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Hi, i'm trying to decide between these two laptops =

ASUS = http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technology/Computers-and-Notebooks/Computer-Notebooks-and-Laptops/SYSX204V

ACER = http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technology/Computers-and-Notebooks/Computer-Notebooks-and-Laptops/AC57502434

($600) budget for my daughter, & from what i can see the "ACER" is better, although from what i have researched "ASUS & Toshiba" laptops seem to be the better brand, + both laptops are around the same price,
but the "ASUS" has some lower specs so i'm having trouble choosing because of the brand name, & i also understand these are not really for gaming, but how will the "Intel HD3000" graphics handle? as she is planning to play "The Sims 3" on it.

Note: This is prob a bit of a no brainer question, but i'm interested to see what other's think.
post #2 of 10
I would go with the Acer.

More Harddrive space,

Faster i5 processor,

Acer Aspire is a good brand. Just make sure you have a warranty just in case.
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i have had 2 very nice asus laptops and im still using one now. my first one lasted me quite a while until my wife got a hold of it and my current one is still running like a champ so as for the asus, reliability is great. i cant comment on the reliability of the acer as i have never used one of their products. Purely from an operational aspect, the acer has the better equipment ( better CPU and bigger hard drive) and it also comes with a nice little software bundle. The HD 3000 graphics shouldn't give you any problems with a game like the sims.

if i were to get one of these, id get the acer even though i love my asus laptops.
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post #4 of 10
The laptop I'm using right now is a Sony Vaio VPCEH. (DO NOT BUY SONY LAPTOPS)

It works fine other than the Bloatware.

It has Intel HD 3000 Graphics, I can play all the new games Like Fallout 3 and Call of duty on Low or Medium with great FPS.


Acer does make good reliable laptops in my opinion. I have an Acer Aspire 2 Years old. Still works great.


Asus is known as a more reliable laptop though.


Get Acer. You'll have a warranty. If there is nothing initially wrong with it when you buy it then thats great. Aslong as you take care of it and don't drop it or anything.

Also Acer Aspire laptops are pretty sturdy and Sleek.
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post #5 of 10
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Thanks guys, looks like the acer is the obvious choice, & yeah i love ASUS stuff aswell, thats why i'm getting side tracked.
post #6 of 10
I am sorry, but I can't buy another Acer at this point. My experience with an Aspire back in 2007 left a dirty taste in my mouse. They bloatware was unbelieable... The plastic housing was very cheaply made...

In fact, I read a review on the new nVidia GTX 640m mobile GPU, which premiered in an Acer Timeline Ultra M3, and apparently, they still push bloatware to amazing levels. They actually managed to install both McAfee and Norton on the laptop to start with... The thing had 4 gb of ram, and it used 2 just on the bloatware. Seriously, a terrible way to show off nVidia's new flashy GPU.
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I am sorry, but I can't buy another Acer at this point. My experience with an Aspire back in 2007 left a dirty taste in my mouse. They bloatware was unbelieable... The plastic housing was very cheaply made...
In fact, I read a review on the new nVidia GTX 640m mobile GPU, which premiered in an Acer Timeline Ultra M3, and apparently, they still push bloatware to amazing levels. They actually managed to install both McAfee and Norton on the laptop to start with... The thing had 4 gb of ram, and it used 2 just on the bloatware. Seriously, a terrible way to show off nVidia's new flashy GPU.

Yeah, i understand, but i guess that was back in 2007, & bloatware is the first thing i get rid of.
post #8 of 10
I honestly would wait for a Ivy processor. Much faster graphics (50%), and a 20% or so gain in CPU performance as well. Not to mention higher efficiency.
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I honestly would wait for a Ivy processor. Much faster graphics (50%), and a 20% or so gain in CPU performance as well. Not to mention higher efficiency.

all for under 600? if the acer will work well for his daughter, no point in waiting for an ivy just to pay more.
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post #10 of 10
If she doesn't mind a 17" laptop (I saw that the ones you picked were 15") this one is a pretty good deal. It has the same CPU as the acer you picked but has a decent video card (and switchable graphics):

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2008030
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