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Notebooks 15.4" or 17" lappy?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by keef247, 7 Jul 2008.

  1. keef247

    keef247 Minimodder

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    grr this is really annoying me in a silly way I just can't decide...
    options are a 15.4" c2d 2.2ghz 4gb ram 8600M GT 250gb hdd bluetooth wifi 8in1 carder reader @ 1680x1050...

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    15.4" c2d 2ghz 4gb ram 8600M GT 2x120gb hdd's wifi 8in1 carder reader @ 1920x1200...

    I'm used to a 15.4" @ 1280x800 which was ok but not really what i wanted as I was a major 1600x1200 whore on my 19" dell crt that died 6months ago...

    so I'm thinking how much bigger is the 17" for the 15.4"??? is it thicker/deeper? how crap will the battery be compared to the 15.4" having 2 hdd's...

    is it true higher res = more battery:confused: sounds abit bs to me tbh...

    is the 1680x1050 res on the 15.4" that much of a gap res wise from the 17"'s 1920x1200 or is there not much in it and would I just be wasting portability and weight for a slightly bigger screen with a res not that sleek when compared to having the 1680x1050 crammed into a 15.4" screen seeing as I've had a 1280x800 15.4" previously?

    I don't really care that I loose bluetooth as I don't really loose it.

    there's a tenner difference in price so that doesn't matter here...
    is 200mhz going to make that much difference and for a tenner and a smaller screen/res worth it?

    will the 15.4" last longer having a smaller res (hmm:confused:) and screen and only one hdd?

    I just really don't know if I want to sacrafise abit of portability and loose 200mhz for a bigger screen.

    welllll annoying lol help

    oh and if i have a 17" i could eventualy get 2x500gb hdd's as its going to be my main rig...
     
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  2. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    If you are planning on taking it anywhere outside of you lodgings, then 15.4 (or less) makes a lot more sense. 17inch laptops really aren't designed to move that far away from a plug socket (imo, obviously).
    If that isn't an issue, then it really is a matter of preference.
    Both screens are very high resolution for their size, however, if you plan to watch HD on it, then 1680* is just below full HD and 1920 is bang on.
    If "being your main rig" means it is going to be sat on your desk for the vast majority of the time, then go for the extra screen space, external 3.5inch hard drive space is dirt cheap these days.
     
  3. Woodstock

    Woodstock So Say We All

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    no 1920 is past "full hd"
     
  4. r4tch3t

    r4tch3t hmmmm....

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    Go for the 15.4" if your going to play games, it will struggle with the 1920x1200. I have a 1440x900 screen and I find it's perfect for what I need. TF2, HL2:Ep2, UT3 etc runs well. The 8600GT would struggle over this res and you would have to turn the details down.
    The larger screen would use more battery due to the larger back light and the fact the GPU has to work harder at all times, although you can fit a larger battery in. The extra 200MHz doesn't matter too much.
     
  5. keef247

    keef247 Minimodder

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    1080i/p are 1920x1200 what are you on about and 1080p is fullHD...
     
  6. badders

    badders Neuken in de Keuken

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    1080i/p is 1920x1080, so 1920x1200 is bigger than Full HD.
     
  7. sotu1

    sotu1 Ex-Modder

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    i use a 17 inch mac book pro at 1920x1200, that lasts enough to watch 2 mid length films off my hard drive through headphones, with a touch battery left over.

    whilst i've only got 2gb ram, a 2.2 (i think) c2d processor, and a 8600 i've got no problems running quake wars at highest settings. games last about an hour and a bit (based on me playing civ 4 on coaches) i didn't try crysis (no point really) and stranglehold didn't run at all.

    word of warning: like wolfticket said, a 17 inch is much less portable than a 15 inch. and heavier and really designed to be a replacement workstation that has the ability to move. i do all my work on my mac, and my gaming on my pc. just nice to have the gaming option once in a while that's all.

    if you really want to be playing the latest and most demanding games you'll need a better gpu.
     
  8. keef247

    keef247 Minimodder

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    oh yeah its 1080 LOL sorry early morning browsing haha
     
  9. Matticus

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    I would go for the 15.4 personally. 17inchers just seem a bit too big to me. 1920x1200 on a 8600GT would be a struggle, though like others have said, if you aren't going to game on it then it will give you a very nice picture.

    As for battery life, if both laptops have a 6 cell the 17 is going to drain quicker and quicker still if you are doing something graphical. As the screens size will mean it uses more power, and the GPU will be working harder (with any sort of load). And 2 hard drives, it going to be pretty heavy and obviously use a bit more power.

    I think higher res using more battery is crap, that is unless you are gaming in which case the GPU has to work harder.
     
  10. Jumeira_Johnny

    Jumeira_Johnny 16032 - High plains drifter

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    17" or go home.
     
  11. Scirocco

    Scirocco Boobs, I have them, you lose.

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    Judging from the size of the 15.4" on my desk, I'd say skip the 17". For some reason even the smaller size seems huge.
     
  12. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

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    Without doubt the 15.4 with 1680x1050 res..

    17" laptops are way to bulky to carry around. And any higher res than 1680x1050 will give you very small text. Lower than that will feel cramped.
     
  13. Bbq.of.DooM

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    17 inch laptops are like fat chicks.

    They might do the job, but a smaller one can also do that and usually with other benefits as well.

    Like not being seen in public with a fat chick.
     
  14. r4tch3t

    r4tch3t hmmmm....

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    There is also the fact that if you did want the 1920x1080 resolution you could get a 24" screen and plug it into your laptop when your at home.
     

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