Quality of different laptops

@maximax8 (27048)
August 18, 2009 10:22am CST
I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop and it is reasonable quality. I like to use it for the Internet, emailing, a learner car driver disk and word processing. My older son is 14 years old and he was an IBM Think Pad laptop. It is not as powerful as he would like. He wishes it was suitable for gaming. I told him only the best and most expensive laptops are great for gaming. What do you think of the quality of different laptops? Does your laptop do all that you require?
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13 responses
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
18 Aug 09
I'm pre IT, so not very knowledgable in these matters, but I have heard that you need a lot more memory for games than for anything else, so maybe if you add to the computer's memory, that would allow your son to access some of the very complicated games there are out there. As for me, I have an Acer Aspire 4740Z which handles my needs adequately. No bells and whistles, which I don't need.
19 Aug 09
Actually, more memory would only slightly help, as you only need more if you are running several programs at the same time that are memory intensive. A graphics card would be the main difference, however in laptops, it is almost impossible to change the graphics card.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
19 Aug 09
did start my resopnse saying that I'm pre IT, and not very knowledgable, and, now you mention it, I have heard it has a lot to do with the graphic card. Thanks for the memory jog.
@memberix (12)
19 Aug 09
today's laptops are all the same. cheap and cheerful. you still have to pay if you want quality. Not those plastic ones. and they put way too much power in the laptops. And most laptops come with poor cooling system and get so hot you can boil an egg. battery life is the most important not processing power.
@rakesh284 (1473)
• India
19 Aug 09
I think Dell is producing descent notebooks but they are not still good for gaming exceptions of some models. As far a IBM is concerned they are losing there sharpness in notebooks as HP, Sony, Dell and even Toshiba are growing well in variety of systems. Mostly people prefer HP and Sony for gaming purpose as they are reasonable and have good graphic memory to play good graphical games with less load on RAM using dedicated graphic memory.
@xichen7 (153)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
Actually I think only desktop is good for gaming. The hardwware in the desktop is better than the laptop, if you want a good speed, the hardware need more power and should quickly radiating. The laptop don't have enough power for that, because laptop use batteries. And the radiating is also not good as desktop. Laptop is good for business man , because they always need bring their computer travel. I like IBM laptop, because their quality is really good, HP and MAC is also a good brand. Happy mylot!
• Indonesia
19 Aug 09
i don't quite agree with the quote only best and most expensive laptops are great for gaming. you can choose a mid value laptop, with a lower price too, just don't pick the highest brand. here is a comparison : for a $800 laptop, you can get a great VGA quality, higher speed memory, and bigger capacity harddisk for ACER brand. But with the same price, you can only get a standard specifications if you choose IBM Think Pad. for me, it's better if we choose a middle laptop brand but we can get all of the great specifications for document use, gamings, movies, musics, etc..instead of the highest laptop brand like IBM Think Pad or maybe Apple, but we can't get all in one with the price we can afford.. my laptop complete my needs! yes it is, except for a higher gaming quality..but i don't really need it and addicted to games anyway. i'd rather it fulfill my needs for editing pictures, musics, movies, and documents needs. My laptop is Acer Extensa 2500, it's an old laptop but i'm grateful to have it =D
@krajibg (11942)
• Guwahati, India
19 Aug 09
Hi there, Recently I got a laptop from Sony and its very good in comparison to other brands and its price too is a bit more. I got it for Rs. 60,000/-. This relatively stronger and the configuration is more than up to date.
@mc_kol (65)
• Malaysia
19 Aug 09
the quality of a laptop is quite similar and it's not influented by the laptop brand. the most important is what your purpose for that laptop? if you want use it for gaming and should find the spec that suitable for gaming and otherwise.
• India
19 Aug 09
i would like to buy alaptop which is best one for me now as am webpage progarmmera nad i would like to have more and more which is big and great laptop, i would like to have a laptop for my profession could please advice me which is the best laptop
• Singapore
19 Aug 09
a normal laptop that doesnt overheat fast will do (for me) Acer's Travelmate series are no good because they get overheated very fast... I recommend Acer Aspire series, quite good, i encounter no problems at all
@tonyllenium (6267)
• Italy
19 Aug 09
yes if your son want a laptop to play video games normally they are really high end laptops and so really expensive as regards the price naturally the characteristics are really powerful!! I think your dell laptop for your needs you described on your post should be ok and enough power to cover your activity as well!! As regards your son laptop such as an ibm thinkpad i now because i have a thinkpad too and it is really old about 9 years old so it is not so powerful as i need or guess now and so i think i will change my laptop in the next year or better soon... ehy...you can buy for your son an alienware as gaming laptop..heheh..prices are..mmh.ok let's cut this part for this laptops eheheh...
19 Aug 09
Yes different laptop do vary in quality a lot. Many laptops have low end dedicated graphics cards or integrated graphics, which is suitable for movies and office productivity, but not at all suitable for games. The two things that matter the most are your processor and your graphics card. My laptop, an Alienware, does all that I require so far.
• Canada
18 Aug 09
Most laptops are reasonable quailty but what you want the laptop for either work or movies most have the software for everything some have more better software.
• Australia
18 Aug 09
I dont think that more expensive means you get a better laptop. I have an HP laptop i got for 500 bucks and it works great especially for media like movies and music. I woudl never buy a laptop just because of name or brand I think its best to lookinto a quality laptop that is good on your budget as well as fits your needs not one that just looks good.