I'm writing this on an Acer I bought 9 months ago. Even though it's only 9 months old I'm in the market for a new notebook because this piece of crap has a truly awful video card - the Intel 910 GML, which presumably must stand for "Graphics Must Lag".
I can't even get acceptable performance out of Warcraft 3 which is some 5 years old from this laptop which is less than 1 year old and upgraded to 1gb of ram.
Basically I wasted my money on a new laptop that shipped with an old video card - that wasn't on the description but I'm sure you can blame Acer or Circuit City for that. One thing's for certain - it's not my fault for putting my trust in a well known and respected name like Intel.
Today I noticed HP have brought out a new notebook which looks quite cool. The only reason I bought this one actually was because the HP I had was stolen in New York City.
The new HP DV9500T looks great except I'm really concerned about one factor - it has an Intel GMA X3100 and there's no option to get it with another video card.
I haven't been able to locate any benchmarks showing how this card stacks up against nVidia and ATI notebook offerings, and I'm afraid of blowing another wad of cash on a machine I'm going to be consistently disappointed by.
So be honest now - if I buy the new HP with the Intel X3100 am I going to be able to play modern games on it like Command and Conquer 3 without dumbing down every possible feature and stopping every system service to squeeze every bit of juice out of the rest of the notebook, or should I just buy something else?