Yes, thanks to both goonter for suggesting that particular model, and whoever pointed out the quadro was equivilent to a 7300-7400. Right now iit looks like I've narrowed it definately getting a tablet, and to these two models (though i'm still open to suggestions). I'm looking for reviews all over the web now on these two models now. These are the specifications and prices i'm looking at. The main differences are bolded.
|Gateway CX285 Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2500 (2.00 GHz, 667MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache) ........[ +US$150.00] Memory: 512MB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2-256MB modules) (to be replaced) Video: ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X1400 64MB Graphics featuring Avivo™ display technology ........[ +US$100.00] Hard Drive: 60GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive ........[ +US$25.00] Optical Drive: Modular 24x/10x/24x CD-RW / 8x DVD combo ........[ +US$30.00] Extended Service Plan Including Limited Warranty: Notebook Value Service Plan -- 3 year part/labor/no on-site/3 year technical support ........[ +US$169.99] Battery: Primary 12-cell lithium-ion battery with AC pack and 1 yr. limited battery warranty (to accommodate additional cells, this battery extends beyond the end of the system) ........[ +US$44.00] Additional Battery: Modular 6-Cell lithium ion battery w/ primary battery bay filler and 1-yr. limited battery warranty ........[ +US$149.99] Floppy Drive: 7-in-1 media card reader (Memory Stick®, Memory Stick Pro®, MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital™, xD Picture Card, Mini Secure Digital™:, RS-MultiMediaCard™) Expansion Slots: One type II PC card slot External Ports: (3) USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), VGA Screen: 14.0" WXGA TFT Active Matrix (1280 x 768 max. resolution) with rotating hinge for tablet functionality Keyboard and Mouse: Full-size keyboard and EZ Pad® pointing device Multimedia Package: Integrated sound and stereo speakers, headphone/speaker jack, and mic jacks Speakers: External speakers not selected Modem: Integrated V.92 56K modem Network Adapter: Integrated Intel® 10/100/1000 Ethernet Adapter Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Tablet (SP2) Backup CD [ +US$0.00] ships in around 17 days Price, 1850 USD, which translates to around 2250 CAD after shipping, taxes and exchange rates
|Toshiba M7 Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2500 (2.00GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB) 512MB PC4200 DDR2 533MHz SDRAM (512MBx1) 14.1" Diagonal WXGA+ Display (1440 x 900) with High Brightness and Wide View Angle NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS 110M with TurboCache™ and 128MB of dedicated graphics memory 60GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial-ATA) [add $40.00] CD-RW/DVD-ROM Multifunction drive CD burner Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g) Intel® Centrino® Compliant 3 Years Standard Limited Warranty (1-Yr on Battery and AC adapter) Toshiba Slice Expansion 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery Pack Save 10% Instantly [ $179.99] build time 8-10 days Price 2060 USD, so 2500 CAD after tax, exchange and shipping
Questions: 1) Am i being swindled.. Is the amount of money i'm spending pursuing this gaming tablet idea rediculous? I know only i can answer that, but what is your own value analysis? I suppose also keep in mind i'm paying an extra 200 dollars on each computer at least for the additional battery, which most other people might not get. There are serveral gateway refurbished convertable tablets for less than 1000, but they have the intel extreme brand of graphics. 2) What are your opinions on the different computers, even apart from the actual specs. Is gateway reliable? Toshiba's tecra line? My own novice thoughts are that the tecra computer will have a better build quality and more inovative, quirky features being as it's a top of the line business computer, but this is simply an impression... With the specs included? --The tecra M7 seems to have the much better screen, especially with the wideviewing angle feature, as well as better resolution. I'm not quite familiar with these features myself. I have been royally spoiled with a qosmio with a usable viewing angle of practically 90 degrees, and very very bright! Would i notice the resolution differences sigificantly? Are there particular trends going on with gateway vs toshiba screens? Many people like one brand over another. What are your thoughts. Also i'm a little disappointed in the tecra's optical drive bay. It costs an additional 80 dollars to buy one which can burn dvd's, something i find useful when i want to back up and archive my files in my computer. 4 gigs is faster than burning cd's at 700 megs!!! The gateway's upgrade to dvd burner cost only 35 dollars. I'm not sure if i can justify that whole 80 dollar price tag though! Just another point of difference between the two. --also, a form factor opinion. Both computer's so configured should get around 7-8 hours of battery life at normal usage, which is mainly what i care about. The gateway's additional 12 cell battery does stick out the back. Do people with laptops with this stick out the back battery find it is a pain? The toshiba additional battery lips on the bottem, and is more out of the way, and adds a much better form factor when looking at it. If i'm going to spend a shit load of money, i definately want it to look good for when peole ask me how much it cost
Not a big point, but still something i'm wondering whether it will be an issue (though slight) in the future or not. --again, another minor point but the gateway indeed includes a fresh recovery disk. I've had to use my qosmio recovery disk a few times already. I simply like reinstalling everything periodically every few months to cut down on whatever add ware and junk that gets on my system to keep it running fast!! From what many toshiba users are saying, the bloatware recovery cd is an absolute pain in the ass to use. It might be especially nice as i sometimes have a bad habbit of installing things without reading what it will do, and occasionally they can't be fixed by simple restores. 3) Given that the tecra M7 isn't looking to be that good at gaming anyways, are there comparable computers which might score around a 1500 in 3dmark (comparable game playing, say) but which are sigificantly cheaper?