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March 27, 2010 2:33:00 PM

Here are my requirements:
1. processor: intel core i5
2. backlight keyboard
3. good graphic card....i wanna play assassin's creed 2, battlefield bad company, just cause 2, etc. u noe what i mean...
4. slim and light: less than 2.2 kg
5. 14" screen
6. 8-cell battery
7. 4 GB RAM
8. 320 or 500 GB HDD
9. 1366x768 resolution

Im cosidering these 3 laptops:
1. Sony VAIO CW Series VPC-CW26FX/W - Core i5 520M 2.4 GHz - 14" TFT
2. ASUS K42JR A1 - Core i5 430M 2.26 GHz - 14" TFT
3. ASUS U30JC-A1

I asking which one is better so i can play some games better with better performance....
THX!!!

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a c 244 D Laptop
March 27, 2010 2:52:52 PM

Can you post the full specs of them ?
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March 27, 2010 3:13:28 PM

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Sony VAIO CW Series VPC-CW26FX/W - Core i5 520M 2.4 GHz - 14" TFT :
* Built-in Devices Bluetooth antenna , Wireless LAN antenna
* Width 13.4 in
* Depth 9.2 in
* Height 1.5 in
* Weight 5.3 lbs
* Color Icy white

Processor

* Processor Intel Core i5 I5-520M / 2.4 GHz
* Max Turbo Speed 2.93 GHz
* Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core
* 64-bit Computing Yes
* Features Intel Turbo Boost Technology
* Chipset Type Mobile Intel PM55 Express

Cache Memory

* Type L3 cache
* Cache size 3 MB

RAM

* Installed Size 4 GB / 8 GB (max)
* Technology DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz
* RAM configuration features 2 x 2 GB

Storage Controller

* Storage controller type Serial ATA
* Storage Controller / Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150

Storage

* Floppy Drive None
* Hard Drive 500 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
* Storage Removable None
* Hard drive type Portable

Optical Storage

* Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - Integrated

Optical Storage (2nd)

* 2nd optical storage type None

Card Reader

* Card reader type Card reader
* Supported flash memory cards Memory Stick , SD Memory Card , Memory Stick Duo , Memory Stick Pro , Memory Stick PRO Duo

Display

* Display Type 14 in TFT active matrix
* Max Resolution 1600 x 900
* Widescreen Display Yes
* Features LED-backlit

Video

* Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
* Video Memory 512 MB
* Total Available Graphics Memory 2263 MB

Audio

* Audio output type Sound card
* Audio output compliant standards High Definition Audio
* Audio Input Microphone

Notebook Camera

* Camera Type Integrated
* Camera Features Face-tracking technology

Input Device(s)

* Input device type Keyboard , Touchpad
* Keyboard localization and layout QWERTY

Telecom

* Modem None

Networking

* Networking Network adapter
* Networking / Wireless LAN Supported Yes
* Data link protocol Ethernet , IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11n , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet , Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
* Networking standards IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11n , Bluetooth 2.1

Expansion / Connectivity

* Expansion Slots Total (Free) 2 ( 0 ) x Memory , 1 ( 1 ) x ExpressCard/34
* Interfaces 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 , 1 x Audio / video - HDMI output - 19 pin HDMI Type A , 1 x Headphones - Output - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1 x Microphone - Input - Mini-phone 3.5 mm , 3 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A , 1 x Display / video - VGA output - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) , 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 pin FireWire

Miscellaneous

* Compliant Standards RoHS

Power

* Power device form factor External

Battery

* Technology Lithium ion
* Installed Qty 1
* Battery capacity 4400 mAh
* Mfr estimated battery life 4 hour(s)

Operating System / Software

* OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
* Software VAIO Care , VAIO Media Gallery , Microsoft Works 9 SE , VAIO Help and Support , Sony Picture Motion Browser , VAIO Media Plus Multimedia Streaming Software , Norton Internet Security 2010 (30 days subscription) , Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (60 days trial)

Manufacturer Warranty

* Service & Support 1 year warranty
* Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year - On-site , Technical support - Phone consulting - 1 year - availability: 24 hours a day / Monday-Sunday

ASUS K42JR A1 - Core i5 430M 2.26 GHz - 14" TFT
* Built-in Devices Stereo speakers , Wireless LAN antenna
* Width 13.7 in
* Depth 9.4 in
* Height 1.5 in
* Weight 4.9 lbs
* Color Dark brown
* Notebook type Gaming laptop , Thin-and-light (4-6 lbs.)
* Wireless capabilities IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11b

Processor

* Processor Intel Core i5 I5-430M / 2.26 GHz
* Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core
* 64-bit Computing Yes
* Chipset Type Mobile Intel HM55 Express

RAM

* Installed Size 4 GB / 8 GB (max)
* Technology DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz
* RAM form factor SO DIMM 204-pin

Storage

* Floppy Drive None
* Hard Drive 500 GB - 7200 rpm
* Storage Removable None
* Hard drive type Portable

Optical Storage

* Type DVD±RW / DVD-RAM

Optical Storage (2nd)

* 2nd optical storage type None

Card Reader

* Card reader type 2 in 1 card reader
* Supported flash memory cards MultiMediaCard , SD Memory Card

Display

* Display Type 14 in TFT active matrix
* Max Resolution 1366 x 768 ( WXGA )
* Widescreen Display Yes
* Features LED-backlit , Zero Bright Dot

Video

* Graphics Processor / Vendor ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
* Video Memory 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM

Audio

* Audio output type Sound card
* Audio output compliant standards SRS Premium Sound
* Audio Output Features Altec Lansing speakers
* Audio Input Microphone

Notebook Camera

* Camera Type Integrated
* Sensor Resolution 0.3 Megapixel

Input Device(s)

* Input device type Keyboard , Touchpad
* Features Multi-touch technology , Built-in numeric keyboard

Networking

* Networking Network adapter
* Networking / Wireless LAN Supported Yes
* Data link protocol Ethernet , IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11n , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet
* Networking standards IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11n

Expansion / Connectivity

* Expansion Slots Total (Free) Memory - SO DIMM 204-pin
* Interfaces 1 x Headphones - Output - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 , 3 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A , 1 x Display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) , 1 x Display / video - HDMI - 19 pin HDMI Type A

Miscellaneous

* Features System password , Hard drive password , Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Power

* Power device form factor External
* Voltage Required AC 120/230 V

Battery

* Technology 6-cell
* Installed Qty 1
* Battery capacity 4400 mAh

Operating System / Software

* OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
* Microsoft Office Ready Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Manufacturer Warranty

* Service & Support 2 years warranty
* Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 2 years , Accidental damage coverage - 1 year

ASUS U30JC-A1

Display

* 13.3" HD 16:9 (1366x768) LED backlight,Color-Shine (Glare-type)

Processor & Chipset

* Intel® Core™ i3 Mobile Processors
* Intel® HM55 Chipset

Storage & Drives

* 1 Detachable 2.5" 9.5mm (H) SATA Hard Disk Drives
* 1 Optical Drive Bay, SATA Interface,

Memory

* 64-bit wide DDRIII data channel
* Two 204Pin SODIMM sockets
* Expandable up to 8GB DDRIII 1066/1333MHz

Video Controller

* Switchable Graphics Controller. Go between nVIDIA 310M 512MB DDR3 or Embedded Intel GMA Video
* Dual-View capable Supports two different applications open at one time; one on the External Monitor, and one on the Laptop Screen. Multi-tasking has never been more convenient.

Audio & Multimedia Features

* Built-in Azalia compliant audio chip, with 3D effect & full duplex
* 3D Stereo Enhanced Sound System
* S/PDIF output
* 1 Built-in Microphone
* 2 Built-in Altec Lansing Speakers
* Sound Blaster compatible SRS Premium Sound

Network / Communication

* Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN
* Integrated 802.11 b/g/n

Keyboard / Pointing Device

* 30.2mm size Full Sized Keyboard
* Windows Hot keys
* Integrated Touchpad with Scrolling function

Operating System / Utilities

* Genuine Windows 7® Home Premium 64-Bit
* Asus Win flash for BIOS and Driver live Update
ASUS SmartLogon
ASUS Net 4 switch
Asus Live Update
Asus Multi-Frame
Asus NB Probe +
ASUS Wireless Console
Asus Data Security Management(ADSM)
Virtual Camera
ASUS Splendid
ASUS Express Gate
Asus Screen Saver
Fancy Start
eManual
AI Recovery

Slots

* 5 in 1 card reader, SD,MMC,XD,MS, MS-Pro


Hot Keys

* Function Keys:
Fn+F1 Suspend switch
Fn+F2 WLAN switch
Fn+F5 Brightness down
Fn+F6 Brightness up
Fn+F7 LCD on/off
Fn+F8 LCD/CRT switch display
Fn+F9 TouchPad Lock
Fn+F10 Volume on/mute
Fn+F11 Volume down
Fn+F12 Volume up
Fn+Del Scroll Lock on/off
Fn+Space Power 4Gear
Fn+C Splendid
Fn+V: Life Frame
Fn+↑: Stop
Fn+↓: Play/Pause
Fn+ ←:Skip to Previous Track
Fn+ →:Skip to Next Track


Input / Output Ports

* 1 x Microphone-in jack
* 1 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF)
* 1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
* 3 x USB 2.0 ports
* 1 x RJ45 LAN
* 1 x HDMI

Power System

* 8 cells: 5600 mAh, smart Lithium-Ion battery pack
* Output: 19 V DC, 4.7 A, 40W
* Input: 100-240V V AC, 50/60 Hz universal

Cooling

* Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound optional
* Copper CPU Heatsink

Size & Weight

* 4.8lbs with 8-cell battery
* 13.12" x 9.52" x 0.8-1.2" (W x D x H)

Additional Features

* Kensington® Lock
* Built-in 0.3M Digital Video Camera

Warranty

* ASUS 2-year limited global hardware warranty
* 24/7 ASUS Telephone Technical Support
* 1 Year Accidental Damage Protection. (Must be registered in 60 days of order. North American Only)
* Free two-way standard shipping when sending laptops in for repair/service
* 1-year battery pack warranty
* On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
* Xotic PC 24/7 Technical Support provided on models customized with Operating System
* 1 Year Xotic PC Warranty provided on customized components
* Additional Warranty Options Available
* Return Policy & Warranty Terms and Conditions

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a c 244 D Laptop
March 27, 2010 8:02:05 PM

In terms of gaming the first one is the best,it can handle those games on medium settings
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March 28, 2010 2:26:48 AM

do you have any other laptops to suggest?
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March 28, 2010 5:11:43 AM

i was also thinking about the Asus UL series...are they any good? the processor is only 1.3 or 1.4 GHz...which one is the best for gaming and also portable?
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a c 244 D Laptop
March 28, 2010 4:27:41 PM

ASUS UL series aren't good for gaming.
The Sony VAIO which you chose is a good one
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March 29, 2010 10:44:45 AM

Best answer selected by thebestalive1.
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