Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Delaware, OH, USA
Playing games will be the most problematic area with a laptop <graphic> "card". If you are going to play games newer than 2005, you don't want to do so on a laptop with one less that doesn't have a dedicated card and with at least 128MB dedicated memory.
As said above, most laptops use the system RAM (shared) not their own. That system RAM is much slower than true video RAM. It's also a slower path to the graphics processor and used by the rest of the system which means other things take priority over graphics.
The only other reason to worry about laptop graphics is if you are editing video. The programs used to do the editing/converting formats use the GPU (graphics processing unit) instead of the CPU. However, if you aren't doing too many videos, then even the card in a $500.00 laptop will suffice.
If most of what you're doing is web browsing, email, music, PLAYing movies, word processing/etc., then any laptop's graphics card will be fine. I have an old Winbook Si 600mHz P3 laptop with a 4MB ATI card my daughter uses for general stuff. About the only thing she uses her desktop for is to play WoW.
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