My first Laptop

  happyhotspur 13:04 04 Jan 10
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I have decided to take the plunge and purchase my first every Laptop. My current PC was built by PCSpecialist and I have looked at this company again to build my Laptop and this is the spec I am looking at:-
Intel® Core 2 Duo Mobile T6600 2.2GHz 2mb Cache
2GB CORSAIR DDR2 667MHz SODIMM
250GB Serial ATA II 2.5" HD with 8MB Cache
8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
No Operating system (I already have it)
15.6 TFT Screen
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500
Integrated Stereo Speakers
Onboard GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS 802.11G
Wireless 802.11 G
6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Depth 255
Width 385 mm
Height 20-36 mm
Weight 2.75Kg
Integrated 5 in 1 Card Reader
1 Year Return-to-Base
Webcam 1.3mp
Bluetooth Ver. 2.1 module with USB2.0 interface
£424 inc VAT and Delivery or £428 with 320GB HD

Does this look a good spec to replace my desktop computer or am I missing some important components

  james105051 16:42 04 Jan 10

"Does this look a good spec to replace my desktop computer or am I missing some important components"

To answer your question we would need to know the specification of your desktop PC. It also depends on what you intend to do with the lappy. Despite claims made by manufactures, few laptops will match the performance of a fairly well specced desktop when it comes to gaming, and DVD authoring\editing.

Your laptop looks OK for a general purpose machine, and for the extra four quid I would opt for the larger drive.

  happyhotspur 19:13 04 Jan 10

Sorry should have said what spec I already have to here it is:-
AMD 64 Processesor 3500+ 2200 1 core
1 gig Ram
160 Hdd
17 inch Screen
Wireless card
Seperate 1.3 mega pixel webcam
Nvidia GE6600

  Pineman100 18:22 07 Jan 10

The spec of that laptop looks reasonable value-for-money. But if you want it to be as future-proof as possible, you might want to look for a wireless adaptor which is to the latest 802.11n protocol. This will give you better wi-fi range and faster communication with any 802.11n devices that you may add to your setup in the future.

As james105051 says, if you're a serious gamer, you should perhaps consider a new desktop, rather than a laptop.

Also, be prepared for the fact that the built-in speakers in a laptop will never be a satisfactory substitute for a good set of plug-in speakers.

One other thought - if your current 17-inch screen is a good one, you might want to hang on to it. You could then plug it into your laptop when you're working at the desk. This will give you a bigger display, at a more ergonomic angle.

You say that you already have an operating system. Have you bought this separately, or did it come with your old desktop? If the latter, then it's probably an OEM version that will only work (and is only legal) on the old computer.

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