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I am in the market for a netbook/laptop and have a budget of $500. After physically handling a few different types in person, I've decided to go with a smaller display size than a full-size laptop.
Basically I am looking to get the best performance available for ~$500 with a display size less than 14''. Also it should be noted that I'm not really looking to do any hardcore gaming on it. It will probably just end up being used to watch movies, do schoolwork, and maybe run a few games on low/minimum settings occasionally.

I did some searching around and found these two:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell/164...st=14R-1296tmr

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba/...&st=l745-s4210

Both have decent i3s and 4gb of ram. Does anyone have any comments or suggestions for me?

Couple of other things:
- I live in the US
- Operating system should be Windows 7 (anything but Starter version)
- I don't have any brand loyalties or particular style needs
- Hard drive space doesn't matter much (anything over 200gb will suffice)
- I much prefer new laptops but refurbished isn't completely out of the question
- Battery life isn't a huge factor either: more than 3 hours will do.
Edited by Turtles - 8/6/11 at 5:25pm
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On those two laptops, the Toshiba has the latest i3 Intel® Core™ i3-2310M processor where the Dell has the previous gen. Both will perform similarly but the HD graphics on the newer one will outperform the last generation by a decent margin. I had a friend get this one and they like it, although it was less $ at the time.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834157838
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Although the 2310M has the latest Sandy Bridge architecture, I noticed it has a lower clock speed than the 380M. Does the increased efficiency with the latest gen make up for this clock speed difference?
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