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So, I'm currently using an HP G62 as my work laptop because my M1330 died on me about a year ago. Not a bad machine, but not great. And it is a bit heavy to my mind.

So I take it with me to work every day. At least 8 times a month I take to meeting off site. It travels also. Not exactly a road warrior, but also not a stay at home machine. Mostly it runs the web and and light photo (and maybe playing Civ 4 or Fate when I'm bored). At work, I plug it into my 24" widescreen.

So, I'm looking at a Samsung Series 3
i3-2357M processor (1.30GHz) (it it HT) w/ intel graphic
4GB DDR3
320GB drive, I'm sure 5400 rpm
11.6" LED HD 1366 x 768 display
N wireless
2.8 lbs!

I'm coming from an HP G62-340US
AMD Athlon II P340 w/ HD 4250 graphic (shared memory)
3GB DDR3
320GB drive, 5400 spin
1366x768, CFL, 15.6" display
G wireless (I do have an N router)
5.5 lbs.

So, I know I'm going to drop in screen size, but using a larger screen at work would help with that. Dropping weight almost in half sounds nice. Any thoughts / opinions? Thanks.
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Sorry if this is double post - site is being weird.

Have you checked into AMD fusion (llano based) laptops?
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this is really my opinion, not so much facts. I would try to find a laptop with a SSD. Not only does it make it a bit lighter, but also much quieter and improves battery life. Obviously if you're on a budget, this is more of a luxury and not a must-have, but i would seriously look into it and see if you couldn't make something work.

If you're not really doing any heavy multi-tasking, you're good with an i3, maybe an i5 if you plan on having this for awhile but the i3 is a solid processor for what it sounds like you'll be doing. the RAM is fine, i think RAM is overrated in laptops personally.

Not the greatest display, but if you're going for portability and you're using a 24 external at work, screen size isn't as big a deal. Personally, I will not buy a laptop from anyone other than ASUS or Lenovo, so I can't speak personally to samsung's products. I've heard and read both good and bad, so as for the laptop manufacturer, I've got nothing for you there, sorry :-/

From my experience, if you're going to be traveling a lot, a light laptop is WAY better then a heavier laptop, so i would say your choice is a good one.
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Don't bother with SSD if you're on a budget; it's not worth it at all.

11" is very small, too small to do anything serious on the laptop in my opinion. At least go for 13" or more. What's your budget, if I may ask?
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Don't bother with SSD if you're on a budget; it's not worth it at all.

11" is very small, too small to do anything serious on the laptop in my opinion. At least go for 13" or more. What's your budget, if I may ask?
Kinda my thought - that and I currently have 200GB on my laptop at the moment - a SSD that size would ratchet up the price a bit.

Samsung is out - the shop that had them on closeout sold the last one before I could get there.

So, back in the market - I'm guessing somewhere in the $600-700 range.

Just to weep over, a local store had that samsung series 3 on sale for $375. Oh well, some one is enjoying it.
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If you're keen on getting an SSD, it's best if you get one yourself. I've seen manufacturers charge up almost $200 for a 80 GB SSD, when you can get a 120 GB SSD for that same price.

i3 is decent enough for office tasks and light gaming, but if i were you, i'd take a look at AMD Fusion offerings (A6-A8 quad-core CPU's with Radeon 6310 GPU). They tend to be pretty cheap, CPU power is on par with the i3, and GPU is vastly better, especially if you fight boredom with games.
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