Originally Posted by Samantha _C
Hardball, besides cost being at the top of my range... was there a reason in particular that you didn't suggest the sager 9860? That is a nice machine! Perhaps the lack of the AMD64 proc?
1. The P4 runs extremely hot, especially the P4E version in that LT, code named "prescott". I have friends who have trouble in keeping the P4Es cooled in a desktop chassis (which typically has much better cooling than laptops). I would be concerned in buying a P4E laptop that is clocked high ( > 3.0), which could lead to long term stability problems, and cause your otherwise good experience to become a major headache.
2. The 9860 with a 3.4 GHz P4 CPU costs 2420 USD, compared to the 4750 with an A64 3400 CPU costing 1795 USD. They will both perform about the same on most applications. (actually, the A64 3400 will perform slightly better according to most benchmarks) Why is the 9860 more expensive? -- because of the ATI Mobility Radeon X800, which is a brand new laptop graphics card, that is optimized for gaming, and not for graphic design. Unless you play late games or run software that does large 3-D real time rendering, this card is not going to give you much if any performance gain over the ATI 9700 on the 4750, but you will have to pay about 400 dollars more for that card to be in the LT. Keep in mind, both cards are gamer oriented cards with AntiAliasing and Pixel-shader and other gaming support making up the majority of its price. There are professional grade cards out there, such as this: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...133-103&depa=1
But these are mostly for desktops. For graphic design, the X800 is definitely not worth it, for you pay for a high-end gaming card, and not get much in return for a 500 - 600 dollar card. (about three time the cost of a 9700).
With the only major advantage being the DVI port. Unless you are a avid gamer, the X800 will not be worth it, by a long shot, IMHO.
3. You are obviously a advanced user, and will have a good chance to get Windows Long Horn when it come out in 06. Win Long Horn is a native 64 bit operating system, which will only run on an 64 bit CPU, and will run on the 4750, but not on the 9860. There will be a version of Long Horn that runs on 32 bit systems, but that will not have the full performance advantage of the 64bit version, and possibly will be lacking certain advanced features. And since you will likely be running XP Professional this year, you know that when the 64bit Window XP comes out, you can trade in your current copy of the 32-bit XP for a 64-bit copy. Although the performance gain will be at an estimated 10%, that is still a 10% gain for FREE. The 64-bit version of Windows XP will be available in April, and will be completely compatible with any current appliations through WOW(windows on window) technology.
4. The 4750 will be somewhat better on battery life and will be lighter. While these may not be high on your list of things, that's something else to consider and add to the equation.