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Shopping for a new laptop?

Posted on September 20, 2011  2 Comments
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My trusted HP Pavillion DV7 laptop is still doing fine but I am really tempted to buy one of those new kick ass i7 processors with HD screen and Bluray player since the price have come down a lot lately. It would be sweet to learn Vray on that.

I had a look around but I am very happy with the HP brand and the new DV7 is so sexy that it became obvious it would be mine.

Here is the configuration I selected

You might be able to review the full specs at the following link

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/load_configuration.do?destination=review&email_id=2213242&jumpid=in_r329_emailconfig

A second generation i7 with HD screen, 8gb ram, Bluray player for few bucks over $1,300. Not bad hey!

Just for kicks, I checked the online Apple store to see how much such a configuration would cost me on the dark side and I am now understanding why Apple corp has so much cash flow. At nearly $2,780 with the first generation i7 and no bluray player, the guys in Cupertino must be enjoying themselves by the pool. At more than double what the HP DV7 is going for, they are charging a nice premium for OSX.

Here is a screenshot of the specs

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2 Responses to “Shopping for a new laptop?”

  1. Bryan Bentley on September 20th, 2011 22:46

    I too am in the market for a new laptop, I also love my Hp Pavillion, AND i have been tempted by the dark side of apple.

    How do you think the graphics cards measure up to one another? And can I cram more than 8 gigs into the hp?

    Thanks for the post. Great site. I come here often.

    Cheers,
    B

  2. Olivier Ladeuix on September 21st, 2011 08:14

    Hi Bryan, well I am a Maya animator so in my situation the CPU is more important than the graphic card. Here is a screenshot of GPU-Z with a scene I am working on playing back in Maya in the background, as you can see the GPU load is averaging 10% so my current graphic card Nvidia 9600 is way underused :
    http://www.olivier-ladeuix.com/blog/uploaded_images/Jing/nvidia_GPU_use.png.

    As for the ram, I have never felt the need for more than 3 or 4 Gig, I am only going for 8 gigs as it comes by default.

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