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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:10 pm 
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Hey everyone, Im going to be needing a laptop this year, and i was looking at these two diffrent lines from dell:

http://configure.dell.com/dellstore/con ... 5002X_F_2E


http://configure.dell.com/dellstore/con ... 5202V_F_1E


The reason i was looking at the Vostro is because it has a better CPU, but i was wondering what the screen on it was like. Does anyone know tthe screen res? Also, how is the body of the laptop?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:42 pm 
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Wow, looks like Intel has managed to put out a new line of graphic media decelerators.


Both LCDs appear to run at 1280x800 native, which looks really good on a 12" Powerbook, but rather shitty on a 15" Dell.

Unless you've got vision problems (ie- you need reading glasses) I'd highly recommend something with a higher native resolution.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:14 pm 
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i like the Vostro 1500

Flytrap7 wrote:
Both LCDs appear to run at 1280x800 native, which looks really good on a 12" Powerbook, but rather shitty on a 15" Dell.


it would look good on a 12" anything. its just the 15" with a smaller resolution than the hight (15" 25") w/e, the bigger it is with the same resolution the more it stretches.

but imo, 1280x800 on 15" isnt that bad.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:10 am 
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Houndf wrote:
but imo, 1280x800 on 15" isnt that bad.



Bah, it's like having a 20" monitor that maxes out at 1024x768.

Hell, even the 15" screen on my 6 year old laptop has a higher native resolution.


But in the end it all comes down to preference, and if that's your preference, go with it.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:59 am 
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Flytrap7 wrote:
Houndf wrote:
but imo, 1280x800 on 15" isnt that bad.



Bah, it's like having a 20" monitor that maxes out at 1024x768.

Hell, even the 15" screen on my 6 year old laptop has a higher native resolution.


But in the end it all comes down to preference, and if that's your preference, go with it.



o agree with you though, i would want a bigger resolution, but more likely a smaller screen to just make it more portable, unless it's one of those desktop replacements or something


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 Post subject: Re: new laptop
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:19 am 
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The screen is pretty good, but this is coming from someone who has used a crappy 19" CRT for the past few years. For the Vostro, you can select 1280x800 (XGA), 1440x900 (XGA+) or 1680x1050 (SXGA+). I got the 1280x800 monitor and haven't looked back. It's not that I didn't want the higher res, I just didn't think the 8600 could handle games at those resolutions. If you're not going to run any games more stressful than a casual flash game, then definitely go with whichever resolution you like.

I can't really comment on the rigidity of the body itself because I don't have experience with many other models of laptops, but I'd say it's fairly standard. It's not the most structurally sound, but it's serving me well right now.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:10 am 
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it depends on what you plan to use the laptop for but if you wanted a laptop just for college or business take the Vostro. If want one that can handle games too then go for a Inspiron or maybe even an XPS if you want Performance.


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Personally, I prefer HP's laptops. I have the dv9000t, which is a 17". I think they all look better than Dell's do, although taste is relative. Check out the HP dv6500t, which is a 15.4" laptop with most of the same features, and an upgraded slightly video card.


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If you do decide to go with the H/P, I wouldn't recommend running Folding@Home on it. They don't seem to be very well engineered when it comes to heat dissipation:


http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=65536


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