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Gateway T-1623 for $599, good deal?

MarvellousMMarvellousM United StatesRegistered User regular
I'd love some expert opinions on this Gateway laptop which I can get for 599.99:
Gateway T-1623
I'm not looking for anything spectacular, internet, word processing, perhaps an RTS or two and I will mainly be using it at home. Any opinions/advice would be most appreciated. Thanks!

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    AMD X2 = more heat, less performance than C2D.

    Doesn't seem to offer an improvement over the %GENERIC_$500_MACHINE% that goes on sale at Dell all the time.

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  • MarvellousMMarvellousM United StatesRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I liked the amount of RAM and the HDMI-out this has. Is the CPU a deal breaker?

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  • The Reverend Dr GalactusThe Reverend Dr Galactus Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    We have this old Gateway laptop that bounces around the office for when someone needs to use Windows, and I can't speak too favorably to the build quality of that thing. Though things may have changed at Gateway since it was manufactured.

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I liked the amount of RAM and the HDMI-out this has. Is the CPU a deal breaker?

    Not a deal-breaker, but Intel is still doing laptops a bit better. Won't be a huge impact and you certainly won't notice it for day-to-day office work and occasional gaming.

    RAM is cheap, so you shouldn't base the purchase on that.

    HDMI-out is an advantage, but consider that it probably can't output more than two-channel audio if you're aiming to have it pull HTPC duty. (That wasn't in the OP though - what do you need the HDMI for?)

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    We have this old Gateway laptop that bounces around the office for when someone needs to use Windows, and I can't speak too favorably to the build quality of that thing. Though things may have changed at Gateway since it was manufactured.

    At least tech support for Gateway is located in North America; so while the person you're speaking to might be reading from a script, at least you don't need to hop two continents and a language barrier to get to "It's busted, RMA number please."

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  • MarvellousMMarvellousM United StatesRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    HDMI-out is an advantage, but consider that it probably can't output more than two-channel audio if you're aiming to have it pull HTPC duty. (That wasn't in the OP though - what do you need the HDMI for?)
    I wouldn't use the HDMI for a whole lot, I guess I'd just find it nice to have. So I should hold off on buying this?

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