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Old 17th July 2007, 10:56   #1
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Default Editorial: Gaming laptops are a complete joke

THERE IS A RAGING debate between me and the rest of the world over gaming laptops. Most people think they are the hottest thing since sliced bread, I think they are about as dumb as you can get. It begs the question, if all of your friends said enemas were cool, would you get one? The concept is a good one, in theory, but falls flat in reality. The promise is to have a portable machine that plays games as well as it does all the things you want a laptop for. All the machines to date fail on both accounts, with only a nod to portability.

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Old 17th July 2007, 11:50   #2
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Bull.
Almost every laptop has a 7200rpm HDD if you wish.
My upgraded Dell 9400 is about the fastest laptop you can have, and it's dirt cheap, if you look around.
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Old 17th July 2007, 12:21   #3
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Case €50
PSU €70
CPU E2160 €90
Mobo €100
2gb DDR2 €100
200GB HDD €70
DVDwriter €30
7900GT €70
17" TFT €200
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€780

Laptop with smaller screen and similar HW specs
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/pr...=dhs&cs=bedhs1
€1500

double the price... and can't be upgraded as easily and as cheap as the C2D system. Sorry but double the price of the desktop version IS NOT "dirt cheap".
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You can't bash the one inquirer article that is right this month.
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A laptop is always more expencive than a desktopsystem.
Every component is smaller and harder to produce.
I changed my desktop for a laptop, and will not switch back.
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Of course they are more expensive, but you still won't find a portable desktop that you can toss into your backpack in 3 seconds and go. You don't need bleeding edge hardware to play games on a laptop, and therefore you can get some fairly small, light, and efficient models and game on them. I played HL2 on mine ~1920x1200 when it came out and loved it.
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A laptop is always more expencive than a desktopsystem..
hence the "low value"
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Old 17th July 2007, 16:18   #8
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The best idea is to get a small laptop with big battery life that will last several years for portable use and a desktop for gaming. Both together won't cost more than a gaming laptop over their lifespan and you get a better portable as a bonus.
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hence the "low value"
We're not buying them for value. We are buying them for portability and traveling...

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The best idea is to get a small laptop with big battery life that will last several years for portable use and a desktop for gaming. Both together won't cost more than a gaming laptop over their lifespan and you get a better portable as a bonus.
Those "better portables" require integrated graphics to offer great battery life, and therefore won't play any games at all. The ultra portables also tend to cost as much and even more than all but the most premium DTR notebooks. A cheap laptop and a mid-range desktop could be had for $2k, but I'd rather have a laptop built for what I need that actually does what I want it to do. A typical laptop still doesn't get much past 3 hours battery life, which any good DTR can offer anyway.

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my €750 system takes 10minutes to pack, your €1500 gaming laptop about 2minutes tops. By sacrificing 8 minutes to pack I just saved €750 AND have a faster system AND more upgradeable AND easier to service

I also was looking into swapping my desktop with a portable desktop (laptop) , but it turned out way too expensive and slower
Portable Desktop aka Laptop Deluxe

you might notice most people in that thread suggest a Cube/barebone/shuttle like PC
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