View Full Version : Best desktop replacement laptop?

22-11-2005, 05:20 PM
What is the best/top of the line desktop replacement laptop out in the market at the moement? Price doesn't matter because I'm just looking around, and what minimum requirements should a really good desktop replacement laptop have? Cheers :thumbs:

22-11-2005, 05:29 PM
Asus A4800K 15.4" WXGA, DVD Writer, AMD Mobile Athlon 64 3400+, 1G DDR333 DRAM, 80Gb HDD, ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 Pro 64MB VGA, 802.11b/g wireless, Windows XP Pro, 2 year International warranty, Free bag and mouse

Video chipset is a bit weak though, Sure there is better available.....

22-11-2005, 05:45 PM
Have you checked out PriceSpy yet?

Cheers :)

22-11-2005, 05:58 PM
Have you checked out PriceSpy yet?

Cheers :)
How do i list them as desktop replacement laptops? Thanks.

22-11-2005, 07:23 PM
Historically I would never replace a desktop for a laptop as I hated the laptop screens.

but .....

there are a new generation of screens coming out that are "shiny" like a normal crt screen and are AWESOME to see.

get one ...

22-11-2005, 08:56 PM
i love the laptop screen!

wiiiiiide screen, i love it

23-11-2005, 09:31 AM
Come on guys, get back to telling me which one is the best!!!

23-11-2005, 10:41 AM
Anything will be better than the specs you list in your sig. Just search for the most expensive, when you find a few models you like post the details here.

Do some donkey work yourself otherwise you wont even know what your buying.

27-11-2005, 03:54 PM

ACER Ferrari 4005 WLMi AMD Turion ML-37 2.0GHz 100GB 2x512MB 15.4" W-XGA DVD-Multi Dual Layer 802.11bg XP Professional

* Microsoft Windows XP Professional
* AMD Turion 64 ML-37 (2.0GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 1600MHz Front Side Bus)
* 15.4" W-SXGA+ High Brightness Widescreen LCD (1680 x 1050)
* 2x 512MB DDR memory
* 100GB hard drive (5400rpm)
* Slot-loading DVD SuperMulti (Double Layer
* Built-in 56Kbps international fax/modem
* 10/100 LAN & 802.11b/g Wi-Fi LAN
* ATI X700 Graphics Card with 128MB dedicated Video Memory
* S-Video and FireWire ports, Integrated Bluetooth
* 3x USB 2.0 ports
* 5-in-1 card reader
* Includes rechargeable, Bluetooth Ferrari mouse

I think this one looks good! :rolleyes:
Your opinion?

27-11-2005, 05:49 PM

Toshiba has been historically great for laptops. Would be worth a look! The Sony Vaiao too has good specs.


27-11-2005, 05:57 PM
I definitely recommend VAIO by Sony. You get 512MB of RAM in the latest model, a 1.2 GHZ processor (probably as good as your Pentium 2 or 3) plus I think 60GB of hard disk space. To add to that it has 3 USB ports for your webcams, printers etc. Just as good as your ordinary PC but more portable and very durable. I read a report by a guy who used a VAIO while doing some war reporting in Afghanistan and found that even though he dripped kebab sauce on his cover and insects crawled inside the computer and slept in the components the VAIO still worked fine. A computer you can thrash (not completely) but still have perform like a desktop.

27-11-2005, 09:34 PM
Your opinion?I like it.

27-11-2005, 09:38 PM
Cheers Rob99, I'll all like u to welcome my friend Albert here!

27-11-2005, 09:41 PM
For the price you could buy a high-endish game shredding desktop system,and a game capable laptop.......

27-11-2005, 09:45 PM
For the price you could buy a high-endish game shredding desktop system,and a game capable laptop.......
I love ferrari's! + one really good laptop will be enough for me.....if I get both, i'll probably get a laptop with only crappy 64mb graphics!

28-11-2005, 04:10 PM
Anyone else comment please......

29-11-2005, 10:40 AM
I wouldn't mind the IBM/Lenova T43p - with ATI FireGL Graphics Card

* Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology for outstanding wireless performance (select models)
* Available with Microsoft® Windows® XP
* Starting at about 2.5cm thin14 with a travel weight starting at 2.05kg2
* Up to 8 hours battery life on select models with system battery and the optional ThinkPad Ultrabay™ Slim Li Polymer Battery
* ATI® MOBILITY™ FireGL™ T2 128 MB 4X AGP graphics
* New larger, high-resolution 15" or 14.1" TFT displays
* 512MB or 1GB DDR SDRAM, upgradable to 2GB maximum
* CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive standard in the Ultrabay™ Slim
* CD-RW/DVD-RW Multi-Burner available on T42p models
* Integrated Intel 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi® wireless with Bluetooth (select models)10

29-11-2005, 12:18 PM
Do FireGL graphics cards work very well with games? Aren't they more for workstations rather than gaming?

29-11-2005, 12:35 PM
Definitly not a game capable card.

Unless AOE2 is as far as you want to push it.

29-11-2005, 12:53 PM
Mobility FireGL™ T2 Key Features:

* Powered by ATI FireGL™ 9600 Visual Processing Unit
* High-speed 128 MB DDR memory with 128-bit memory interface
* HyperZ™ III Technology
* Full support for the latest OpenGL® API and Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0
* Hardware accelerated rendering using OpenGL Shading Language and DirectX 9 HLSL
* Dual Monitor support

see T43P Here (http://www-131.ibm.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=4611686018425114995&storeId=10000001&langId=-1&categoryId=2049168&dualCurrId=1000073&catalogId=-840) with the Firewire GL v3200 model

29-11-2005, 12:55 PM
Good to see they have improved it, still not game capable, in my humble opinion....

29-11-2005, 01:16 PM
I am considering this option of when my desktop (AthlonXP / 6600 GT) nears it's end of it's useful life. With 2GB of RAM and the Centrino 2.2 Ghz processor, it should be OK for RTS games.

I agree Metla, it would not outperform some of the 3Ghz+ / 6600 GT+ machines, used in FPS type games.

29-11-2005, 01:20 PM
I never said that, I said its not game capable, Meaning it wont run games at an acceptable level, Which means it won't compete with a 2 year old desktop computer running a 9600SE.

Proof will be in the pudding so to speak though.

29-11-2005, 01:28 PM
I know Metla. The 3Ghz + / 6600 GT is almost a 2 year old desktop platform.

A current generation would be a 4Ghz / 7800 GT platform.

29-11-2005, 01:44 PM
Systems with 3GHZ/6600GT's are out selling 4Ghz / 7800 systems by 50 to one at least, and the 6600GT if i recall apeared on the NZ market about this time last year.

If you do get that laptop, Make sure you tell us how it runs AOE3.....

29-11-2005, 02:18 PM
If you do get that laptop, Make sure you tell us how it runs AOE3.....Agreed. It should then also run Civ IV too!

29-11-2005, 03:01 PM
Just to clarify this; the ATi Mobility Fire GL is not a supported video card for AOE3:


Best get a laptop with ATi X-600 or better or GeForce 6600 or better, though I'm guessing it will work with the latest integrated graphics by Intel (the 9xx GMA).

The X-600 works fine on my laptop (though only running demo at the moment). All details on high except particle quality normal I think.

BTW, you mention you're just looking at the moment, but next year there will be dual core laptops which are faster than the current sungle core offerings (at least from Intel - Yonah). Best to wait IMO.

29-11-2005, 03:27 PM
So you've figured it out? I would like to bring you to the attention of the new Toshiba workbook. It's $5999 at the outlets, but has:
-1024 MB's of RAM
-80GB's HDD
-A G-Force NVIDIA 9000 graphics card
-17'' LCD monitor SXGA quality 1280x1024 pixels
-Powerful 3.2 GHZ Intel Pentium processor
-Çompatibility with most Windows software

You may not be willing to go for this top of the line desktop replacement model, but I would like to open your eyes to alternatives with focus on performance.

29-11-2005, 03:29 PM

hell i wouldnt buy that....

29-11-2005, 03:42 PM
Checked the list.

The Fire GL 7800/9000 may not be supported, but the Fire GL T2/V3200/V5000 maybe.

29-11-2005, 09:16 PM
P4 processor in a laptop is not a good combination :) I personally would wait for the higher clocked Yonah dual cores to appear in laptops rather than buy now.

How about Dell? 9300 Can get a GeForce 6800 if you choose the right one. Around the $3k-$3.5k mark

I know Dell aren't that great but its better than shelling out for a Toshiba that costs the same but doesn't have the same specs right?

Although my HP laptop isn't exactly a desktop replacement at 1.73Ghz, but its still powerful enough to run AoE3 easily. I think this laptop retails around the $2.5k mark with the 1.86Ghz processor now.

Model: HP Compaq nx8220: PM740; 512MB DDR2; 64MB ATi X-600; 60GB 5400rpm; DVD+/-RW (Removable); 2.7kg; 2.8-3cm thick; 15.4" WXGA w/autodimming screen (saves power); 3.5-4hrs battery life (1.5-2hrs gaming from my experiences)