Other then TurboBoost and the i5 being faster, is there any other difference between the i3M and i5M?
The reason why I am asking is because I am looking to get my friend a laptop. I'd like to spend about $700CAD - $900CAD. My friend is a 3rd year computer science student focusing on programming. I am looking for a laptop that:
+ Very good battery life
+ Surf the web, IM, Facebook, watch movies
+ Can deal with her university programming courses (she uses Cygwin alot)
+ 13" screen (14" is ok, but I think she would prefer a 13")
+ Laptop will last her 2 - 3 years
My friend is also planning to move to the States to continue her studies, then movie back to Canada afterwords. I am unsure if this will somehow effect the warranty for certain brands.
Can you guys suggest any laptops that would be good for my friend? I did some searching around, and these are the ones that I found:
The most powerful CPU, perhaps the longest battery life, and a 'small business' model.
The business class notebooks have a reputation for a bit better longevity and ruggedness.
I couldn't find a review for that specific 7333 model of the Acer 8372T Timeline notebook
but other reviews for differently equipped models (different CPU for example) are quite good overall. Acer 8372T Timeline reviews
The Toshiba L635 and Dell Inspiron 14R fall into the 'average' segment of laptops with nothing to really set them apart from others in the same price range.
Toshiba has a better reputation as a brand but that was built on different models than the budget 6xx series.
The Dell Inspiron 14R has the most up-to-date hardware with the dual core Sandy Bridge i5 2410M CPU with it's Intel HD 3000 graphics.
It's the 2nd most powerful notebook in the list (in spite of it's 2.3Ghz CPU speed). Dell has a reputation for having better LCD screens.
Integrated graphics is suitable for HD videos. A Geforce 310 video card is slightly better at video processing and light duty 3D gaming.
Any Core i3/i5/i7 CPU will have plenty of power for general purpose PC tasks like programming or educational / home office work. The overall power usage/battery life is not heavily influenced by differences in the CPU power levels.
There aren't many right now in that price range as the Sandy Bridge rollout and laptop refresh is still underway. Most of the SB are in the higher end notebooks leaving the lower end to 1st Gen Core i, some CULV C2Duos and some of the newer low power AMD CPUs.