Miscellaneous laptop discussions forum: HP Pavilion zd8000 vs. Dell Inspiron 9300

by: straca March 7, 2005 3:52 AM PST

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HP Pavilion zd8000 vs. Dell Inspiron 9300

by straca - 3/7/05 3:52 AM

I am deciding between these desktop replacements.

The following are the specs:

HP zd8000
P4 w/ HT 3.2Ghz
1 GB DDR SDRAM, 400 MHz
60 GB 7200 RPM HD
8x DVD +/- RW/R & CD-RW
256 MB ATI Radeon x600
17" WXGA BrightView(1440x900)
Windows XP Pro
$1,854.99 (free S/H; Costco.com)

Dell 9300
Pentium M 750 (1.86 Ghz/533Mhz FSB)
1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM 533 MHz 2 Dimm
60 GB 7200 RPM HD
8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW0 with double-layer write capability
256 MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
17" Ultra Sharp XGA (1440x900)
Windows XP Pro
$2,032 + S/H (Dell.com)

The PC will be used primarily for data processing and streaming, DVD viewing, Internet surfing (need compability since I travel a lot, mostly in Europe, N. America, Australia once in blue moon). I do not play games now. Weight is not much of an issue, performance and good quality PC is.

This would be my first HP or Dell. I owed Toshiba before and was very happy with it. But reading the negative comments plus they seem to always throw in some cheaper stuff and I want faster RPM HD (only Qosmio has 5400 RPM HD) makes me look at these two laptops.

My questions are:
1. Which processor is better: Pentium 4 or the Centrino "Sonoma"?
2. I really like the HP keyboard (this keyboard should be on every 17" laptop), but am not too crazy about the weight, heat issues and P4.
3. Video memory: Dell offers ATI x300 with 128 MB, NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800. HP ATI x600. I may not need 256 MB, so how x300 compares to x600?
4. Is it really worth to spend extra $200 for Windows Media Center (HP)?

Which one would you recommend and why? Thank you all for comments.

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