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5 laptop config

by dd116 / July 11, 2012 2:57 AM PDT

Hello,

I been going back and fourth between the 5 and can't make up my mind. I put the specs below. My budget is between 1,500 and 2,000. The less money the better, lol. It will be maining used for heavy graphic design work(The adobe suite) and light gaming. Dell & HP are my favorite brands. Thanks for all who helps. I know they are all similar in spec but the main difference is price but I may be missing something that I don't see that one of you may see.

$1850
Alienware M17X R4 Alienware M17X R4 with Soft Touch
Operating System Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit
Processor 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.3GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
Memory 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz (4DIMMS)
Display Panels 17.3-inch WideHD+ 1600 x 900 60Hz WLED
Video Card 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M
Hard Drive 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s
Optical Driver Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
Audio Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di with THX TruStudio Pro Software
Wireless Networking Killer™ Wireless-N 1103 a/g/n 3x3 MIMO for Gaming & Video and Bluetooth 4.0
Adapter Alienware M17x 240W A/C Adapter
Primary Battery 90WHr 9-Cell Primary Battery
Hardware Support Services 1 Year Basic Plan

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$1625
Alienware M14X R2 Alienware M14X R2
Operating System Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit
Processor 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.3GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
Memory 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz
Display Panels 14.0" High Def+ (900p/1600x900) with WLED backlight
Video Card 2 GB DDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with Optimus™
Hard Drive 750GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s
Optical Driver Slot Load Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW)
Sound Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di with THX TruStudio Pro Software
Wireless Networking Killer Wireless-N 1202 a/g/n 2x2 MIMO for Gaming & Video and Bluetooth 4.0
Primary Battery 63WHr 8-Cell Primary Battery
Hardware Support Services 1 Year Basic Plan

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$1475
Alienware M14X R2 Alienware M14X R2
Operating System Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit
Processor 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3210M (3MB Cache, up to 3.1GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
Memory 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz
Display Panels 14.0" High Def+ (900p/1600x900) with WLED backlight
Video Card 2 GB DDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with Optimus™
Hard Drive 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s
Optical Driver Slot Load Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW)
Sound Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di with THX TruStudio Pro Software
Wireless Networking Killer Wireless-N 1202 a/g/n 2x2 MIMO for Gaming & Video and Bluetooth 4.0
Primary Battery 63WHr 8-Cell Primary Battery
Hardware Support Services 1 Year Basic Plan

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$1363
HP Pavilion dv7t-7000 Quad Edition - dv7tqe
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor 3rd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3610QM Processor (2.3 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
Graphics card NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 650M Graphics with 2GB GDDR5 memory [HDMI, VGA]
Memory 16GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive 750GB 7200 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
Primary battery 30% off 9 cell Lithium Ion Battery
Display 17.3-inch diagonal Full HD Anti-glare LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
Primary optical drive FREE Upgrade to Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
Personalization HP TrueVision HD Webcam
Networking Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)
Keyboard Backlit Keyboard with numeric keypad
Included Warranty Services Included 2 Year Warranty

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$1394
ENVY 17t-3000 series
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edit
Processor 3rd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz)
Graphics card Radeon(TM) HD 7850M Graphics 1GB GDDR5 Memory [HDMI, DP]
Memory 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive 750GB 7200rpm Hybrid Hard Drive
Primary battery 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery - Up to 5.25 hours of battery life
Display 17.3-inch diagonal Radiance Full HD Infinity LED-backlit Display (1920x1080)
Primary optical drive Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
Networking Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) with Wireless Display Support
Keyboard Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard with numeric keypad
Included Warranty Services 2 year limited warranty included

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If it were me buying
by orlbuckeye / July 11, 2012 11:00 PM PDT
In reply to: 5 laptop config

it would be between the 2 HP with the main reason being the full 1080P HD screen compared to 1600 x 900 720P screens of the Alienware. The price difference of the 2 HP's is the graphics card. If they both had the same graphics card then the Pavilion would cost more because of the i7 over the i5. Gamers seem to favor Nvidia over ATI graphics cards so that that is an advantage to the Pavilion.

I would take the Pavilion because:

1. 9 cell battery
2. i7 processor & nVidia GP

I did buy a pavilion a few years back and the battery would charge after a year so now i just used it plugged in.

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Thanks
by dd116 / July 11, 2012 11:30 PM PDT
In reply to: If it were me buying

Thanks. I've been looking at it more last night and I think I'm leaning more to the Pavilion too. For what I'm getting and the price(Which I found a different coupon code that makes that laptop $1,200) is a great value. You make a good point with the screens. I didn't even notice that to be honest. Thanks for pointing it out. Also, the pavilion has te anti-glare feature that the Envy doesn't have. I'd prefer the Nvidia too. I think the Nvidia tends to be more cooler than the Radeon( I could be wrong).

For the battery they offererd a 6+9, do you know what that means at all? I saw they had (2) 9 cells but I think that means that you can swap them.

Thanks again for your help.

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