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Three choices, no drive to choose any of the three.

I'm looking to replace my current HP Pavilion DV9000.

I'm something of a HP guy... so I'm looking at the


or the


And outside the HP box, also the G73JW from Asus.

But that's running third because its not HP- though the cooling advertised for it sounds intruiging, as does the new Nvidia GPU with 1.5 memory.

The Difference between to two HP laptops really comes down to a couple features,

an NVidia 230M vs an ATI HD 5850

And The Envy's slot load vs this lame gremlin infested Pavillion optical drive. The one I've got now drives me bonkers because it keeps popping open the optical drive to the smallest bump, or no bump at all. Sometimes, it doesn't even pop open, just spins up like I just inserted a disk, running autoplay.

A few other features here and there tend to wash... the finger print reader on the DV8t sounds nice... but the Envy has a backlit keyboard, and USB3.0. All little bits here and there that don't sway the discussion for me.

I'm looking for input on all three of these machines- everything from wait until after Christmas for the next wave of models to a fourth model I haven't discovered yet would be appreciated.

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forgot to mention-

Most likely uses for it will be-

Gaming obviously, SC2, WoW, hopefully the KOTOR MMO come spring time.

Portable TV/DVD/Bluray/entertainment

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I may have to remove ASUS from any rec.

It appears folks are complaining about spare parts from ASUS again. Small things too like power adapters. If ASUS in the USA can't stock and ship spares, forget them.

The i7 powered laptops while powerful do upset folk with very warm machines and short battery times. Is there a compelling reason to stick with a laptop for games?

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Very compelling

Yes, the portability factor. I have a desktop machine for playing at home, but I still want one that I can take on the road.. as far as heat and battery life, I almost always have a chill mat, and AC power available. the Asus cooling factor was more of an impressive longevity thing than a comfort thing. I don't keep it on my lap anyway.

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Don't buy sight unseen.

In the Cnet Laptop Buying Advice forum a member is complaining about the Asus cooling factor. That is they feel the CPU temp is too high (according to them.)

Be sure you get a chance to feel what these units feel like since it's not the lap people gripe about but the hot keyboard and palm rests.

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What about the video cards

Does anyone have any input on the differences between the video card?

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Both will play games.

You can research for more. I don't retype such content but the 230M is at the low end for GAMING. If there is a lesson about gamers you always opt for the higher solutions and never use onboard or the models at the bottom of the offerings (the 230M is one up from the bottom.)

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