Thursday, May 28, 2009

Laptop Help

Hey guys! This is basically just a follow up post to the one I previously put up about my laptop purchase. After the help I have received from you fellow bloggers, I am pretty much set on the Dell Inspiron, seems to fit what I am best looking for at the best price. Anyway, I'm going through the specs and just want to make sure im picking all the right things, so I'm just gonna post about them and see what you guys think:

Processor: Intel® Pentium® Dual Core T4200 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/1MB cache)
Option: I can upgrade to Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T6400 (2.00GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache) [add $50 or $1/month1]

*Dont know what different this upgrade would be made. I am guessing it isn't necessary but let me know if you think otherwise, since $50 wouldnt cripple me

HD Display: Glossy, widescreen 15.6 inch display (1366x768)
Options: Upgrade to Bright, glossy widescreen 15.6 WLED display (1366x768) for $25

*Dont know anything about this option, so let me know if this is something that is pointless or worth the $25

Memory: 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz [Included in Price]

*No options to upgrade but I'm pretty sure this is good, alert me if not

Graphics Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD
Option: Upgrade to 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 [add $100 or $3/month1]

*This was the one I was mainly curious about. Is this something that is needed as far as watching movies, etc.....or was graphics cards really just for high-level games like CS etc.

Battery: 6-Cell Battery (Option Upgrade to 9-cell)
*I'm guessing upgrade isn't needed here, especially since I'm not an avid traveler

Wirless Card: Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11 Wireless-N Mini Card
Upgrade Options:
-Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Half Mini-Card with Netgear WGR614 Wireless Router [add $5]Dell RecommendedMay delay your Inspiron 15 ship date
-Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11 Wireless-N Card with Linksys WRT160N Wireless Router [add $80 or $2/month1]

*Any of these necessary for upgrade???

Those are the main ones I wasn;t sure on. I am guessing all of the services they offer (PC Tuneup, Extra Database Online backup, on-call plans etc.) arent really anything I need either, but again if you think otherwise let me know


Prime said...

was just blow-dryin my hair, thought you guys might have posted....that ever happened to you?

nyphon said...

1st let me just say your comment post was hilarious. bosk and scotty probably don't know what it's from....(joking)

Processor: This is probably the only thing I would upgrade. 2 GHz / 1MB isn't bad...but it's not great either. This (and memory) are prob the 2 most important things to get a quality product.

HD Display: Leave as is

Memory: Leave as is

Graphics card: I would leave as is. i think graphic cards are good enough now to where I wouldn't want to pay another $100 for something better (based on what you will be using it for). having said that, this is just an opinion as i didn't do any research.

Battery: leave as is

Wireless card: leave as is

pex said...

hahaha wow

im sure nate knows what he's talking about i pretty much agree

as far as the graphics card, pretty much only need to upgrade it if you plan on playing video games on the comp

term said...

just be sure you actually take the time to do a full charge on the battery before you turn the comp on as the directions said. i was in a rush to get mine loaded up cause i didnt have a comp for 2 months and now my battery is like ~1.5 hr lifetime. pretty pathetic on my part

pex said...

i never charged mine up, didnt know you were supposed to, maybe thats why my battery sucks too