Gateway P-7811 FX

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DukeCLR

I have been looking to replace my Dell XPS Gen II laptop and this may be the one.  Does anyone know how Crysis will run on this thing?

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phpd7102

Its currently $1400 at Best Buy with a $200 coupon so its $1299 and qualifies for free shipping. Just ordered it.

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okron1k

compelling, i'm in the market for a laptop and will probably pick one of these up.

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thafrogggg

This looks like a really interesting rig.  I have been out of the hardware end of the market for too long so do not know how it compares to the older equipment I am familiar with (I know it is better).  For any of you that actually have bought this laptop, how well does it do on high end games?   I see the quake and fear scores, but I do not know how much those games challenge a system as comapred to some of the games that Max PC says "will bring your system to its knees".

 

I am looking to replace my 5yo desktop PC and I wonder if this is a good choice.

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DropPacket

Just got this rig, so far I like it.  The only thing I don't like is the 64bit Vista, I really would like a clean install of XP.  May be time to find myself a copy as I'm really not enjoying having issues finding some products that work with 64 bit.

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statewd

Yes, please put in something like "As of August 2008, MSRP price $1400."

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mlee19

Looks like a sweet laptop! Makes me forget about getting an Alienware. The only draw back now is that you can not customise throgh their website. You can only get it from a second party.

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majorsuave

I agree with everyone, put on the price like you do in the magazine. We are the geeks, we know the article has been written some day and the price will not be valid forever, but if you are to compare it to the quoted price of Dell and Apple hardware, well then, quote this one as well. 

 

Thank you

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jwalch.hawk

In the paper magazine, the little summary box with the final rating and the brief pros/cons also contains the MSRP at the very bottom, just below the final rating.  Would you guys consider using this practice with the online reviews too?  I know price isn't the number one factor for a lot (most?) of the folks on here, but it's still better to have it right there rather than trying to hunt through article for it or Ctrl-F for "$" (which is really lame, btw).

 

EDIT:  Looks like someone beat me to that one. :P

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nedwards

The price of this notebook, as reviewed, at the time it was reviewed, was $1400. Not shabby!

The reason we don't post the price online is that prices change very rapidly, but the reviews stay up for a while. You don't want something's 2005 price up when you're trying to find its price now, do you?

Instead, we have a PriceGrabber widget that grabs the current prices from around the web. But this notebook is so new that there's no data available for it to pick up on.

 

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jwalch.hawk

Ok, those reasons make a lot of sense.  I can see why you don't want a permanent bloated figure sticking around on your review.  Here's my suggestion, though:

Use the PriceGrabber widget to occupy the space I was talking about.  For new products, it's a-ok with me if that space just says "No Price Data Available" for a couple weeks.  If I'm understanding you correctly, the widget polls regularly to keep current prices, so this would assure accurate prices basically from the point the product becomes widely marketed until it is discontinued or obsolete.  In cases where PriceGrabber doesn't have any data to work with, just append a sentence to the end of the review: "At the time of this review, [Company]'s suggested retail price was $[dollars.cents]."  I don't think any of the reviewers would be too pissed about that sort of thing, and it would give us a ballpark idea from the onset.  Also, since the figure is stated as being an "at press time" figure, it's not unreasonable to expect your reader audience to see that sentence and double-check the press date.  Myself I'd kinda go through a process like this: Do we have live price data? No.  Ok, check the price stated in the review itself.  How old is the review?

I realize that even this isn't ideal, but I think most of us feel like *something* is better than nothing.

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icebird

The lack of point-in-time market prices in your reviews is beginning to
irritate me.  I think I remember reading somewhere that you had a
policy against listing the prices for whatever reason (and after refreshing I see you've commented on this), but if you're
going to mention the price over and over and OVER again, compare it to
the prices of other machines, and even list price as one of the major
plusses in your review, it's *highly* inconsistent with such a policy
and annoying to have to go hunt it down myself.

EDIT: A pricegrabber widget would help yes, but if it's not going to work consistently, what's the point?  Trust your readers to be smart enough to look at the published date of an article and realize that prices have changed since then.  It's not the specific number that's important, but the general price-range that will tell me if I need to go look for the current prices on an item or not.

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Paul_Lilly

That's a lot of notebook for $1,400!

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statewd

Where's the retail price of this notebook in the review?  Usually there is a Retail Price shown in the specs somewhere.

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