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Which Laptop Should I Buy? ASUS or Toshiba?

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
August 6, 2013 1:40:51 PM

So my birthday is coming up and I am planning to get a laptop for when I travel or stay overnight at a hotel and stuff. So I've narrowed down to two laptops. But one problem; the processors.
ASUS X502CA-BI30705B- $349.99 USD
Warranty Terms - Parts-1 year
Warranty Terms - Labor-1 year limited
Height-0.9 inches
Width-15.1 inches
Depth-10.2 inches
Weight-4.4 pounds
Processor Brand-Intel®
Processor-Intel® 3rd Generation Core™ i3
Processor Speed-1.8GHz
Battery Type-Polymer
Display Type-High-definition widescreen LED-backlit TFT-LCD (1366 x 768)
Screen Size (Measured Diagonally)-15.6"
Cache Memory-3MB on die Level 3
System Memory (RAM)-4GB
Type of Memory (RAM)-DDR3
Computer Hard Drive Size-500GB
Optical Drive-Not included
Direct-Disc Labeling-No
Digital Media Reader or Slots-Yes, select memory card slots
TV Tuner-No
Built-in Webcam-Yes
Networking-Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless Networking -Wireless-N
S-Video Outputs-None
Audio-Built-in Azalia-compliant chip with 3D effect and full duplex
PCMCIA Slots-None
USB 2.0 Ports-1 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0
IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports-None
Parallel Ports-None
Game Ports-None
Laptop Weight-Ultraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
Battery Life-Not available
Pointing Device-Wide touchpad
HDMI Output-Yes
Blu-ray Player-No
Operating System Platform -Windows
Operating System-Windows 8
Included Software -Adobe Reader and more
ENERGY STAR Certified- Unknown
Best Buy PC App-No
Product Depth-10.2"
Drive Capacity-500GB
Graphics Card-UMA
Best Buy Link:

Toshiba Satellite L875D/S7111- $379.99USD
Warranty Terms - Parts-1 year limited
Warranty Terms - Labor -1 year limited
Height-1.3 inches
Width-16.3 inches
Depth-10.6 inches
Weight-6.2 pounds
Processor Brand-AMD
Processor Platform-AMD VISION A6 APU
Processor-AMD A6-Series
Processor Speed-2.7GHz (with Turbo CORE up to 3.2GHz)
Battery Type-6-cell lithium-ion
Display Type-High-definition widescreen LED-backlit TFT with TruBrite technology (1600 x 900)
Screen Size (Measured Diagonally)-17.3"
Cache Memory-1MB on die Level 2
System Memory (RAM)- 4GB
System Memory (RAM) Expandable To -16GB
Type of Memory (RAM)-DDR3
Hard Drive Type-SATA (5400 rpm)
Computer Hard Drive Size-640GB
Optical Drive-Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
Optical Drive Speeds-Drive speeds not specified
Direct-Disc Labeling -No
Digital Media Reader or Slots-Yes, digital media card reader
Graphics-AMD Radeon HD 7520G
TV Tuner-No
Built-in Webcam-Yes
Modem -None
Networking-Built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless Networking-Wireless-B+G+N
S-Video Outputs- None
Audio -SRS Premium Sound HD
Speakers -Internal
PCMCIA Slots -None
USB 2.0 Ports -2 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0
IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports -None
Parallel Ports -None
Game Ports -None
Laptop Weight -Standard (more than 5.5 lbs.)
Battery Life -Not available
Pointing Device -Touchpad with multitouch control
HDMI Output-Yes
Blu-ray Player-No
Operating System Platform-Windows
Operating System -Windows 8
Included Software -Adobe Flash Player and more
ENERGY STAR Certified- Yes
Best Buy PC App- No
Graphics Chip-AMD/ATI
Product Depth -10.6"
Drive Capacity-640GB
Graphics Card-AMD Radeon HD 7520G
BestBuy Link:
Sorry if this thread post is long but please no bias between Intel and AMD Processors and stuff. This would probaly be the last time I will purchase a laptop so I want this to be good and get my moneys worth out of it. Thanks!
a b D Laptop
August 6, 2013 1:48:59 PM

They're probably going to run about the same but the AMD has more cores, a better integrated GPU, and a nicer screen so I'd lean towards that one (and my Toshiba has been a tank for the last seven years).

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a b D Laptop
August 6, 2013 1:51:25 PM

Completely ignoring the processors, I would go Asus just on quality. My family has the immediate predecessor to the Satellite you are looking at. It's isn't much of a machine, particularly the hard drive. I have worked on three low end Satellite machines for a variety of reasons, two because of the hard drives.

I guess I'm just not a fan, though I hear that the higher end Toshiba machines are better.
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August 6, 2013 2:03:20 PM

i'd go for the toshiba based on screen resolution and GPU.

some people are saying one brand or the other is higher quality, but let's be honest - in the sub $400 range neither are going to be particularly high quality.
August 6, 2013 2:37:16 PM

boosted1g said:
Branden said:
i'd go for the toshiba based on screen resolution and GPU.

some people are saying one brand or the other is higher quality, but let's be honest - in the sub $400 range neither are going to be particularly high quality.

Yes, a sub $400 laptop is not going to have any high quality components or premium features. But bassed off of both mine and gbryan's findings is that over the last 2-3 years toshiba's quality has not been that good; hence the $400 ASUS laptop would be more likely to not give him any problems. Four years ago I would tell clients that Dell and Toshiba where the best brands for the money because they were the brands that would rarely have hardware issues.

Also do keep in mind that I will also be using Sony Vegas Pro too. So that's why I asked cause all websites thart compare these 2 processors intel I3 comes out best.

August 6, 2013 2:46:30 PM

boosted1g said:
Anything processor intensive, the I3 should do better then a laptop A6

Even when the GPU is UMA graphics and not ATI/Nvidia?
August 6, 2013 8:12:18 PM

boosted1g said:
I am sure there are several games that in real world tests the a6 will perform better then the uma graphics of the I3, but for anything using the cpu and not gpu the I3 will do better. Video editing is more cpu intensive, not gpu.

Wait the I3 runs at 1.8ghz while the A6 runs at 2.7ghz w/turbocore up to 3.2ghz. So wouldn't the A6 do better? They are both dual core processors