Hi, I'm looking for a new laptop for primarily web browsing.
Battery life: >=4Hrs
Games: Simple stuff like social flash-based games or the revamped monkey island games. Possibly minecraft(?)
Software: Webbrowsing. Would also like to use minimal photoshop functions like cropping or color correction, nothing 3D or giant files. Microsoft office, youtube, itunes, etc (all at once). Also would like to watch HD movies / tv shows downloaded from my desktop.
Memory: Would like >=3GB
HD Size: >=250GB
Optical: DVD writer
Extras: Would like built in webcam.
Would like to keep this machine for 4-5 years. I've done research on my own, but I can't find any laptops with a i5 for <$550. Is an i3 a really weak processor? I don't want the rig running too slow. This will also be a worktstation replacement for traveling as I travel a lot and won't be near my desktop.
Acer Aspire AS5742 Notebook $550
Core i5 460M(2.53GHz) " 4GB RAM 320GB HDD 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/Intel HD Graphics. Minecraft might run on lowest settings, everything else is good to go.
Thanks for the reply! But I'm looking for something with a 17" screen or so. Should I sacrifice having an i5 for a weaker i3? I'm not sure if it will age well in terms of processing power.
Minecraft isn't a necessity, I was just providing an example. I don't have too much intention on running Minecraft on that rig.
Dell Inspiron 17R $600
Core i3-2310M (2.1GHz) 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 17.3" 1600x900 LCD w/ Intel HD 3000 Graphics
This would be roughly equivalent to the HP Pavilion g7t with the optional HD 6470M graphics card.