Tope End Gaming Lapdogs

#1
Hey Gechno Teeks,

I am looking for a laptop, not exclusively but mainly for gaming. Am considering this. Am interested if it lives up to it's hype. Have read a number of reviews, most are pretty positive, but wondered if anyone has any personal experience. Good or bad.

Components
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.20 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 4 MB L2-cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
Base Warranty - 1 Year XPS Premium Hardware Support (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)
Crimson Red with White LED Backlights
17.0" UltraSharp™ WUXGA (1920x1200) TFT with TrueLife™ with Integrated 2.0MP web cam
2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
200GB (7200RPM) SATA Hard Drive
Dual 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8700M GT graphics with NVIDIA SLI Technology
Ageia PhysX Processing Unit Card
Fixed 8x DVD+/-RW Slim Slot Load drive, including SW
Primary 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (85 WHr)
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3 Mbps) with Enhanced Data Rate EUR
Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini-Card - Europe
Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
Services & Software
UK/Irish Additional 220V AC Adapter Power Cord
N12X7301
English Documentation and EUR Power Cord
AC Adapter 230W
Eng, Frn, Ger, Spn Placemat XPS M1730
Uk/Irish Internal Keyboard (QWERTY)
Base Warranty - 1 Year XPS Premium Hardware Support (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)
Dell™ Travel Remote Control

Any input appreciated.

P.S. And before anyone says anything I know I am too old to be playing computer games, but got to escape the real world somehow.
 
#2
try to get XP over vista if at all possible, I use both in my line of work, and XP is alot better for stability and functionality, and uses alot less RAM so you will have more performance for your laptop with XP.

otherwise, thats a very good spec for a laptop
 
#3
Thanks Taylor, I might just go for that then.

Square eyes and sore index finger here I come.
 
#5
Doesn't look to bad at all. I would also go for XP over Vista if I had the choice aswell, just personal preference.

Can you link to that lappy, may be interested in similar myself, dependant on cost etc.
 
#7
I have gone for this spec. (It was either XP professional or Vista).

Base

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.20 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 4 MB L2-cache)

Memory

2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]

Keyboard

Uk/Irish Internal Keyboard (QWERTY)

Video Card

Dual 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8700M GT graphics with NVIDIA SLI Technology

Hard Drive

400GB (7200rpm) SATA RAID 0 Stripe (2x200GB)

Microsoft Operating System
Genuine Windows® XP Professional - English

Optical Devices

Fixed 8x DVD+/-RW Slim Slot Load drive, including SW

Wireless Networking

Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini-Card - Europe

Cables
UK/Irish Additional 220V AC Adapter Power Cord

Shipping Documents
English Documentation

Gedis Bundle Reference
N12X7301

Microsoft Application Software
Microsoft® Office 2007 Home and Student - English

Standard Warranty
Base Warranty - 1 Year XPS Premium Hardware Support (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)

Enhanced Service Packs
Base Warranty - 1 Year XPS Premium Hardware Support (incl. Gaming and On-Site Support)

Protect your new PC
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English

Power Supply
AC Adapter 230W

USB Memory Keys
Lexar 4GB JumpDrive FireFly Memory Key

Bluetooth
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3 Mbps) with Enhanced Data Rate EUR

Placemat
Eng, Frn, Ger, Spn Placemat XPS M1730

Order Information
Inspiron Order - UK

Primary Battery
Primary 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (85 WHr)

Carrying Cases
XPS M1730 Backpack Carrying Case

Colour Choice
Sapphire Blue with White LED Backlights

TV Tuner and Remote Control
Dell™ Travel Remote Control

Physics PCI card
Ageia PhysX Processing Unit Card

LCD

17.0" UltraSharp™ WUXGA (1920x1200) TFT with TrueLife™ with Integrated 2.0MP web cam

(A retirement present to myself). A bit pricey, but like the advert, 'I think I'm worth it'.
 
#8
taylor said:
try to get XP over vista if at all possible, I use both in my line of work, and XP is alot better for stability and functionality, and uses alot less RAM so you will have more performance for your laptop with XP.

otherwise, thats a very good spec for a laptop
Seconded. There are many Vista gremlins. Im still working on getting printer, camera software, scanner software, older games to work. A bit frustrating.

I admit some of the hardware kit is dated, but check any PC forums, and the place is alive with complaints.

Ive also tried wiping Vista and replace it with XP. No dice.

Hmmmnnn?
 
#9
nottyash said:
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Physics PCI card
Ageia PhysX Processing Unit Card
......
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Sorry but these are a proven waste of money :(

I have read loads of bad stuff about them, a quick google to bring myself up to date and I could not find one decent review for this product. Even UT3 which was specifically coded to take adavantage of the Physx engine actually says it is a nightmare

http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/2007/11/23/unreal_tournament_3/4
 
#10
Being a non gechno teek, I would not have a clue, hence the post. As it happens, I did not have to pay extra for the physics thingy (Although I am sure it is included in the price, of course), but I am (I think satisfied with the spec), saw one in anger yesterday, the lapdog that is, which was two years old. Awesome, absolutely.

I have bought three lapdogs in recent years, (One HP, two were Acer), all turned out to be pants and if I am honest did not last that long. I had tried to avoid an expensive one, and ended up paying three times the price. Hopefully this time, (Using the maxim, that you only get what you pay for), I will get it right this time. If not, I will give up.

Thanks for your comments, they are greatly appreciated.
 
#11
best laptop I have used was a Sony Vaio....I forget the model, but it was bought out some time in feb I believe. Excellent piece of equipment.
 
#12
Just got my new lapdog and I would thoroughly recommend it. What a smashing piece of kit.

Thanks for the advice chaps.
 
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