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Which one - Dell 1520 or Toshiba A215-S4747

by rtbrick / August 4, 2007 5:23 AM PDT

I can get a Dell 1520 (Intel Duo Core 2 1.6, 2GB, webcam, DVD writer, everything else standard) for $809 OR Best Buy has the Toshiba A215-S4747 (AMD Turion X2 64, 1GB, DVD writer, etc) for $699. I have had a Toshiba Satellite 2455-S305 for four years and it's been great.

So on the surface it looks like the Dell is the better performer and it would cost another $50 to upgrade the Toshiba memory reducing the price advantage on the Toshiba. Is the Dell a good buy? Is the Toshiba better quality and likely to cause me less problems?

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Sorry that Core 2 Duo gets the nod.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 4, 2007 5:48 AM PDT

It's just a better all around CPU. The 699 model has 1GB less RAM so for Vista to be happy you want that extra ram.


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Cite basic requirements
by rtbrick / August 4, 2007 6:22 AM PDT

Still doing my research and not finding much better deals. My basic requirements are 2GB RAM, webcam, DVD writer, 15.4 screen. I'm not a power user, so I may not notice a huge difference between the Intel Duo Core 2 and the AMD Turion X2. I've been scouring the usual places (Best Buy, Compusa, etc), but do not immediately see anything better. Any pointers to good deals would be appreciated. Maybe I'm over looking something.

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I can save $80 on a Dell
by rtbrick / August 4, 2007 6:36 AM PDT

I can save another $80 on the Dell by going with the 1521 model that has the AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 making my price $729. Is it worth it? And the Intel Core 2 Duo is a 1.5 T5250 processor (not a 1.6).

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For me? Today? No.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 4, 2007 6:49 AM PDT

Sorry but having used both the AMD was not worth the 80 buck savings. I'm not running games on my laptop but things like Visual Studio, Open Office, Seamonkey, MySQL. For me, that C2D is money well spent.


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which one ?
by wowexiled2007 / August 7, 2007 7:18 PM PDT

I would go with the dell 1520 with the intel chip. In my opinion the amd chip is not worth the little money saved. Good luck.

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