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Choices, choices...

I'm trying to decide if I want my next mobile computer to be a (gaming?) powerhouse laptop or a low power light-weight netbook. They're at opposite ends of the spectrum of mobile computers. Both interest me for their respective strong points, yet I'm not sure I want two laptops to care for. I've pretty much given up on reviving the gaming desktop I originally tried to build without spending a lot of time, effort, and potentially money (none of which I feel up to at the moment), otherwise I would say no to the laptop in favor of the netbook. I don't expect to be playing the most detailed 3D games on it, either, though. *shrug*

Choices, choices...

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lakeguy From: lakeguy Date: June 2nd, 2009 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
the problem i find with netbooks is that their screen res tend to be a bit off.

1024x600 not 1024x768

so in theory it's 800 x 600
zimzat From: zimzat Date: June 2nd, 2009 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... Interesting. Yeah, that's one reason I'm not sold on the Netbook as a portable computer because the screen size is very little compared to a 14", 16", and especially a regular 20" LCD desktop monitor. While a laptop is very unlikely to be anything comparable to two 18 or 20" desktop screens it's still a comparison of the more the better in the long run. On the other hand something smaller and lighter with much longer battery life makes for easier carrying and remote usage, especially if all that is being done is some light text editing or browsing. And at the same time I would like to be able to run DVDs smoothly (or rips thereof, seeing as Netbooks don't have DVD drives), so that concerns me too.

So many factors to choose one over the other that I'm still very seriously tempted to get both and make a 'fashion' war of it each time I go out of town or even just bring it out of the house. Thanks to the recent major decrease in my living expenses I can actually afford to get both without putting any major stress on my finances. I'm just not sure I'm comfortable spending that much at once on such high priced singular items.
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zimzat From: zimzat Date: June 2nd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
That depends on your definition of proper gaming. They'll never be duplicates of their top-end desktop counter-parts simply due to power and size requirements. The laptop I linked above has a dedicated GPU card with 1GB of dedicated memory. It's classified on the lower end of a Class 2 laptop GPU which is described as:

"Midrange Graphics Cards - These cards should be able to display all current games with fluent framerates but not all with high detail settings. Especially demanding games like Crysis, Age of Conan, or Mass Effect are only playable with lower settings. Less demanding (and older) games, like Fifa 08, Command & Conquer 3, or Battlefield 2142 can be played with higher detail levels."

It's probably a good laptop for the price.
raist_ From: raist_ Date: June 2nd, 2009 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh. I really really really dislike gaming laptops. I so don't think they're worth it.

Then again, I find the netbooks too tiny to do much with unless I'm desperate.
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