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  1. djdon

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    hello i am looking for some help and some info here. I recently purchased a new laptop from futureshop. The sales rep was telling me how its a good laptop and it has good processor and features and so on and so on... Now i went to the website http://www.systemrequirementslab.com where i can check if a game can run on my laptop or not. After analyzing, the website reports that my laptop is slow and has no speed. So I would like to know from some people with knowledge in this field if my laptop is really crap? If so then I am going to return it and get something else. Here is link of the laptop and the specs page. Acer Aspire 14" Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz Laptop (AS4810T-8194) - Silver - Future Shop

    Please scroll down a bit to see the specs on the weblink.I have also attached a screenshot of the analyst from the webstie. Please help me out here, give me some info if it is a good laptop or not, if i should keep it or get rid of it. Main reason i like the laptop is because of the bluetooth feature , which i use a lot for tethering from my iphone.
     

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  2. Mike

    Mike Windows Forum Admin
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    Honest review

    Hello,

    It is not total "crap" as you say, but because its using an integrated video card, and not a dedicated video graphics card embedded by NVIDIA or ATI, you will have problems running some graphics intensive games. For MMOs like World of Warcraft, you may not have a big problem on medium settings. When you get to games that require high intensity graphics, you are going to experience problems.

    The "card", or in this case, on-board integrated graphics is reviewed here:

    Notebookcheck: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (GMA X4500MHD)

    It supports DirectX 10, while newer class of gaming and graphic design cards are now coming out with DirectX 11 support.

    The hard drive is slow - at 5400 RPM (rotations per minute) and not 7200, it will be considerably slower, around 20-30% from what you would be accustomed to with a desktop. The 4GB DDR3 is good. You could easily upgrade the HD by unscrewing some screws and installing a solid state drive. Putting in a 5400 RPM on a laptop is usually done to prevent lots of heat buildup, save cost since they figure no one will notice, and improve battery life. SSD solves this by being less prone to damage and using far less electricity than a conventional drive.

    For gaming? Not so good. If it was a newer Core i3, i5, i7 laptop you might be able to pull it off with the processor, because there are elements onboard the CPU that improve the graphics capability of the system. But there are some games you are just not going to be able to run at all - and you have really gotten stuck with a crappy HD.

    For the most part it is a good laptop for communication/mobility and work. Watching a DVD or something like that won't be a problem on it.
     
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    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    Depends what you want the lappie for... E-mailing and browsing fine... Gaming, forget it! (well any serious gaming)
     
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    as already mentioned,
    your CPU speed and graphics card make your laptop a wonderful office system and that's about it.
     
  5. djdon

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    oh okay okay.. well i don't really want it for gaming as i have my desktop or ps3. It's mainly for my college. So you guys are saying other then the Graphic Card and the HD its a okay laptop to keep? My main use will be using Microsoft Office, Surfing, Chatting and watching dvd or avi files.

    Ps. Do you guys think this is a better laptop comparing to the one i have? i still have time to return and exchange it.

    HP Pavilion 15.6" Intel Core i3-330M 2.13GHz Laptop (G62-134CA) - Future Shop
     
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    Mike Windows Forum Admin
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    Its a much better system than the one you have. It is using a different processor architecture that is twice as fast as the Core 2 Duo and the 7200 RPM hard drive is much better. If I had a choice I would go with the 2nd one.
     
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