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29-03-2009, 04:05 PM
Hi all,

Friend of mine is looking for a laptop at the moment - needs to meet these....

-cost <$2000 (no more than $2200)
-at least 3GB RAM
-at least 250GB Hard disk
-15.X" screen
-not Intel integrated graphics (not fussed between ATI and Nvidia)
-1 or 2 year warranty
-he'd like it to stand out a bit against other laptops (ie maybe a coloured lid/palm rest or something)
-backlit keyboard (preferably)

Any ideas???? :thanks

Speedy Gonzales
29-03-2009, 04:10 PM
Well that'll be tricky since most laptops have onboard video. Otherwise laptops wouldnt have screens. And wouldnt be portable

29-03-2009, 04:15 PM
By integrated graphics I mean Intel graphics :)

Speedy Gonzales
29-03-2009, 04:23 PM
Here's an ASUS (http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/49cee8180130aa2a2741c0a87f3b06b4/Product/View/XC4973)

With 4 gb and 320 gb hdd, and HDMI. The screen maybe a bit smaller though

BUT its Intel

Or this (http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/49cee8180130aa2a2741c0a87f3b06b4/Product/View/XC4975) but its only 2 GB - ATI

Or this - Nvidia (http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/49cee8180130aa2a2741c0a87f3b06b4/Product/View/XC4972)

29-03-2009, 04:28 PM
I doubt you'll get a backlit KB for that price.

Here are some good options:






And don't worry about RAM. Look at the CPU and GFX card. RAM can be upgraded easily and cheaply


29-03-2009, 04:38 PM
Thanks for the suggestions guys. Blam, does upgrading the RAM (ie opening the case) void the warranty?

Dell's Studio (http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/laptop_studio?c=nz&cs=nzdhs1&l=en&s=dhs) line seems to have everything he wants.... what are Dell's like compared to Asus/Toshiba quality wise?

Speedy Gonzales
29-03-2009, 04:42 PM
You shouldnt have to open the case. Just open up one of the back slots, install it thats it

29-03-2009, 04:49 PM
That's what I meant Speedy - open a slot, not the case..... will that void the warranty? Hope not :)

Speedy Gonzales
29-03-2009, 04:55 PM
I dont think so. If you weren't meant to open it, they should have glued it or something :p Or it wouldnt exist at all. If you're not allowed to do it, who would??

You would probably have to take it into a shop and pay someone to do it, which would take less than 1-2 mins. And probably get charged $20 for it

29-03-2009, 04:59 PM
That's what I meant Speedy - open a slot, not the case..... will that void the warranty? Hope not :)

I'm pretty sure it doesn't. Neither does upgrading the hard drive.

On some laptops its under the laptop BTW