Need help on purchasing laptop or netbook

Hercules Ecafe ec-1000w netbook
July 27, 2010 at 12:30:58
Specs: Windows XP
I need help on purchasing a laptop or netbook. I need this computer to watch movies, word processing, and occasional gaming. Please tell me which one i should buy out of these three.

1. netbook: Hercules eCAFÉ EC- 1000W

specs: Intel atom N270 1.6 GHz,

512 KB cache, 533 MHz, 250 GB hdd,

Windows 7 starter and 1gb of ram.

2. laptop: HP Compaq 610 Notebook PC

specs: Intel Celeron dual-core Processor T1500

1.86GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB,

2gb of ram, 320 gb hdd and Windows 7 Home


3. laptop: MSi X600-096US

Intel® Core™2 Solo Processor SU3500

1.4GHz, 800MHz FSB, 3MB cache, 4gb,

320GB hdd, Windows® 7 Home Premium.

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July 27, 2010 at 12:42:12
Go to a store and try them if you can. I doubt the notebook would support what you really want.

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July 27, 2010 at 14:20:33
I wouldn't buy any of the 3. Can't you come up with something better?

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July 27, 2010 at 19:31:30
no i cannot come up with anything better because i have my
eyes set on these 3. p.s. the msi has discrete graphics which is better than most of the laptops on the market today

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July 27, 2010 at 22:10:32
For what you want to do get a laptop. Netbooks lack cd/dvd drives.

The separate/dedicated graphics card is worth having too. Athough these days shared graphics memory isn't quite the issue it once was - as most systems now have large amounts of RAM installed... (mainly to service RAM hungry OS of coure - and windows-7 is certainly that...?)

On the general market... there's not a lot between the current crop of laptops either; and I doubt most users will really spot the nit-picking differences in general use?

Avoid the Celereon processor though; go for a full blow/proper processor - Celeron has been described by some a denatured proper processor; is seriously cut back in terms of performance...; and for games make sure you have adequate RAM...

Cost is obviously a factor of course, and you get more for the pennies with a laptop?

Size of screen may be an issue for you; netbooks being smaller overall - but still not impossible for general viewing of movies etc. (not sure about games though)?

General size and bulk means that anything over say 15ins wide-screen (standard laptop these days?) is going to be a bit bulky to transport. And netbooks obviously much smaller...

I'd go for the laptop proper (15ins screen) - unless you fancy to go for a MAC... and get the 13ins MACbook student or pro versions...? But then MACs cost more but you get a better item?

You're going with Windows-7... Be sure anything you have in terms of older kit - printers etc... will work with it; drivers are not so readily avaialble for much of the legacy/older kit out there... Which is why many are sticking with XP and/or setting up a dual-boot scenario (having first confirmed the new kit will have requiste drivers for XP)!

Incidentally the Windows-7 starter installation is nothing more than a demo version overall. You cannot change much - if anything at all... To get it to a more functional/working state you have to upgrade it and also usually add more RAM - at least that was the story at Frys etc. a few months ago... Typically one is adding another $100-150 or more to the bill to that end...?

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July 28, 2010 at 14:02:30
"no i cannot come up with anything better because i have my
eyes set on these 3"

The 1st two suck & the 3rd is far from being great.

"the msi has discrete graphics which is better than most of the laptops on the market today"

Meaning??? It may be marketed as discrete but it's actually embedded. It cannot be upgraded if that's what you think. And here's some info on the graphics performance:

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July 28, 2010 at 14:36:52
Re' the embedded graphics... To best of my knowledge no-one has ever upgraded a laptop graphics display "card"... For the simple reason (which "jam" touches on) that they are in effect "hard-wired in; usually part of the motherboard itself...

Whereas with a desktop etc. one can usually disable the on-board (embedded?) graphics "card" and install a plug-in one to upgrade etc. Or else simply replace a plug-in one if supplied that way initially?

As regards the standard PC laptop - as I suggested earlier - for general use there isn't really much between them to the average user? Games may - likely will - tax some of them more than others.. but that's about all?

Battery life is much of a muchness - depending on what you do with the laptop in question; how you set it up etc.?

Incidentally I suggest that the only advantage of a netbook is its portability; but then you have to carry an external CD/DVD unit..?

I think if I wanted really top notch graphics, on a laptop system, I'd migrate to Macbook - and there are several versions around that are all pretty good...

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