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Lenovo W500 vs HP 8530w

by calyryan / July 27, 2009 8:08 AM PDT

So I'm caught between you computers, the Lenovo W500 and the HP 8530w. I customized them each on their respective sites and this is where I'm stuck. Here they are:

Lenovo W500
Intel Core 2 Duo T9600
Windows XP Pro (downgrade from Ultimate)
15.4 WUXGA
ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 (512MB VRAM) with Intel AMT
3 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz SODIMM Memory
250 GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm
Intel Turbo Memory 2GB
DVD Recordable 8x Max Dual Layer
Intel WiFi Link 5300
Bluetooth PAN
$1461.15

HP 8530w
Intel Core 2 Duo T9600
Windows XP Pro (downgrade from Business)
15.4 WUXGA
NVIDIA Quadro FX 770M 512MB
2GB 800MHz DDR2
160 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
DVD Recordable w/Lightscribe
Intel 802.11 a/b/g draft n
HP Integrated Bluetooth
$2283.00

So is the HP worth the $821.85 more? And what kind of performance differences am I going to see? I work with photoshop and I do a little bit of video work here and there. And what am I going to miss with the XP downgrade from Business and not Ultimate?

Thanks,
Ryan

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Dual Boot
by calyryan / July 27, 2009 8:38 AM PDT

I was just reading around and I saw another post about not being able to dual boot. I need to be able to run Unix for school. Anyone know for sure?

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Dual boot shoud be fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2009 10:02 PM PDT
In reply to: Dual Boot

I've yet to encounter a machine I can't do that. But someday it will happen, just not today.

Now there are issues about support vanishes (what little there was) when you install a dual boot but that's topic in itself. Same thing about dual boot install problems.
Bob

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Dual Boot
by calyryan / July 28, 2009 2:16 PM PDT

I contacted Lenovo and they said that it's NOT possible on their computers. I guess they disable Intel's VT..... Oh well their loss anyway, does anyone have any suggestions other than the HP I put up their?

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That is untrue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2009 9:54 PM PDT
In reply to: Dual Boot

You are talking to people that support the machines. No maker should tell you they support dual boot. None.

This does not mean the machines can't dual boot.
Bob

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