My first and foremost question would have to be how well do Laptops ($400-$500 dollar ranged) play Star Trek Online? A few of the Laptops I have seen on Bestbuy.com and so forth run with either the Radeon HD 4250, or the Intel GMA 4500M, which I am not sure how either of these respond to gaming. I'm not looking for some machine that can run on ultra, load the fastest, or anything like that, my main concern is just being able to play the game, even on low settings, and just enjoying it. Some people will probably say that integrated graphics cannot play this game.. Which I myself can disprove, because I've tried it on an older desktop with a really crappy graphics chip and it was just fine, so I guess what I'm asking is: Can this game be ran on Med / Low settings with either the 4250 / GMA 4500M?
This is a good site to check when comparing cards (note it doesn't support CF/SLI so dual cards will have around half the expected score). Also make sure you are viewing the mobility (for AMD/ATI/Radeon cards) or M (for nVidia) series cards when looking at ones you get in laptops.
Anything over 100 should be able to run the game at a low res/low settings with a a bit of lag in multi-ship situations.
Thanks for the Website tip Enignite. I shall look through the list and then go from there with what I buy. I reread my original post and I am not thinking that a desktop performance wise would still be a worlds difference than a laptop. So I will definitely figure out which option is the best for my needs and go from there.
I run STO on a laptop, and have since it launched. Here's my tips on getting a laptop to run STO:
1) If it says "Netbook" on the box/cover, just walk away.
2) Dual Core CPU is a must. 4 Gigs RAM minimum is a must.
3) Windows Vista and AMD graphic cards are to be avoided at all costs.
4) Here is the Laptop chart you want to look at. It shows actual graphic cards versus the actual games they were tested on. STO has about the same system requirements as CoD: Modern Warfare 2. The number shown on that chart is FPS (frames per second) at certain graphics settings. 25 FPS is considered the minimum acceptable in gaming.
You'll have to do a little value shopping, but you can find a laptop that'll run STO for a good price. I run STO at near max graphic settings on a laptop that I purchased for less than $600.
Thank you Paragrine_Falcon, I've seen you in the JB chat room I think. Also, most of the laptops I am looking are are dual cores, none of which are below 2.3 ghz, their ram is mostly 3 - 4 gigs. I have that portion down, I'm just unfamiliar with the graphic chips they have. I'll take a look at your website as well though and hopefully I can come to a conclusion that I wont overly hate.