buying help

  lonemascot 13:03 01 Oct 2005
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I was looking at buying this laptop for around £280. I laptop would have to handle games, office work, internet browsing, video and web editing. just about everything. do you think it would it be up to the job?

Also there are no lid catches apparently. Is this likely to wind me up or is it something you can live with?

Medion Laptop

CPU Type and Speed
Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz

Memory
512MB

HDD
40GB

Screen size:
15" TFT

Operating System
WINDOWS XP HOME (LICENSE ON UNIT)

CD Drive:
DVDRW

Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce 5350

Audio
Vinyl AC 97

LAN
Onboard

Modem
Onboard

Ports
keyboard, mouse, serial, VGA, TV-out, infa-red, firewire, audio I/O, S/F reader, SM reader

1x PCMCIA

3x USB

  Skills 14:15 01 Oct 2005

For the price that looks like a good deal. Do you know how much memory the graphics card has and if it has its own memory or if its shared with the system.

Also could you post a link to the laptop in question?

Really for that price thou thats a well specified laptop and should be up to most things although it may struggle a bit with the latest games. Depends onn the graphics cards specs.

  lonemascot 14:44 01 Oct 2005

doesn't specify graphics memory unfortunately. I'm also looking at this laptop for about the same price.

what do you think is better?

Manufacturer's product description
Fujitsu AMILO A1630 notebook

General
System Type Notebook
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial
Processor AMD Athlon 64 3700+ / 2.4 GHz
Chipset Type SiS755
Cache Memory
Type L2 Cache
Installed Size 1 MB

RAM
Installed Size 1 GB / 1 GB (max)
Technology DDR SDRAM - 333 MHz
Memory Specification Compliance PC2700

Storage Controller
Type IDE
Storage
Hard Drive 60 GB

Optical Storage
Type DVD±RW (+R double layer) - integrated
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 5x (DVD+R DL)
CD / DVD Rewrite Speed 20x (CD) / 5x (DVD±RW)

Card Reader
Type Card reader
Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard

Display
Display Type 15.4" TFT active matrix
Max Resolution 1280 x 800

Video
Graphics Processor / Vendor ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9700 - AGP 8x
Video Memory DDR SDRAM - 128 MB
Max Resolution (external) 1600 x 1200

Audio
Audio Output Sound card
Audio Codec Realtek ALC655

Compliant Standards AC '97
Audio Input Microphone
Input Device(s)
Type Keyboard, touchpad
Telecom
Modem Fax / Modem
Max Transfer Rate 56 Kbps
Protocols & Specifications ITU V.90
Networking
Networking Network adapter
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Slots Total (Free) 1 ( 1 ) x CardBus - type I/II
2 ( 0 ) x memory
1 ( 1 ) x SD Memory Card
1 ( 1 ) x Memory Stick
Interfaces 1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25)
1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
3 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A
1 x display / video - S-video output
1 x infrared - IrDA
1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11
1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45
1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm
1 x audio - line-In - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
1 x audio - SPDIF output/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
Miscellaneous
Compliant Standards ACPI 2.0, CE, EPA Energy Star, ISO 13406-2
Power
Power Device External (not supplied)
Voltage Required AC 110/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Battery
Technology Lithium Ion
Installed Qty 1
Capacity 4400 mAh
Run Time (Up To) 3 hour(s)
Operating System / Software
OS Provided Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

  Skills 22:42 01 Oct 2005

Out of the two I'd say the fujitsu is a better buy, 64 bit processor, a gig of RAM and I have had a couple of fujitsu notebooks recently both had there own video card memory so that one should be a better bet for games. Widescreen as well.

The dealings I had with fujitsu support where very good as well, the laptop I had was supplied with a dead BIOS battery instead of them taking it in for repair they just issued me with a returns number so a new one could be sent out.

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