New Laptop Update

February 18, 2008

There was a slight change of plan when it came to the laptop. After placing the order with Dell I realised there was going to be a 15 day wait for delivery.

Can I wait 15 days? You must be kidding.

So it was time for plan b, have a look on the high street stores via the internet to find a replacement. After some proper searching I had come to the conclusion that I had two choices. One was a Macbook (yeah, I know…) and the other was the same Dell (not available in shops eh? lol) as the original just with a souped up spec and a few quid more. I was very tempted by both, but what swung it in the end was the spec per pound of the Dell. So, here I am happily typing a way on this pretty little beast:

Processor Type INTEL CORE 2 DUO T7250
Processor speed 2.00 GHZ
Memory Size 2048 MB
Memory Type DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive Capacity 250 GB
Optical Drives DVDRW + R9
CD-ROM Speed 24 x
CD-RW Speed. 10 x
DVD-ROM Speed 8 x
DVD-RW Speed 4 x
Floppy Disk Drive NO
Screen Size/Type 13.3
Graphics Card Type NVIDIA. GeForce? 8400M GS
Graphics Memory 128 MB
TV-out NO Yes,it does have it really, just via HDMI
Sound Type INTEGRATED
Wireless Enabled YES
No. of USB Connections 2
No. of Firewire Connections 1
Other Interfaces 8-IN-1 CARD READER
Battery Type LI ION
Software Titles Included Works 8.5
Operating system VISTA Home premium
Weight 1.8 kg
Height 34 mm
Width 318 mm
Depth 238 mm

Yeah. Vista, I know. But I am tempted to leave it on as one system so I do actually use Vista as a regular OS. And I have just spent a good half an hour cleaning off all the crap that comes installed. only four or five toolbar icons now.

Anyway, that’s all folks.


PS3

October 25, 2007

I took the plunge recently and purchased a PlayStation 3 and have been amazed at the quality of the system. Not only are the games and graphics totally ‘Next Generation’, the system itself has some great features. It’s connected via wi-fi to my home network and I can play online, against spotty 12 year olds no doubt; I have downloaded about 6 game demos meaning I can play before I buy. I have to admit that the main reason I opted for the PS3 over the 360 is the fact that the PS plays Blue-Ray discs out of the box. Spider-Man 3 was the bundled Blue-Ray disc that came with the system and the picture and sound quality is absolutely brilliant, there is no turning back now. I only have one real complaint, and that is the fact that you have to buy a HDMI cable seperately in order to have the full HD experiance, which I now have on my wide-screen TV. The only thing that remains for me to do is to move my surround sound speakers downstairs from the bedroom and the total next-gen experiance will be complete. Brilliant.