Responses to your questions
Originally Posted by aamsel
Well, funny you should mention IBM, because I have added the new 15" T42 (just announced) into consideration. I am confused (sorry):
Would you still be using the IBM or the HP if it had 1600 X 1200 DVI pass through???
So, my questions would be:
1.) You said the HP has a better screen than "either IBM's mentioned above" but I can't see which IBM's you are referring to??? Which screen did you get on the HP nc8000, was it the SXGA+ ???
2.) So overall, are you saying that IBM is better quality than the HP, or am I misreading that???
3.) What are you now using as your primary laptop and gaming machine???
I would be interested in the smaller nc6000, and am really far more than torn between wanting a small, portable notebook and one with the larger 15.1" screen. If the nc6000 had firewire, I probably would have settled on it. It seems rediculous that IBM still does not include firewire. So, it sound like you put ASUS behind HP "business" models and IBM's. Just trying to get this straight. The T42 series would be the only IBM series I would consider, with 128MB Fire2 GL. A buncha money.
Screen quality is still the most important issue to me, and you said you liked the HP's screen better than IBM's. The IBM I am looking at has the FlexView. Any difference??
Again, which screen did you get on your HP nc8000???Thanks,
Ok, Andrew.. I didn't see your post earlier so here are the answers to your questions.
Q. Would you still be using the IBM or the HP if it had 1600 X 1200 DVI pass through???
A. I'd say probably, only because I wouldn't have gone looking for a laptop that supported this. I did and the Dell does so I switched to it and have been very pleased. I won't even consider IBM until this is fixed. I've never had a Dell and am quite pleased with it, so I may end up sticking with Dell from here on out. Not sure at this point.
Q1.) You said the HP has a better screen than "either IBM's mentioned above" but I can't see which IBM's you are referring to??? Which screen did you get on the HP nc8000, was it the SXGA+ ???
A1.) The IBM's I was referring to was the R50p (1600 X 1200 15" screen) and the T41p (1400 X 1050 14" screen). The HP was brighter and more crisp. The IBM's both used the FireGL T2 graphics chip because this is the ONLY one that supports DVI pass through.
The HP had a 1600 X 1200 15" screen with an ATI 9600 64MB chip.
Q2.) So overall, are you saying that IBM is better quality than the HP, or am I misreading that???
A2.) I am saying that I thought the HP quality was as good as the IBM's or very close to it. One thing for sure, of the 4 or 5 calls I made to IBM, I got hungup on once, unable to find the answer to my question on another, and didn't understand what I was talking about (DVI pass thru) on another. All of these were outsourced support personnel. HP was good ole Americans who knew exactly what I was saying. I also discovered from one tech that IBM has NO support knowledgebase (which he has been pushing for) so everytime you call them, you start from scratch. And no support message board.
Q3.) What are you now using as your primary laptop and gaming machine???
A3.) I am sticking with the Dell M60 because right now it supports all my needs, has worked flawlessly, and I haven't had to call support once. It also has the best screen of the bunch (WUXGA+) and the keyboard is not bad at all (no flex, good keyboard layout, good feel).
Hope this helps you make the right decision for YOU!