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_escalade328s_ says:

I am, as a couple of you know, going to be getting a new laptop and would like some suggestions about which one i should get, so i figured i should ask my fellow geeks on what they think about some of the laptops out there, as you all know best.

I have some ideas on what i want, but am still unable to decide 100%. I still cant even decide between PC and Mac. I have already had some good input from a couple fellow geeks (thanks) and would like as much advice as i can get.

basically so far i know i need something powerfull yet small (if possible) and price is a factor.

also, has anyone here has had any experience with alienware laptops, i love them but know no one who has ever used or even seen one.

thanks for your help:)
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Computer Science Geek says:

Hi _escalade328s,

Alienware is sweet if you; if you have the money. That's probably why you don't see too many of your friends with them. I can't vouch for an Apple iBook or PowerBook, since all my laptop experiences have been PC.

One thing to be aware of, megahertz is a myth. Don't lust after a laptop with a fast Intel CPU (anything above 2.1GHz) because it will be a Pentium 4M, basically a desktop processor. The reasons you would want to avoid them are high cost to benefit ratio and heat. Go with a Pentium M or Centrino laptop. Centrino is a brand for a laptop that has a Pentium M processor and an Intel Pro Wireless interface. With the Intel wireless (it may have another brand) then it's just a Pentium M laptop.

I think the best price/performance point at this stage is a Centrino laptop with a 15.4" wide-screen display. Get something with at least a 60GB hard drive and 512MB of RAM. Icing on the cake would be a DVD+/-RW optical drive.

That's why I chose the ASUS A6Ne:
SUSE + WPA = not!

If you feel like customising, ASUS has the Z71V. Find a retailer with a good online shopping cart and you can spec it out to your heart's content.
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_escalade328s_ says:

thanks for the input.
i do have a question for you, what would make you choose the 15.4 inch screen over the 12.1?
i figured the 12.1 would do pretty well, but if there is something that the 15.4 adds i would be willing to lug around the extra 2-3 lbs.
also, do you think the centrino would be powerful enough to do some photoshop work? (i am thinking of a 1.8 ghz centrino with 1 gig ram)
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Acid Zebra says:

Hell, if I didn't get my notebooks from my corporate overlords I'd either never buy one or get myself a powerbook.
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hherbzilla says:

How much do you plan to be "on the road" with it? That might help your decision on overall size, screen size, weight and processor. The larger screen is definitely nice, but if you're constantly lugging it around, you may want to opt for the 12.1. Depending on what apps you'll be using, a faster processor can be critical. But again, the tradeoff could be in battery life. You need to decide what's most important, and then the decision will be easier to make.

Based on my experience with XP (and Photoshop), I'd definitely go for 1GB RAM (or more).
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Computer Science Geek says:

I chose the 15.4 because of the 16:9 aspect ratio, i.e., it's great for watching DVDs wide-screen. At 6.5 pounds, it's up there in weight. I'd echo hherbzilla's advice and get 1GB, which I did when I ordered mine.
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_escalade328s_ says:

i am looking at 12.1's with that aspect ratio, so that is covered.

however i am at a tough point, i want to use photoshop (which takes a lot of power) but i am a student who takes his laptop to most of my classes, so battery life and weight is important.

i wish alienware still made the 15.4 inch they used to sell, it was heavy, but it was an alienware gaming laptop - mad power.
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weiran says:

Alienware don't necessariliy make the best laptops, if you're just going to use it for Photoshop and other general duties, a 12" iBook or PowerBook might suit your needs. If you prefer a PC, maybe the smaller Sony or Toshiba laptops, they are very well made (although the PowerBooks are still the best IMO, metal beats plastic alloy anyday :), they look better and you have the support of a much larger company.

I have both Macs and PCs, and as long as you're not going to do something PC centric (like gaming), everything else seems easier and faster on OS X, like importing and organising photos on iPhoto. I only keep my PC around for .NET and games.
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akabyam says:

One thing to watch with Sony's smaller laptops are the keyboards, which are quite flimsy. Mine also periodically changes it's mapping, which is very annoying.
I much prefer my 12" Powerbook
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_escalade328s_ says:

i think i have decided on a 12" powerbook.

thanks for all your tips.
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Ocell says:

My Powerbook runs Photoshop perfectly, and I can sqeeze 4.5 hours out of the battery. :-)
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