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VALUE LAPTOP - HELP PICK FROM THESE 3

by lhnyrs / January 14, 2009 2:44 PM PST

Hi-
Hoping to get feedback on the following 3 models. All have 3 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard drive, webcam, expresscard slot, memory card readers, wireless & 1 year warranty

Intended use:
>regular Internet activity
> MS office (excel/word)
> picture editing
> light home video editing (beginner)
> NO gaming

1. Dell Vostro 1510 ($530)
> CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T5670: 1.8 GHz/2 MB cache/800MHz
> GFX: Intel GMA X3100
> 15.4" screen
> Firewire port

2. Toshiba Satellite L305-S5933 ($460)
> CPU: Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400: 2.16 GHz/1 MB cache/667MHz
> GFX: Intel GMA 4500M
> 15.4" screen
> No Firewire (can add via expresscard)

3. Acer Extensa EX4420-5212 ($430)
> CPU: AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60 Dual Core: 2.0 GHz/1 MB cache/??? MHz
> GFX: ATI Radeon X1250
> 14.1" screen
> Firewire port & S-video out

As I see it, the main difference is the CPU...I read conflicting info on them.
Which do you think is the best laptop choice, and why? I really would appreciate your input.

Thanks,
Larry

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If I were to bet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2009 10:00 PM PST

The first one may win a speed race when editing, rendering video to DVD. I'll pick number one.
Bob

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May I add another?
by NancyR / January 14, 2009 11:14 PM PST

Please forgive me if I am butting in on your list, but may I add another choice? I am shopping in a very similar category and like this system:
Gateway MC7321u ($800 at Costco, $550 at NewEgg but might be out of stock)
Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3200 (2 GHz, 667 MHz, FSB, 1 MB L2)
16" WXZGA screen
3GB DDR2 RAM
320 Gb hdd

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by Phil Crase / January 14, 2009 11:38 PM PST

I am with Bob, number one wins.

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