Originally Posted by EddieZ_87
i dont need a laptop that will be top of the line four years from now. I need one that would WORK after four years.
I am ready to sacrifice battery power for this and thus i will choose the Athlon 64..
I was wondering if i can get 4 hours of battery on a DTR 64 w/ 2 bateries..
Also, are Asus any good at laptops, is the 64MB DDR NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go that bad, and is the aspire 1500 series any good???
Well, I suspect you have been looking at the HP and Compaq laptops at BestBuy. Right? Man, just imagine how many laptops HP would have sold if they had an ATI 9700 or at least a better NVidia in there.
The 420 Go is a pretty old card even now and will be of little use to you considering the long period for which you would like keeping the lappy. I am not sure if it is capable of 3D Graphics at all but even if it is it won't be without a lot of pain and sweat.
From a AMD64 DTR you would be able to get about 2hrs of light use (e-mail, browsing, word doc, etc.) on a 17inch laptop (Sager 4750) or about 2.5 hrs on a 15.4inch laptop (eMachines M6811, for sure, and may be even HP, but for these you should ask someone else). DVD playback or gaming or any other heavy work load that would justify you getting the AMD64 will cut those figures above at least by 30-40 min and even more.
Asus laptops are in general very hard to match in terms of quality but Asus doesn't give you much choice for AMD 64 power - the L5000-series is the only one I can think of. For AMD laptops, on the top of my list are Sager 4750 (17inch) and eMachines M6809/M6811 (15.4inch).
There is also a laptop based on the Uniwill 258, or whatever, that can be seen at www.mwave.com
or for slightly more but with better configuration options at ibuypower.com. It is also a good laptop but I personally cannot recommend it without several IFs concerning their heat issues and build quality. Also ibuypower.com is not a reseller I would feel comfortable deeling with - there have been many discussions about their reputation so you can just use the "SEARCH" option and find them if you are interested.