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Asus:



vs.

Apple:


Between these two, which would be a better buy?

Uses:
Web browsing
Watching movies (Netflix/Amazon)
Word processing
Light gaming (Team Fortress 2, League of Legends)

I'd like opinions on ergonomics on the Asus, since I'm already familiar with the MBP's layout. Feel free to list other pros/cons.

Thank you.
Edited by npham858 - 3/25/11 at 2:37am
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Light gaming? Then ASUS, since it has the dedicated GPU.
Not sure how the Intel HD 3000 stacks up against the 310M, but I'm pretty sure it's better than the integrated GPU.

Not to mention you'll be saving a bit of $$$. Not to mention, you'll get ~9 hours of battery life, their claims seem to be true. I was looking at a UL30 earlier last year.
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Light gaming? Then ASUS, since it has the dedicated GPU.
Not sure how the Intel HD 3000 stacks up against the 310M, but I'm pretty sure it's better than the integrated GPU.

Not to mention you'll be saving a bit of $$$. Not to mention, you'll get ~9 hours of battery life, their claims seem to be true. I was looking at a UL30 earlier last year.

The Intel HD 3000, is on par or Better than the 310m. In some cases it's even on par/beats the 320M.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4205/t...sandy-bridge/8

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-H...0.37948.0.html
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I never would have expected an integrated gpu to beat a dedicated one. That's surprising.
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The real question: is one macbook ($1200) better than having 2 Asus U30JC's ($600-650) ?

I played with the U30JC for 2 days.
Pros: Ergonomics are fine, many more matte finished parts than previous asus models. solid performance for everyday use, capable of gaming on low settings.
Cons: Battery life is also more like 4.5 hours real use, not 9... and it feels fat for a 13.3."
Screen viewing angles will be terrible. Nice, but nothing impressive compared to what's available in the $600-$850 range. If it came down to it, I wouldnt pay more than $600 for this.

The alternative is the . Comes with the 'updated' nvidia 415 graphics for what it's worth. (also note: no optical drive). = thinner and lighter, which i prefer. optical drives are obsolete.

@ around $700, I would recommend the Acer 480TG 14" w/ switchable ATI 5650/6550 graphics. Usually configured with the i3/i5, you can find it at MicroCenter. (Ignore models with 5470 graphics or less).

If spending $1000+ for a notebook isnt a problem, take a look at the HP Envy 14".

If u want to stay under $900, Acer's 3820TG 13.3" i3/i5 + switchable ATI 5650/6550 is a better buy.
Dont be fooled by the name brand. These models are top-shelf. The only problem is finding them in the USA(google Lu Computers) with the ati graphics.

Even as an Asus fan, between the 2 choices you gave, the macbook is better. Sandybridge chipset and 6+ hours real w/ the lithium polymer battery.
Is is a better product? yes.
Is it a better value? not by a long shot.
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The Intel HD 3000, is on par or Better than the 310m. In some cases it's even on par/beats the 320M.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4205/t...sandy-bridge/8

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-H...0.37948.0.html
First, it's all about the drivers. And Intel sadly doesn't keep up. You may luck out with them on the Intel HD2 but since it's a mac well...you'd need a copy of windows to do many (not all) games.

Second, you need to make sure that you're comparing similar all around. A SB CPU will crush a Core2 so that's a possible explanation but the 320-310 weren't great to begin with.

OP: Take a lot at what cozmo had to say. I think it's pretty much spot on.
     
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