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mar
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Icon 1 posted April 09, 2010 12:53      Profile for mar   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Which laptop is better: inspiron 1564 or studio 15? Both Dell.
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Both can be configured so that they are, for all intents and purposes, identical.

They can also be configured to be wildly different.

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I have never owned or used a dell, and know absolutely nothing about both metioned coputers. BUt I'll go with the second one because it as a smaller number in the name (which means absolutely nothing.)

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Neither - Dell's consumer line is absolute junk, get a Latitude instead.
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quote:
Originally posted by zesovietrussian:
Neither - Dell's consumer line is absolute junk, get a Latitude instead.

You took the words right out of my mouth.

I second that. [Smile]

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Compared to HP's, Dell's consumer line isn't *that* bad, unless I've missed anything from PCMag.

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It isn't the short-term usage of a consumer Dell that is so bad, but instead their long term robustness.

Dell are built cheaply and over time, this cheapness shows.

I have seen plenty of Dell with broken and missing keyboard buttons,, rubbed off plastics, cracks in the body, etc.

HP tends to cheap out on their lowest of the low, however, even in the low end stuff, they don't skimp quite as bad.

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Thank you.

If not Dell or HP, is there a consumer line that is sturdier long-term?
I just checked Latitudes and they are vastly more expensive and don't come with i5.

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If you want a /nice/ PC laptop, I recommend Lenovo, but again, I'm not a fan of the cheap consumer crud.

Really...if a Latitude doesn't come with an i5...who cares?

The reason it's more expensive is because it'll actually last you 3+ years instead of becoming obsolete within a year.

Cheap Inspiron laptops are loss leaders. Almost no one actually buys the $400 laptop...they add things on until it's at least $800, which might actually come with a halfway decent warranty. Why not spend ~$1100 on a /real/ laptop with a /real/ warranty?

(By that token, ever notice how Apple doesn't sell super-cheap laptops? Arguably the key reason for this is that they're greedy, but the quality factor is a close runner-up. [Big Grin] )

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Re: i5 and i7 - I read in PC magazine that they are faster and recommended.

I don't have any hands-on experience, but I do need something that processes as quickly as possible. I have to have a lot of windows open at a time without getting the system hung up or crashing.

Open to suggestions/wisdom.

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____ Mar, If you are going to be doing photo editing, color corrections, graphic arts the choice would be go Mac. Run of the mill number crunching any PC, with any flavor of linux or MicroShaft. If you are going to be doing Insurance forms for vision care in the USA then a Leased Mac from GOLD SOFTWARE is the way to go.

____ If you are designing parts and machines then a purpose built Unigraphics work station would be needed. Especially if you also have to develope tool paths for machining centers.

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quote:
Originally posted by mar:
Re: i5 and i7 - I read in PC magazine that they are faster and recommended.

I don't have any hands-on experience, but I do need something that processes as quickly as possible. I have to have a lot of windows open at a time without getting the system hung up or crashing.

From the above, it looks like your priority should be lots of RAM, rather than a faster processor.

Not that I'm against having a fast processor, but if you're in the habit of having lots of windows open, insufficient RAM is more likely to cause you problems than insufficient horsepower.

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I'm kind of jaded against 'gotta have the fastest' - CPUs are pretty much commodity items these days. Very few people (read: gamers and video/graphic editors) actually use the full amount of processing power available to them these days.

TFD is right about RAM, though - that'll make the biggest difference in 'performance' for multitasking.

Oh...and a biggie to me - more CPU = faster batter drain + hotter computer.


PC Mag may showcase 'nifty' stuff, but they're largely a shill for computer manufacturers. As such, I wouldn't take them at their word that you 'need' an 'i7.' YMMV, though.

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