Just a few year design life products. With extreme care and never blocking the vents and yearly cleanings you should hit 18 months till the battery starts to lose it's zing.
"The other differences are the M-6866 has a Intel Media Graphics Accelerator X3100 with 384MB sharged memory, the M-6862 has 512MB GDDR3 ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600."
These are wildly different video solutions. The x3100 is your pure laptop value play which works for Jane Doe watching DVDs, surfing the web and office stuff with the occasional card game. The ATI chip solution is an attempt to cram 3D GAMING into a laptop.
Even today I find 3D gaming in laptops to find too many complaints in year 2 over such machines. People want them but the heat, the 10 to 20 minute battery times tend to upset people.
-> Be sure to keep all laptops under warranty until you feel you can pay for the usual 600 buck repairs.
I have looked around at the prices of laptops and features, my budget is 700.00 which both of these are on sale for right now.
I selected these because compared to anything else in this price range these have the most features (at least as far as I can tell)
The reasons that I am considering these two are
1. They both use the Intel Centrino Dual core Processor, I am told this is a solid processor. My last desktop I found out later that the Celeron was not the best choice.
2. They both have a good amount of hard drive space, the M6866 has 320MB and the M-6862 250MB.
3. They both come with 4MB of RAM and from the specs both DDR2
4. The both come with the 64 bit version of Windows Vista.
They both have 15.4 inch XVGA screens, they both have the same widescreen 1200x800 resolution, the M-6862 has in the specs "TFT-LCD" added. I dont know enough to know if there is a difference between the two displays.
They also both have laser writing which would be great for my creating discs with graphics and information for my radio show collection project.
The other differences are the M-6866 has a Intel Media Graphics Accelerator X3100 with 384MB sharged memory, the M-6862 has 512MB GDDR3 ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600.
Other than those the differences I can tell are that the M6866 has what appears to be more media readers, at least from the listed specs and they have a few differences in available port connections, the M-6866 appears to only have 3 USB ports while the M-6862 also has an HDMI connection.
I have not found any other laptops with these features in this price range. I decided upon a laptop for portablilty, I am going back to college and see lap tops common among students, the amount of both Hardrive and RAM are very good for my needs. Aside from school I do a lot of downloading and burning of old time radio shows, may use some music recording software, I am a heavy user of Email and as I live in the seattle area and every starbucks has wifi available it would not be hard to have a real screen and keyboard to use this. I could also use it for DOT traffic cameras. The occasional times when I want to watch a dvd. The ability to run multiple programs efficiently and the large amount of storage space from my radio shows and photos and eventually videos seems like a good match.
I have deleted about everything I could from my desktop with a 40Gig Hard drive and it is still maxed out. It is also have several issues. I do plan to remove the data I want to keep, move it to the laptop or a separate hard drive and then wipe it clean using restore discs, and then also buy a low cost second desktop.
I dont see any other computers out there in this price range that have these features.
Is anyone familiar with these computers or have advice? It seems as though you get a lot for the money with these two computers, but I think there may be some differences I am not aware of. The M-6866 is 150.00 off and the M-6862 is 50.00 off making them both 699.00. I dont see the M-6866 on the Gateway site so I am thinking that it may be an older model. Not sure.
I would greatly appreaciate any advice about these since for me it is a lot of money, but I need a computer right away and these two have far more features than any I have seen at the 3 stores in my area, Best Buy, Circuit City and Fry's. Are these good choices? Given the information I have provided or you may know which one would you select? I think either would be fine, the fact that one has the HDMI port makes me think it may be a newer model, at least that is how it is with the HDTV's I have seen compared to mine.
Thanks very much, Tom