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AdminSecret's Laptop Buying Guide

AdminSecret's Laptop Buying Guide

Eric Dahl / InsideTech for AdminSecret

October 03, 2008

5. Discrete Graphics Are Worth the Price

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Never buy a machine with integrated graphics. It’s just not worth the hassle in a market where you can find $900 laptops with discrete ATI or nVidia graphics and dedicated video memory built in.

Upgrade to discrete graphics, and you’ll gain smoother DVD, Blu-ray, or video playback; more battery life while watching video; better overall performance (because your system won’t use main memory for graphics); and the ability to actually play games, rather than muddling through them.

Trust me. It’s worth it.

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