Laptop Advice Please

The short of it: I'm considering buying a gaming laptop. Budget is about 1k, but flexible to maybe 1200. Obviously I'm looking for the most bang for my buck, but my inexperience with laptops is considerable, so I'm asking for advice.

Appealing machines from newegg include:
This or this.
This
This
This
and
This

Any input on what to look for or avoid is appreciated.
Thanks.

Ditto that for me... with the added consideration that it will run Linux. Legion?

These guys seem to make a pretty solid looking game laptop at reasonable prices.

It's not that I even need or want a top end machine. I'm happy playing Oblivion on my desktop. It'd just be nice to put backlogged stuff on there that I'd always meant to finish playing. KOTOR, GTA:SA, etc. And maybe some Desert Combat or UT2K4 to putz around with.

Dr_Awkward wrote:

It's not that I even need or want a top end machine. I'm happy playing Oblivion on my desktop. It'd just be nice to put backlogged stuff on there that I'd always meant to finish playing. KOTOR, GTA:SA, etc. And maybe some Desert Combat or UT2K4 to putz around with.

Get out of my mind!

I've been contemplating a cheap laptop to take places so I could play some old PC games, watch movies, listen to music, all the usual stuff.

But the games I want to play don't require much in the way of hardware.

Please do update us with whatever you should end up choosing. I'd like to hear how it works out for you.

Staats wrote:

Ditto that for me... with the added consideration that it will run Linux. Legion?

I got a Dell Inspiron 6000 for pretty cheap thanks to Dell's regular online coupons for Slickdeals ($1250 after $750 off, and it was definitely $2000 worth of laptop at the time)

It (and most Inspirons I imagine) are well supported in Linux. The "i8kutils" daemon handles stuff like the internal fans better than Windows - I actually have to go find a similar 3rd party program for Windows to get the same results. I got this last March and it took a couple of months after that before the Linux kernel had stuff like the SATA handling up to snuff, but it's been there for a while now. Most everything else in there is pretty standard, and anything that's not is usually well supported. There's PLENTY of Dells out there in Linuxland, believe me.

For me, the decision to go Dell vs. anyone else was price/performance. Thanks to those coupons (and only a fool would buy a Dell any other way!), I got a ton of laptop for the price. And do what I did, and skimp on the RAM while going big on the CPU. I only started with 512MB of RAM, but got the 2.0 GHz Pentium-M processor (this was last March BTW). Later I popped in an extra 1GB of RAM, and now it's over a year old and the only thing that I wish were faster is the video chip (but you'll get that situation no matter what you do at this price range). If you skimp on the CPU, you can't do anything about it later on. Better to endure a little lightness on the RAM now and get a better lifetime out of it.

I run Gentoo but I have run Ubuntu and Fedora Core on this laptop before, and both did a good job on automatic hardware configuration. I don't recall if they installed i8kutils themselves but it's real simple to install yourself, usually just sitting there in the package repository waiting for you to click on it and click "Install".

I got a ASUS Z71V that has a 6600 Go. Runs BF2, Oblivion, and a few other games quite nicely. It's a pretty damn cool laptop. http://usa.asus.com/products4.aspx?l...

Next question: will a dual processor affect my battery life?

Staats wrote:

Next question: will a dual processor affect my battery life?

Heh, your choice of desktop background color will affect your batttery life.

I pulled the trigger on this ABS.

Wow, Very very nice deal on that one!

I'm going to play conservationist and recycle this thread, since it would appear it's reached the end of its natural life.

I've always been interested in the concept of very small notebooks. The Sony PCG ones from a few years ago really caught my attention, so now I'm curious. Does anyone produce a very small laptop any more? Anyone have any experience or recommendations for teeny lil' computers? Ostensibly, I'd want something with a small chassis and a huge hard drive that could run a few modern apps (Word, Excel, AcroReader, etc.); no massive graphical ability is necessary since I wouldn't be gaming on the road with it anyway. (Imagine a very large mp3 player/eBook reader and you're on the right track.)

A tablet would be a nice addition, too, but I don't know anything at all about tablets, so I don't know if they're really all they're cracked up to be.

Would something like this suit your needs?

Other than the rather large price tag and the lack of upgradeability, that's sweet. I want one!

I agree. It's more than most high end laptops... if it only had a built in cell phone.

Sony T series laptops are awesome tiny notebooks.. outside of gaming these notebooks do everything you could want.. and they are not slouches in performance..

They now even having built in cell wireless for internet access.

those are nice... the Lenovo X series are small too.