Originally Posted by shazza
I'd buy your story, arch ... except you bought your HP in December, so the 5790 wasn't even announced at that time. I guess the reason we are questioning the relevance of your posts in this thread is because it's about the 5790 ... and then you come in and start talking about your HP. It does have some nice features, but the differences between the processor and video card seem fairly significant. I see you got the 1440x900 display ... do they have an option for 1920x1200?
No one expects everyone who posts here to be an Alienware fan, and dissenting opinions often lead to good debate ...
I purchased on 12/26 while in december, not really that far off. Secondly I was able to purchase through Costco which has a 6 Month
no questions asked full refund policy (No tech support nightmares), partly just for a situation such as this where a new laptop is announced only weeks after I finalized an order. HP also announced a 9200 but as with the 5790 (imo) was only an incremental upgrade that really did not offer that much more (again imo).
I believe I did point out the areas of dominance of the 5790, but for my computing needs, those factors were minimized. And I really wouldnt get too excited about the higher resolution the 5790 offers in any event. Much as has been readilly debated in the 720p vs 1080p HDTV circles it has been reported that pixel resolution is only the 4th most important screen quality factor, while the HP offers a 1680x1050 which still isnt 1900x1200 but Ill take the screen I got because it destroys both those displays in the 3 other categories rated more important than pixel resolution....
According to the Imaging Science Foundation, a group that consults for home-theater manufacturers and trains professional video calibrators, the most important aspect of picture quality is contrast ratio, the second most important is color saturation, and the third is color accuracy. Resolution comes in a distant fourth.
Not to mention the HDMI 1.3 makes nice for much larger screens/resolutions.
Suffice to say the 57 serries runs hotter with less battery life.
Im not saying the 5790(50) is a bad laptop by any means!!! But the only thing the 5790 offers that I really wish I could have gotten in the HP is the MXM slot for a future upgrade to a DX10 card, but even that Im skeptical we'll see before the summer, and even then I have till June to return my HP to the local Costco for a full (cash) refund, and then buy a proper dx10 laptop.