Very soon I am going to be purchasing a new laptop. I've been searching around online, and in stores, and I have found a couple that I think I would like. This is meant to be a desktop replacement and will now be my main computer. I will be using this laptop for:
- Java Games
- Apache, PHP, and MySQL -- To be run as localhost!
- Extreme Gaming
- School Work
- Video and Image Editing software (Old version -- Photoshop version 7)
- Just Random Internet Surfing...
- And of course many more things...
Note that this will be a desktop replacement, so it will be mostly at home. I am guessing the following:
60% Plugged In, at home
35% On battery, but still around my home
And the rest of time relying on the battery
Anyways, I have narrowed my search to 2 laptops as of now. My main concern is that of Intel Pentium 4 with Hyper-threading -vs- AMD Athlon 64. I've heard from a reliable friend that AMD 64-bit hard drive thing is a lot faster, and better, but I have had no experience with it. On the other hand, I've been more exposed to Intel Hyper-threading. I really need to know which of these is recommended for my use!
Please tell me what you think about these. Please do not recommend good deals, other stores, etc. If you really have a good laptop that you are dying to show me, sure why not. But I like these two and they are my top choices.
EDIT: Oh by the way, this will be running off of a wireless home network we already have set up These both have wireless built into them.
HP Pavilion Notebook PC with Intel Pentium® 4 processor 520 with Hyper-threading
What I like: Bigger Screen!
What I dislike: The mouse pad thing seems to be positioned weirdly
What I'm not sure about: Intel Hyper-threading -vs- AMD Athlon 64
Processor brand Intel®
Processor type Pentium® 4
Processor speed 2.8GHz
Frontside bus speed 800
Level 2 cache 1MB
Screen size 17"
Maximum screen resolution 1440 x 900
4 USB 2.0 Ports
FireWire 1 (4-pin)
Infrared port ? 1
Pointing device Touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical scroll pad
Height 2.0 inches
Width 15.7 inches
Depth 11.4 inches
Weight 9.4 lbs.
The basics: This notebook features the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 520 with Hyper-Threading Technology, 512MB of DDR2 memory as well as an 80GB hard drive. This capable PC also offers a 1MB L2 cache, 2.8GHz processing speed and an 800MHz front side bus.
Hyper-Threading technology: Run several demanding applications at the same time without slowing performance. You’ll be able to multi-task like never before.
Beautiful display: The 17" WSXGA+ High-Definition BrightView widescreen offers a wide-viewing angle so movies and graphics look beautiful from anywhere in the room.
Ready for multimedia: The powerful ATI® Mobility® Radeon™ X600 video card and 128MB of dedicated video DDR2 RAM can handle intense games and graphics. The 80GB hard drive lets you store big multimedia files.
Combo drive: The double-layer DVD+/-R/RW drive lets you record up to 8.5GB of information on just one double-layer disc. This versatile drive also writes to CD.
6-in-1 media reader: This card reader accepts Smart Media, xD™, MultiMediaCard, SD™ and Memory Stick®/PRO™ cards.
Enhanced wireless: Integrated 54g™ wireless with SpeedBooster and BroadRange support give your 802.11g connection up to 50% more range than competing technologies.
Microsoft® Works, Money, MSN Encarta® Plus, Office (Student/Teacher Edition) 60-day trial and Windows® Media Player
HP Image Zone Plus
Norton® Internet Security (with 60 days of Live Update)
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
InterVideo® WinDVD™ Player and Home Theater
Muvee AutoProducer DVD Edition with Burning
Sonic Digital Media Studio
Apple® iTunes® and iTunes Music Store
HP Pavilion Notebook PC with AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor 3200+
What I like: I've heard that 64-bit is "the way of the future!"
What I dislike: Smaller Screen
What I'm not sure about: Still, Intel hyper-threading -vs- AMD Athlon 64
Product Height 1.9"
Product Width 14.3"
Product Weight 8 lbs.
Product Length 11.2"
Processor Brand AMD Athlon 64
Processor Speed 2.0GHz
Display Type WXGA high-definition widescreen with BriteView technology (1280 x 800)
Screen Size 15.4"
System Bus Up to 2000MHz
Cache Memory 512KB on die Level 2
System Memory (RAM) 512MB
System Memory (RAM) Expandable To 2GB
Type of Memory (RAM) PC2700 DDR
Hard Drive Size 100GB
Optical Drive Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
Optical Drive Speeds Drive speeds not available
LightScribe Compatibility No
Digital Media Reader or Slots Yes, digital media card reader
Diskette Drive No
Graphics ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M IGP
Video Memory 128MB DDR (dedicated)
Personal Video Recorder (PVR) No
TV Tuner No
Modem 56 Kbps*
Networking 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless Networking Built-in 54g high-speed wireless LAN with 125HSM/ SpeedBooster and BroadRange support (802.11b/g)
S-Video Outputs 1
Audio Altec Lansing
PCMCIA Slots 1 Type I/II, 1 ExpressCard/54
USB 2.0 Ports 4
IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports 1
Parallel Ports None
Serial Ports None
Game Ports None
Notebook Weight Standard (more than 6 lbs.)
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Pointing Device Touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical scroll up/down pad
Operating System Windows XP Professional SP2
Included Software Microsoft Works, Money, Windows Media Player; Adobe Acrobat Reader; InterVideo WinDVD Player, Home Theater; Sonic Digital Media Studio; muvee autoProducer DVD Edition with burning; HP Image Zone Plus; Apple® iTunes and more
AMD64 technology provides simultaneous support for 32-bit and 64-bit computing, including today's 32-bit applications and tomorrow's 64-bit software
15.4" WXGA high-definition widescreen display with BriteView technology and 1280 x 800 resolution
100GB hard drive (4200 rpm)
ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M IGP graphics with 128MB DDR dedicated video memory; S-video TV-out
6-in-1 digital media reader supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, SmartMedia and xD-Picture Card
IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface and 4 high-speed USB 2.0 ports for fast digital video, audio and data transfer
Built-in 54g high-speed wireless LAN with 125HSM/SpeedBooster and BroadRange support (802.11b/g); 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector); 56 Kbps high-speed modem
Weighs 8 lbs. and measures 1.9" thin for portable power; lithium-ion battery and AC adapter
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition Service Pack 2 (SP2) operating system preinstalled; software package included with muvee autoProducer DVD Edition with burning, HP Image Zone Plus, Apple® iTunes and more