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Initial post: Apr 15, 2012 12:33:27 AM PDT
May I ask of all, that if you were interested in a large screen laptop (17+") for predominately music and video listening/watching what would you recommend?

Sure I'd love full HD, HDMI, dual drives, and all the great components I see advertised...but I would like to stay under $1.5K and in Windows.

It's not that I'd be ONLY using it for vid and music, but does anyone have any preferences for what they think has the best sound and image?

Have looked (on line only) at the Envy, the Dell 17 and the MSI GT780, but there's got to be other suggestions out there.

I think I'm already sold on the models that have a sub-woofer, reviews say it makes a big difference.

I'm not too interested in video/audio editing, but if there's something I ought to know, please include your thoughts!


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Posted on Apr 15, 2012 3:58:25 PM PDT
Bill, A lot to choose from. I'll give you the benefit of my research. I recently purchased an HP dv7-6c47cl of all places from Walmart. Took advantage of the six months, no interest. Rather than just rave about how happy I am about I thought I'd let you look it up and decide for yourself. Go to click electronics and then laptops. On the screen left side, choose 17inch; HP brand; and $1,000 - $1250 price. Then scroll down and click update. Then the screen will pop up with the laptop. When there scroll down to the little data sheet and click view. The second page lists all the goodies this baby has. There is no Dell, Toshiba or any other brand that can come close to this baby at anywhere near the price. I researched the review for this and the similar dv7-6c90us. I chose the larger hard drive, 500 GB for $40. B

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 5:43:58 PM PDT
Hey B,
There's a new DV7 coming out in a few weeks, so I thought I'd hold out till at least then and maybe get a hands-on somewhere.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 6:43:42 AM PDT
WolfPup says:
Unfortunately I have a lot of issues with a lot of current notebooks because so many of them have issues caused by "switchable" graphics now. I *think* basically anything with an AMD GPU and Intel CPU is problematic, and unfortunatly most Nvidia based systems use switchable graphics too :(

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 1:40:01 PM PDT
Kort says:
For a large laptop, portability really isn't an issue. I don't think there are any laptops that can compete with even a $50 set of external speakers plus a sub-woofer. If it is important to be able to bring it with you easily then yeah, find something with good sound, but otherwise I wouldn't stress about it overmuch if yo can hook it up to decent externals. Toshiba's Qosimo line has a good rep, but I really like the looks of and the reviews for the HP Envy 17-3070NR with Beats Audio.

WolfPup might be able to direct you to an Asus that has better specs in that price range. The ASUS Republic of Gamers G74SX-AH71 squeaks in under the wire, though the ASUS N75SF-DH71 might be even better.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 8:32:53 AM PDT
WolfPup says:
That N75 looks like a nice notebook, but because the G74 DOESN'T have Optimus/switchable graphics and goes for the same price, I'd do that in a heartbeat (plus it's GPU is better anyway).

Well, the slightly stripped down Best Buy model goes for the same price. It has 2/3 the video memory bandwidth of the "normal" G74s, but it still has a better GPU than that N75, and it's still as good or better than anything else in it's (cheaper) price range, so...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 8:37:18 AM PDT
Kort says:
I was gonna say, the G74 on Amazon goes for a couple hundred more than the N75. And the N75 has larger HD, though comes with less memory.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 12:18:30 PM PDT
WolfPup says:
Yeah, the Best Buy one is I think $1200, or $1300, and really a great deal. It just has a 128-bit instead of 192 bit memory interface for the GPU, but it's still as good or better than anything else you're going to get for $1300 or less, so that's really a moot point (though worth considering if you're comparing it to higher end versions of the G74).

Of course the G75 should be out if not this month then maybe by July or August, but still.

Not sure about the speakers though. I mean they're fine for me, but some notebooks might have better, although certainly some have worse, though a decent pair of $100 external speakers would probably beat anything built in.

Good enough to listen to podcasts on anyway.
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