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did I choose the right one? toshiba vs. HP

So I bought a new laptop this past weekend, the Thoshiba Satellite a505 s6005 (;+Core%26%23153;+i3+Processor+-+Quantum+Black/9703393.p?id=1218153394199&skuId=9703393).

I spent a while researching laptops, finally got sick of it, went to Best Buy for the 2nd time, and just asked every employee I could find to make a recommendation (I have problem with decisions... obviously). After comparing what was in the store, and passing over a similar Sony that was more expensive, I settled on that one.

The first time I'd gone to Best Buy, one employee had recommended the HP Pavillion dv7-3165dx (;+II+Ultra+Dual-Core+Mobile+Processor+-+Espresso+Black/9700814.p?id=1218152462714&skuId=9700814). This was no longer in the store when I went back and can now only be found online.

Should I have bought the HP online instead? It looks like (as I can see from my limited computer knowledge and google search) I can get a bigger screen, a slightly better graphics card, blu-ray player, and a faster hard disc with a slower (?) processor and less battery life for $100 more. Do the pros outweigh the cons enough to bother returning the one I got and getting this one online? I should note that I've never been one to buy DVDs and I don't have any Blu-ray, and I'm not interested in gaming or any high end graphics stuff (it takes too much money and energy to keep up with it for me).

Just wanted to get a few opinions from people who were hopefully more knowledgeable than myself.

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Nice choice.

In reply to: did I choose the right one? toshiba vs. HP

It has the nice i3 CPU, a not too large 16 inch screen which lets it be a laptop and not an anchor.

Windows 7 is 64 bit.

What's not to like?

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To save such trouble, the simple post with make and model is usually enough. I think you made a fine choice of a very usable machine that is not going to burden you if you decide to go mobile.

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You picked the right one! =)

In reply to: did I choose the right one? toshiba vs. HP

I would have picked the Toshiba also...and I'm an IT Consultant!

The Toshiba has three key advantages over that particular HP model-

Performance- The Toshiba has an Intel Core i3 processor while the HP has an AMD Turion processor. The Toshiba also supports faster, more efficient DDR3-1066 RAM vs. older DDR2-800 in the HP. The Toshiba blows away the HP when multi-tasking!

Battery Life- AMD-based systems are far less energy efficient than the newest Intel-based models, no question. The HP dv7-3165dx has an 8-cell battery good for 2:58 in Cnet's review. A Toshiba A505 similar to yours (but with a dedicated graphics card that uses more power than your Intel integrated graphics) lasted 4:28 on the same 12-cell that you have. It's not unreasonable to estimate that your system could hit the 5:00 mark!

Heat- Another problem with AMD-based systems is that they tend to generate a lot of heat! I've never used an HP laptop with AMD processor that didn't get uncomfortably HOT on the palm rests, touchpad and/or keyboard! The fans tend to run constantly (the noise is very annoying) so they're HOT and LOUD! Intel systems are cool and quiet in comparison!

As my grandfather used to say- "Ya did good!" =)

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In reply to: You picked the right one! =)

thanks, lol, this eases any buyer's remorse a great deal. I have got to stop second guessing every purchase over 30 bucks...

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It's better not to ask after you made the purchase.

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But i agree with the other I would go Intel over AMD any day of the week.

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