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Hi,
Well, to begin, the laptop I'm using now is a Compaq Presario M2000... And to be completely blunt, I think I've gotten my money's worth seeing as it's going on 6 years. And well, it can hardly run the latest Ubuntu to be honest.
So, because of that, I'm looking for a new laptop. I really don't want to spend over $400 on this and I've got no problem with refurbs. I like the idea of dedicated graphics by the way, so if that's included in some way, that'd be fantastic... The best one I've found so far is this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115982

I've also looked into some netbooks... such as:
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch...0N270%20(1.60G
and
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220851
(though for the price of the latter, I'd probably be better off with the full laptop)

So please tell me what you think and post links to other deals
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That Acer is the best deal you're gonna find in terms of performance.
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I think that AMD's new netbook is what your looking for. There was a review somewhere on this site...


The one I was thinking of was an HP I think. But the fusion series are going to take over I think.

Almost 10hrs battery life.

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch...iteria=BE00891

I would advise getting one with a processor at 1.6ghz,and 2gb of memory under $400. Should be pretty snappy.
Edited by kaivorth - 2/22/11 at 8:18am
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Can the GPU in this one make up for the CPU in this one? Will either one have noticeable bottlenecks in certain situations?
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Quote:
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Can the GPU in this one make up for the CPU in this one? Will either one have noticeable bottlenecks in certain situations?
The phenom II will be faster, but have a shorter battery life.
The C-50 will have a longer battery life, but be slower.

The GPU difference is negligible.
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If you don't care much about portability and very high battery life, I'd take the Acer with the Athlon II (no, it's not a real Phenom II) Triple-Core and run. That offer probably won't last long, so act as fast as you can.

If you're willing to go just a bit over budget and want something with very good performance all-around, then you can buy the HP dm1z at $420.

It has 3GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB 7200 RPM HDD, AMD E-350 1.6GHz Dual-Core CPU, Radeon HD 6310M GPU (a decent step up from the 4250), 6 to 7 hours of battery life, weighs only 3.5 pounds, and is ~1" thick.

Go here: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...me=dm1z_series

Click Customize & Buy on the base configuration, and then Review & Buy. When you get there, click Add to Cart.

Next, you will get to a page with your shopping cart. On the right, Total should be in bold. Below that, it should say Coupon Code. There, you will put SAVE30HP. Now you saved $30 and the price should be $420.
    
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darn, LOL_Wut_Axel beat me to posting about the $30 off coupon code.
Edited by legoman - 2/22/11 at 8:48am
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Quote:
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I think that AMD's new netbook is what your looking for. There was a review somewhere on this site...
Amazon.com: Acer Aspire One AO522-BZ897 10.1-Inch HD Netbook (Diamond Black): Computer & Accessories

The one I was thinking of was an HP I think. But the fusion series are going to take over I think.

Amazon.com: HP Pavilion dm1-3020us Entertainment Laptop - Black: Computer & Accessories
Almost 10hrs battery life.

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch...iteria=BE00891

I would advise getting one with a processor at 1.6ghz,and 2gb of memory under $400. Should be pretty snappy.
The Acer one isn't worth it, to be honest. It comes with the absolutely horrendous Windows 7 Starter 32-bit, 1GB of RAM, the processor is about the same speed as a single-core Atom, and upgrading it can be quite a task if you don't know what you're doing. Since it only has 1 DIMM slot, your only option is to upgrade to 4GB of RAM instead of adding a 2GB DIMM to make that 3GB (2GB + 1GB). 4GB of RAM will cost $45, putting the total cost at $365. For only $80 more you can get an HP dm1z, and that is a MUCH better computer in bang-for-buck and build quality, not to mention performance and battery life.

Oh, and that is without factoring in the cost of upgrading to Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit to be able to use more than the 2GB allowed in Starter. That is, you can't even do a technical upgrade. You have to erase everything and start over again because you can't upgrade a 32-bit Windows OS to a 64-bit OS.
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Originally Posted by legoman View Post
darn, LOL_Wut_Axel beat me to posting about the $30 off coupon code.
Heh, happens to me all the time too.
    
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post #10 of 13
The 4250 is still an integrated chip I believe (or at least dedicated in the sense that you have a separate GPU attached to the mobo).

However, I saw that PII x3 deal earlier and it's still a great deal.
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