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Did I order the wrong laptop? Acer ASPIRE (send it back?)

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April 5, 2011 8:51:18 PM

Hello,

I was interested in getting some opinions on this matter, I've just ordered an

Acer Aspire AS5742G-6846 15.6" Notebook Computer
$630
2.53GHz Intel Core i3-380M 4GB (2x2GB) RAM 640GB 5400rpm Hard Drive SuperMulti DVD Burner nVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 1GB GPU 15.6" LED Backlit Widescreen Display Integrated Webcam & Microphone 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) 5.7 lb

Did I make a mistake? I just saw this one for

Aspire AS7741G-6426 17.3" Notebook Computer Its $650
2.66GHz Intel Core i5-480M 4GB (2x2GB) RAM 640GB 5400rpm Hard Drive SuperMulti DVD Burner ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6550M 1GB GPU 17.3" LED Backlit Widescreen Display Integrated Webcam and Microphone 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) 7.3 lb

I want a decent priced laptop with a dedicated card I want to be able to do some video editing and maybe a little gaming. I just want to get the best bang for my buck. I plan to keep the laptop for at least 3-4 years. What issues can I expect with either of these computers?

Whats the difference in performance between the Radeon 6550M and the GT540M both have 1 GB
April 5, 2011 9:23:56 PM

Well you missed out on a larger display (and possibly resolution) as well as a slightly more powerful processor. The GPU's are roughly equivalent with the GT540M being a little bit superior to the HD6550M (but not by much).
April 5, 2011 10:10:50 PM

Should I swap them?
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April 6, 2011 4:01:52 AM

I don't know it's up to you - do you mind having a smaller screen but a faster graphics card? Personally, I would swap it because I just can't stand having a small screen, but it's really up to you and what you're expecting from your laptop. IMO there isn't much difference between the two GPU's so I would honestly go for the other one, the one with an i5, that would make the most sense.
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April 6, 2011 5:49:33 AM

The GT 540M on the 1366x768 resolution should get you better gaming performance than the HD 6550 on 1600x900 resolution.

Once you add up the shipping charges, any re-stocking fee and the difference in price it's probably not worth your trouble to do a swap.
April 7, 2011 2:08:45 PM

Ok well then I will keep the GT540 when it arrives
a c 572 D Laptop
April 7, 2011 2:22:24 PM

A smart move I think.
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