So I’m getting a new laptop. I just ordered it from Dell today, and it looks like it’ll be here within a few weeks. I can’t tell you how stoked I am about this. I’ve been wanting a new laptop for a while, since my current one has been getting on in years (and getting cranky at the same time). Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice laptop. It’s a Toshiba Satellite A45, but it just doesn’t do what I want it to do, which is namely games. The integrated Intel graphics don’t cut it with anything better than Half-Life or The Sims, and the paltry 512MB of memory makes it hard to do anything without having to sit and wait for it to do…nothing at all. It’s gotten worse in recent months, which is why I sprung for the Dell.
The new laptop is a brand-spanking-new Inspiron E1505. I know, it’s a Dell, and everyone tells you to stay away from them. But I’ve read not one, not two, but three separate reviews from computer magazines saying how nice the E1505 is. Besides, I got to customize it completely. Can’t do that with Sony or HP. Anyways, I managed to keep the expenses under a grand, but I just had to have the 256MB ATI graphics card to satiate my gaming needs, and the dual core processor should make for less downtime waiting for programs to open up.
The one thing I’m not liking, though, is the fact it comes pre-loaded with Vista. Now, I’ll be glad to finally get my hands on a copy of the new OS so I can see how it works for myself, but I’ve been hearing bad things about it with regards to games running horrendously slow or not working at all. This is actually not Microsoft’s fault. Instead, it’s the fault of hardware manufacturers for not getting Vista-compatible drivers out and ready for when Vista launched. As it is, most drivers are still in beta and cause a lot of compatibility issues. All things considered, I’d rather have XP Pro installed. But I think I’ll just try my hand with Vista. For every person who says Vista causes them problems, there’s another who has no problems at all. As I like to say, it’s usually a case of PICNIC: problem in chair, not in computer.
Anyways, once I get the laptop, I’ll be sure to write a full review for your viewing pleasure once I’ve played with it sufficiently