Originally Posted by Gobo
The Clevo M375 and Dell 8600 both attractive, but I'm not sure how long I want to wait for the Clevo and even if and when Sager will offer it. Dell just turns me off in general.
After reading this review thread
on the current Clevo M375 (aka Sager 3750), I am not sure that the M375E is worth waiting for. It would seem that M375 quality may not be as high as some other Clevo models.
Also, the more I read about Dell 8600 quality and Dell consumer support on the Dell Community Forums here
, the more turned off I become on the Dell 8600 as an option.
I have also been thinking about 64MB vs. 128MB video RAM on the Gateway M505. More video memory is needed the more pixels are on the screen. In my opinion, 64MB of video memory will be adequate for a WXGA screen like on the M505 except for new games with extreme textures. Even these games should play fine if the textures are turned down slightly.
I have also been thinking about video performance versus screen resolution. The ATI 9600 may be the best available in notebook graphics, but it has only mid-range performance when compared with what is available on desktop PCs. If I were to configure a desktop PC and expect it to have good performance when driving a UXGA display, I would get an ATI 9800 or better graphics card. The higher the screen resolution, the more video performance suffers for a given GPU. When I consider this along with the fact that a notebook display doesn't look good when it's not being driven at its native resolution, the idea of pairing an ATI 9600 with an XGA or WXGA display becomes more appealing. Such a pairing would also result in a notebook that could play new games at full native resolution for a longer time into the future (because it has higher performance at its native resolution).
All of these thoughts lead me to the conclusion that the Gateway M505 is the current "best buy" among laptops with good graphics performance and battery life. I would have probably ordered one already if my wife and I hadn't just gotten a plasma TV as our joint Christmas present. Since the plasma TV wouldn't fit in our entertainment center, we had to get a new one. Since the new entertainment center didn't match the old end tables, we had to get new end tables too. And since our old TV didn't fit into the entertainment center in the family room, we had to get a new entertainment center for that room as well! When I add these purchases to all of the Christmas presents for the kids and others, I am feeling overspent right now. Oh well, it's Christmas