View Full Version : Looking for Laptops - $3000 to $5000

02-06-2004, 10:54 PM
Looking for a new laptop around $3000 to $5000

Preferably towards $3000, but more if wanted.

Want it to be fast and stable, and last for over 3 years or something. Doing some rendering with AGI, but mostly just for word, email, ACT, etc.

About the only game will be Age of Empires 2, and it needs to handle it well enough to run over a network, without slowing the other computers down.

Does anyone have reccomendations?

Also, could you give me some links to good laptop reviews?


02-06-2004, 11:50 PM
Any laptop in that price range and cheaper will do what you want,after you go over a certain price bracket your paying for size(less weight the more expensive),screen quality and advanced battery life.

I just purchased an ASUS A2500D for my personal use,...meh heh heh.

mmmm.....9600pro in a laptop.......

Send me an email if you want a little chat about the Asus range.....]:)

03-06-2004, 12:37 AM
I can recomend the ECS range of Laptops.
I have sold quite a few with no problems.
You will want something with a P4 3ghz + and a decent video card
for rendering, ATI M10 or ATI 9700+ 128 mb ram.
Price range is $2500 to $3000 and 2 year warranty
They also do a laptop with a 17" TFT WXGA screen which might be quite good for games and rendering.

03-06-2004, 09:29 AM
Obviously mejobloggs is looking for a quality laptop if he is willing to go up to the $5k mark. So why would he buy a P4 3 Ghz when he could get a Centrino in that price range which performs just as well and gives far superior battery life + you get WIFI. Really the Pentium M chip is far superior in laptops (being specifically designed for them). IMO if you are buying a laptop in that price range you should look at Centrino based units. Besides if you want the laptop to last 3 years or so why would you buy an already surpassed chip.

03-06-2004, 10:41 AM
Well that all depends on how he is intending to use the laptop,Is it worth an extra $1000 odd dollars to shave off half a kilo of weight,or to get an extra hour of battery llife?

To me no chance,but to others I'm sure that would make or break a sale.

03-06-2004, 11:09 AM
Heh, sorry about this. My Dad asks me to find out about laptops, so I start asking questions, and looking everywhere, and suddenly he makes his mind up overnight.

Looks like we are getting a Toshiba M30, 1.6ghz centino. The only problem I have with that, is that it only has a 32mb Geforce FX 5200.

Now, our old laptop with 300mhz, and no graphics card can do the rendering, but it just takes about 3 times longer than on the desktop.

Would a 32mb graphics card disadvantage us that much?

03-06-2004, 11:37 AM
Review of the item,


Greg S
03-06-2004, 11:40 AM
That graphics card isn't gonna help your gaming - even AOE2 would like a bit more than that - if you're spending $3K then you should expect a lot more!

03-06-2004, 11:44 AM
hmmm...yes and no,AOE will play fine,and the item has an expensive screen,a dvd writer and the more advanced cpu.

I can see it costing 3 grand.

03-06-2004, 11:59 AM
Alrighty,i just read the review on the notebook.

It will esily do everything you have specified,the only issue raised was the heat of the touchpad.

So,all said and done,it will do as required,But if one was to make an informed purchase they they certainly could do better for the money.

03-06-2004, 12:00 PM
Bugger it,i have to be harsh.

I would not touch that laptop with a stick.

Greg S
03-06-2004, 12:13 PM
> Bugger it,i have to be harsh.
> I would not touch that laptop with a stick.

lol @ Metla

I'm not a pro when it comes to hardware, especially laptops - but price-wise I gotta agree with you!

03-06-2004, 02:18 PM
What about for $3400, is that an ok price for it?

What is so wrong with it to get your negative opinions?

03-06-2004, 02:27 PM
Also, prefer a pentium for a laptop, unless anyone can show me why not.

The Asus A2500D looks good, but how good is QMB? Would you say that it is better than the Toshiba M30?

Is a 1.6ghz centrino faster than Athlon XP 2600?

03-06-2004, 02:36 PM
> What about for $3400, is that an ok price for it?
> What is so wrong with it to get your negative
> opinions?

$3400 + $255 for an upgrade to 1GB ram.

$3655 all up for 1.6ghz, 60gb harddrive, 1GB DDR 333mhz Ram, Geforce FX 5200 32mb.

Is that not very good?

03-06-2004, 02:50 PM

The ram upgrade is way out of whack,could bump it upto 1g for that price.

03-06-2004, 02:51 PM
any of you mind talking to me on MSN Messnger?

My Dad is getting very stressed, because he wants to buy the laptop before he goes away.


just remove those > things, and add .com. I hate spam.

03-06-2004, 02:58 PM
It IS 1gb. uprade to 1GB = $255

03-06-2004, 03:06 PM
> It IS 1gb. uprade to 1GB = $255


Get the laptop,it will do everything fine,Just understand that for around the same price you could get one with a better video chipset,but thats about it.

03-06-2004, 03:11 PM
My Dad says he is getting it then.

Thanks for your help.

03-06-2004, 03:14 PM
Seriously,If my father was to buy me something worth 3 and a half grand,and i disputed it,i would have gotten a tanned backside and nothing else at all.:D

03-06-2004, 03:17 PM
Heh, well, I showed him all you said, and told him a better graphics would be better.

Anyway, he is buying it for him, so it is his desicion.