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Old 04-05-2006, 06:55 PM   #1
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Default PSP or Laptop?

I currently have a PSP on layaway, which I can pay off on or before the 21st, but now my brother said he would sell me his Dell Inspiron 8600 for $300. Heres the specs on the laptop

Pentuim M 1.3GHZ/600MHZ
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It has some problems though. The part where the screen touches so the laptop will go into hibirnation mode kinda broke off, so when you close the screen down, its still on.
The hard drive needs to be reformatted or even replaced since it had/has some problems. The DVD+RW drive doesnt work, but my brother is going to replace it with a DVD±RW drive. Also the finish is kinda dull on the bottom.


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Old 04-05-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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You'd get better emulation on a laptop.

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What, you actually want a psp for something OTHER than snes (etc) emulation?

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Old 04-05-2006, 07:17 PM   #3
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> What, you actually want a psp for something OTHER than snes
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Quasi-quality PS2 games? Cool factor? Beat people in Wi-Fi battles?

Damn, its looking kinda lop-sided now I think about it. Plus I plan to upgrade to 1GB and at least a 100GB HD so I could be semi-Vista ready and may even play GTA:SA. Basically, thats my benchmark right there. As if its Quake II and its 1998 all over again :P
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:18 PM   #4
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Get the laptop no question. If you want a PSP later, pick up a used one with version 1.5 or 2.0. The later versions all have firmware lockouts for homebrew and backups.

I have a PSP and I love it, but I'd go for the $300 no question. Just a way better deal, even with the minor problems.
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Old 04-05-2006, 11:01 PM   #5
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laptop or psp
wow thats hard. I think laptop because they are more expensive and you are getting a good price but mine doesn't go into hibernation mode either. Don't worry, you should be able to do that manually. Less convinient, yes. good price, yes.
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:59 AM   #6
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> I currently have a PSP on layaway, which I can pay off on or
> before the 21st, but now my brother said he would sell me
> his Dell Inspiron 8600 for $300. Heres the specs on the
> laptop

That's probably not bad for $300. I think you ought to go for it, but be absolutely sure of any possible hardware problems before buying. The hibernation thing is pretty minor really, and you said he's replacing the DVD-RW drive...but make sure that HD isn't gonna crap out on you.
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Old 04-06-2006, 04:42 AM   #7
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Laptop for sure, it's actually better than the one I'm using right now.
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:39 PM   #8
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> That's probably not bad for $300. I think you ought to go
> for it, but be absolutely sure of any possible hardware
> problems before buying. The hibernation thing is pretty
> minor really, and you said he's replacing the DVD-RW
> drive...but make sure that HD isn't gonna crap out on you.

if the hard drive does crap out on you, get a 5200 or 7200 rpm drive, it'll provide faster performance than the stock drive. the clippy thing isn't that big of a deal, and the drive upgrade is a bonus. all and all the psp is good.... for like a few months, then you tend to get bored of it.
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Old 04-06-2006, 06:29 PM   #9
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Laptop. No question.

PSP is a waste of cash, I mean, compare what both can do:

Laptop: Plays DVD movies, does any task, emulates consoles, can go anywhere with you.

PSP: Plays PS2 rehashes, plays soon-to-be-discontinued UMD movies. Plays a total of five songs off of overpriced memory stick cards.

There simply is no choice here.
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:26 PM   #10
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Well, I personally want a PSP, but if I had the choice between a PSP and a laptop (even though the laptop has a few minor problems), I'd go with the laptop. You'll get way more use from a laptop than a PSP. I'm personally waiting for the PSP to make another drop in price before I actually get one, because $249 for a handheld that I'm not even gonna play with as much as my other systems is waaay too expensive. Plus, a laptop with that kind of stuff included is more expensive than the $300 that your brother wants for it... so you'd be making a good choice to get the laptop.
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