I got an e-mail from a friend yesterday with a bit of a challenge. They currently have an original 15 inch MacBook Pro and are looking to upgrade. The laptop primarily gets used under Windows, so they are trying to find an equivalent PC rather than have to pay out for a copy of Windows on top of the copy of OS X that will come with the machine. The challenge is set out below:
Men (and woman) of geeky tendencies, I require your assistance.
If I wanted a portable machine with a ~15â€? screen, at least 1440×900 res, with a graphics card comparable to a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT, what should I get?
Itâ€™ll need to support 3Gb of RAM (maybe 4Gb if I go 64bit), and be capable enough to run many virtual machines, as well as all the latest games with prettiness turned up (UT3, Iâ€™m looking at you.). Would be nice it were no heavier than 2.5Kg.
The 2007 edition of the MacBook Pro ticks a lot of boxes, but Iâ€™m not sure about paying the OSX tax to get what will in effect be just another XP laptop.
What are Sony, Toshiba, HP, Dell, Alienware etc doing in the lightweight gaming laptop space? Have I missed out a manufacturer who is doing great things? What would you recommend?
All opinions welcome!
My thoughts are that there aren’t many options at the moment since many of the laptops in that form factor come with on board graphics which are not really suitable for gaming.
I also think that you’ll struggle to find a design quite as sleek as the MacBook Pro since Apple are building machines using a custom chassis whereas the majority of the rest build their machines with off-the-shelf parts. Having said that, I’m probably totally biased in that I have an Apple machine as my main box and probably wouldn’t run a MacBook Pro in anything other than OS X!
So, anyone got any suggestions?