Clark Kent· AllStar
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I'm looking to buy a laptop under $500 that has decent memory, zips around the Internet, and isn't too heavy. Maybe around 13-15 inches? What do you think?
I kind of lost track of the numbering scheme a while ago with the AMD processors. I just got a HP Intel i5 laptop, and its plenty quick compared to laptops I used to own. Since most laptops speed is in the hands of the paging file, I would say get the 64 bit version of windows 7, 8GB of ram. Not sure if an SSD drive would help or not. Anything to prevent spooling of your programs to the paging file helps considerably.Clark Kent said:I wanted to stay away from an ipad so that I could do Word typing for work. Also wanted to play some low-resolution games. I just didn't know what kind of memory or processor is a must have these days. Suggestions?
I'd agree on the Intel graphics. Most laptops even with discrete video aren't good for much gaming. The ones that are decent are hot, heavy, loud and terrible battery life. Plus expensive and still not as good as a tower. Plus I've found at least several companies that use AMD video dont let you use normal catalyst drivers. I had to hack the ones from AMDs site to get them to install. When it comes to gaming, drivers are quite important."Mark Holtz" said:My workplace uses Lenovos, and they're pretty good. If you aren't going to do any game playing, then the Intel graphics chipset will do just fine. Since you want to browser the Internet, then built-in wireless is a must. Do you want to watch DVDs on the go?
perhaps the deal ? http://www.frys.com/product/6951917Clark Kent said:I'm learning the jargon that will help with the decision. Most articles say to shoot for an i5 processor and 4 GB. I also liked that the Gateway had a blue ray player.
I service cheap Acer laptops for a local rent to own operation.P Smith said:Acer AS5750-6866, Intel Core i3-2350M, 15.6" Screen Display, Notebook With 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive, W7 Home Premium