Need your opinion? Which laptop is the better choice for $?

December 16, 2011 at 11:27:01
Specs: Windows XP
This links back to my original question I had:

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

Again...I know nothing. Based on info that I received on here from a previous question I posted, I have determined that the 2 of these laptops may be a good option:

(#1) $418.98 HP Charcoal Gray 15.6" 2000-379wm Laptop PC with Intel Core i3-370M Processor and Windows 7 Home Premium.•Intel Core i3-370M processor
2.40GHz, 3MB L3 Cache•4GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory (expandable to 8GB)
Gives you the power to handle most power-hungry applications and tons of multimedia work
•500GB SATA hard drive Store 333,000 photos, 142,000 songs or 263 hours of HD video and more•SuperMulti DVD Burner Watch movies, and read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats•10/100Base-T Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
Connect to a broadband modem with wired Ethernet or wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the 802.11b/g/n connection built into your PC•15.6" HD BrightView LED-backlit display Intel HD Graphics with up to 1696MB total graphics memory
Additional Features:
•HP webcam
•2-in-1 memory card reader
•3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x headphone-out, 1 x microphone-in, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 x VGA port
•6-cell lithium-ion battery, up to 5 h and 30 min battery life
Software:
•Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition (To learn more about the features of Windows 7, click here)
•Microsoft Office Starter 2010: Includes reduced functionality versions of Microsoft Word and Excel, with advertising. PowerPoint and Outlook are NOT included. Purchase Office 2010 today and get the most out of your new PC. (To learn more about the features of Office 2010, click here)
•Norton Internet Security 2012 (60-day subscription)
•CyberLink YouCam BE
•HP Recovery Manager

(#2) $448.98 Toshiba Black 17.3" Satellite C675-S7200 Laptop PC with Intel Pentium B940 Processor and Windows 7 Home Premium
•Intel Pentium B940 processor 2.0GHz, 2MB Cache
•4GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory (expandable to 8GB)
Gives you the power to handle most power hungry applications and tons of multimedia work
•320GB SATA hard drive Store 213,000 photos, 91,000 songs or 168 hours of HD video and more•DVD SuperMulti DVD Burner Watch movies, and read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats•10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
Connect to a broadband modem with wired Ethernet or wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the 802.11b/g/n connection built into your Toshiba notebook computer
•17.3" widescreen TruBrite TFT LCD display Intel HD graphics with 64MB-1696MB shared graphics memory
Additional Toshiba Notebook Computer Features:
•Built-in webcam and microphone
•8-in-1 memory card reader
•2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x headphone output, 1 x microphone input, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 x RGB port
•6-cell lithium-ion battery, up to 3 h 58 min battery life
Software:
•Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition (To learn more about the features of Windows 7, click here)
•Microsoft Office Starter 2010: Includes reduced functionality versions of Microsoft Word and Excel, with advertising. PowerPoint or Outlook are NOT included. Purchase Office 2010 today and get the most out of your new Satellite 17.3" laptop PC. (To learn more about the features of Office 2010, click here)
•Norton Internet Security 2011 (30-day trial subscription)
•Backup and Restore options built into Windows allows you to create safety copies of your most important personal files, so you're always prepared for the worst
Support and Warranty:
•1-year limited warranty
•Restore discs are no longer included with PCs. We recommend you use the installed software to create your own restore and backup DVD the first week you use the Toshiba notebook computer.

I appreciate the help.


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#1
December 16, 2011 at 12:19:56
Before I reply on the two choices above I have a question. Do you really need the portability of a laptop? From your original post I gather this computer will reside in your home virtually all the time.

Generally speaking you get more bang for the buck with a desktop than with a laptop. Desktops also generally have less problems and are upgradable and repairable.

Another question. Do you currently have any computers in your home? If so, what are they?

The link below show the comparitive speed of the different CPUs (processors).

Post the full model numbers for both of the above listed laptops. The graphics may be different.

One other point is that you mentioned the need for Powerpoint in your original post. Is that needed for school or not?

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_loo...


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#2
December 16, 2011 at 12:47:43
Better as in cheaper would be my choice.

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#3
December 16, 2011 at 20:43:09
The info you show for the first is better, but smaller (the 15" has a better CPU as opposed to 17") but you do not list the included graphics which is very important, especially for gaming and graphic intensive applications so you are going to have to consider that also. Consider these questions and maybe you can arrive at an answer:
Do you really need it portable? A desktop can be better, more upgradable, and less expensive than a laptop.
Which size display do you need?
Are that graphics on the two equivalent? Enough for your usage?

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