Originally Posted by irwin
You all need to realize that what you value as being important in your laptops is NOT what PCworld values and is NOT what many of their reader’s value. You all want the fastest, flashiest(sp?), performance machines you can get. Most users, especially the ones who read PC World, do not value gaming as highly as you all do. Just because your top of the line Sagers and Dells didn't make the list, doesn't mean PC Worlds review is particularly bad. Most people would rather read reviews concerning mid-range cars then Ferraris because they pertain to them.
If you want credit given to your top of the line machines, read PC Gamer.
What about rendering professionals? Ever wonder why there are workstation
GPUs available for notebooks like the 9880? 3D acceleration can be important for work. For that matter, so can large hard drives, the ability to have multiple hard drives, RAID, multiple optical drives, large, high-resolution screens, and a number of other things. Sure, there's space for mobility, etc, there, too, but a list of desktop replacements isn't supposed to be reviewing them for their mobility. They're there to replace desktops, not to be flitted about with.
There's no reason for the IBM Thinkpad (my chosen example) being on there with a tiny, medium-resolution screen, particularly ranked above other notebooks that FAR better reflect the category.
If you're just going to point out the fact that some people are only running Microsoft Word, then why don't we just start recommending Pentium 3 (note: aware of the Pentium M/3 relationship) notebooks with integrated graphics, 128 MB of RAM, 12.1" XGA screens, 40 GB hard drives, and Windows 2000 to people asking for DTRs? You'll run Office fine, you'll even be able to run compilers, so long as you can stomach the wait times. Hell, if you splurge
on the drive, you'd even be able to watch DVDs on it.
Will you be able to use Photoshop effectively? Well, no, even if the processor were up to the task, the low-res screen would kill you. Do sound editing? Maybe with an external sound card, and even then your performance would be mediocre compared to a more recent computer, particularly if your hard drive wasn't a fast 'un. Video editing? I simply laugh, because I have experience with Pentium 3s and video encoding/editing apps. 3D rendering? Hah! Gamer!
Oh, wait. I'm an immature child because I considered more than a single field of work when I defined professionals.
And compact car reviews being more pertinent than Ferrari reviews is irrelevant. The Alienware 7700 is on there, where the Sager 9880, an identical machine
with a few hundred dollar lower price tag is absent. The Dell 9300/XPS, both dirt bloody cheap for their featureset (in the case of the 9300, it also comes with an X300 from a well-known manufacturer with good large-scale support. The only disadvantage that it has then in regards to the Thinkpad is reduced durability - hardly a concern for responsible businessmen, particularly when you can buy two 9300s for the price of a Thinkpad.
Hell, even if they WERE discriminating against pricier notebooks, it's still misleading. Do they say "best DTR notebooks for your dollar?" That's a different game to play than "Best DTR notebooks."