TR Forum Tidings: A Team Fortress 2-worthy laptop

Many folks enjoy a good game of Team Fortress 2, but what if you need to play on the go? Is there a way to get a laptop capable of handling Valve's latest multiplayer shooter without spending your entire life savings? That's precisely the question TR newcomer Kitoace has asked in our System Builders Anonymous forum.

Kitoace says he wants a TF2-capable notebook with a price tag under $1,700. A horde of gerbils have already replied to assist him, suggesting machines like the Sager NP2090, Dell XPS M1530, and HP dv9500, some of which are available for under $1000. The M1530, for instance, starts at $999 with an Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, and a GeForce 8400M GS graphics processor. A system like that won't outpace a game-worthy desktop PC, but it should comfortably handle TF2 provided the detail level and resolution are turned down a little.

Do you have another recommendation? Do you think specs like those above are fine for a round of TF2, or would you discourage anyone from gaming on anything less than a 10-pound monster that costs as much as a small car? Feel free to share your insights, whatever they may be, in Kitoace's thread. As always, you'll want to register a forum account first if you don't already have one.

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