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Need input - which laptop?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MoonlightxSonata, Dec 7, 2007.

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    I'll be heading off to college next year and I need to buy a laptop since I own a desktop PC. Obviously I can't take the desktop with me so I want to prepare beforehand.

    The laptop will mainly be used for college work, which consists of very heavily 3D-influenced work. Basically 3D models, enviornments, animation, use of a Wacom tablet, 2D/vector designs, video editing, and so on. Anything and everything video game related. Then there's the usual regular college essays, projects, and personal media/entertainment.

    Now I'm not rich as I'm still young and barely going off to college, so I'd like to keep the budget below or around $2,000. Even though I'm not swimming in money I know that I'll be needing a powerhouse that won't slow down on me (so I'm guessing 2GBs of RAM is a must) since I plan on using this laptop for years to come. It'll be put through a lot of vigorous graphic-intense situations so I'm willing to pay a little more if it means getting the best output.

    So now I'm down to two decisions -

    Sony Vaio AR series

    HP Pavillion dv9500t series

    So to anyone out there who has experience with Vaio/HP laptops (I've owned 2 HP PCs in the past) please feel free to give your input. To everyone else please give your opinion as well.
    SEMrush
    I'm open to other laptop options as well. =)
     
    MoonlightxSonata, Dec 7, 2007 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Indian_Webmaster

    Indian_Webmaster Banned

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    If you really need performance then go for HP Pavillion. My friend is using this series laptop since 9-10 months and he is very happy with performance..

    He is a designer and always working with Pinnacle studio and Photoshop, Swish max and having no problem at all with performance of Laptop.

    Don't have Idea about Sony :)
     
    Indian_Webmaster, Dec 7, 2007 IP
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    Sony is not that great. I'll go with the HP
     
    emailbyid, Dec 7, 2007 IP
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    dude go with Dell inspiron series or an XPS they really good. sturdy stuff
     
    Ranger88, Dec 7, 2007 IP
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    If your serious about a quality laptop, go with a Lenovo (IBM) laptop. I have the T61 model and love it. These things are Tanks and built to last. You can probably get a decent deal on Ebay.

    The T41 can be had for about $450 or a newer model T60p for about $1,200 (But with a $2000 budget I would go with T61p)

    Just type in "Lenovo Laptop" and have fun. ;)
     
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    I vote for Sony Vaio
     
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    can't go wrong with a Mac powerbook. i'll never buy a PC again.
     
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    Sonys Laptops look great but they are simply inferior spec for the price, go HP
     
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    http://www.delluniversity.com/

    Dell gives big discounts to students and their computers are the best :)

    I bought my Compaq Presario for $2000 two years ago. It's an AMD 64 processor and has run exceptionally well for me, despite alot of people saying the Presario ones suck. It's cheaper now, about $1200 at Best Buy for similiar versions.
     
    Christian Little, Dec 7, 2007 IP