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Hello all,
My parents need a laptop for simple web browsing and media playback (maybe BlueRay disk player)

Budget is $500 max brand new. Cheaper the better.
Going to buy from either Bestbuy, Futureshop or Canada Computers.

15.6" monitor just because of shear number of options out there.

my main concern is the CPU and which brand to go with.

AMD E-350 APU seems interesting. How would it compare to my 4 year old laptop Intel C2D T5300 1.73 Ghz in terms of performance? Any future proofing?

As for the brands I currently have Sony Vaio which has been good to me for 5 years and still running like new and looks immaculate. Obviously Sony comes with brand premium and don't need that. As long as these stores carry the brand u recommend I am certainly flexible with it

I am doing my own research right now but want to hear from the public as well.

Thank you.
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Dell. Amazing price for what you get, and great CS.
I know my parents bought 2 Dell Inspiron 1545's for 350$ each I believe?
Not bad.
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You can compare the E-350 to your C2D T5300 here:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-...st.2436.0.html

With the page set to display both notebook and desktop processors (default setting), the E-350 comes #288th in the list, the T5300 comes #227th.
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Dell. Amazing price for what you get, and great CS.
I know my parents bought 2 Dell Inspiron 1545's for 350$ each I believe?
Not bad.
thx for your input.

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Originally Posted by grayfox99 View Post
You can compare the E-350 to your C2D T5300 here:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-...st.2436.0.html

With the page set to display both notebook and desktop processors (default setting), the E-350 comes #288th in the list, the T5300 comes #227th.
thanks for that info. I guess e350 is not an option as im not worried about thermal or battery life as much. I cant buy something slower than my 4 year old laptop lol. sigh more research then.
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Are there any other stores to pick from? Worstbuy: bad CS and horrible warranty issues. Futureshop... Want to return anything? Bring everything including your first born, don't worry though... They don't want you to undergo a piss test.

I recommend this: ASUS P50-IJ

2.3GHz Dual core CPU, 4GB's DDR2 RAM, 320GB HDD.

I have a similar model (16" version) and I've had no problems with it whatsoever.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834101236

It is $520 and a refurb, but it has an i3 and Blu-Ray.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834157502

It's $480 for a new HP with an i3 370 2.4GHz, 2GB DDR3 and a regular DVD drive
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post #8 of 11
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seems like everyone has been intel processor rather than amd
is amd that bad for laptops?

hows this amd one? fastest mobile phenom 2 dual core
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/...6dbb7bfbf9en02

or this 400 hp intel
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...87bbea24bcen02
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wannabe_modder View Post
seems like everyone has been intel processor rather than amd
is amd that bad for laptops?

hows this amd one? fastest mobile phenom 2 dual core
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/...6dbb7bfbf9en02

or this 400 hp intel
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...87bbea24bcen02
HP's a better deal.

AMD isn't bad per se. It's just that, clock for clock, Intel will always be faster in the mobile market.
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by emc_2 View Post
HP's a better deal.

AMD isn't bad per se. It's just that, clock for clock, Intel will always be faster in the mobile market.
I think Atom has been clearly dethroned though

But besides that, as of right now yea Intel is the way to go if you want some power.
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