Acer Aspire 9813 as a gaming machine?

  MattyBBoy 13:31 18 Jan 2007

I am looking to buy a gaming laptop in the near future. There are two laptops wich seem to stand out taking cost and features into mind they are the

Acer Aspire 9813 and HP Pavilion dv9022ea.

Some reviews of the acer say it is poor as a gaming machine. Can anyone enlighten me further as I am very tempted by the price at around £1260. The HP is £1300 and of course, the DELL XPS is also £1300 but doesn't have half the extras of the Aspire and the HP. Really I want to know if they are suitable for games.

  Kate B 15:57 18 Jan 2007

Can you post the specs, please? Impossible to comment without seeing them, though in general laptops are not gaming machines. T

  Quiet Life 18:35 18 Jan 2007

Main Specifications
Product Description Acer Aspire 9813WKMi - Core 2 Duo T5500 1.66 GHz - 20.1" TFT

Dimensions (WxDxH) 47.5 cm x 35.2 cm x 6.2 cm

Weight 7.8 kg

Localisation United Kingdom

Platform Technology Intel Centrino Duo

System Type Notebook

Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, subwoofer, wireless LAN aerial, Bluetooth aerial

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 / 1.66 GHz ( Dual-Core )

Cache Memory 2 MB - L2 Cache

RAM 2 GB (installed) / 4 GB (max) - DDR II SDRAM - 667 MHz - PC2-5300

Card Reader 5 in 1

Hard Drive 120 GB - Serial ATA-150

Hard Drive (2nd) 120 GB - Serial ATA-150

Optical Storage DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM - integrated

Display 20.1" TFT active matrix 1680 x 1050 ( WSXGA+ ) - 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

Graphics Controller NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 - 256 MB

TV & Radio Tuners Air/Cable TV, DVB-T

Audio Output Sound card

Telecom Fax / modem - 56 Kbps

Networking Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Wireless NIC Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG

Notebook Camera Integrated - 1.3 Megapixel - CMOS

Input Device Keyboard, touchpad, 4-way scroll button

Power AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Battery Lithium Ion

Run Time (Up To) 1.5 hour(s)

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

A pity the processor is not the 2.0ghz which has double the level 2 cache but it certainly has a lot of features.
No doubt a real gamer can comment on the spec.

  flycatcher1 18:55 18 Jan 2007

I am attracted to the Dell XPS M1710 especially with the option of the 3yr Next Day option.

  Jim757 03:00 19 Jan 2007

Well, I've been playing PC games since 1992 if that qualifies me as a real PC gamer!! Gaming laptops are becoming more and more popular. The Dell setup sounds ok, but what sort of games are you looking at running? The GeForce 7600 is not a bad graphics card, but are you looking at playing new stuff such as Crysis or Rainbow Six Las Vegas? - both of these will bring that card to it's knees if you turn up the res and eye candy settings. Coupled with that CPU, it should run Oblivion (the best RPG ever made IMHO) at a res of 1024x768 with all the bells and whistles turned up - The 2gb of RAM and SATA HDD will help a lot too.

Plus, bear in mind that if you do want to play the latest games, everyone is gearing towards Direct X10 graphics cards such as the Geforce 8800 - I'm not sure what the laptop solution is with regards to this but to be fair, it will be a while before Windows Vista is established. 12 months down the line, things will be different though and £1300 is a lot of money to spend on something that could well be past it after just a year of use.

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