My old laptop fried! 3 years is a pretty good run I guess.
I'm looking for a new laptop and have narrowed it down to two models:
ASUS N61JV-X2 16-Inch
# Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
# Display: 16-inch HD LED-backlit Widescreen (1366 x 768)
# CPU: Intel Core i5-430M processor 2.26 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.53 GHz
# Graphics: NVIDIA Optimus-Enabled: NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M
with 1GB DDR3 VRAM + Intel GMA HD
# Wireless Data Network: 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz)
# LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
# Memory: 4GB DDR3 (up to 8GB)
# Storage: 500GB 7,200RPM hard drive
# Optical Disc Drive: Super Multi DVD drive
# Camera: 2.0 Megapixel
# Speakers: Altec Lansing speakers with SRS premium sound
# Microphone: Digital Array Microphone
# Card Reader: : 1x 8-in- card reader (MMC/SD/Mini-SD/XD/Memory Stick/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS-Pro-Duo)
# Input/Output: 1x HDMI output, 1x Headphone-out jack (SPDF support), 1x Microphone-in jack, 1x Express Card 34, 1x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x E-SATA
# Battery Pack: 6-Cell
# Dimensions: 14.98 x 10.33 x 1.08 (W x D x H)
# Weight: 6.38 lbs
# Color: Brown
Toshiba Satellite A665D-S6059 LED TruBrite
The specs on this one are similar, with two key differences:
- 1.6 GHz AMD Phenom II P920 quad-core processor (with AMD M880G Chipset and 2 MB L2 cache)
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics, 1gb video memory.
Cost, 770. 150 bucks cheaper is a big difference; is it worth it to pay for the better processor on the ASUS?
Now for the questions:
Can anyone report on the performance of the Intel i5 vs. the Quad-core AMD Phenom? I know the i5 has a faster clock speed, but is there a large real-world difference?
Any bad experiences with Toshiba laptops or Customer support? Same goes for Asus.
Any experience with Radeon 1 GB graphics card vs. Geforce 1 GB?
Thanks for any and all responses in advance.