Reviewed model : Inspiron 15R
Processor Sandy Bridge i5-2430M RAM 4GB 1333Mhz Graphic Card 1GB NVIDIAŽ GeForceŽ GT 525M graphics with Optimus Display 15.6" (39.6cm) HD WLED True-Life (1366x768) Hard Drive Up to 640GB SATA hard drive (5400RPM) Camera 1.0MP Integrated 1280x720 native HD Webcam
Price: Starts at 40k
Pro: 1.Value for money.
2. Great machine for everyday use.
Reviewed model : XPS 15
Processor Sandy Bridge i5-2430M or i7 2670QM/2760QM/2860QM RAM 4GB 1333Mhz Graphic Card 1GB NVIDIAŽ GeForceŽ GT 525M graphics with Optimus/
2GB NVIDIAŽ GeForceŽ GT 540M graphics with Optimus
- 15.6" (39.6cm) HD (1366x768) WLED display with TrueLife™/
- 15.6" (39.6cm) FHD (1920x1080) B+RGLED display with TrueLife™
- Up to 750GB hard drive (7200RPM)
- Up to 256GB Solid State hard drive
Camera 2.0MP HD with single digital mic
Price: Starts at 50k
Upgraded model costs >60k
Pro: 1. Awesome 1080p screen. (Best in market)
2. Great Speakers.
Cons: 1. Pricey.
2. Horrible 720p Screen. (Worst in market)
There are better options in market for the money you spend on this machine.
If you are Dell fanboy and don't want to get any others, be sure to get the 1080p Screen upgrade.
Also upgrade to the 540M graphic card if you are into a bit of gaming.
Pavilion dv4-3xxx series:
Reviewed model: Pavilion dv4-3016tx
Processor Sandy Bridge i5-2430M RAM 4GB 1333Mhz Graphic Card AMD Radeon HD 6750M (1 GB DDR5) Display 14.0" High-Definition LED HP Brightview Display Hard Drive 500GB SATA hard drive (5400RPM) Camera 2.0MP HD
Pro: 1. Value for money.
2. Great machine for daily use and casual gaming.
3. Great looks.
Cons: 1. None.
Pavilion dv61xx series
Reviewed model : Pavilion dv6121tx
Processor Sandy Bridge i7-2630QM RAM 4GB 1333Mhz Graphic Card AMD Radeon HD 6770M (2 GB GDDR5 dedicated) Display 15.6" High-Definition LED HP BrightView Display Hard Drive 640GB SATA hard drive (5400RPM) Camera 2.0MP HD
Price : 55k
Pro : 1. Value for money.
2. Gaming class graphics solution.
3. Great looks.
Cons: 1. Not much upgradable like XPS.
Also See HP Pavilion dv6140tx machine.
Dell Inspiron and HP dv4-31xx
Both the machines have HD 720p screens and are comparable. You can't enjoy the 1080p Blu Ray movies at maximum. Anyways that doesn't matter much on these budget machines.
AMD Radeon HD 6750M with DDR5 memory is very much faster than NVIDIAŽ GeForceŽ GT 525M with slower DDR3 memory. If you are into gaming, HP dv4 is your machine.
Dell XPS and HP dv61xx
The 1080p screen is the selling point of Dell XPS. If you want to enjoy movies on your laptop, go for XPS. But the screen upgrade does cost something around 10k. And the 720p screens are comparable, though HP screen looks a bit better.
Graphics wise HP dv6 is a gaming class(high mid level card to be precise) machine with it's AMD Radeon HD 6770M beating the NVIDIAŽ GeForceŽ GT 540M which is just an entry level graphic card. You can max out all the games that are currently available in market atleast in High settings if not Ultra.
Take the following order to compare the graphic cards that various laptops are offering today.
(all the 5xx cards are from nvidia and 6xxx are amd cards)
Anyways Dell has Alienware range of laptops and HP has Envy series of laptops in Gaming Class.
Other options: Sony Vaio, Acer Aspire, Toshiba, Asus, Lenovo and Samsung range of laptops.