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Looking for advise on zd8000

by demipso / July 16, 2005 6:28 AM PDT

I been trying to buy a laptop for months i come to cnet and read reviews alot its nice to see what other people have to say. I ordered a zd8000 and boy did i see alot of mix review from you guys. I read the RIP p4 article and im really worried now. Should i just return it and just wait? The specs of the zd8000 are P4 3.4 2mb cache speedstep
1024 mb ram
100gb 5400
256 x600radeon (iffy about this card from wat i read)
1680x1050 brightview screen 17inch
Windows XP media center
wireless blue tooth
Remote and Dvr that comes with media center
Total price i paid $2010.

My concern is it being outdated and i didnt even recieve it yet i think the price is good but dont know. I like to play games and just be able to move the laptop with me around in the house and to work sometimes. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you

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Full up P4's are for those that want a desktop in a laptop.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 16, 2005 7:24 AM PDT

But the downsides are already noted. It's a great desktop replacement, but be aware that you need to keep it on a hard surface and clean the heatsinks yearly or problems do tend to occur with heat.

In my opinion, not a laptop. It's just too hot and no battery life. But some want this unit.


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by damasta55r / July 16, 2005 9:03 AM PDT

Processor wise you can get it cheaper in the r4000 with an AMD 4000+ or in a Dell 9300 with Intel Pentium M 2.0Ghz.
However, if you need it for multitasking, this is one of a few Pentium 4 notebooks left out there and packs quite a punch.
However, if you don't need multitasking, and more importantly is gaming, than the dell 9300 with 2.0Ghz Pentium M and 6800Go. If the R4000 had better gfx, it would be a better choice.

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