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Your Questions About Tablet Or Notebook

Lisa asks…

What is you opinion on Notebook Tablets?

I was thinking of getting a notebook tablet but, I don’t know if it is worth it and which one is the best to go with? Can anyone tell me what there experiance is with one and what is the best brand to go with…

steve answers:

I’m in the same boat as you. My daughter is starting college in June (summer session) and claims this is what she wants. I have looked at a great number of tablet notebooks. The only PRO I have is my girl’s friend who has a Gateway and claims she has no problems with it and handwriting recognition software works great. The one CON is a salesman claims that the hinge (?) that allows it to be turned can come loose or break. So if you drcide to buy one I would suggest an extended warranty and that you don’t invert into tablet mode unneccesarily.

James asks…

Tablet vs notebook. windows 8 vs iOS vs Android?

my dad interest in buying something for the main purpose is to watch remote cctv and open excel files on the go..

he ask me what should he buy.. i’m very confused..

tablet vs notebook.. and then there’s the hybrid (touch tablet with portable keyboard -> i don’t know what this is called)

then the OS.. Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android, iOS (iPad)..

what should i recommend ?
any specific brand and type ?


steve answers:

I think it would be the Surface Pro.
It can be both a tablet and a somewhat notebook.
It is also running windows 8.
I personally think windows is better as its more universal.

Lizzie asks…

What is a good laptop/notebook/tablet that is under $500?

steve answers:

Laptop is better than tablet and notebook because it has better function compared to both of them. One of the laptop which is really good under the price of $500 is from ASUS. It is perfect in its features and most importantly it is good performing laptop. There’s a very good user review here, from an owner of this laptop. It will help your decision:


It has really good features as well which includes Intel Core i5-3230M (2.6GHz) Ivy Bridge and 8 GB DDR3 for high performance of different tasks. It has a huge storage with 750 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive. It has15.6-Inch Screen with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and Windows 8. So overall it is a feasible option to go for. Alongside this option there are other ones as well under the price of $500. See the list here for most popular laptops from which you can also decide:


Carol asks…

My Tablet notebook Hp 2000z help!


I was just wondering when putting it in tablet form how do I make it landscape not portrait?

steve answers:

You need to install the latest version of My Display if it does not already exist on your tablet laptop. Where to get it:

Sharon asks…

Should I get a notebook, netbook or tablet?

I’m a uni student and I’m tired of bringing my heavy laptop so I’m planning of buying a new one but I can’t make up my mind which to buy. I want a light weight one but at the same time will be functional for most of my school works.

steve answers:

With notebook you will get lots of features.

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Your Questions About Gucci Gucci Lyrics

Daniel asks…

What gucci mane song says something like”I don’t need lights my ice lights up the room”?

I know the lyrics may be off,I only herd the song once from a distance and that’s all I could mKemout. Plz help

steve answers:

Gucci mane sucks

Jenny asks…

What is a rap song that talks about what the rapper wants out of life?

Looking for some funny lyrics along the lines of “All i want are bitches, cars, weed, etc” Any songs that you can think of that match this?

steve answers:

Anything by:

Lil’ Wayne – Sex, weed, purple drink
Gucci Mane – Getting wasted, sex
Plies – Sex

William asks…

What song has the lyrics says “i like to stick it stick it i like to kiss it kiss it i like the gucci gucci”?

Can someone help me?….i’ve been trying to found out who sings this song for the longest time

in the song it goes “i like to stick it stick it i like to kiss it kiss it i like the gucci gucci i like the dollar bill”

it almost sounds like someone lady gaga would sing but it isn’t her

steve answers:

I think this is the song you are referring to:

I like that -
Richard Vission & Static Revenger ft; Luciana


John asks…

What are the lyrics to Throw it in the bag by lil wayne ?

On Lil Wayne’s new mixtape there in a song called Throw it in the bag. I am trying to figure out what the song he sampled in it. The part I want to know says something like “Ya’ll know me, cuz all I do is ride around with my crew (????) or something like that. If you can give me the lyrics or the song that he sampled it would ve appreciated Thanks

steve answers:

Lil Wayne]
Yeah No Ceilings baby,

Swimming in Polo, sleeping in Jordan’s,
Bought a cell phone and I don’t even much call it
New imports make her fell important
No bull****, ***** no Ben Gordan
Get her information, take her on vacation
Give her dope ****, now she under the sedation
Wake her in the mornin, breakfast where she slept at
Tell her go shopping, I cant wait till she get back
Louis flip-flops and a pair of pink sweat pants
She wear that on my jet, I **** her after jet lag
I take her to da vet, cause she a bad *******
You cant be broke and happy so me im mad rich
Im talkin Young Money ****, she love the way I think
lyrics courtesy of killerhiphop.com
L’Oreal all over my bathroom sink,
Betsy Johnson all over my bedroom counter
My pockets too deep, I **** around and drown her.

[Verse 2]

Ok,****** on Versace, napping on satin
I love to hit it backwards, call it pig latin
I bought her *** a Mac, now we be iChattin
****** swag jackin, but I got my patent
Fre Fresh out the salon, I took her to Milan
I speak a lil french, and hers is no better then mine
I pass her the blunt, she probly hit it one time
Catch us at the game sittin on the baseline
lyrics courtesy of killerhiphop.com
We can call a timeout, take a lil time out
Pockets too deep, shawty you gon have to climb out
Babiana prom dress with your spine out
And I live on the beach, you can get that panty line out
She wants to own me and I aint tryna to fight it
She said is her ****, she got it copyrighted
And I dont pay for ******* because im ****** priceless
I go fishing in it, and I ain’t a Pisces
Uh, Gucci only to the grocery store
Stop playin *****you ballin like Okaford
Ha, And now we headed to the dealer
im goin to cop my baby with somethin with no ceilings. Ahhh

Donald asks…

I need lyrics from the following rap artists?

I need lyrics from Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Raekwon, 50 Cent and/or Fabolous.

But the lyrics need to negative influential.

steve answers:

Started off on the island, AK Shaolin
Niggaz whylin, gun shots thrown the phone dialin
Back in the days of eight now, makin a tape now
Rae gotta get a plate now
Ignorant and mad young, wanted to be the one
Till I got (BAM! BAM!) thrown one
Yeah, my pops was a fiend since sixteen
Shootin’ that (that’s that shit!) in his blood stream
That’s the life of a crimey, real live crimey
If niggas know the half is behind me
Day one, yo, growin all up in the ghetto
Now I’m a weed fiend, jettin the Palmetto

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Your Questions About Acer Drivers

Michael asks…

When I updated my Windows XP with the latest updates, it knocked out all my drivers to my sound and usb ports?

When I added the latest windows updates to my laptop, now my sound and usb drivers aren’t there. It won’t let me update and the drivers won’t install. I’ve even tried reinstalling my windows xp. What’s really going on.

steve answers:

There are 2 ways to solve the problem.

To restore system to a point before updates
Start–> All Programs >> Accessories>>system tools>> system restore.

Choose restore to ealier point and click on date when computer was working good before upgrade.

System should restart ( Normally it takes more time )

NOTE: Above step be undo the updates.
Option 2:-

Go to manufacturer site of your computer. Example. Dell/hp/acer
And download the latest driver disk and run and update of drivers.

Best of luck


Chris asks…

How do you convert Acer Extensa Laptop From Vista to Xp?

I want to change the windows of my acer extensa laptop from vista to xp because my softwares don’t seem to work wit vista properly. Do you know the whole process?

steve answers:

First thing is to find drivers for your laptop that support windows xp. If you can find these your half way there. Burn them to a cd. Acquire a windows xp installation disk and boot from it then follow the instructions to do a fresh install. Then install your drivers

George asks…

What is the best way to correct my wireless issue with my Acer Aspire 4720z?

The laptop is finding the network that I have established, however, it will not connect wirelessly. I know that it’s not an issue with the internet service because it works to connect with an ethernet cable. I believe that the wireless driver may have been updated, so could that be the issue? How can I roll back my driver?

steve answers:

There are a number of things you can try:

1. Switch your wireless from mixed mode wireless encryption (WPA PSK & WPA2 PSK) to simply WPA PSK. The reason for this is some Intel wireless cards don’t like it.

2. If you are using a cordless phone on the 2.4ghz range move as far from your wireless router as you can.

3. Change your wireless channel to 1, 6 or 11 to attempt to avoid wireless interference. There is no point trying every channel as they overlap.

If you really want to roll back your driver the following method will work XP, Vista & Windows 7:

Start –> Right click “My Computer” or “Computer” –> Left click “Manage” –> Computer Management will open –> Click “Device Manager” on right –> On Right click on “+” or arrow beside “Network Adapters” –> Right click your wireless card and left click “Properties” –> Click on “Driver” tab” –> Click on “Roll Back Driver”… If this doesn’t work or the option isn’t there you can always click on uninstall abd then reinstall the correct driver.

Personally I don’t believe it’ll be the driver, I hope this helps.

Sandra asks…

How do you fix the webcam for Acer Aspire one notebook?

my Acer aspire one notebook does not read my built-in webcam everytime I try to make a video or broadcast it cannot read my webcam is… what is the problem… I can’t seem to figure it out
How do you uninstall and reinstall the program?

steve answers:

Try reinstalling, if its available in device manager, if not you may have to search online for the right driver.

Nancy asks…

How do I download the latest driver update for my video card?

I have a game wizard 101 and bascily it wont play because my video card needs an update (Download) I have an Acer Laptop and can you give me steps to how to download the update?
Thanks Much

steve answers:

If you can’t find the right video drivers manually I would recommend just getting a software program that can do it for you. There is a program I use which will find drivers for just about all hardware devices. The best part is it takes a snapshot of your system specifications and matches the right driver to go with it. Perform a free driver scan at:


Also, you can get the driver from their official sites:

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Your Questions About Netbook Deals

Thomas asks…

Is there any netbook with firewire option?

Just wanted to buy a netbook but I want to attach my Sony DV cam with my netbook through firewire and record movies to it…Is there any netbook out there that would have a firewire port?

steve answers:

There is only one Netbook that comes with an ExpressCard slot. That means you can get it with a FireWire ExpressCard adapter and edit your videos on the go.

You’re looking for the original Lenovo IdeaPad S10-1208U Netbook or the S10e, but NOT the S10-2 (they removed ExpressCard from this model). They can run Mac OS 10.6 with a little hacking, too (if that’s your media editing cup of tea). Also, the keyboard is decent, and the screen is matte, so your colours don’t look over-vivid. I would recommend buying a separate mouse if you don’t want to deal with the tiny trackpad, though. Also, if battery life is important to you, try to find one with/get a 6 (or more) cell battery, the default config comes with only a 3-cell, which gets 2.75-3 hours tops while just browsing with the screen turned low.

I believe Lenovo no longer makes these netbooks (only the S10-2), and I didn’t find any other netbooks with similar options, but they’re still in stock and available at Amazon and other retailers for $300 or so.

Donald asks…

What is the best netbook for near £200?

I want an excelent all rounder used for a bit of you tube and videos, music, word processing and internet surfing. Whats the best deal? how much ram and memory do i need? Is the acer aspire one the best?

steve answers:

Have you considered getting a tablet?

The thing is, net books for around that price are normally slow and more frustrating to use.

Betty asks…

I was thinking of selling my netbook on eBay. I will be a first-time seller and have some questions?

1) How much does eBay charge for the sale? I was thinking of starting the bidding at $110 and if I get $110 how much will my rate be?

2) How do you ship to the paypal address? Do you just walk to your local fedex or UPS and say “I want this shipped to so and so?”

3) If my buyer is international (I live in Canada and will be selling to Americans potentially) how do I deal with customs? Is there some form I need to sign? Where do I sign this form?

steve answers:

1. ) I dont know how much ebay will charge you for the sale but if you go into your MY EBAY page and hit the word ACCOUNT there you will find a link to make a 1 time payment, if you go there and over PAY them, you wont have to worry about what it cost because once the auction is won your bill will be paid automatically. Like i over pay them by $20.00, once my over payment goes to $1.00 I over pay them again so I never owe ebay anything.


Go into your ebay account into your MY EBAY page where your sold auction is, and click PRINT SHIPPING LABEL, there in that page after you put in all your information, when you go to the links choose which option to pay and print with, look at the one that has the words in the instructions PAY LATER. The option on the bottom of the other one asking you to use paypal. Then ebay will release up to $15.00 in your paypal account to allow you to print out your label with when you use that option. After your package is delivered a few DAYS later paypal will release your money to spend any way you want to.

3.) it is better for you at this point of your inexperience to not send anything outside CANADA. You need more experience then what you have right now before you go off trying to have some real problems sending outside of your own country.

Mandy asks…

How do I transport video onto my computer?

I have recently got a Panasonic video camera and I don’t know how to put the videos from it onto my computer.
It’s Panasonic HC-V10 video camera and my computer is a toshiba netbook, if that helps.

steve answers:

The Panasonic HC-V10 is a consumer-grade, entry-level, camcorder that records highly compressed AVCHD format MTS/TOD format media files.

Connect the camcorder to the computer with a USB cable. Put the camcorder into Play or PC mode. You have two options:

1) Look in Explorer. If the camcorder appears as an external drive, locate the TOD files and copy them over to the computer. If you need to edit the video, it needs to be converted to a file format the video editor can deal with. HnadBrake and MPEG Streamclip can do that. MovieMaker likes WMV files.

2) Launch the AVCHD-capable video editor. Capture the video.

It is possible neither f these will work for you. You did not tell us what Toshiba netbook you are using, what version Windows you are using or what you want to edit with (assuming you want to edit).

Netbooks are not designed to be video editing workstations – and very compressed AVCHD is extremely computer-resource intensive – Netwboks usually do not have enough horsepower (CPU, RAM, available hard disc or flash memory space) to deal with AVCHD-compressed files. If all you want to do is playback the video and you are able to get the MTS/TOD files onto the computer, try VLC player. It is a lot more robust than many other media players out there. That said, expect problems whether playback or editing AVCHD-compressed video. A netbook is not the right tool for the job.

Carol asks…

How can I use my desk top as an external disc drive to download software i already own?

Recently bought a mini notebook and want to run Quicken which I already own on it. I don’t want to pay 70 dollars to purchase an external device for this one time deal, and was told that I can use my desk top as an external disc drive to download on to my lap top. Is this true and how do I do it?

steve answers:

Copy the install files to a USB drive and install it on the netbook.

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Your Questions About 10 Unique Laptops

Mark asks…

Laptop on the plane?

I would like to use my laptop on the plane but unfortunately after two hours I have no energy left.

Are there adaptors you can plug into the plane earphone’s slot so you can use power with your computer?

If worse comes to worse I guess I would have to buy several extra batteries but no doubt that would be very expensive…

steve answers:

Not only very expensive but..Be AWARE of the newest TSA ruling about carrying batteries on-board luggage. It would seem that, their unique expertise is spinning out of control once more. For example..
They deem batteries to be potentially explosive devices now~
And, have limited the size of the amount that can be carried.
Here’s an:
the TSA has made taking spare batteries for laptops on flights much more difficult. In addition to banning them from checked luggage, the new ruling, which went into effect Jan. 1, limits the size and number of spare batteries you can carry. Coincidentally, Stanford researchers recently announced a way to use silicon nanowires in lithium-ion batteries to extend the battery life tenfold — perfect for those international flights. In a paper published in the December issue of Nature Nanotechnology, the Stanford team describes a way to structure silicon in the batteries as tiny tubes. This makes silicon much more resistant to the expansion and contraction that occurs during charging and discharging, one of the limiting factors in battery life. Most importantly, the new approach doesn’t require significant changes to battery manufacturing processes. As a result, it may pave the way for new applications and reduce the amount of a device that’s devoted to power storage. Of course, with 10 times the power stored in a battery, the TSA may publish new rules.
Just how this new ruling will affect carry on, I have yet tested.
Just so you are aware…
Good Luck~!

Sharon asks…

Laptop Query?

Hey, I just got a new laptop a month ago. I want to access Internet in it. We do not have Internet connection at home. Is there any way I can access it? I am not much of a computer freak. I know that my sister access it from my laptop when I’m not home. But she just won’t tell me how she does it. Somebody help me.
Can you please tell me how does she do it with CD or flash ? How is it possible ?

steve answers:

I’m not in the USA but in many couturiers you can buy prepaid Internet cards, they have the dial up number and a unique login and password, they are in denominations so you would be able to buy 5$, 10$, 20$ etc… Worth of connection time. They are a practical way of periodically getting Internet access

CD or Flash? Maybe yur sister has an internet connecionand her ISP gave her the configuration on CD?

Steven asks…

laptop battery proper use?

I just got a new hp laptop. I want to make sure I get the most out of my battery. Whats the best way i can do that? Should I take my battery out of the laptop if it is charged and I have it plugged in?

steve answers:

Hope this helps. I came upon this somwhere on the web but i forgot where exactly.

Battery Care and Maintenance

What is the difference between NiCad, NiMH and Lithium Ion batteries?

Batteries in portable consumer devices such as a laptop, camcorder, cellular phone, etc., are typically made using either Nickel Cadmium (NiCad), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) or Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery cell chemistry. Each type of rechargeable battery chemistry has its own unique characteristics:

NiCad and NiMH:

The main difference between the two is that NiMH battery (the newer technology of the two) offers higher energy density than NiCads. In other words, the capacity of a NiMH is approximately twice the capacity of its NiCad counterpart. What this means is for you is increased run-time from the battery with no additional bulk or weight. NiMH also offers another major advantage: NiCad batteries tend to suffer from what is called the “memory effect”. NiMH batteries are less prone to develop this problem and thus require less maintenance and conditioning. NiMH batteries are also environmentally friendlier than NiCad batteries since they do not contain heavy metals (which present serious landfill problems). Note: Not all devices can accept both NiCad or NiMH batteries.

Lithium Ion

Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) has become the new standard for portable power in consumer devices. Li-Ion batteries produce the same energy as NiMH battery but weighs approximately 20%35% less. This is can make a noticeable difference in devices such as cellular phones, camcorders or notebook computers where the battery makes up a significant portion of the total weight. Another reason Li-Ion batteries have become so popular is that they do not suffer from the “memory effect” at all. They are also environmentally friendly because they don’t contain toxic materials such as Cadmium or Mercury.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Battery Use

Battery Do’s:

Fully charge/discharge battery up to 4 cycles before achieving full capacity of a new battery

Fully discharge and then fully charge the battery every two to three weeks for battery conditions.

Run the device under the battery’s power until it shuts down or until you get a low battery warning. Then recharge the battery as instructed in the user’s manual.

Remove from the device and stored in a cool, dry, clean place if the battery will not be in use for a month or longer,

Recharge the battery after a storage period

Ensure maximum performance of the battery by optimizing the device’s power management features. Refer to the manual for further instructions.

Battery Don’ts:

Do not short-circuit. A short-circuit may cause severe damage to the battery.

Do not drop, hit or otherwise abuse the battery as this may result in the exposure of the cell contents, which are corrosive.

Do not expose the battery to moisture or rain.

Keep battery away from fire or other sources of extreme heat. Do not incinerate. Exposure of battery to extreme heat may result in an explosion.

My new battery isn’t charging. Is it defective?

Usually NO. New batteries come in a discharged condition and must be fully charged before use. It is recommended that you fully charge and discharge the new battery two to four times to allow it to reach its maximum rated capacity

It is generally recommend an overnight charge (approximately twelve hours). It is normal for a battery to become warm to the touch during charging and discharging.

When charging the battery for the first time, the device may indicate that charging is complete after just 10 or 15 minutes. This is a normal with rechargeable batteries. New batteries are hard for the device to charge; they have never been fully charged and not “broken in.” Sometimes the device’s charger will stop charging a new battery before it is fully charged. If this happens, remove the battery from the device and then reinsert it. The charge cycle should begin again. This may happen several times during the first battery charge. Don’t worry; it’s perfectly normal.

How can I maximize the performance of my battery?

There are several steps you can take to help you get maximum performance from your battery:

Prevent the Memory Effect – Keep the battery healthy by fully charging and then fully discharging it at least once every two to three weeks. Exceptions to the rule are Li-Ion batteries which do not suffer from the memory effect.

Keep the Batteries Clean – It’s a good idea to clean dirty battery contacts with a cotton swab and alcohol. This helps maintain a good connection between the battery and the portable device.

Exercise the Battery – Do not leave the battery dormant for long periods of time. We recommend using the battery at least once every two to three weeks. If a battery has not been used for a long period of time, perform the new battery procedure described above.

Battery Storage – If you don’t plan on using the battery for a month or more, store it in a clean, dry, cool place away from heat and metal objects. NiCad, NiMH and Li-Ion batteries will self-discharge during storage; remember to recharge the batteries before use.

Sealed Lead Acid – (SLA) batteries must be kept at full charge during storage. This is usually achieved by using special trickle chargers. If you do not have a trickle charger, do not attempt to store SLA batteries for more than three months.

George asks…

What is the purpose of the 9/10 of a cent after the gas price?

steve answers:

It’s not an uncommon sales trick; gas prices are one example out of many that end in 9. Nearly all retail items these days price their products in the same way. It’s easy to find small items, such as clothing, books, or groceries with prices that end in 99 cents, and prices for many big-ticket items, such as cars or computers, end in 99 dollars.

The gasoline industry has taken this tactic one step further and tacked on an extra 9/10ths of a cent to the price per gallon.

There is quite a bit of folklore trying to explain this phenomenon. There are stories about retail price wars, penny newspapers, and even gas taxes. Some believe that because some taxes levied on the gas companies are 9/10ths of a percent of their volume of sales, they have passed that on to the consumer by increasing gas prices to 9/10ths of a cent.

In the end, though any or all of these things may have happened, many retail and academic studies have found that when prices end in 9, consumers will spend more money. It’s a bit embarrassing to find out that most consumers are far more likely to purchase an item priced at $9.99 than the same item priced at $10.00, and there is little change in sales volume when the price changes from $5.00 to $5.99.

Plus, it makes for great marketing. Ads for the best laptop under $600 (sold for $599.99), or the best car under $10,000 (sold for $9,999), actually do fool consumers into thinking they’re spending less money. Especially in these days of high gas prices, you could say that the gas companies are just doing what capitalism demands of them.
What is 9/10 of a cent worth?

So the gas companies take an extra 9/10 of a cent for every gallon of gas we buy–what is that actually worth?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), “prime suppliers” of “motor gasoline” reported sales of 372,833.5 thousand barrels sold in February 2007. Each barrel represents 42 gallons, and to determine the value of 9/10 of a cent for each gallon, we did the following calculation:

372,834 x 1000 x 42 x .009 = $140,931,063

That means that in February 2007, gas companies collected an extra $141 million USD because of their unique pricing practices. Assuming Februrary is a rough average for the year, that’s $1.7 billion USD in additional revenue!
What if gas prices were carried out to the 100th of a cent?

What if instead of 9/10 of a cent, or .009 of a dollar, gas prices could end in 99/100ths of a cent, or .0099 of a dollar. Statistically, the academics tell us that we wouldn’t even flinch at such a miniscule increase in gas prices. Consumers are always looking at the big numbers on the left, so when we look at gas prices it’s the $2 or $3 per gallon that we see, not the small change. This small increase spread across the masses can yield huge profits for the gas companies.

Ceo of Exxon, Lee Raymond Using the same data provided by the EIA, and altering the formula to value our assertion so that each gallon is worth $.0009 dollars more than they already collected, we end up with the following calculation:

372,834 x 1000 x 42 x .0009 = $14,093,106

Again, assuming that February 2007 gas sales represent an average of monthly gas sales for the year, then the annual gain for gas companies would be somewhere near $170 million USD, collectively. If this tweak was applied globally, the total would be even more staggering.

There might be some costs associated with changing the signs, and it is possible that some drivers would reduce consumption out of protest; it seems that these would be negligible when compared to the gains that the gas companies would reap.

The EIA also tells us that the average US consumer uses 500 gallons of auto fuel each year. If the gas companies were to change gas prices to end in 99/100ths of a dollar, the cost to the consumer would be $0.45 USD per year, on average. It may not sound like much, but that’s what got us into paying 9/10 of a cent to begin with.

Ken asks…

Which laptop is best for gaming?

My laptop is getting old now, I’ve had it for five years now I think. I’m not sure if its the old age or the processor that affects gaming. So I need your help, ya’ll laptop experts. I’ve been viewing a few laptops on amazon and I want to know which one out of these all would be the best for gaming. Oh and by the way I wont be installing like 10 games or anything, its mainly feral heart and arokai when its released and maybe one or two others. Oh and when answering please don’t just randomly say which one out of the ones I list is best, I want a reason too, otherwise its a bit harder to trust someone when they just say something random right? Also you can suggest other laptops, but not if the cost is above £500. Ps: it isn’t purely for gaming, its for homework and other stuff online too, I just want a laptop that responds well to 3d games.
So here are the ones I found:

Acer Aspire V3 17.3″ Windows 8 Laptop
Processor Speed: 2.20 GHz
Brand: Acer
Hard Drive Capacity: 500 GB
Product Line: Aspire V3
Operating System: Windows 8
Screen Size: 17.3″
Operating System Edition: Home Premium
Memory: 6 GB
Graphics Processing Type: Integrated/On-Board Graphics
Release Year: 2012
Processor Type: Intel Pentium

HP Compaq CQ58-250SA Cheapest Windows 8 Laptop
Hard Drive Capacity:750 GB
Operating System: Windows 8
Product Line: Presario
Graphics Processing Type: Integrated/On-Board Graphics
Primary Drive: DVD Super Multi (Double Layer) Drive
Screen Size: 15.6″
Webcam: Integrated HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated
Memory: 8 GB
Wireless Lan: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Processor Type: Intel Celeron
Network Card: Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Processor Speed: 1.80 GHz

HP G6-2250sa 15.6″ Windows 8
Brand: HP
Processor Type: Intel Pentium Dual Core B960
Product Line: Pavilion
Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
Hard Drive Capacity:750 GB
Screen Size: 15.6″
Operating System: Windows 8
Memory: 6 GB

Intel Celeron dual core B815.
1.6GHz processor speed.
4GB DDR3 RAM memory.
320GB SATA hard drive.

I’m kinda leaning to the Asus because it looks pretty. We have 6 laptops in the house (including my old one and an even older one thats totally broken) and all I know are dark colours like black, navy and crimson thats why I quite like the white Asus, it would be way unique in the house LOL. But ignore me, your the experts and its about the best laptop on the inside, not how it looks xD.

steve answers:

Those are all bad choices.

For computer gaming, 75% of your performance is determined by your graphics card. So the graphics card is the single most important component for any gaming computer, laptop or desktop. It’s the graphics card model that determines whether you get 6fps in games or 60 fps.

With desktop computers you can upgrade the graphics card- just pop a better one into the PCI-E x16 slot and you can easily triple or quadruple your performance over the factory integrated graphics. Sometimes installing a better card requires upgrading the computer’s power supply too, since higher-end cards require more power.

But upgrading the graphics later isn’t an option with laptops. The built-in graphics are permanent, so it’s critical to choose a laptop with the best graphics card you can find that fits your budget.

Here’s a list all laptop graphics adapters ranked by performance. For casual gaming you’d want a graphics card that’s at least class 3 (the brown/amber group).


On a tight budget you’ll want to check out laptops which have AMD’s A-series processors (like the A4, A6 and A8). The A-series processors have MUCH better built-in graphics (APU) than Intel’s processors, although the CPUs are otherwise slower. So the A-series processors are better all-around choices because everyday tasks like web browsing, e-mail, word processing etc don’t require much CPU power- any dual-core or higher processor can handle that smoothly. But gaming REQUIRES a decent graphics adapter. If you wouldn’t be gaming at all, then the HP G6 with the dual-core B960 would be the best choice.

I recommend one of these:






APU gaming performance:




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