It isn't just there will be a better computer its just the random price increase for no reason that I'm crabby about.
I remembered about a old laptop I found a ASUS G74SX a while ago.
I just found one for $1299 + postage. Seems it doesn't have, full hd it's the same 1600 by 900 that my current one has. Which isn't that bad I guess. Like I said to TSR I can't tell the difference in 480p and 1080p.
But has a who knows what wireless card but has everything else though. Wireless drivers seem newer then the 2008 version one my current one has. These are 2010 to 2012 ones so maybe a improvement lol.
Two hard drives, 12gig ram 560 video card. Plus a led backlit keyboard. Will have to ask some models have it others don't have it.
Provided it doesn't magicly go up $100 like the last one I liked I'll enquire about it on Monday.
I noticed dell has a $800 off sale for the xps 17. If I was to get a basic one with a few minor things eg better wireless card etc. then I could save a little bit of money on the asus. Only differences would be dell has a blu ray player and the video card would be a 550m. $1320
But I also read that there current sales will be random due to them also hoping to get rid their current stock of sandy bridge processors. So sales could get better between now and June 30. Kinda wish I didn't read that lol.
Last Edit: Jun 2, 2012 10:48:01 GMT -5 by penguincat
While reading a forum I found there is a cheaper dell. With less ram 6 gig instead of 8, a dvd burner instead of blu ray reader/dvd burner, 2x 500gig 5400rpm, instead of 2x 750gig 7200rpm. for $1220.
Even the cheap dell the $1220 still eats this one for breakfast. Which is really all I want.
Google search says to avoid dell for gaming. But it would only be light if that. I'm not going to get like starcraft II etc. So optimus or whatever its called would be handy.
Both have backlit keyboards. The asus keyboard looks like the keyboard on my current one except for the keys I ripped off it. caps lock key, windows start key, and the ` key Which is kinda sad as they will no doubt annoy me the same as the current keyboard does. Dell appears to have more cramped keys will would no doubt annoy me.
Same parts/software Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (English) 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM processor (2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.10 GHz) 500gig x 2 hard drives. asus could have 7200rpm. backlit keyboard Asus appears to have blue led, where as the dell appears to be white led.
Only differences are in short. Asus: 560m video card. 12 gig ram. wireless card, 8 cell, 1600x900 $1299 + postage Dell: 550m with optimus. 6 gig ram. intel 6230 wireless card. 9 cell, 1920x1080 $1220 + postage.
I kinda would like to see a dell in action though I wonder if the store/stand is still in the big shopping centre. As the dell full HD screens have mixed reviews some say the anti glare ones are rubbish and the glossy ones are way better (more colorful.) The anti glare 1080 screen is a extra $80 so if it does turn out to be bad then it's back to the glossy 1600x900 and a $80 saving.
Well depending on who you ask alienware seems to stink since dell took over. lol Overpriced meh is what I have seen descibed as. But yeah seems that people would prefer asus to dell.
I had another look and I think the glossy and anti glare are just what people prefer more then a actual bad fault. Even then every laptop and tv's I have bought has been different levels of glossy and anti glare. I have not gone no this stinks to any of them.
The picture I did manage to find of the ag screen in use. It doesn't appear that it's all that different to the one I have. Plus having bad eyesight I could just blame that.
Right now I'm just thinking is it worth getting extra warranty. If it's a known fault then I think its a extra year or 2 over the original one. (may have to get huffy over it but the law exists .) But like my desktop it randomly blew up even though 90% of parts still had warranty but I gave them away instead.
Edit: I was just read a forum post that said to wait until the current sale ends. As seems 8th of June onwards will be a better sale due to both Sandy bridge clearance and the end of tax year sale. Also that it will take about a month for it to show up so a guy was complaining about. Birthday present lol. But yeah will give me time to pay the roof off in the mean while. After roof is paid off look what I bought. Currently $1450 so If I pay $400 every 2 weeks at the end of July. Should be all paid off. But yeah forum says to get the extended warranty. Which is a extra $190.
Last Edit: Jun 3, 2012 11:37:49 GMT -5 by penguincat
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM Processor (6MB cache, up to 3.3 GHz) Inspiron 17R Turbo (7720) BTX Base 17.3" 3D Capable FHD WLED True-Life (1920x1080) 8GB 2 DIMM (4GB x 2) DDR3 1600Mhz 2 x 1.0TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive 1Year Dell Online Backup2GB 12.7" Tray Load Blu-ray (BD-RE) (BD-Read/Write) NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GDDR5 2GB (3D) 6-cell Lithium Ion (48WHr) Battery Dell™ Backlight Chiclet Keyboard mSATA SSD - 32GB 3D Glasses 2 years in onsite warranty
A full hd 3d laptop for $1,570.20 but there is a coupon code to get 12% off makes it $1,381.78 that I really shouldn't use it but can be able to as other people do with no problems. Other then feel guilty lol. That is like 90% of what I want just it has super bad size battery for a 17 inch. I'm still going to wait until Friday if dells sandy bridge sale is a flop buy it then buy a pile of 6 cell batteries. lol
For a model that is listed at "turbo" I do find it strange that it only has 5400rpm drives. 6 cell I'm not at all thrilled with. Seems another wp person seems to think the same. 6 cell is just too small. But others do say that with all the newer things the power consumption should be lower. I would say it would be able to support a 9 cell battery seems a few other non 2 day old releases of the series have them. So time will tell.
I do think dell would have to have a fancier sale starting Friday. That ivy bridge laptop pwns the sandy bridge one but only for like $100 difference. The video card would be worth that by itself. Let alone the hard drives being bigger, being 3d and more ram.
Well the new sale is boring. Xps 17 sandy bridge 40% off again. Full hd 3d screen upgrade comes to $1900. 200$ for the video card and 560$ for the screen. Way over my budget. Let alone wireless card and other things. Sale ends 28th of June they could have a last minute super sale but I doubt it.
Looks like I'm getting a ivy bridge laptop. I wasn't expecting that lol. I do want to see what nerds on wp think though.
But seems it doesn't have Optimus plus a low 6 cell battery plus what about extra batteries can't buy them separate yet maybe even at all. Also seems its only a 2.4ghz wireless card.
I asked seems it will likely to have optimus. Also bigger batteries will come out by dell or 3rd party makers.
But reading some stuff seems xps laptops are the better choice even though the Inspiron sounds like this one in terms of quality and well I don't care if it feels fluffy looks better etc. Insides are the important thing to me. The Inspiron 17R Turbo isn't on sale so no need to worry about price changes but it may have a limited run though. Only was released a few days ago.
I think I'll hold off for until the 18th and see what else I can find or if Dell bring out batteries.
Last Edit: Jun 8, 2012 22:17:46 GMT -5 by penguincat
Well sadly I did a bit of looking seems quite a few 17' inch laptops only have 6 cell batteries. Even high power ones. I wonder if its a ivy bridge thing?
So I'll be getting a dell 17se just what one do I get?
$1170 Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM Processor (6MB cache, up to 3.3 GHz) Inspiron 17R Turbo (7720) BTX Base 17.3" FHD WLED Anti-Glare (1920x1080) 6GB 2 DIMM (1 x 2GB + 1 x 4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz 1.0TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive 12.7" SATA Tray Load DVD+/-RW NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GDDR5 2GB (for 45W CPU) 6-cell Lithium Ion (48WHr) Battery Dell™ Backlight Chiclet Keyboard
$1270 (only change from the top one is a blu ray reader combo drive) 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM Processor (6MB cache, up to 3.3 GHz) Inspiron 17R Turbo (7720) BTX Base 17.3" FHD WLED Anti-Glare (1920x1080) 6GB 2 DIMM (1 x 2GB + 1 x 4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz 1.0TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive 1Year Dell Online Backup2GB 12.7" Tray Load Blu-ray (BD) Combo Drive (BD Read Only) NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GDDR5 2GB (for 45W CPU) 6-cell Lithium Ion (48WHr) Battery Dell™ Backlight Chiclet Keyboard
$1382 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM Processor (6MB cache, up to 3.3 GHz) Inspiron 17R Turbo (7720) BTX Base 17.3" 3D Capable FHD WLED True-Life (1920x1080) 8GB 2 DIMM (4GB x 2) DDR3 1600Mhz 2 x 1.0TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive 1Year Dell Online Backup2GB 12.7" Tray Load Blu-ray (BD-RE) (BD-Read/Write) NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GDDR5 2GB (3D) 6-cell Lithium Ion (48WHr) Battery Dell™ Backlight Chiclet Keyboard mSATA SSD - 32GB 3D Glasses
I just found dell Australia's facebook page that you can ask questions on. Other ones where just for coupons and offers. Lets see if they know anything about batteries and that
Edit: Well I don't think the guy knows. I posted if there is bigger batteries on the way also the option to buy standalone batteries. I listed the model number name etc.
Reply was Hey, I thought we'd discontinued the 17r series so I'll double check with the marketing department on that one and if we will have 9 cell battery option on those. I know we have 9 cells on most systems so will check. Cheers
I did check seems the 17r he referred to is gone But I asked about the one that is listed as a new model. Hope I get a reply tomorrow
Last Edit: Jun 14, 2012 7:32:41 GMT -5 by penguincat