HP 8710W vs Lenovo T500 vs Latitude E6500

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I am looking at these three below (see brief specs). Any opinions? I appreciate your input.

HP COMPAQ 8710w KA451UA: ~$735
- 17" WUXGA
- Core 2 Duo T7800 2.6Ghz w/ 4MB L2 Cache
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M w/ 512MB Dedicated Video Memory
- 160GB HDD 7200 RPM
- 2 GB DDR2 667 (8 GB Max)

Lenovo T500 2243: ~$790
- 15.4 WXGA
- Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26 GHz
- 4 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz - PC3-8500
- Intel GMA 4500MHD
- 160 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm

DELL Latitude E6500 ~$823
- Intel® Core" 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz, 3M L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
- 15.4 UltraSharp" Wide WXGA+ (1440x900) LED Display-Regatta Blue
- 3.0GB, DDR2-800 SDRAM, 2 DIMMS (8 GB Max)
- 250GB Hard Drive, 7200RPM with Free Fall Sensor
- NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M

All have 3 year warranty.

My wants:
- budget:
Less than or equal to $1,200 USD

Notebook size:
15" - 17" screen

Primary tasks:
Web surfing, GIS work (ESRI ARCMap, IDRISI), Statistical software (R), some sound editing (adobe audition) and python scripting.

Will stay on desk mostly on the desk.

Battery life:
I am not sure, the more the better right?

Screen Specifics:
Matte, Glossy ok if it not crazy reflective

Notebook Components
hard drive 160+GB, ssd probably not.

Optical drive:
DVD-Burner would be nice.

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They are comparable and every manufactuter has own fans.
Dell fans will tell you "only dell"
HP fans will vote for HP.

I'm thinkpad fan and now I have 7th thinkpad since 1995 and my 8th laptop will be thinkpad too.

If you have to choose from your models, you should see at:
- disk size. It differs and only you know how much space you need
- graphiscs card. lenovo has slower solution based on igma
- RAM. you can see differences but it's easily upgradeable and usually cheap.

look also at weight (if you plan to take laptop anywhere) and at battery life if you plan to work without power outlet.



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