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Notebooks College laptop advice?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TheMusician, 3 Aug 2009.

  1. TheMusician

    TheMusician Audio/Tech Enthusiast/Historian

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    I'm graduating high school in June 2010 and have been saving up quite a bit for a laptop.

    I have one chosen out for $1,350, and i'd like to know what you guys think:

    ASUS G Series G51VX-X1A NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8700(2.53GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M - Retail


    Brand ASUS
    Series G Series
    Model G51VX-X1A

    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
    CPU Type Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53G
    Screen 15.6"
    Memory Size 4GB
    Hard Disk 320GB
    Optical Drive DVD Super Multi
    Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
    Video Memory 1GB VRAM DDR3
    Card slot 1 x Express Card
    Dimensions 14.6" x 10.3" x 1.3-1.6"
    Weight 7.26 lbs.

    CPU Type Intel Core 2 Duo
    CPU Speed P8700(2.53GHz)
    CPU FSB 1066MHz
    CPU L2 Cache 3MB

    Screen Size 15.6"
    Wide Screen Support Yes
    Resolution 1920 x 1080

    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
    Graphics
    GPU/VPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
    Video Memory 1GB VRAM DDR3
    Graphic Type Dedicated Card

    HDD 320GB
    HDD RPM 7200rpm

    Memory 4GB

    Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
    Optical Drive Interface Integrated

    WLAN 802.11 bgn
    Bluetooth Yes

    Card Slot 1 x Express Card
    USB 4
    IEEE 1394 1
    Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI
    Other port 1 x E-SATA
    Audio Ports Yes

    Audio Integrated Sound card
    Speaker Internal Speakers
    Input Device
    Touchpad Yes
    Keyboard Standard

    Card Reader SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro, xD, Smart Media
    Webcam 2.0MP

    Battery 6-cell lithium ion

    Dimensions 14.6" x 10.3" x 1.3-1.6"
    Weight 7.26 lbs.

    Accidental Damage Warranty 1 year ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty - Drops, Fire, Spill, Surge

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    I am not a gamer, but I do plan on pursuing some graphic design and already do a lot of 3-D rendering as a hobby, in collaboration with a local historical society I am a member of and a historical database website that I run.

    I have heard that ASUS's tech support is abysmal, so if someone suggests that my graphics hobbies take a back seat (since this is my PC for school), I would understand. Also, i'm thinking that the battery could be a problem. (an 8-cell or 12-cell would be ideal)

    What do you think?
     
  2. KayinBlack

    KayinBlack Currently Rebuilding

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    I'd just point out this will be out of date when college gets here.

    Wait on a Clarksdale notebook. You will not be disappointed.
     
  3. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    That would break your knees if you put it on your lap :D Spec's good though. Just expect to mostly leave it on your desk :p
     
  4. Elton

    Elton Officially a Whisky Nerd

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    Don't spend over $800.
     
  5. dogdude16

    dogdude16 New Member

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    If you don't graduate high school for another year, why are you buying a laptop now?
     
  6. lex90

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    Lenovo Thinkpad Cheesecake! Might not be good for gaming, but there fricking strong and awsome build quality. They also do good deals online!
     
  7. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Moved to hardware.

    lex90 has hit it on the head - if you're prepared to pay a bit more for older hardware thinkpads are monstrously well built.
     
  8. haddow64

    haddow64 New Member

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    Dont do it! I made this mistake of getting a laptop when I moved off to uni thinking it would be dead useful, I'm just about to build a new desktop to replace it.

    If I unplug it now the battery dies in about 10mins cause it hasn't really been moved in 1.5-2years. Most places have good computers to use while your in there and you are better off with a pc by far (it does depend on your course, but I'm doing a programming course and I dont need mines). If you are determined to get something mobile just to take notes on then grab a net-book (lighter, better battery & more than enough for just note taking in class).
     

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