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Struggling for choice

Discussion in 'Laptops & Tablets' started by uk_viper, 9 Jun 2010.

  1. uk_viper

    Mobster

    Joined: 30 Jun 2003

    Posts: 2,807

    Location: Berkshire

    I'm stuck between two laptops to choose from at present, I'm wanting one which I can play COD MW2 on and EVE, from notebookcheck both will play it nicely. What one would you think would be the best suggestion.

    Asus G70S-7S007C
    Intel Core 2 Duo T9300
    17.1" Monitor
    4G Ram
    2* Nvidia 8700M GT SLi
    2*320GB HDDs
    Vista Home Premium

    Dell Studio 17
    Intel i5-430
    17.3" HD Monitor
    3yr In-home support
    4G Ram
    ATI 5650 HD GFX
    500GB HDD
    7 Home Premium
     
  2. iv-tecman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 12 May 2005

    Posts: 8,387

    Just recently got a Dell Studio 1749 with an i5 540M CPU and a 1080 17.3 screen.

    I will say, the Dell 1749 has been reported to having rather poor viewing angles with the standard 900 screen, but the 1080 screen I got with mine has been perfect... Its actually VERY good..

    the ATI 5650 GPU is mid range, but its still very powerful. Dell haven't clocked it to the full, or so I'm lead to believe, but it was still quick enough to run Batman Arkham at 1920 x 1080 high details at av 35fps.

    The Dell also has a rather nasty habbit of kicking the fan in and not turning off after intensive gaming... so I've just found out. Its not too bad, its fairly quiet....

    As the ATI 5650 would struggle with more recent games, adding the better 1080 screen could mean you'd end up playing some games in a none native res, but honestly I tried COD World at War at 1280 x 720 and the game flew and looked every bit as good.... Its a mid range laptop, its amazing it can run top end games at all..

    The Dell speakers are fantastic BTW. The sound is very good, and also the HDMI passes 5.1 and works great with 1080p plasma TV's.

    Overall the Dell Studio 1749 is a very capable laptop, and I'm rather chuffed with mine but it does have faults.

    Lack of USB ports
    Top touch button panel is flimsy
    Picks up finger prints and dust all over, nightmare to keep looking tidy
    Its quite heavy, very large
    Fan kicks in to often with intensive use
    Poor eject button for DVD /Blu Ray
    No DVI socket, has a VGA instead..!!??

    But it also has pros

    Fantastic speaker package built in
    Superb performance for mid range
    Fantastic 1080p screen
    Amazing HDMI support
    Large HDD with option for second HDD
    Backlit keyboard is superb - worthy upgrade

    thats all I know about the Dell Studio 1749, hopefully someone can answer the Asus questions for you..