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Laptop Purchase

UltaruneUltarune Registered User regular
edited October 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm going overseas to visit family for two weeks in 2 days and I want to purchase a laptop to play low-fi games like X-com, maybe starcraft, watch dvds that I will bring, write, etc. I'm not concerned about modern gaming or anything, so what should I look for in a laptop? Any recommendations on brands, store to buy it from, deals, minimum requirements, or anything else? Its unlike me to make an off the cuff purchase like this, but eh, I'd like a laptop and could use it for when work gets boring as well, and its not like building a gaming rig in terms of complexity and price differentials, right? I'm looking to spend 5-600 or so, but if anyone suggests otherwise I could go up. Thanks for any advice.

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  • RookRook Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    If you're really just looking at older games I'd look at one of the netbooks like the Dell inspiron mini 9. I wouldn't go overboard with specs or anything, 1gb, XP, 8gb SSD.

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  • .kbf?.kbf? Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    If the point of the purchase is airplane usage you should definitely get both an extra battery and a decent pair of headphones with the purchase.

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  • illigillig Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    erm... leaving yourself only 2 days is a bad move... you'll end up with an overpriced machine that doesn't really fit your needs

    your hardware requirements are really basic since any machine built in the last 10 years can play x-com smoothly

    i'd really focus on buying the lightest/smallest laptop you can comfortably use... small laptops are generally better on battery life (which you'll need for the airplane), and are obviously much easier to carry than some 17" monster.

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