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 Post subject: Good Notebook
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2005 12:08 am 
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Does anyone know a good laptop with an Intel Centrino or an AMD Athlon 64 Mobile for a good price around $1000?
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Which mobile processor is better Intel Centrino, or AMD Athlon 64?
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i dont read much about laptops but check out www.notebookforums.com for some info.


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Centrino isn't a processor, which is a common misconception. Centrino refers to the pairing of Intels Pentium M CPU with their mobile wireless chipset. The Centrino name really only adds to the cost of the laptop, because there are some better and cheaper chipsets out there that can be paired with the Pentium M and are better than Intel's chip. As for the Under $1000 bit, it might be hard but can probably be done. You should check with the big OEMs like Dell, and Newegg always has good deals on laptops.


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Thank you for the correction. There aren't much AMD Mobile processors around there, are they? are they good? or are Intel better.
I love the Dell XPS Notebook, I think its a wonderful notebook, but too expensive, is like buying a Mac G5 which are Dual Processor and 64 bits.
Is a Pitty that Macs are not made for udpgrading and they don't have much software. What do you think about the Mini Mac for when you're on the mood to use something different?


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There are mobile AMD processors out there, but not many OEMs use them. I would choose the Pentium M over an AMD proc, but what you decide is up to you. The Pentium M runs very cool with little power consumption, and yet is very fast.

I wouldn't choose the Mac Mini over a nice Windows notebook, mostly because the Mac has all the peripherals hanging off of it (monitor, mouse, keyboard) and it is not powerful enough to do any real work, where a Athlon 64 or P4 notebook could kick its ass in a hurry. It is nice thought because it runs OSX and suppports Apple software.


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I've seen that Intel M proc. with centrino comes with processors, for less than 2 Ghz. Isn't that very slow?


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From a clock speed standpoint yes, but they are actually extremely fast procs. They have a large on die cache and are very efficient making them very fast. Read the Quiet PC article in MPC, they talk about it.


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where can I find the Quiet PC article in MPC? Is it online?


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Its in the Feb. 2005 issue, do you even read the mag?


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Ohhh! MPC = Maximum PC?!!!!! Yes, I have that issue. I haven't read that article. too Busy. But it was interesting the article about AMD's 2004 great year.


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 Post subject: Apple
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Sorry if this is a little tangent, but my friend was thinking of getting and Apple . Im not a big fan of Apple, but how do they compare if you know how to use it?


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Yes, I was also thinking about apple, the problem is that they're expensive and has less software than PC's.


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Is this notebook for gaming, or more general work?

Because Acer offers it Travelmate 4000 series, one of them is a Centrino notebook 1.4ghz Pentium M, a true 5 hour battery, 512MB of RAM, and a DVD-ROM combo drive for $1000. Sure it ain't a gaming machine, but it does the job when I am traveling and it's pretty lightweight.


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It looks good, is not for gaming, is for a friend. But its a DVD-Combo with CD-RW? Where can I find it?


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It's a DVD-ROM, and a CD-RW Combo drive. You should be able it at any US Acer reseller.

Here is Newegg's listing of Acer's:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?submit=BROWSE&manufactory=1146&DEPA=3

Or the particular model I am talking about:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=34-115-181&depa=3


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In my case money doesn't really matter. Grandma will pay for $2000 of it so.......And its for gaming. So is Apple good or what is best for about that much money?


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Futebol_59 wrote:
In my case money doesn't really matter. Grandma will pay for $2000 of it so.......And its for gaming. So is Apple good or what is best for about that much money?


For gaming = not very good, simply because it's very rare for a game to be released on both PC and Mac at the same time (or even be released for the Mac at all).

Exactly how much gaming do you intend to do, and do you really need a notebook, because gaming and notebooks aren't quite compatible.


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 Post subject: Re: Apple
PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:21 pm 
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Futebol_59 wrote:
Sorry if this is a little tangent, but my friend was thinking of getting and Apple . Im not a big fan of Apple, but how do they compare if you know how to use it?



Macs are really not that hard to use. Think Unix and you have the OS. Applications are easier to install/uninstall on a Mac then they are on a Windows based PC, but probably a litte harder to use. Macs are slightly more stable then a Win XP box, but do not believe the hype they are crash/lockup proof, I have seen our graphics designer hard lock her Mac that only a hard reboot would fix. Windows PC's do have it all over Macs when it comes to price ($10,000 for the Power Mac we bought) and software availibility, although some of the more popular Winds titles are available for the Mac as well, eg. MS Office, Pagemaker, Acrobat. I guess it all comes down to personal preference and who's hype you beleive the most. I do plan on looking into purchasing a powerbook myself, but keeping my desktop Windows based.


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