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Bit of Laptop advice pleaseeee...

Donleeone Avatar
8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
Right, I am looking at Laptops and got a massive headache! I have a couple of questions I would like help with...

1) Is Intel core2duo the best proccesor about? how much better are Intels over AMD. Also would a core2duo 2.0 be vastly superior over a say 1.5?

2) If I get a 15.4 screen, I might connect the laptop up to my 32" Toshiba. Is there anything I need to make this look better, i.e graphics wise?

3) what are Acer like as a company? They seem to have brilliant laptops and good prices although I have heard thir CS is terrible.


If anyone could shine some light on any of the questions posted, I would be very grateful.

Thanks
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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1 Like #1
I can't help with the questions, but take a look at this

Add the 3 year warranty then apply the 10% code and you get a 2ghz Core2 for £504 with bluetooth, warranty etc :)

Or have a look at my vostro post :thumbsup:
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coreduo is the future, they now have corequad but imo duo processors are only needed if your going to be running a lot of programs at the same time which use a lot of system resources.

The difference between Intel & AMD is minimal, its the name your paying for but if you see a system that is AMD3600 for example, this doesnt mean there is a 3.6ghz processor inside, more likely a 2.8ghz. With Intel, what ghz you see is what you get. I believe Coreduo 2.0ghz means there are 2 processors inside totalling 4.0ghz so if it is coreduo 1.5ghz then the total it has got is 3.0ghz inside. I have coreduo 2.8, so inside my machine there is 2x 2.8ghz processors.

A better graphics card will always perform better than on board graphics but I have mine connected to TV with on board graphics and its fine.

Acer I think are really good, at work we have Acer PC's, laptops, monitors etc. and never had a problem, therefore never needed to deal with their customer service team. Hope this helps in some way.
1 Like #3
c2duo is faster than amd and runs alot cooler and is better with preserving battery life, a 1.5 - 2 ghz is a big difference but not something hugely noticable as a 1.5 c2d can do things very fast how it is. Aslong as the laptop has the neccesary connections to connect up to a tv itll be fine and Acer are ok, i got mine yesterday and my only niggle is some keyboard delay that ive read a few people have had, still no bother and i can get it replaced within 28 days at asda if i want, also acer has 3 year warranty packs for under 50 pounds which is a good bonus.
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Firstly the site notebookreview is a good place to get more detailed advice on laptops and helped me out when i was looking.

1) From what I understand dual core laptops are exactly that, two cores on one processor for better multitasking. I'm not fully up on the technology so can't tell you much beyond that so someone a bit better informed should cover that.

2) Do you mean a graphics card? Dedicated is better than intergrated, but unless you intend to play games I think an intergrated graphics card would handle simple video.

3) I haven't had to contact Acer yet, but I bought my Brother a dual-core Acer laptop from Comet and the build quality seems fantastic.

Depending on how much your willing to pay Laptopsdirect are having a sale at the moment. Good selection of Acers and other brands for decent money.
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1) Is Intel core2duo the best proccesor about? how much better are Intels over AMD. Also would a core2duo 2.0 be vastly superior over a say 1.5?


At the moment, pretty much - you have two cores, low power usage, high performance and 64 bit support. At the moment AMD are really only competitive with Intels at the budget end of the market, Intel have been strong in the mobile market ever since the introduction of their pentium-m processors. When comparing a C2D 1.5 vs 2.0Ghz, make sure you check the other features - there are varying amounts of cache and FSB which can affect performance. With a 1.5 and a 2.0 with exactly the same cache and FSB, in pure cpu performance the 2Ghz will have about 30% better performance but it really depends on what you're doing - unless you are gaming, dvd encoding or anything cpu intensive the higher processor may not be that much better against the cost. Even at 1.5Ghz the Core 2 Duo is a powerful processor and will easily power through every day tasks.


2) If I get a 15.4 screen, I might connect the laptop up to my 32" Toshiba. Is there anything I need to make this look better, i.e graphics wise?

Again depends on what you're doing, most integrated graphics cards will support the 1366x768 resolution your Toshiba probably runs at which means if you're wanting to watch DVDs or divx you will be fine. However if you're looking to play games on your TV you really needed a dedicated graphics card, similarly if you want to play back high resolution movie files a dedicated graphics card (even a basic one) can assist the processor in playback. However don't get a dedicated graphics card for the sake of it, the downside of these is that they need more power and generate more heat which normally means additional cooling.


3) what are Acer like as a company? They seem to have brilliant laptops and good prices although I have heard thir CS is terrible.

Hard to say to be honest, I was a regular poster on the whatlaptop forums and the most popular choice people made was Acer machines - given the high number of purchases you would expect a high number of complaints but there were rarely people reporting issues with them. I have a few friends with them and I've always been fairly impressed with them, you'd expect really cheap feeling laptops for the price but they've been quite solid.

John
#6
wow guys, all so helpful thank you very much! Rep for all...

Emasu - I had a quick searcch, the only 10% off voucher I found was one for a £599 spend. Am I missing something? I think I speced up that laptop before, seems amazing for the price.

Also big thanks to John, Ungreat, schutz and esclad.

The only reason I say I am not interested in gaming is because I cant imagine playing on a 15.4 inch screen. If I got dedicated graphics, would it look just as good on my TV through VGA?

Thanks again :)
#7
Donleeone
wow guys, all so helpful thank you very much! Rep for all...

Emasu - I had a quick searcch, the only 10% off voucher I found was one for a £599 spend. Am I missing something? I think I speced up that laptop before, seems amazing for the price)


You certainly can use it :) I've tried it and it works. I think its because the original price is over £599 or something :thumbsup:
#8
Donleeone;1419286
wow guys, all so helpful thank you very much! Rep for all...

Emasu - I had a quick searcch, the only 10% off voucher I found was one for a £599 spend. Am I missing something? I think I speced up that laptop before, seems amazing for the price.

Also big thanks to John, Ungreat, schutz and esclad.

The only reason I say I am not interested in gaming is because I cant imagine playing on a 15.4 inch screen. If I got dedicated graphics, would it look just as good on my TV through VGA?

Thanks again :)


Depends on what sort of game you're interested in - for RTS games I find the TV resolution really to be too low, although it's good for first person shooters and racers particularly. You need to check what resolutions your TV accepts, some have strange low resolution inputs, ideally you want your TV (if it's a 720p) to be able to accept a 1366x768 signal. I occasionally hook the TV up to the laptop for gaming but I tend to stick to consoles for that and stick to gaming on the PCs own screen.

John
#9
Johnmcl7
Depends on what sort of game you're interested in - for RTS games I find the TV resolution really to be too low, although it's good for first person shooters and racers particularly. You need to check what resolutions your TV accepts, some have strange low resolution inputs, ideally you want your TV (if it's a 720p) to be able to accept a 1366x768 signal. I occasionally hook the TV up to the laptop for gaming but I tend to stick to consoles for that and stick to gaming on the PCs own screen.

John


Its a Toshiba 32C3030 and pretty sure it accepts 1366x768. I have a 360 and agree with you about dedicated gaming, maybe i'm just being too fussy and wanting too much for my money! :p
#10
Im considering that dell myself... if you dont want the warranty you can go for the 2.2ghz Core2Duo for the same price :lol:
#11
yeah its a very tempting spec. Will the 2.2 make a big difference? Do you know how much you need to reach to be able to get the 10% off?
#12
Donleeone
yeah its a very tempting spec. Will the 2.2 make a big difference? Do you know how much you need to reach to be able to get the 10% off?


Just add the 2.2ghz to the base spec and its £494 :w00t:

You need to add £70 to the base price :)
#13
We have until wednesday to decide I supose. Everything I need in this laptop though....

Oh, and I meant to performance rather than cost lol
#14
Donleeone
We have until wednesday to decide I supose. Everything I need in this laptop though....

Oh, and I meant to performance rather than cost lol


The 2.2 will be slightly better as its faster, and it has a bigger cache which is better. As for performance im not sure... does anyone here have either of these two processors and can help?
#15
I assume your considering the asus 5720 thats for 359 in asda? if your not then dismiss this :P
Get it, its bloody good got mine yesterday and have barely been off it, its quick for everything and is practically silent, battery life isnt amazing but i got over 3 hours just browsing and about 90 mins on games. I got hl2 on it fine, lowish settings but its fine, command and conquer tiberium wars and generals, call of duty all run fine. For the price if i was you i would get the acer 5720, as long as your talking about that one and if your not, get it anyway ;)
#16
Right now, I'm considering anything! Do you have a link to the specs of the Acer?

Ta
#17
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/130319/acer-5720-1a2g08mi-reduced-from-449/all/all/hot/

All the specs and info are in there, its a top machine for 359 which is why i got it, cant be assed shelling out 6-700 on a laptop for gaming when i havent played a good pc game for several years, ill just stick to a 360/ps3 when i get around to buying one. Its fine for light gaming though and so far ive had no problems atall apart from some keyboard delay issue where the words are sometimes coming out slower but im sure i can fix that easily.
#18
just saw this emasu. Will enhance gaming...
#19
schutz
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/130319/acer-5720-1a2g08mi-reduced-from-449/all/all/hot/

All the specs and info are in there, its a top machine for 359 which is why i got it, cant be assed shelling out 6-700 on a laptop for gaming when i havent played a good pc game for several years, ill just stick to a 360/ps3 when i get around to buying one. Its fine for light gaming though and so far ive had no problems atall apart from some keyboard delay issue where the words are sometimes coming out slower but im sure i can fix that easily.


thanks schutz. Got a budget for about £500 so might go for something a bit better, but for the price, the spec looks amazing.
#20
Its annoying that this has a 4 week delay... doh
#21
whats so good about that Emasu?
#22
I have an Acer Aspire 5630 laptop, and there was a bit of damage when I dropped it unfortunately, but I contacted Acer and they immediately told me what do to (phone DHL and arrange a collection) I arranged a next day collection, they picked it up, and returned it, with a new screen and casing a week and a half later all for free
#23
Bad experience with Acer:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/14811...y-acer-laptop/

Will not buy Acer again!

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