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Old 02-04-08, 12:35 PM
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Need help picking a laptop

I like to pride myself on knowing my technology but I am at a loss right now. I currently have a Dell (bought in January of '05) with the following specs:

Pentium M x86 running XP Home SP2 at 1.6 GHz 221 MHz, 512MB Ram, ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro Turbo running at 128MB, and a 80gb hard drive. Via a USB hub I usually have an ATI TV Wonder 600 (HDTV), 500gb external HD and a DVD-DL burner hooked up.

I am looking to upgrade to a laptop (a desktop is not an option) that can capture from the ATI card smoothly as well as compress backup DVDs and do occasional video editing. I would prefer to stick with a 15" screen but if there is a significant upgrade to other specs, I would be willing to trade down to 14". HDMI output is a bonus but not high on my list. I would like to stay at or under $1000.

I am researching three models at Best Buy. I am not familiar with the AMD chipset as I have been an Intel guy since switching over from Mac 10 years ago. I am also not familiar with the new Intel technology and how it compares to what I have now. For example, I know that the 1.6ghz core 2 duo chipset can't possibly be equal to the 1.6 ghz chipset I have now...could it? Here are the modeals I am looking at:

HP Special Edition Clay model dv6780se ($1000 from this week's ad)
Centrino Core 2 Duo mobile running at 1.67ghz (T5450), 667mhz front side bus, 2MB L2 cache, 3gb DDR2 RAM, DVD-DL lightscribe burner, 15.4" WXGA monitor, 250gb HD, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS up to 1535 memory (256 dedicated), and both S-video and HDMI output
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1196470766824

Dell Inspirion 1420 ($850 from this week's ad)
Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile at 1.66ghz (T5450), 667 bus, 2mb L2 cache, 2mb DDR2 RAM, DVD-DL burner, 14.1" XGA monitor, 250gb HD, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, and S-video output
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....0&type=product

Dell Inspirion 1526 ($900)
AMD Turion 64 x2 at 2.0ghz, 1mb L2 cahce, 2gb DDR2 RAM, DVD-DL burner, 15.4" XGA monitor, 250gb HD, ATI Radeon Xpress 1270 with HyperMemory, and S-video output
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1197678601495

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Old 02-06-08, 11:27 AM
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Old 02-06-08, 11:34 AM
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Of those listed, I like the HP model because of the RAM and graphics chip. Performance wise I think all of them would mostly be a wash though.
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Old 02-06-08, 04:43 PM
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Ever thought about switching back to macs? You can duel boot windows now and it's a lot better than it was 10 years ago.
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Some of the HP laptops with vista have trouble using the built in webcam. Does anyone know if this has been resolved yet with newer computers?
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