Which laptop should I buy?

By HarlequinPuppet
Aug 24, 2009
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  1. So my old laptop is officially dead and I am looking to buy a new one by the end of the week as there are good sales on at the moment and I am in desperate need for one. I have found 3 that all seem good and are in my price range but they differ in processors and graphics. Could you please give me your opinion on which is the best and why?

    1. Toshiba Satellite L500/00U - $888
    AMD ATHLON DUAL CORE QL-65 2.1GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HARD DRIVE, 15.6", 128MB ATI RADEON 3100 GRAPHICS

    2. Toshiba Satellite L500/01E - $994
    Intel® Pentium® processor T4300, 2.1 GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HARD DRIVE, 15.6", Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD

    3. ASUS K501J - $1088
    Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor T4200, 2.0 GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HARD DRIVE, 15.6", Embedded Intel® GMA X4500M

    I am planning on using the laptop for uni working including Photoshop and Dreamweaver and also some gaming, in particular Sims 3. Thanks in advance.
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    I would recommend going with this system instead. Free shipping, more powerful and feature-packed than the ones you have posted, and it is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 7 too. More details on the latter here.
  3. HarlequinPuppet

    HarlequinPuppet Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 38

    I have checked that one out before but in Australian dollars it is too expensive for me. I also think it is too big and I need a laptop ASAP so waiting for delivery is no good. I believe the ones I posted also come with the Windows 7 upgrade, at least that is what I've been lead to assume from the Windows 7 website.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    Ah, so that's AUD. In that case, go with the first Toshiba. It has the best GPU of all three systems, which will be required for good performance with Photoshop and games.
  5. RickM

    RickM Newcomer, in training Posts: 85

    Hi Rage.
    The ASUS hands down.

    Awesome machines.
    Talk to some Best Buy "Geeks" at different stores
    They will tell you the same info - ASUS all the way
    Check it out.
    Good Luck .
    Rick
  6. RickM

    RickM Newcomer, in training Posts: 85

    Sorry ...I meant to direct my post to
    HarlequinPuppet
    Sorry about that Rage.
    Rick
  7. RickM

    RickM Newcomer, in training Posts: 85

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    RickM Newcomer, in training Posts: 85

  9. cornmint

    cornmint Newcomer, in training

    It depends on your requirement and how much do you plan to spend on it.
    Well, I like AMD better than Inter. And I think Toshiba with high performance cost ratio.
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