Acer 1710 or Gateway 650X
I am really in need of your help. I am having a huge dilemma and I need your input.
I just ordered the Gateway 650X.
In my continuing research I found the Acer 1710 (of course after I already ordered the gateway). I have read this thread twice and it really looks to be a better laptop (except for the weight). I plan on doing Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Painter, Play Games, see and maybe copy DVDs and just regular computer stuff.
Here are the configs on the Gateway:
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 3.0GHz with Hyper-Threading Technology
Memory: 512MB 400MHz DDR SDRAM (2-256MB modules)
Hard Drive: 60GB 5400rpm Ultra ATA hard drive
Floppy Drive: Modular 6-in-1 memory card reader
Optical Drive: Modular 2x DVD-R/-RW/CD-RW recorder
Expansion Slots: One Type II PC Card Slot
External Ports: (4) USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), VGA, Parallel, TV Out, S-Video
Screen: 17.1" High Resolution WSXGA+ TFT Active Matrix w/ ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 8x AGP w/ 128MB DDR video memory
Keyboard and Mouse: Full-sized keyboard w/ integrated 10-key pad and EZ Pad® Pointing Device
Multimedia Package: Integrated sound and stereo speakers, headphone/speaker jack, line-in and mic jacks
Speakers: External speakers not selected
Battery: High-capacity lithium ion battery with AC pack and 1 yr. limited battery warranty
Modem: Integrated V.92 56K modem
Network Adapter: Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Integrated Wireless Networking Adapter: Integrated 802.11g wireless networking card
Total System Price: US $2090
The Acer 1710 model I found is US$1899. The configs look obviously better:
This model is configured with a 3.0GHz Pentium 4 processor, a 1MB L2 cache, a 120GB ATA/100 hard drive and 1GB PC2700 DDR SDRAM (expandable to 2GB). In addition to the 533MHz front bus speed, the 1712 contains a 6-in-1 multimedia card reader, one Type II CardBus slot and a DVD+/-RW dual drive. For your communications needs, it features three integrated solutions: 802.11g wireless, a 10/100 LAN and a V.92 56K modem. The nVidia Geforce Go5700 graphics with 128MB VRAM delivers superb images on the 17" TFT LCD display, supporting resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 in millions of colors and a simultaneous external display. The Microsoft DirectSound-compatible audio with dual internal stereo speakers produces lifelike sound. The 1712 comes with a rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack, an AC adapter and a 109-key keyboard with a touch pad. Windows XP Home Edition is pre-installed.
I am worried about what past posts have said about the BIOS. (although I don't understand it)
Does this laptop get hot? I plan on plopping it on my lap while I work out on my patio.
I would be giving up the 17 inch wide screen for a regular 17 inch. Is this a big sacrifice?
I will be living in Maui. There is not a lot of computer help here. Shipping things out of Maui is expensive so I want a computer that is reliable. I have owned 2 gateways and never had a problem which is why I went with them again. But seeing the configs on the Acer is making me really think twice.
Did I "HONESTLY" make a mistake with the gateway? I would appreciate any advise.