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What is your maximum budget? $600

What country are you in? USA

What will be the uses of this laptop? Browsing, email, and watching videos/Netflix

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? Asus or Acer

What screen size do you require? ~15 in.

What screen resolution do you require? highest possible

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? Refurb/Recertified is fine

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) ~4 hours minimum

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? NONE

What operating system do you need? (if any) Windows 7

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) Nope

How much hard drive space do you need? Enough for the OS

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) HDMI out, and USB 3.0 would be nice

Is there anything else we need to know? I am looking for a laptop that will fill my needs, runs fast and cool. I prefer the latest generation of CPUs i.e. AMD A-series or Intel I3 or I5

Thanks for any help.
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Dell Latitude E5520:
-1080p screen
-i3-2330M
-Backlit keyboard option ($50)
-15"
-5 hours battery (source http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.notebookcheck.com%2FTest-Dell-Latitude-E5520-Notebook.60056.0.html
-$580 and tax, free shipping

It's not Asus or Acer, but I'd wager that Acer and Asus have very few laptops that come close in build quality (these are a notch above most consumer-grade laptops). No USB 3.0, but eSata is a good comprimise if you're using a portable hard drive or such.
It's really tough finding screens over 1366x768 on laptops under 17", for the price - usually like $700+.

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=blct551&c=us&l=en&s=soho&cs=ussoho1&model_id=latitude-e5520
Edited by jrbroad77 - 12/15/11 at 4:04pm
 
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I just pointed out that Dell because I thought you wanted over 1366x768 (since1366x768 is standard on every 16:9 laptop under 17").

You should also check Dell Outlet and Lenovo Outlet if you're looking for something inexpensive. Some i3 15" Ideapads for under $400 here (usu. $500 new). http://outlet.lenovo.com/laptops.html?limit=all

I'd go with an Asus like this one instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230176 . U56 is thin, looks a lot nicer, better battery life than K53TA.

If you're not gaming, you'd be better off with an i3. A6-3400M is just really slow single-threaded, and is roughly the same as an i3-2310M multi-threaded (ie 4+ threads). Not amazing imo.
 
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I wasn't even considering resolution. Thanks for bringing that up.

What are the performance differences between the different AMD (A-series, Turion, etc.) and Intel(Pentium, i3, i5) processors?
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I wasn't even considering resolution. Thanks for bringing that up.
What are the performance differences between the different AMD (A-series, Turion, etc.) and Intel(Pentium, i3, i5) processors?

AMD A6-3400M is as fast as an i3/i5 in multithreaded, a lot slower in single or dual-threaded. Max quad-turbo is 1.6ghz, max single turbo is 2.3ghz, and everything else is somewhere between(I'd guess 2.1ghz dual, 1.8 triple). Turion/Phenom II perform very similar to the comparable A-series, except the graphics is like Intel HD 2000 (half the size of HD 3000). Graphics, A6 is 30% faster than i3/i5. Precise benchmarks can be found here http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html . I'd avoid A4-3300M completely, the lack of performance/$ ratio (both for graphics and CPU) makes it a bad purchase.

i3 to i5 - it scales exactly with CPU speed. Most i3's are at ~2.2ish, most i5's turbo to 2.9 on one core (or 2.6 on 2 cores). I had a 1st-gen i5 and hardly ever hit 100% CPU (ie 100% turbo), even with CAD. And that's roughly the same speed, or maybe 10% faster than a 2nd-gen i3. But i5's are a great balance between tons of performance (they come close to a desktop i3-530) and a moderate price increase.

That's the rough breakdown. If you don't need the extra graphics power there's no point going with AMD A-series over an i3, and it'd be a toss-up between Sandy Bridge Pentium and A6 - Pentium better for lightly threaded.
 
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