by Toshiaki - 12/25/05 1:42 PM
In Reply to: great price by Qosmio
the toshiba qosmio in my opinion and many of my colleagues on the fabled www.notebookforums.com is drastically overpriced for a notebook of its caliber. the screen is only a wxga, which is hardly good enough for video editing or crisp graphics for gaming. you won't see it playing doom 3 anytime soon. the gpu is also a nvidia 6600, which is hardly worth the large sum of money the user is paying for. its better to find a notebook with the 256mb mr x700 or higher like the nvidia 6800 found on the inspiron 9300 like the musician4ever suggested. the reason why the nvidia 6600 is on the qosmio is because it is a low cost gpu to render graphics on a standard resolution wxga screen. the two 60gb 5400rpm hard drives in raid 0 on the qosmio will never stand up in performance to the 100gb 7200rpm hitachi travelstar 7k100 found on the inspiron 9300. the 7k100 is the best performing notebook hard drive on the market as of now, the seagate momentus 7200 as the second best performing. the 60gb hard drives on the qosmio are probably going to be made by a less performing manufacturer like toshiba or samsung. the only good about them is that they total up to 20gb more space than the 7k100, but remember, all hard drives when partitioned and used by windows lose ~7% of its actual space. the audio card on the qosmio is a bit obsolete; the AC '97 is falling into the shadows in the presence of the azalia multi channels that are becoming standard on most laptops now, such as my sager. as for the "qosmio engine," it is a good passive feature of the qosmio but it enhances the screen's quality passively by taking advantage of the high 400:1 contrast ratio and brightness of the screen to produce crisper images. but a wuxga can still smoke the qosmio's screen with or without the "qosmio engine." lastly, about the cpu and ram, the 2.0ghz pm is good, but i could be better for the system's price. once a laptop price goes over $2500, this being the total price after tax and shipping, it must have 2gb of ram or the deal isn't worth it. there are a handful of 17 inchers that are worth the price. www.notebookforums.com is the home of the geekiest of geeks and they will be more than willing to lend you a hand in shopping providing that you give them the guidelines of what you want in a laptop and your spending budget. i'm also an active member on that forums so drop by and pm me if you need more help musician4ever.
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