Magnus Itland (itlandm) wrote,
Magnus Itland

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Dell Studio Hybrid

It is small, lightweight and designed to minimized wife aggro. It uses little power and much recycling. It has a decent processor (or two, depending on how you count) and plenty of disk and memory. And then it ruins it all by having a Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 instead of a real video card, meaning it will probably not run City of Heroes and maybe not even Sims 2. Would it have killed them to put an Nvidia onboard graphics chip instead, like 6100/6150? Games cannot tell these from real video cards. My old secondary PC is breaking down, I just might have bought this one if it had come with a games-compatible video chipset. -_-

It bears mention that this machine would be delivered from Dell's Irish plant and support would also be European, so it being Dell is not damning in itself. I have a Dell machine, and it lasted a year and a half before the screen started turning black shortly after startup. I believe that with Norwegian consumer laws, I can have it repaired for free within the first two years - our consumer laws overrule contracts. I even have the packaging it came in. Or, I could take the screen from the old desktop (which is well past its warranty) and set up with the laptop instead, and not buy a new desktop at all. But what is the fun in not buying computers? Especially new computers that are different from the ones you have.
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