Help selecting a new Laptop

I am in the market for a new Laptop but want something that exceeds the one I currently have, the basic specs of my current Laptop are below

Gateway FX - 2nd January 2009
17" TFT Matrix Screen
Intel Centrino 2 (2.26 GHz) Dual Core
350Gb Hard Drive

and this is the Laptop I want to buy (keep in mind it is 550 Euros)

Packard Bell EasyNote
15.6" Crystal Bright HD
i7 2670QM 4 x 2.2GHz
750Gb Hard Drive

The new PC aslo has Bluetooth and a USB 3.0 port both of which were missing from the Gateway

I play a lot of HD movies so a Dedicated graphics chip is useful, the older Gateway now struggles with the larger 1080p files and I do not want the new Laptop to also have this problem.

Is the Graphics card in my Gateway stronger than the one in the Packard Bell? I'm not a Gamer but I do want my movies to play smoothly.


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To find out try this.

Use google and try the following phrases to find some benchmarks.


Compare the results of their tests.

A parting comment. My Lenovo y530 is a paltry core2duo with some Intel HD GMA graphics and 1080p on the big screen is glorious. Your machines are far better. Why is there any concern about movie playback?

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Help selecting a new Laptop

If you are decoding HD signals by software (VLC for example), pretty much any laptop would display a 1080 signal on your HD LCD, however, there is a drastic loss of quality using this method, the only way to obtain a "Pure" signal if using x268 data in particular is with the assistance of a graphics card, I believe my processor is letting me down here and can't handle the quantity of data thrown at it, that's why I am considering the i7 to replace it.

I have seen the benchmarks of the two graphics cards already and it appears the 9800M is edges it but its hard to compare the two as some results missing, I guess when the 9800M was in it's prime they didn't test some things 3D for example.

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Having done this.

I would not write there is a loss of quality. I've tried it on my better laptops too.

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The Gateway is

an older model all the components are older and probably USB 3.0 didnt exist when the Gateway was designed. A little secret Pakard Bell was puchased by Gateway then Acer bought Gateway.

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I have an Inspiron and don't suggest it to others.

The display is barely acceptable compared to other laptops in the price range. This is a good value laptop but the case is a bit bendy and students tend to burn this line up in a few years.

I'd suggest going up a model line.

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