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E-350 vs. Phenom II X4 P960

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Best Buy has some crazy deals on laptops right now and I just cant decide. A variety of dual core E-350 are available for $350 dollars but I not really sure how powerful this chip is. I here great things about it but still feel like it just what a Atom chip should have be in the first place. Then we have a HP Phenom II X4 1.8GHz with 4GBs of ram and 500GB hard drive for $450. It only has the 4250 IGP but my 4200 on my desktop was actually pretty good when I had to use. Will the fusion chip pack a punch or should I just go for raw power. Wont be doing anything that needs a lot of horsepower but love to multitask. Talking multiple tabs in browser, watching a movie, making a CD, etc. Don't think I will try any h.264 encoding on either one of these notebooks just playback.

Link for E-350 Models

Link for Phenom II X4 P960
Edited by CDub07 - 7/18/11 at 5:56am
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There is still a ~25% in price between these laptops, you should keep this in ming when choosing. As for strengths an weaknesses of both platforms:
*E-350: good integrated graphics and battery life, weak single threaded performance which can translate in lack of responsiveness
*Phenom II mobile - actually a lower clocked desktop Athlon II x4, decent single threaded and great multi threaded performance, can get a little hot and sometimes results in poor battery life, the IGP doesn't have any modern feature like HD-acceleration support.

To compensate for the perceived lack of responsiveness of the E-350 you could use the 100$ you saved to get an 64GB Crucial M4 SSD to replace the HDD and install a clean OS. Between the E-350+SSD and the PhII the first is a faster alternative until you get into multi-threaded apps where the Ph II is untouchable.
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To me a SSD is a waste of money per GB but i wonder how would a 7200rpm drive would make it feel more responsive. The Phenom II also comes with a 17.3 screen. Im also one of those people that 3+ hours of battery life is enough for me. Im looking for I guess a mobile desktop more than something that will last a day (battery wise). They also had a Core i3 for 399.99. Not really big on Intel.
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