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Originally Posted by the.FBI;13129697 
The thing that sets this laptop apart is that it is $500, has a sandy bridge processor, which is a significant step up from the arrandale cpus before, the new integrated graphics is about twice as good. It has the perfect amount of ram, its aluminum, has a 7200rpm drive, has an island style keyboard and has a removable battery that can be replaced with a 9-cell battery that costs $130 to give the laptop ~9-10 hours of battery life.

Idk, as I said, it's overpriced. Sure, if it came with that battery, it's be a good buy. But that battery is just one more expense to an already expensive i3 laptop. It's just not worth the money to me.

Alright, so now I'm looking at three laptops:

1. Damarious's Acer TimelineX: $630 + ??? shipping

CPU: i3-370 @2.4GHz
GPU: ATI Mobility HD 5650 1GB
Screen: 13.3" LED
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1066MHz
HDD: 500GB
Battery: 6-Cell (5-8hours)

2. Newegg's Acer Aspire: $700 + 15 bucks shipping

CPU: i5-480M @2.66GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
Screen: 15.6"
RAM: 4GB DDRS ????MHz
HDD: 500GB
Battery: 6-Cell (3-4hours)

3. Amazon's ASUS Thin and Light: $600 + 30 bucks shipping

CPU: i3-330 @1.2GHz
GPU: NVIDIA 310M
Screen: 14"
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1066MHz
HDD: 500GB
Battery: 6-Cell (4-5hours)

I'm starting to lean on Damarious, just because it's cheaper, high clocked CPU, good battery life and good GPU.
Edited by TheWolfe - 4/14/11 at 7:16pm
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post #22 of 31
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Originally Posted by TheWolfe;13130254 
Idk, as I said, it's overpriced. Sure, if it came with that battery, it's be a good buy. But that battery is just one more expense to an already expensive i3 laptop. It's just not worth the money to me.

Alright, so now I'm looking at three laptops:

1. Damarious's Acer TimelineX: $630 + ??? shipping

CPU: i3-370 @2.4GHz
GPU: ATI Mobility HD 5650 1GB
Screen: 13.3" LED
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1066MHz
HDD: 500GB
Battery: 6-Cell (5-8hours)

2. Newegg's Acer Aspire: $700 + 15 bucks shipping

CPU: i5-480M @2.66GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
Screen: 15.6"
RAM: 4GB DDRS ????MHz
HDD: 500GB
Battery: 6-Cell (3-4hours)

3. Amazon's ASUS Thin and Light: $600 + 30 bucks shipping

CPU: i3-330 @1.2GHz
GPU: NVIDIA 310M
Screen: 14"
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1066MHz
HDD: 500GB
Battery: 6-Cell (4-5hours)

I'm starting to lean on Damarious, just because it's cheaper, high clocked CPU, good battery life and good GPU.

Wait, its overpriced at $510 for an i3 but then you look at a $630 i3 with slower RAM and a GPU thats only ~20% faster. out of those options you listed the damarious is definitely the best unless you intend to do significant gaming, then the one with a gt 540m would be better. I would avoid the one with the i3-330um, 1.2GHz clock speed will get you nowhere fast.
post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by the.FBI;13130336 
Wait, its overpriced at $510 for an i3 but then you look at a $630 i3 with slower RAM and a GPU thats only ~20% faster. out of those options you listed the damarious is definitely the best unless you intend to do significant gaming, then the one with a gt 540m would be better. I would avoid the one with the i3-330um, 1.2GHz clock speed will get you nowhere fast.

thanks for the recommendation but are you trying to say Intel HD Graphics 3000 are only 20% slower then a 5650M????

Have a look at this:
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the CPUs in the chart are i7 5650 and an i7 3000... granted the laptops we're discussing are both i3's (with the Acer higher clocked). your looking at the 5650 being almost 50% faster.
    
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Originally Posted by Damarious25;13130431 
thanks for the recommendation but are you trying to say Intel HD Graphics 3000 are only 20% slower then a 5650M????

Have a look at this:
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the CPUs in the chart are i7 5650 and an i7 3000... granted the laptops we're discussing are both i3's (with the Acer higher clocked). your looking at the 5650 being almost 50% faster.

wow, that is a far shot off of the notebookcheck 3dmark06 scores I was basing my statement off of. My bad and GLWS.

Looking at a better more varied comparison chart the 5650m was getting 38% of their baseline while the intel 3000 got 23%. so something like 40% difference sounds right.
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post #25 of 31
14 inches is the largest you should get. 11-13 inches is better. It is drag carrying around a huge laptop with all your textbooks. The desks are also fairly small.
post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by the.FBI;13130590 
wow, that is a far shot off of the notebookcheck 3dmark06 scores I was basing my statement off of. My bad and GLWS.

Looking at a better more varied comparison chart the 5650m was getting 38% of their baseline while the intel 3000 got 23%. so something like 40% difference sounds right.

I was just gonna say almost the same thing smile.gif. Integrated can sometimes score pretty high in 3dmark but when it comes to gaming the integrated graphics (or AMDs "fusion") are still very weak compared to dedicated GPUs. That's why the Acer with switchable integrated and dedicated is a pretty great option.
    
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Well it seems Damarious has already sold his laptop.

The more I look at the Acers on newegg, the less I like them. It's either getting something weak, or something powerful with no battery life.

Here's what I'm looking for:

13.3" screen
4GB-6GB DDR3 RAM
i5 @2.2 or more
or i7 @2.2 or more
Battery life of at least 4-5 hours
A decent GPU, that allows mid gaming, and would be a suitable desktop replacement.

Also, I need the HD to be easy to get to, since I one day want to upgrade to an SSD.

I've decided that since this will replace my desktop, I'm going to up the budget.

Let's say $500-$900
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post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by the.FBI;13129559 
my apologies, it is an i3 model, its at 2.1GHz with no hyperthreading, though I don't see how that would help you web surf and take notes and the such. Still a fantastic deal.

All i3 support Hyperthreading
post #29 of 31
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Originally Posted by ThePath;13134395 
All i3 support Hyperthreading

my apologies, I misspoke I meant that the model does not include turbo boost, you are correct in that all i3s have hyper threading.
post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by TheWolfe;13134054 

The more I look at the Acers on newegg, the less I like them. It's either getting something weak, or something powerful with no battery life.

Here's what I'm looking for:

13.3" screen
4GB-6GB DDR3 RAM
i5 @2.2 or more
or i7 @2.2 or more
Battery life of at least 4-5 hours
A decent GPU, that allows mid gaming, and would be a suitable desktop replacement.

Also, I need the HD to be easy to get to, since I one day want to upgrade to an SSD.

I've decided that since this will replace my desktop, I'm going to up the budget.

Let's say $500-$900

Not sure which Acers you were looking at on Newegg but the [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Acer-TimelineX-AS4820TG-6847-14-Inch-Aluminum/dp/B004G6005Y/ref=sr_1_10?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1302967974&sr=1-10"]Acer 4820TG[/ame] (Amazon link) is about as close as I've seen to your criteria/price range. i5/Radeon 6550/4gig. $725. Battery life should be 4-5 hrs with regular use, obviously less with gaming (Acer claims 8hrs but that ain't gonna happen).

13.3" is gonna be difficult to find with your specs/price range, especially regarding gaming, and imo as a desktop replacement you may find it small. 15.6" is too big for lugging around imo. 14", while not something I'd take hiking, is reasonably unimposing depending on the model.

The Sony E-Series may be worth looking at, about $880 with a GPU.
    
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