuntu 9.04 (?) Jaunty and it improved things. But I had been having monitor problems that made me think my mother board was dying. Then I read that some versions of Ubuntu had problems with Intel Video drivers.

    Well, I recently cmpletely wiped windows off and now just boot into the 10.04 LTS version. And it works great and has breathed new life into the PC. Sure, not great for anything CPU intensive, but as a general browsing/email/etc machine, it works just fine.
    08-17-10 12:19 PM