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How important?...

by Momo26 / August 1, 2005 3:01 AM PDT

Is dedicated graphics? I do not plan to play intense video games or anything but would the image quality/clarity differ much if I were to get a laptop with dedicated graphics appose to integrated?

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Zero difference here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2005 3:04 AM PDT
In reply to: How important?...

In that case, the LCD is the issue and not the graphics chip. Think about this and you'll understand why.

Also, beware opting for those UWXVGA (well past 1024x768) type displays. Some opt for such thinking more pixels is better but have difficulty making the fonts large enough to read and ... have other complaints.

In closing, be sure to see your display before you commit.


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Quote - Dell 6000
by Momo26 / August 1, 2005 3:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Zero difference here.

Based on ANSI/NAPM IT7 .228-1997 tests of 201 units, February 2004, with average ANSI Lumens 2131. Bulb brightness degrades with usage. Dell recommends replacing your bulb after 1500 hours of usage (up to 3000 hours in Eco-mode).

Anything to be concerned about? I read that the screen's brighness is reduced after prolonged usage. Maybe that was regarding the Inspiron 2200, or maybe it was both machines ;\.

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Just the dirty secret.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2005 3:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Quote - Dell 6000

All LCDs suffer this fate and ... your choice when to replace it. Beware that replacement costs can approach 1/2 the price of a new laptop.


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So there isn't much I can really do to avoid the problem?
by Momo26 / August 1, 2005 4:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Just the dirty secret.

I know each machine will eventually decline in quality, but is there a machine out there I should try to steer clear of when it comes to fading screen? Or some that are above the rest?
- Mo
(ps. i'm sure this won't be a big issue in my decision to purchase a machine)

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I'll write no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2005 11:25 PM PDT

There is a militarized unit with plasma display, but is some 6 figures. It does last 7 to 10 years without the issue. Oh, but the price.

Look at it this way. Today I can get a 64-bit laptop with dvd writer and all the goods for under 1K. It will last 3 to 5 years without much ado.

If this is not good enough, don't buy PCs or Macs.


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Go with a brand highly rated by users.
by Nooorm / August 2, 2005 7:17 AM PDT
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