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Which of these laptops should I choose?

by ShyOrchid / October 22, 2012 4:45 AM PDT

Hello people,

I'm writing this because, as the tittle states, I need to buy a new laptop and don't know which of my options to choose.

First things first, what kind of things will I need this laptop for? I'm a graphic designer student, so I need something with a good graphics card that can support Photoshop and Illustrator which are the programs I mainly work with. Doesn't have to be the best graphics card ever.

I also use it for everyday web surfing and some light gaming (If Sims 3 can be considered light gaming).

Now, after many months of investigating, I have come down to the next choices:

HP Pavilion dv6

*Processor - AMD Quad-Core A8-4500M (3.0GHz/2.1GHz, 4MB L2 Cache)
*Screen size - 15.6" HD BrightView LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
*Memory - 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 (I'll probably upgrade to 8gb)
*Hard drive -640GB 5400RPM
*Graphics Card - AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7600 Series Discrete-Class Graphics
*Price - $530

HP Pavilion DM4

*Processor - Intel Core i5-3210M (3.1 GHz/2.4 GHz )
*Screen size - 14" HD+ anti-glare LED-backlit (1600 x 900)
*Memory - 8GB DDR-3
*Hard drive - 640GB
*Graphics Card - Intel HD Graphics 4000
*Price - $580

Dell Inspiron 15R

*Processor - Intel Core i5-3210M processor (3.1 GHz/2.4 GHz)
*Screen size - 15.6" High Definition (720p) LED Display with Truelife
*Memory - 6GB Dual Channel
DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
*Hard drive - 500GB/750GB
*Graphics Card - Intel HD Graphics 4000
*Price - $596 (500GB) or $621 (750GB)


I was originally going to buy the HP Pavilion dv6, but HP Pavilion dm4 has a back-lit keyboard that I'm in love with and I'm not sure if the dv6 model I'll buy has one. Another thing I'm worried is the fact that the dv6 has a AMD processor which I have heard are not that durable and heat up very quickly. This last issue is the reason why I thought of the Dell Inspiron 15R and added it to the list.

Looking at this comparison, I would choose the dm4, but I haven't read enough reviews to make sure it's a good decision.

So, could you please help me choose which laptop is better for me?

NOTE: Please I ask that you only comment if you will say something about these laptops. I'm aware that these may not be the best computers for graphic designing, but these are the only ones within my budget that I like. That being said, I kindly ask you to not comment: "Get a Mac!", if I had the money I would, but I don't so I can't.

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by junky77 / October 22, 2012 5:08 AM PDT

None. what is your budget?

Generally, you should look for a laptop with a good screen (usually 1080p screen would be better)
Do you have an external monitor ?
enough memory - at least 6GB I'd say as it really makes thing much more comfortable while using premiere and PS
about the cpu - the AMDs are excellent. They are not as fast as the higher Intel models, but they are very good and also energy efficient. Maybe you heard thing about their old laptops, from 9-10 years ago (I still hear people saying that)
HDD - personally, if you really need a lot of storage space, you better go for one of the external HDD deals - much higher GB / $$ ratio. Do you know how much you need?
graphics - not HD 3000 and HD 4000 which are quite poor. We'll try to find something

I suggest the HP dv6z-7000 with the matte 1080p screen upgrade, at least - but wait for the next coupons. Usually you can get a lot for 700$ (can you manage it?)
I recommend this one because other laptops with such a good 1080p screen cost at least the same and offer less in the gpu department.

Here is the current coupon:

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Thanks for the advice
by ShyOrchid / October 22, 2012 1:25 PM PDT
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My budget is around RD$30k which is $760 dollars. I do have an external monitor although I doubt I'll use it with the laptop, but it's still there.

Thanks for the reassuring AMD advice, it really helps a lot. I was making assumptions because of internet comments and because of the fact that my sister owns a HP Pavilion dv4 with an AMD processor and I have noticed that it gets pretty hot around the top area of the keyboard. Also since I've heard dv6 has HP Coolsense technology I'm more open to buy a AMD processor laptop.

I'll probably wait for the black friday/cyber monday deals to buy it.

Thanks a lot for answering Happy

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I just read an article that said
by orlbuckeye / October 22, 2012 9:42 PM PDT
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Intel firmly controls the high ground, the middle groung and would probably would have run AMD out on the low ground if it wasn't fixated on the ARM processors today. They said that AMD 8 core processors of today can barely beat the last generation Intel quad cores without hyperthreading enabled. They say the only place for AMD is entry level machines.

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