Help with choice

I'm looking for a laptop for my son. He is not into gaming yet, (he's only 10) but watches movies, videos, online games (age-appropriate like club penguin) and school-related presentations.

I am considering:


MD A10-4600M Accelerated Processor 2.3 GHz 4MBL2 Cache
6GB DDR3 1600MHz memory (max 16GB)
750GB (5400 RPM)
AMD Radeon HD 7660G Dual Graphics



Intel Core_i7_3610QM Processor 2.3GHz
750GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
Intel HD Graphics integrated



rd generation Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor 2.30GHz
15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit display (1366 x 768)
6GB DDR3 system memory
750GB 5400rpm hard drive with HP
Graphics Type: Integrated
Intel HD graphics 4000
Graphics Memory: Up to 1696MB total graphics memory

My questions are:

Best graphics

Best processor

Best performance

Longest lasting

I want this to last for a few years, like I said he is not a gamer, but I can definitely see him getting into gaming in the future (age-appropriate).

Any other suggestions are WELCOMED! I want to spend around 700 or 800. Thanks!
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  1. Best graphics of the above choices are found on the AMD APU

    Best processor of the above choices is the i7

    Best performance and I would expect longest lasting also would be the AMD APU again
  2. If your not sure he would be interested in gaming i think any one of these would do. I prefer the Toshiba as you said the RAM can be upgraded to 16GB (although 8GB is ideal).

    But if he is going to be into gaming later on i prefer desktop gaming over laptop as you can upgrade (especially when you build your own) and it would be more into your budget. It depends on whether he would want to keep up with the latest games or if he would prefer a select few. All those laptops are good for video and basic gaming although my GPU knowledge isn't up to date, i just have a basic HD card in my gaming machine and i have it on decent settings, but others can help you out with that.
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