September 24, 2012
eserved for the wealthy few years ago, buying a laptop to replace and / or supplement the desktop is an option that should be considered now. In fact the price of concentrates technology has greatly decreased due to lower prices of LCD panels.
Of course, the main interest of a laptopDell Studio XPS 1647is its very small footprint compared to a typical desktop computer. However, this space is expensive especially due to the miniaturization of components, but offers certain advantages related to mobility. With their multimedia options (17-inch screens, powerful graphics cards and other DVD players / recorders integrated ...), the least we can say is that the latest models of laptops have almost nothing to envy the great. To go directly to the buying guide laptopsDell Studio XPS 16and our selection of templates, click here.
The negatives of the largest laptop compared to desktop computers are:
The price is still higher by about 20 to 30% performance comparable (very approximate figure only serves to give an idea).
Lower performance, especially at the 3D (for games) and the limited speed of hard drives in the 2 "5 inches (often 5400rpm).
Scalability: we can not change that very few components on a laptop to share the memory and the hard disk is more generally quite expensive. Graphics cards are mostly soldered on the motherboard which prevents any upgrade.
Now that your choice is made, you have decided to purchase a laptop computer, you just have to choose. But not easy to navigate in this jungle where prices range from 250 € to 3000 €! The purpose of this guide is to help you choose theDell Studio XPS 13 Batterythat best fits your needs and your budget. Firstly some important points to consider:
1.1 The choice of the diagonal of the screen (transportable laptop or ultra-portable?)
It is necessary to determine whether you need a laptop, a portable PC (also called desktop replacement) or on the contrary ultra-portable PC see a netbook. These terms are used to define the four major categories of laptops that are currently in stores:
The transportable, as their name suggests,Dell Studio 1555 Batteryare a heavy weight (over 3 kg) and generally have little autonomy (about 2 hours in office use). This is especially models with 17-inch screens (see 18 or 20 inches), the difference in terms of weight and size with a 15-inch standard is far from being negligible (to take the train all days for example). Can be considered as models with 17-inch screens have a range of about 10% lower compared to a 15-inch model perfectly identical: indeed, the larger theDell Latitude E6400screen, the more energy it requires to operate.
Instead laptops are lighter and quieter and consume less energy (battery about 3-4h in office in accordance with the associated battery). Daily use of the device is the parameter which determines the choice of one or another of these categories. For travel very frequently, choosing a notebook lighter ofDell Vostro 1015and autonomous bring some comfort to the user. For everyday use at home with some travel from time to time, a transportable enough and provides comfort by its larger screen.
The ultra-portableDell XPS M1530: can be classified in this category are models that have a very small footprint and low weight (less than 2 kg). These machines are generally pretty quiet and autonomy is high, at least 4 hours in office. But the ultra-portables have the defects of their qualities: they are less powerful (debatable depending on model and size), theirDell Studio 1537screens are smaller (under 13.3 inches, the screen becomes quite uncomfortable to work long periods) and mostly they are expensive. Miniaturization and low sales volumes still make buying a luxurious ultra-portable even if the trend is a significant drop in prices in this segment. There are now powerful models (cpu and graphics card swift) andDell XPS M2010equipped with 13.3-inch screens that have almost nothing to envy their big brother 15 inches for the players, by cons it will cost at least 800 euros .
Netbooks:Asus EEE PC 701launched by the end of 2007, these small machines ultra lightweight (less than 1 kg) currently face a great success. Their performances are modest (entry-level processor, hard drives limited ...) but sufficient light for office and surfing for very competitive prices, from only 200 euros. These small laptops are often used for many users, see 2nd 3rd computer booster for heavy mobile. Since 2011, netbooks are very strong competition from tablets and smartphones, more and more efficient.
02.01 Graphics Cards:
Component to look closely at when buying a laptop is the graphics card. TheDell Latitude E5500graphics card is, unlike the desktop, almost always soldered to the motherboard (for reasons of space), it better not be wrong! For non-players, the choice has little importance, performance in 2D (desktop, DVD playback, surfing ...) will be roughly equivalent regardless of the graphics card. The integrated graphics solutions are well suited for cheap and consume less energy.
For those who want to play with laptopDell Precision M6400, this component is essential. There are still some interesting solutions include the current GT 540M, GT 630M, GTX 560M Nvidia are an excellent choice for gamers in the mid-range (models sold from 600 euros up to 1500 models with GTX 560M) and equivalent in AMD Radeon 6850M and 6870M's. Underperforming cards like the Radeon 6650M will be struggling in recent games but represent a more efficient solution that integrated chipsets for small budgets. For best performance, we must aimDell Studio 17Nvidia GTX 570M is very powerful, it is currently by far the best choice to play on models of laptops around 1500 euros.
For those seeking high performance, the ultimate solution is theDell XPS M1330GeForce GTX 580M and the AMD Radeon 6990 mobile competitor whose performance is well above other mobile graphics cards on the market. These are the only graphics cards that can really compete with high-end cards office, especially for models that ship two of these graphics cards in SLI and CrossFire. Unfortunately using the models are very expensive, DELL,Toshiba PA3817U-1BRSand Alienware (now a subsidiary of Dell) are the best known brands selling such laptops.
We advise you to read this table (English) for fairly detailed indications on the performance of mobile GPUs (it is updated continuously). But be aware that manufacturers are generally free to choose frequencies GPU from ATI and Nvidia, which has an impact on performance ...
Toshiba Satellite U405D SeriesLaptop screens are LCD type and it is difficult to know the type of tile used (quality is pretty good). There are screens of varying sizes from 10 "to 18" see 20 "in size 4/3 standard (very rare now) or more often 16/10, otherwise known as" wide. "On 16/10 close to the 16/9 is well suited for watching movies (no black bars as a 4/3) and for the office (larger screen). By cons, some older games do not support resolutions at the 16 / 10: the images displayed in resolutions 4/3 will be slightly distorted. Difficult to choose betweenToshiba Satellite U405D-S2848or the other formats, each with advantages and disadvantages depending on usage but 16/10 has become the standard.
The most common models are currently 15 "(or 15.4", 15.6 "wide in) for conventional portable. Much likeToshiba Satellite U405D-S2846flat screens office, these displays have a native resolution and the resolution change is not really possible because the fonts become blurred due to the interpolation. Do not hesitate to get in Fnac stores such Darty or to test the machine and see if the font size is convenient for you surfing or office in native resolution . screens current standards are:
The standard SXGA (Super eXtended Graphics Array) defines a resolution of 1280 x 1024 at 16 million colors. This method has the characteristic of having a ration of 5:4 unlike other modes (VGA, SVGA, XGA, UXGA).
The UXGA (Ultra eXtended Graphics Array) 1600 x 1200 with 16 million colors.
Mode WXGA (Wide eXtended Graphics Array) 1280 x 800 with 16 million colors.
Mode WSXGA (Wide Super eXtended Graphics Array) 1600 x 1024 with 16 million colors.
Mode WSXGA + (Wide Super eXtended Graphics Array +): 1680 x 1050 at 16 million colors.
Mode WUXGA (Wide Ultra eXtended Graphics Array) 1920 x 1200 with 16 million colors.
Mode QXGA (Quad eXtended Graphics Array) 2048 x 1536 with 16 million colors.
QSXGA mode (Quad Super eXtended Graphics Array) 2560 x 2048 with 16 million colors.
QUXGA mode (Quad Ultra eXtended Graphics Array) 3200 x 2400 with 16 million colors.
The tiles can be either matte or glossy (after treatment by the manufacturer). Shiny tiles are more common because this technique allows to bring out the colors, but in return, it makes the screen reflective, like glass. This treatment makes use of a very difficult screenshot bright outdoors or near a window lit by the sun. TheToshiba Satellite U405D-S2850matte screens are unfortunately increasingly rare.
2. Or buy his laptop and what brand to choose?
The brands that offer mobile services and quality (for affordability) that we recommend especially at this time are Asustek, MSI and Toshiba(Toshiba Satellite U405D-S2852). Brands Samsung and Sony are also interesting for their quality (and design) in the high-end and ultra-portable. Consumer brands such as HP and Dell(Dell XPS M1730 Battery), especially in the entry level are generally very good products at prices competitive enough. Dell is also essential in any price range, the robustness of the models is well established models of entry-level performance in both games.
We recommend fewer brands Packard Bell, Acer and Lenovo are very aggressive on price, but often at the expense of quality (cheap machines) rarely of the components which are the same for all laptops (Intel, AMD NVIDIA ...) but at the quality of the plastic hinges,Toshiba Satellite U405D-S2870power, finishing or the service (there are no secrets to offer prices as low ...). Some models very cheap Lenovo or Acer, however, can be adapted for some uses (internet, office, multimedia bit greedy) for reduced budgets. There is also the famous manufacturer Alienware (now a subsidiary of Dell), which offers high-performance machines and high-end prices actually quite reasonable considering the performance (a must for players demanding).
We often receive emails asking us to buy the best shops on the Internet. We do not pretend to know all of them but we particularly recommend the four following online shops: LDLC.com, Materiel.net, Fnac.com RueduCommerce.fr and their prices, their professionalism and the quality of their services . Darty.com, Grosbill.com and Topachat.com sites are also very recommendable.
The Dell laptopsPrecision M4400 Batteryare almost the only available on the manufacturer's website available by clicking on this link. Before ordering from Dell, we recommend you have a look at this forum topic that lists all the coupon codes that Dell offers every week. See our price comparison of laptops that references the most serious of the net merchants and compares the characteristics of several models in a few mouse clicks.
BuyingDell Studio 1737 Batteryon the net can often realize substantial savings and payment management / transport is now well settled, the potential problem of buying on the net is more in case of return or the service time can be a slightly longer (because of the travel time for the return). There is no fear with serious sites like materiel.net or LDLC. If you do not want to buyDell Studio 1735 Batteryonline, we recommend that you rather make your purchase from a specialty store or Fnac kind Darty (their websites are also very good, with the advantage of being able to move in a shop for servicing). Avoid general supermarkets which means often present at very variable and often (very) little benefit.
Stores (online or offline) sometimes offer warranty extensions (2 to 4 years), in the case of a high-end laptopDell Studio 1536that is not a bad idea because a laptop is still fragile, and the risk failure is especially important at the screen (some manufacturers offer warranties glass breakage free as Toshiba). Dell offers an extended warranty to 3 years for a relatively honest and quality of service is more recognized, Asus, MSI and Sony often offer a warranty of 2 years on their mobiles, an excellent thing that can tip the balance for theseDell XPS M1530 Batterymanufacturers.
Regarding the service, it is very difficult to know the quality of service in terms of brands, in general they are all pretty inefficient and very long: these services cost a lot of money to businesses (and their report anything directly ...). In the case of professional use highly dependent on theDell XPS M1330 Battery, it is advisable to take a professional guarantee to obtain a standard exchange throughout France and Europe in 24h or 48h. Dell offers such options ... but, obviously, it's very expensive.
3. Buying guide: our selection of the best models to suit your purposes
In this part of our comparativeToshiba Satellite U405D-S2863we have selected the best models to cover all applications and budgets, you should be able to find LE model that suits you. Thanks to the technology of our price comparison, we find real-time and automatically the three best prices available for each model selected by us. Simply click on the images to go directly to the online store offering the model. Do not hesitate to consult the models listed below and compare prices with our price comparison that references the most serious of the net merchants. It has some interesting options like the comparison on the same page features several models at a glance.
You can also ask for help and advice on the forums PCToshiba Satellite U500-119Configs, our specialists are here to help you.
1. Small (less than 700 &euro
a. Not playful use (office, internet, photos, video playback ...)
For very small budgets who want a 15-inch machine for the office and surfing theToshiba Satellite U405-S2817Edge 15 (NVM3TFR) (Intel Core i3-380M 4GB 500GB 15.6 "DVD LCD Wi-Fi N / Bluetooth Webcam Windows 7 Professional 64-bit) is especially noteworthy for its quality and attractive price around 500 €. Along the same lines, we also mention theToshiba Satellite U405-S2820(Intel Core i3, 4GB, 320GB, 15.6pouces) from 500 € to Dell normally for small businesses but individuals can buy it without proof. qualité-performance/prix The report of the Dell Vostro is very interesting, most of the components can be improved by choosing options (more powerful processor, bigger hard drive, more memory, etc.).. There is also a 13 inch version of a good quality / price ratio, the Vostro 3360 (Intel Core i3, 4GB, 320GB, 13.3pouces). At 17 inches, it can mention the excellentToshiba Satellite U405-S2824(17.3 ", Intel Core i3-2350m 2.30 GHz, 4096 MB, NVIDIA GeForc 610M, 500GB, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 3.2 Kg) that found around 600 euros.
Always for the office, surfing, pictures and video, but more powerful than the above models (a bit more powerful processor, more memory and hard disk a little bigger) while remaining in low price (less than 800 € ), the range is very suitable forToshiba Satellite U405-S2826(and K53 in the range 15-inch), there are several versions with slight differences (more or less powerful processors etc). Include the ASUS K73SV-TY082V (Intel Core i7-2670QM 4GB 750GB 17.3 "LED NVIDIA GeForce GT 610M DVD Wi-Fi N / Bluetooth Webcam Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) to be a workhorse for multimedia use with a large screen (17 inches). In the same category are very goodToshiba Satellite U405-S2830(Intel Core i3 2.1GHz, 3072MB, 320GB, 15.6-inch), and the equivalent of 17 pouves and more powerful, the HP 4730s (Intel Core i5 2.3GHz, 4096MB, 320GB, 17.3-inch) priced starting at 500 euros.
b. Recreational use (office, internet, photos, video playback, video games, 3D application ...)
For relatively good performance in 3D games, while remaining reasonable prices, we must turn to models with powerful graphics cards. For example toToshiba Satellite U405-S2833(Intel Core i5-2430M 4GB 500GB 15.6 "LED NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M DVD Webcam Wireless N Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) is one of the few models cheap (about 600 &euro to properly play 3d games new (Nvidia GeForce GT 540M), it has more than 2 years of warranty. Slightly more powerful and more expensive, the ASUS N53SM-SX162V (Intel Core i3-2350m 4 500GB 15.6 "LED NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M DVD Webcam Wireless N Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) with anToshiba Satellite U405-S2882Nvidia GeForce GT 630M sold around 600 euros is very suitable for playing 15 inches.
Still to play and cheap but 17 inches, we appreciate theToshiba Satellite U405-S2878(Intel Core i7-3610QM 6GB 750GB 17.3 "LED NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M DVD N Wi-Fi / BT Webcam Windows 7 Premium 64 bits) sold around 800 euros with a GT 630M powerful enough. For very small budgets who want to run 3D games, the Toshiba Satellite C870-15F (Intel Pentium B950 4GB 640GB 17.3 "LED AMD Radeon HD 7610M DVD Wi-Fi N / BT Webcam Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) with a Radeon HD 7610M is watching.
Very light and small (13.3 inches) include theToshiba Satellite U405-S2915(Intel Core i3-2350m 4GB 320GB 13.3 "LED NVIDIA GeForce GT 610M Wi-Fi N / Bluetooth Webcam Windows 7 Professional 64-bit) which allows you to run games so suitable for a machine of this size and at this price (700 euros). MSI X460DX also quote-264FR (Intel Core i5 2430M, 4GB, 500GB), excellent 14-inch model very valid for the game with its GeForce GT 630M around 800 euros.
c. Netbooks (e-mails, internet, office light)
In this price range, a new class of machines rather special is growing strongly since the end of 2007, it already accounts for 20% of sales of laptopsToshiba Satellite U405D-S2910: it is netbooks. These laptops are designed for ultra mobility: they are very light (less than 1 kg), small (<12 inches) rather inefficient and sold at attractive prices, typically between 200 and 500 euros (see less taking advantage of an offer coupled with a 3G phone with an operator).
In this category, we selected theToshiba Satellite U405-S2920(Intel Atom N2600 1GB 320GB 10.1 "LED Webcam Wireless N Windows 7).
Models in this category are similar laptops "classic" and can work even if the keyboards and screens are not so comfortable for long periods. Include the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 (with dock keyboard Internet Tablet - NVIDIA Tegra 2 16GB SSD 10.1 "LED Wi-Fi N / Bluetooth Webcam Android 3.0) which is halfway between the netbook and tablet and the new version of ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 (Android 10.1-inch 32 GB ARM Cortex-A9).
In the high end, there is theSatellite U405-ST550W(Intel Core i3-2357M 2GB 64GB SSD 11.6 "LED Wi-Fi N / Bluetooth Webcam Windows 7 Home Premium) which integrates a high performance SSD.
2. Average budget (700-1300 &euro
a. Not playful use (office, internet, photos, video playback ...)
For non-gamers, Dell offers excellent Dell Latitude E5520 (Intel Core i5, 4GB, 320GB, 15.6-inch), 15-inch model fairly upscale, very suitable for those looking for a workhorse for non playful / or professional.
Large size (17 inches) include theToshiba Satellite U405D-S2874(Intel Core i7-2670QM 6GB 1.5TB 17.3 "NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M LED Blu-Ray/Graveur DVD player Wi-Fi N / BT Webcam Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) is a powerful machine 2 year warranty, the graphics card will even run games too greedy. For these purposes, the range of Asus N75 is very attractive, as well as the equivalent range 15-inch N55. ASUS quote N56VZ-S4148V (Intel Core i7 3610QM-6GB 750GB 15.6 "LED NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M DVD Player Blu-Ray/Graveur N Wi-Fi / BT Webcam Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) that are found at 1050 euros.
b. Recreational use (office, internet, photos, video playback, video games, 3D application ...)
For those seeking a multimedia machine with a comfortable big screen include theToshiba Satellite U400-108(Intel Core i5, 6GB, 1000GB, 15.6pouces) with a Radeon HD 7670M powerful enough for newer games. Dell offers a lot of interesting options: backlit keyboard, 7200rpm hard drive, faster processor, long battery life ...
For the game by 15 inches, include the MSI GE60-206FR 0ND (Intel Core i5-3210m 4GB 750GB 15.6 "LED NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M DVD N Wi-Fi / BT Webcam Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) incorporating a GTX 660M graphics card powerful.
17 inches include theToshiba Satellite U400-10I(Intel Core i5-2450m 4GB 500GB 17.3 "LED NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M DVD N Wi-Fi / BT Webcam Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit), which is a very good machine 17 inches to play, the GeForce GTX 570M will run recent games in very good condition.
3. Budget (greater than 1300 &euro
For the players, 17-inch,Toshiba Satellite U400-ST3301(Intel Core i7-3610QM 8GB 1.5TB (2x 750GB) 17.3 "LED NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670m Player DVD Blu-ray/Graveur N Wi-Fi / BT Webcam Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) MSI GT783 and-659FR (17.3 ", Intel Corei7-2670QM (2.20GHz), 8192MB, NVIDIA GTX 580M GeForc, 750GB, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) prices from 1600 euros with a high-powered GeForce GTX 580M are what is best in prices even "reasonable."
By 15 inches, the choice is limited because the most powerful machines to play are 17 inches because it takes space to accommodate large graphics cards and it makes sense to have a large screen to enjoy 3D games Recent and mobile graphics cards swift. One of our favorite models in this category is theToshiba Satellite U500-1EX(Intel Core i7 2.2GHz, 6144MB, 1000GB, 15.6 inches) which has a GTX 560M.
In the high end, you have to run, depending on the size of the screen, to theHP Pavilion DV6000(Intel Core i7 2GHz, 4096MB, 750GB, 14.1-inch) priced starting at € 1200 depending on options and the Alienware M17x, it is surely a must for players with its GeForce GTX 675m.
We recommend four large following online shops for your purchases of laptopsHP Pavilion DV6: LDLC.com, Materiel.net, Fnac.com and RueduCommerce for their prices, their professionalism and the quality of their services in general. Laptops Dell brand is only available on the manufacturer's website. Darty.com, Grosbill.com and Topachat.com sites are also very recommendable. See our price comparison that most reference models and internet merchants serious.
For more information or any questions do not hesitate to ask for help on the forums ConfigsPC before buying, our specialists are here to help (specify the maximum you need to have a precise and accurate answer). This page "laptop buying guide" is regularly updated based on the outputs of the new models.
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