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What's a good laptop for demos in 2009/2010+ ?

The main thing for me is to have the best possible GPU in there. Price is next on the list.
added on the 2009-05-14 14:33:14 by spookysys spookysys
What I'm after is: Is there a model which you would reccommend? (no mac plz)
added on the 2009-05-14 14:34:20 by spookysys spookysys
One of those Alienware quad-core beasts, though I heard their batteries are emptied in 10 minutes and they weigh 5kg.
added on the 2009-05-14 14:36:19 by decipher decipher
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added on the 2009-05-14 14:37:13 by krabob krabob
decipher, I wouldn't want that.

Clarification: it's not maximum gpu for any prize. I still want to carry the thing around.
added on the 2009-05-14 14:38:28 by spookysys spookysys
Apparently Alienware are releasing a killer gaming laptop soon...... https://www.allpowerful.com/
I'm an alienware user and I must say I'm very satisfied with it. When I bought it last year it was one of the only notebooks out there with the nVidia GeForce 8800M GPU. It's not that heavy or monstrous like decipher exclaims, but it's not a nettop either.
added on the 2009-05-14 15:38:08 by xTr1m xTr1m
My Inspiron 1520 is pretty good, got it just over a year ago, still ticking along nicely. Ok, it's only got a T7250 in it and GeForce 8600M, but it's still good.
unc, that looks really good. And of course expensive. But I have a feeling it will be 10 times more stable than the alienware ones..

I find alienware looks interesting still
added on the 2009-05-14 16:18:19 by spookysys spookysys
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added on the 2009-05-14 16:48:16 by Hatikvah Hatikvah
sorry you wanted
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added on the 2009-05-14 16:49:23 by Hatikvah Hatikvah
haha the picture comparison is embarassing for dell :p
14/15/17" ???

I have an Asus N50Vn (15,4", Geforce 9650 GT, 1GB VRAM). Nice machine. Quiet, not that heavy, runs well on batteries, but there are ones with better GFX cards 'round now...
added on the 2009-05-14 17:24:27 by raer raer
LG P310, i have one since january, would buy it again.
added on the 2009-05-14 17:41:02 by cp_ cp_
spooky, xtr1m is lying! i was sitting across from him at BP and, well, remember that story about that table t at BP hat broke right through the middle? that was where xtr1m's laptop was. it also broke lord graga's pinky finger, who was sleeping underneath that table. it's really quite a terrible story.
added on the 2009-05-14 18:12:09 by skrebbel skrebbel
spooky: the dell xps series has some decent gpus (9500/9600) and the smaller ones - 1330 - are small and portable 13.3", and quite affordable. good compromise between price, speed and performance.
added on the 2009-05-14 18:30:18 by smash smash
I did some hunting around recently and am probaby gonna go for a Dell Studio XPS 13.
skrebbel, if you're gonna tell the story, tell all of it, not just half of it.
added on the 2009-05-14 18:46:30 by xTr1m xTr1m
Gateway has a nice machine for the value:
or the slightly less awesome
I have the slightly older 7811-FX and have been really pleased with it. The only hitch with the new models they did away with the 1900x1080 sxreen to save a bit of money.
added on the 2009-05-14 19:00:47 by [HamsTeR] [HamsTeR]
hmm, can you even get gateway pcs in europe?
added on the 2009-05-14 19:16:43 by raymon raymon
hmm, i learned some new interesting things on the dell website...

Integrated video cards are built-in to the system motherboard and use the system's processor (CPU) and memory to create graphics. They're fine for applications such as word processing and email and for the Internet, but not great for gaming or other graphic-intensive applications.

While integrated video cards can process some complex graphics such as 3D images, they have to share the CPU and memory with other programs. If the CPU and memory are overloaded or busy processing other information, it can really slow down the graphics.

Discrete video cards turn up the performance compared to integrated video cards. They are separate, or discrete, from the motherboard and have their own processor, a specialized graphics processing unit, or GPU. They don't have to share the CPU with other programs.

Discrete video cards include memory of their own, measured in megabytes (MB). Graphics memory is used by the GPU to accelerate the graphics on your monitor and make gaming, movies and other entertainment intensely realistic. In general, the more memory the graphics card has the better.
added on the 2009-05-14 19:25:29 by raymon raymon
I want lenovo to sell those shiny 14'' laptops in Germany. Not just the damn Thinkpads and the rather crappy N series.
added on the 2009-05-14 19:57:52 by tomaes tomaes
It's absolutely darling how this whole thread can be invalidated by a photo of slummy typing on a beat-up laptop. In WinUAE. Coding an Amiga demo. The best laptop for "the demoscene" any given year is whatever you make it.
added on the 2009-05-15 00:41:28 by Shifter Shifter
damn right, Shifter.

it's not about what your laptop can do for you, it's about what YOU can do for your laptop!11

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