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Help with buying a small laptop

by animechaz / February 21, 2010 3:26 PM PST

Hi There,

I'm looking to buy another laptop, as it seems my old dell xps m1210 is about ready to retire....

I'm not looking for a powerhouse, just looking for something small "11inch or under" to do the following

HD movies "HDMI is a must"
maybe some lite gaming "Sims 3 / WOW" No need to be at max details
Small and portable, I commute to and from work, and also have to carry my computer around from class to class to show some videos to my students "some are hd"

I have been looking at two laptops, but am not sure which one would be best.

1) Samsung N510
Atom n280
2G Ram
Ion le

2) Samsung x118 "I think it is only available here in China"
Celeron U2300 1.2gh
4GB Ram
intel X4500

The store will upgrade my hd from 5400rpm to 7200 for free with either unit.

I figure the processer in the x188 is better but the ion in the N510 is better than the x4500.... both are about the same price, around 650usd

Hope you can give me some advice on which would be the best bet, or if there are others like these that would be better.


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If it wasn't for the Sims.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2010 9:52 PM PST

I wouldn't have a problem with either but that game would have me back to your average Intel i3 w/4GB RAM laptop in no time.

I can't say anyone would be happy with the netbooks you listed for The Sims. As to changing the hard drive, please don't.

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I can give up on the sims
by animechaz / February 21, 2010 10:45 PM PST

Thanks for the reply Bob

You know of any 11.6 running a i3? I assume they are 13inch+

I can give up on the sims, it would just be a bonus, i know these aren't gaming rigs, and the m11x looks like it would be to bulky, haha.

I also looked at the acer ferrari one... but for some reason they left out the hdmi port...

sorry for asking another question, but why not get a faster hd? would you also suggest the same with ram? i figured uping both of those might help with performance.

Thanks again!
It's been almost 3.5 years since I bought my last comp... i seem to be REALLY out of the loop about whats good nowadays, haha.

P.S. i posted a question back then too, and I'm almost positive it was you that answered it back then! haha, good to see your still around to helping people, thanks for the great work, there must be an endless list of people you've helped since then!

Keep up the great work!

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Why not the hard drive change.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2010 12:29 AM PST
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