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Buying Laptop: Need advice Sony Vaio vs Dell XPS vs Toshiba

by Okraiderfan / July 23, 2011 5:25 AM PDT
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If heat is a concern, avoid the quad core i7.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 23, 2011 5:33 AM PDT

Given the constant heat source that the i7 is under load, I only can nod to the i5.

However all these are not laptops but desktop replacements. Yes I've hear it before that you are willing to lug a 17 inch laptop around but are you OK with the short life spans?

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If heat is a concern, avoid the quad core i7.
by Okraiderfan / July 23, 2011 6:21 AM PDT

I didnt know the I7 had higher heat. I was afraid it would be opposite (i7 newer more efficent etc) The Q&A for the sony link said no over heating trending for their I7 but....manufactures all say the darndest things

As far as the lugging around, the toshiba is only 1.1 in thick and a relative svelt 6.5 lbs. My old laptop (HP DV9) is 8 lbs so it would seem to be significantly lighter with a smaller form factor.

As far as shorter lifespans go..its definitely a downside ..I want to be able to take it to class yet use it hard back at the dorm......I guess thats what the 3 year anything goes replacement warranty is good for (extra cost but worth it for high demand electronics IMO)


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The newer designs do pretty well
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 23, 2011 1:08 PM PDT

But under load I see they did a really neat trick by venting the hot air away from the user.

It's still hot as time passes (mostly gaming and BD play.)

The big LCD tend to get bendy and so far, shorter life spans then you average 11 to 15 inch laptops.

If you like the lower wieghts, look down one size.

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