This is a rating of CPU speed, and a second tab has graphics, but sometimes you need to web search what the graphics is for a CPU if integrated in it:
First you decide on form factor (size), and 15.6 inches gets the most for the money.
Even the most basic laptop available around $300 has internet and a cam:
$300 laptop plus case and 4GB USB stock for $318:
It is basically a big netbook with a DVD read-writer. The E-300 rates at 593 points where newer Intel 4 core CPUs can be 10 times faster. The ethernet connection is the slower speed, the DRAM doesn’t allow a lot of processes and windows open at once, the hard drive is relatively small, and graphics called Radeon HD 6310M is considered a bare minimum, but it still does what you are looking for.
Until they are gone, these Samsungs happen to be priced very well:
At $450 plus tax, refurb with bluray and an i3-2310M CPU, decent web cam.
For the extra $150 in a refurb, getting bluray, over 4x the CPU speed, and lots more.
If you prefer a new system with full warranty, the second one CPU is about the same speed and it does have decent graphics speed and is a nice system.
The things to consider:
CPU speed, graphics power, DRAM for multiple applications open at once, storage size and speed, wired internet as fast (10/100) or gigabit (10/100/1000) which is faster, web cam megapixels, HDMI, reliability and quality, size+weight, extra features like fingerprint reader or face logon, and go-back functions in case it needs to be reset to the beginning. Also, no optical drive, DVD, or bluray, and the bluray may be read-only, combo DVD writer, or bluray writer.
They will all internet+web cam
Decide on size and price first.
There are some neat laptops. Signup at Lenovo.Com and get 10% off first order.
Ideapad U400 is around $700 but is very thin and light
Ideapad Y570 is gaming level
Thinkpads are very sturdy and reliable business systems.
SInce Lenovo is now #2 in sales volume trying to get to #1, they price things low for what you get generally. Lenovo Edge 14″ beats a Mac Air. Do a compare. Netbooks have small screens, no optical drive, and very slow performance, and built cheap and poorly in reliability. Almost every laptop has an “accelerometer” which stops the hard drive when you drop a laptop, but few are build to withstand damage. That limits to Lenovo Thinkpads pretty much.
What’s better a laptop or computer?
I don’t mean outta convenience I mean reliable, I had a laptop once and after less then a year it broke for no reason! No viruses r anything just stopped turning on. In trying to advise my gf, her dad just got her an old laptop that she hasn’t even set up yet and is convinced its a hunk of junk and wants to buy a laptop
Saw two answers that are almost correct. I worked in IBM+Lenovo hardware procurement for over 30 years. By computer you do mean tower I guess. Both laptop and desktop reliability has improved. There were industry issues with both every few years and they get fixed, but hopefully not get new ones. In desktops were the counterfeit aluminum capacitors that killed half the desktops in 2 years or so. In laptops was hard drive damage until an accelerometer was added by IBM and copied in the industry, and then was the issues in complying to non-lead solder that hit a bunch and many companies allow cheaper parts. Adding: You buy the big seller HP G6 series and they overheat like crazy. It has to do with shopping correctly to get a reliable product.
Apple Macs cost a fortune and their CPU and graphics for the price level is terrible. Read the article. There is a similar one is desktops. You can think of it as laptops are now more reliable than desktops as a general statement today, but since the components of desktops are very standard, they are easier to fix in replacing the bad parts. Certainly though, today’s netbooks are built as cheap junk and since handled so much, they fail like crazy. With the article you can see general reliability ratings and component selection by company. They are all Chinese designed and produced except that Lenovo Thinkpad X+T series are an in-Lenovo design team of the old IBM. Asus and MSI are manufacturer-designers and everyone else is a brand name. By volume, HP-Compaq retains the lead and falling, Lenovo #2 moving up, Dell and Acer-Gateway compete as 3+4, Asus #5, and everyone else has the rest. Definitely, downloading at file sharing sites really messes up software operating, and most laptops cannot be dropped (Thinkpad is design drop tested to 3 feet and has a spilltray for water under the keyboard). The industry quality in Lenovo Thinkpad T+X is #1, Probably Toshiba business models as #2 and it is hard to place the rest exactly but use the table in the article. Lenovo has 3 separate lines. The Essentials series is the same stuff as HP, Dell, Acer pretty much. Ideapads are a step up, and Thinkpad is premium and T+X are the flagship of the company if seeking quality, but they do cost more to get good hardware. Apple sells good stuff at higher prices than Thinkpad T/X series and is missing drop protect and spill trays and they damage quite easily despite the excellent reliability when handled nicely. They also miss USB 3.0, Bluray, fingerprint sensors, HDMI ports and other standards.
To rate CPU and graphics look here on the two tabs:
For gaming, the GPU counts much more so look here:
For prices, Lenovo.com (on sale models only), Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com as leaders.
Amazon.com is sometimes OK but hard to shop because of their information layout. BHPhoto.com sometimes has a special, as does in-store Frys and occassionally Bestbuy gets a really good sale model. Desktops on build-your-own do the best on price/performance once over about $675 including a display, and for gaming This is a really nice system for the price, even if in shipping you may need to re-plug in cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227424
That is if you are at $640 delivered for a price point. Lenovo Y570 and Y580 are impressive for the price at Lenovo.com again at a midrange price point of $700-$1000
$300 to $450 is budget-cheap get what you can for the price
$450-700 does not see large upgrades but is an improvement
$700-1000 can get a nice laptop or a fine desktop including a monitor
You must compare and shop wisely though. The price range is huge on the same feature set.
Can you recommend others that maybe better and around the same price?
lenovo IdeaPad Z580 (59347636) Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M(2.50GHz) 15.6″ 6GB Memory 500GB HDD DVD±R/RW NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
GT 635M is a renamed GT 555M
17″ if you want it bigger:
G570 is in Essentials rather than Ideapad, so gets a lower grade of some parts and features.
17″ GT 640M is slightly better in this Acer, though the Lenovo brand is a little better:
GT 645M in this MSI 15.6″ at $700. Might be the same price delivered for both this and the Y570.
With this MSI, you should squeeze out another few frames per second. It is not a huge difference, but is is better.
Will the beats HP Pavillion DM4 do well at gaming?
Here is a link to the laptop so you can check out the specs for yourself, it has 7gb of ram thats all i know :/
what graphics will i be able to run on with it & would it run BF3 on high or medium?
Link is left off, but
Beats is only the addition of a subwoofer laptop speaker and amplified bass. External speaker bar or headphones at $40 does a much better job than $3 speakers and almost all laptops have special audio tuning. The key to gaming is the GPU. DM4 is typically Intel 4000 now and so is weak on gaming. HP quality has slipped badly according to PCWorld customer surveys:
MacBooks cost a fortune and incompatible os to most games.
Depending on price point and your country, Ideapad Y580 at Lenovo.com with 10% off is an excellent value for the price offered if at that price level.
At a lower price, possibly Y570, possibly a laptop with HD 7670M graphics, possibly one with GT 640M or GT 630M.
This $580 is an excellent entry gaming choice:
lenovo IdeaPad Z580 (21512MU) Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M(2.50GHz) 15.6″ 6GB Memory DDR3 1600 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M 1GB
Look up GT 630M vs HD 4000
Specific to Battlefield-3,
$1000 Y580 with 1080p screen, latest core i7, 8GB RAM, GTX 660M
BF3 at least high settings fluently, but ultra still struggles at 18fps
GT 630M – low-medium settings
HD 4000 integrated struggles on low settings. Mods show possible playability on low searching Youtube for demos of what had to be done.
DM4 is generally HD 4000. It is NOT a gaming laptop. Please be smart and ignore every adjective in the advertising for computers. (Also ignore the fake battery life numbers.). Only the specifications in numbers and letters have any meaning whatsoever.
ALL laptops are made by companies in China. HP-Compaq, Dell, Lenovo, Acer-Gateway do not design or produce laptops. They procure and sell and service them.
Asus, MSI, Quanta, Wistron, Invertec, Flextronics, Clevo, and a few others make them (Quanta did 28 million last year)
Adding: The RIGHT $1000 laptop runs high settings at 39 fps on 720p screen. On 1080p, should be about 30fps; good enough for casual gaming. (Y580)
Best alienware configuration, or maybe an alternate gaming laptop?
I plan on getting an alienware m14x, but am not sure of the configurations. The main problem is the drive. Is it worth it to get the 256 gb ssd or should i just get the hdd plus msata boot drive. Also, is there possibly a better laptop. I heard msi and asus has some good ones. My budget is 1000-1500 us dollars
This web site is slow to load, but great info in gpu;s to games played
Alienware is a Dell, and this is their rating (Average alphabetical):
A Yahoo Answer question asked was was taking so long in delivery. I explained an industry wide delay, and in followup notes off-line I found out it arrived to him out of the country, dead on arrival.
This has CPU and GPU ratings on different tabs:
Lenovo just finally released a true gaming level laptop. Their Y570 in the USA on sales at $700 were always best value. You should look at the details of a Y580 Ideapad
There is a big price difference from ordering at USA Lenovo.com versus resellers and other countries.
There are a few models and you would want the 1080p display:
$1160 on a 15.6″
3rd generation Intel Core I7-3610QM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX660M 2GB
8 GB 1600MHz Ram
15.6″ FHD LED Glare Wedge 1920×1080
Bluray combo drive
6 Cell Li-Polymer battery
For a plain looking system, that is an impressive spec set at the price.
The key in gaming is the GPU. That counts the most.
You can check Newegg, Tigerdirect, BHPHOTO for what is offered and look first at the Graphics checked as gaming and benchmark and then add in the rest of the features for the price.
MSI, Asus as manufacturers, and Toshiba as a brand are rated better than Dell products in surveys and by answer people here. (Dell and Alienware are not manufacturers. They, like most, are brands)
Alienware was Clevo. Not sure if it still is.
I would aim for a bigger screen that allows for cooling. The weights are always heavy. Lenovo is trying to beat HP-Compaq in sales to take the #1 sales position world wide. They are getting close.
A solid state drive for Windows load makes a faster boot system and a little better in performance. Also, Intel has a way to use a SSD as cache for a spinning disk drive getting the performance closer and still allowing a big drive.
Lenovo Y580 for $80 more has 1TB 5400RPM+32G SSD
For any laptop, if they do not offer you GTX 660M or higher in your price range, you have to question getting it now. Then consider the differences to the Y580 in detail.
The 14 inch Alienware is a GT 650M, a few slots below the GTX 660M
Unless you get discounted $1649
For lower level specs to the Y580
2 GB DDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M Vs GTX 660M 2GB on Y580
14.0″ High Def+ (900p/1600×900) vs 1920 x 1080 15.6″ Y580
63Whr 8-Cell Lithium ion vs a 6 cell lithium polymer spec tbd
You are paying $500 or more to get a different battery and some pretty and getting a lower screen resolution in a smaller size in a heavier weight with a lower level graphics IC
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