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xps 15z

It's finally out- the new dell xps. Everything seems pretty good except for one thing for me. The graphics card is only a nvidia gt 525m. From what I've read, this is a mid-level card?? Does anyone have any experience with it? How it does with World of Warcraft or Sims?? The other downside- no blu-ray. But I can live with that. Happy
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Let's find a review,.
http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/dell-xps-15z/4505-3121_7-34714594.html

You're right. This is no gamer machine. While The Sims should be fine the WOW'rs I know won't like this.

The 1080 is a nice touch. More benchmarks at http://www.notebookcheck.net/Preview-Dell-XPS-15z-Notebook-in-test.54267.0.html

The Intel Core i7 2620M dual core neatly side steps the usual thigh burn issue.

While the benchmarks on this unit are not "in" you can look at http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-525M.43889.0.html and see what midrange means.

Again, nice, but the gamers should avoid this.
Bob
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if not this...

Yeah, that's what I figured. The Lenovo y470 looks good- it has a Nvidia 550 graphics card. However, the screen is only 1366 x 768. And the battery lasts only about 4 hours, compared to the 8 that the dell supposedly gets. I'm still waiting for the new Asus laptops to become available here in the States. Wish I could just build my own laptop with everything I want in it, without it costing an arm and a leg!! Happy

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Why run on battery?

Both have 300 cycle batteries so about 1 to 2 years and it's spent. I think you should keep GAMER machines on AC. If you need a laptop and not a gamer machine you can check out the Acer TimelineX machines (lots of hours.)

As to the GT525. Most folk will do fine with that. It's those gamers that are used to the desktop fire breathing speed demon machines that have trouble.
Bob

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Advertised battey life is like with the

screen brightness almost completely off. I saw a compnay that tested my new laptop the Acer 8950g with the i7 2630 processor and they got 6.5 hours and with a brightness people would really use it was 3.5 hours.

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If I had a battery with a life of that many hours

I'd be upset. Maybe we should call that run time?

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I just watched the reviiew

on this laptop by Dan Ackerman here on Cnet and he actually made the statement if you want a gaming machine Alienware is the Dell you want to get. Basically he was saying Dell brand is the multimedia option and Alienware is the gaming option for Dell laprops.

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