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Out of curiosity I poked at HP's site to see if they have any laptops with the Athlon64. They do... One HP model and one Compaq - extremely similar. I could get either one fairly tricked out - A64-3200+, 60GB HD, 512MB RAM (1xSODIMM), 15.4" WSXGA, DVD/CDRW, 11g & BT - for about $1650.

I am so very, very tempted right now. Must not impulse buy. I should at least shop around to see who else offers A64 laptops...

I am: lust
Current Media: PWEI - Cape Connection

restless1 From: restless1 Date: March 9th, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Tempt, tempt, tempt.

eMachines also makes an Athalon 64 laptop, the m6805.

It's an Athalon 64 3000+ with 512DDR, 60GB HD, 15.4" Widescreen display and a Radeon 9600 graphics card with 64MB dedicated video ram.

It usually comes in around $1450 after rebates. I know for a fact that Best Buy has 'em.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 9th, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
First - do I know you? I did a quick scroll through your LJ and one of your subjects is a quote from the old english dub of MegaZone23 Part 2. Which is just a really odd coincidence, being my name is MegaZone and all...

I found the eMachine after I posted. I also know about the VooDoo laptop and similar machines - but I'm really not looking for a $3000 portable game box running desktop Athlon64s, which those are.

The eMachine looks interesting. It has DVD-RW which the Compaq lacks and a better video card (RADEON 9600 vs GeForce4 440). But the eMachine is only 1280x800 resolution, and the Compaq does 1680x1050. The Compaq also has BlueTooth. I can also kick the Compaq up to 3200+ and a 12-cell battery. Even with the configuration upped the Compaq is within $100.

The Compaq does have FireWire and 5-in-1 memory reader.
restless1 From: restless1 Date: March 9th, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)


A: I've been reading Eyrie fics since before I actually knew I was. (chalk that one to downloading odd text files off of a BBS ten states away twelve years ago).

B: Megazone 23 Part II was the second anime I ever got to see as actual 'anime'. (Star Blazers, Harlock, and Robotech notwithstanding) Right after the god of all mecha anime, Gunbuster.

C: My SO has a freaky memory and remembers a two or three email conversation that she exchanged with you two or three years ago and, upon discovering that you have a LJ account, added you to her friends list so she can see how you've been doing lately. She also likes it because you post about four times as often as the rest of the people on her list.

D: Since I work at Best Buy, I'm exposed to this stuff all day, every day...and when I see people muse or ask a question about a computer, I am compelled to respond. Call it a conditioned response. ^_^;
From: ninjarat Date: March 10th, 2004 07:09 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Tempt, tempt, tempt.

eMachines usually offers good bang for the buck in its mid to high end stuff. rei, the machine that handles EPU's web site, is my eMonster 550.

Alienware hasn't put AMD64 into a notebook, yet, but it is only a matter of time. It might be worth your while to wait to see what Alienware offers, if you want real desktop performance (and microscopic battery life :).
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 10th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, the thing is, when Alienware does it I'll be a Desknote running a desktop A64 instead of Mobile, and it'll probably cost $3k like the Voodoo box and the others in that class.

If I had that kind of money I'd go for it, but the HP/Compaq and eMachines boxes are half the cost and much of the performance. And probably have better battery life since they run Mobile A64 chips.
restless1 From: restless1 Date: March 9th, 2004 10:06 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)


Forgot to mention it's a DVD/CD-RW, 802.11g, 3 USB 2.0, 1 IEEE 1394.
donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: March 9th, 2004 10:26 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Oops.

One of the guys I work with has that, was totally un-advertised at Best Buy for a good couple months there. I must say, for an e-machine, which I normally scorn to the depths of my soul, that thing is damn sweet. Actually, for pretty much any laptop, it's damn sweet. HOWEVER! Major caveat, we have not been terribly succesful getting any flavor of *nix running on it. I've been teaching him the ways of BSD, and neither 4.x nor 5.x will even complete an install on it, etc. I think he's got one of the linux distros on there now, but it's still extremely flaky. So if you want it for a Windows box, it's hella sweet, if you want to put *nix on it, you might want to consider waiting a while, since I've heard the issues he experienced are endemic to a lot of the AMD64 boards.