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My dad's insisting on buying me a laptop as a combined birthday/graduation gift. However, I'm not sure what I should look for - my first and only laptop is an IBM Thinkpad 600e that we bought used from the Enron crash. It never functioned properly as a laptop - the case was damaged and prevented the battery from charging, and crashes every so often.
Anyway, the simple problem is that I don't know much about laptops, and he knows less. The major problem I'm having is that I don't know much about comparing different laptop video cards and processors. The limiting factor is the cost - he doesn't want to spend "in the thousands", which I want to narrow down to "less than $800". I was considering
, mainly because it seems like it's decent quality - after looking through all the reviews, it looks like:
not a "gaming/multimedia machine by today's standards", but "games alright for World of Warcraft"
; I don't really care about this, wasn't planning on using it for gaming anyway, but might be useful if I wanted to do a quick check on my auctions
bit of bloatware, some of which is "kind of cool"
; Debatable, but probably not as bad as getting rid of Norton
case is easy to get fingerprints/smudges on
; Not too big a concern of mine
; Heard good things about it, but haven't used a computer with it yet, but there's no way it'd be worse than Vista
it has an 'Intel GMA 4500M" video card, find something that is Nvidia or ATI... Asus is a great brand, so if you can find an Asus with ATI or Nvidia, thats a good one.
Look through this list
** The first two are OpenBox, not a good idea, avoid those two...
Well, sadly, decent gaming laptops are GOING to be "in the thousands". You're much better off getting a desktop because they're much cheaper than laptops. The one I bought was $680, and ran WoW perfectly. If you put two computers of comparable power together, a desktop and a laptop, the laptop is bound to be at least 50% more expensive.
Windows 7 isn't bad, either...I've been using it for a couple months and no problems yet.
Never said it was for gaming - if you look at the unbolded text on the first bullet point, I said that being able to game on it would be nice, but it isn't the reason that I'm getting a new one. I'm getting a new one because my current one is at least 8, maybe 9 years old, is extremely slow, crashes every so often, and was designed for Windows 2000 but running XP. I have my desktop for gaming, and it's doing fine, except for peak hours at Dalaran.
If the budget really is "under $800" you can find some much better laptops in the $600 - $700 price range.
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Thanks for the info about different versions of Windows and pre-installed software. I live in the northeastern part of the United States, so your warning about Acers doesn't really apply to me, but even here they're treated as less than a last resort. I might just stick with my piece of crap for now, and have him help me with paying for a car or something.
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