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Laptop Spec check

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by darkwarrior, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. darkwarrior

    darkwarrior Member

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    Hey d00ds I'm about to buy a laptop and I need some advice from you techies. I've been kind of out of the loop with regards to computer specs, especially laptops. This will be my first.

    My budget was $600-700 and I went alittle over after taxes kicked in. It's a Lenovo which i chose mostly for it's price/spec ratio. here are the specs let me know if I'm getting a good deal.

    Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 - 77583DU

    Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5750 ( 2GHz 667MHz FSB 2MB Cache)
    Operating system: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
    Display type: 15.4 WXGA TFT with integrated camera AntiGlare 1280x800
    System Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT 256MB
    Total memory: 2 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz
    Hard drive: 250GB 5400RPM
    Optical device: DVD Recordable (Dual Layer) 24X Max
    Bluetooth: Bluetooth Version 2.0 + EDR
    Communication adapter: Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965A/G/N
    Pointing device: Industry Standard Touchpad
    Weight: 6.59 lbs
    Battery: 6 Cell Lithium-Ion
    Warranty: One year parts and labor (system battery: one year)

    Total Price: $743.18 shipped.

    I looked at the Black Friday deals and they didn't appeal to me at all. I wanted a core 2 duo with a dedicated graphics card. I did research and it looks like the 8600 GT is a very good one. The BF deals had integrated video with a lower processor product line and no bluetooth.
    Plus I haven't seen too many people on campus with a lenovo :D

    Oh and anyone here running autocad? Please post your specs and comments on how it runs on your computer.
     
  2. BetterThanI

    BetterThanI Contributing Member

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    Similar system at Dell (1GB more memory and slightly faster proc) came to $837.86 ($774 before taxes + free shipping). The extra might put it out of your price range, but the specs are a bit better. Plus, it's a pretty shade of blue!


    Studio 15
    SYSTEM COLOR Midnight Blue
    PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5800 (2.00GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1
    WARRANTY AND SERVICE 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor,24x7 Phone Support
    PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE Microsoft Works
    HD DISPLAY Bright, glossy widescreen 15.4 WLED display (1280x800)
    MEMORY 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz
    HARD DRIVE Size: 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
    VIDEO CARD 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
    INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE 8X Slot Load CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
    WIRELESS NETWORK CARDS Dell Wireless 1510 802.11 n half mini-card
    BLUETOOTH Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Internal (2.1)
    INTEGRATED WEBCAM Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
    BATTERY OPTIONS 56 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
    SOUND OPTIONS Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy™ Advanced HD Software Edition edit
    KEYBOARD Standard Keyboard (included in the price)
     
  3. JaWindex

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    You should probably go for a smaller screen if its going to be used at school.
     
  4. darkwarrior

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    yeah that dell config is just alittle out of my price range. I did want that cpu for my laptop though. Maybe i'll just upgrade it when I have the money. I'm already planning to upgrade the memory, though from what I've read the performance boost will be minimal.

    @ JadWindex:

    I actually initially wanted a 14" notebook for portability but I realized that having better specs was more important. This one is alittle on the hefty side; it weighs in at 6.4lb but I think I can deal with that. Good thing is my apartment is 2 minutes away so I don't have to lug it around everyday.

    Hopefully by the time I need to upgrade it, I'll be making good money as a civil engineer so I won't have this problem. Only have about a year left; just have to keep on truckin'. :cool:
     

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