Granted, I'd just purchased my new laptop, barely 6 months ago. However, I like to look at what's on the market, just to whet my appetite for sexy machines. If I had the freedom to do so, I'd probably be buying a new computer every year. But obviously, I have financial constraints. But there's no harm looking. So, I thought that I'd revisit some of my previous laptop short lists and see how things look now.
I tried to compare laptops of similar specifications. Generally, they should have a hi-res 15.4" screen, a T7xxx Core2 Duo processor, 2Gb of RAM, 120Gb harddisk, wifi, high end graphics or similar. The quoted prices are with some customisations:
- MacBook Pro [£1299]
- Alienware M5550 [£922]
- Znote 6625WD [£899]
- Dell XPS M1530 [£849]
- Rizeon IFL90 [£689]
|Screen:||15.4" Wide Screen WXGA+ (1440x900) Glare Type Display|
|Processor:||Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 2GHz 2MB L2 Cache 800MHz FSB|
|Memory:||2GB Dual Channel DDR2 PC-5300 667MHz - 2x1024MB|
|Hard Drive:||120GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive|
|Graphics:||Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT 512MB|
|Optical Drive:||DVD Super-Multi(DVD-RAM/-R/-RW/+R/+RW)|
|Sound Card:||High-Definition Audio with 3D Effect & Full Duplex|
|Wireless Card:||Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965AGN network card|
This is quite possibly the cheapest, high-end, gaming capable 15.4" laptop on the market. So, I think that I'll recommend it to anyone who's looking for a decent gaming laptop, on a less than decent budget. It's also ideally suited to running Linux, which is fairly useful for gaming, regardless of what Microsoft shrills would like you to believe.