Originally Posted by CollegeGuy
I really want to keep my price level under $2,000. Can anybody suggest a good $200-300 laptop?
thats like suggesting a good 2000 to 3000 dollar car (brand new), truthfully they dont exist.
an inspiron 9400 (the 9300s are discontinued) would have a 7800 go card that can play anything you can throw at it as far as games are concerned, the same cannot be said of the e510's graphic card options which are low end, if you buy an e510 for gaming, you will need to upgrade the graphics card for an enjoyable experience especially with the latest titles.
The best thing for you to do whatever you buy is go 64 bit, not all the latest offerings from intel are 64 bit so be careful, no all the dual cores as i recall like the 800 series? I could be wrong........are not 64 bit.
If you can wait, WAIT, dual cores are emerging in the market for laptops and desktops, the intels seem to be a bit buggy, thats to be expected, hold off until the late summer/fall of 06 if you can. Vista has been postponed until December of 06 now, this isnt a good time to pull the trigger on a new laptop or desktop for that matter, best to see how these dual cores mature and see what vista and 64 bit will bring to the table, lots of folks have 64 bit processors but very little software is 64 bit and with no operating system out yet, its hard to say just how well the current 64 bit processors are going to fare with VISTA. As for dual cores, there's not much to take advantage of the extra core, no software to speak of or hardware, or operating system for that matter.
Sorry Im rambling but I think you get the picture non???
I do agree that having a desktop and then a notebook as a compliment to that desktop is a good idea, using a notebook as a sole desktop replacement is not a good idea for many reasons, cost, lifespan, lack of standardized form factor and ease of upgrade and the possibility of theft make notebooks a poor choice in my opinion as one's sole computer plus gaming is far more comfy at the desktop.