Asus vs HP

I've narrowed it down to two laptops. I'm mostly going to use it for school, web surfing, and watching movies.

The first one is from Asus and it is for $520 with tax and shipping & handling.

ASUS A52 Series A52F-XE5 Notebook Intel Core i3 380M(2.53GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi Intel HD Graphics

The second one is a HP Probook and it is for $590 including tax and s/h.

HP ProBook 4530s XU069UT 15.6" LED Notebook - Core i3 i3-2310M 2.1GHz - 1366 x 768 WXGA Display - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD - DVD-Writer LightScribe - Intel GMA HD 3000 - Bluetooth - Webcam - Windows 7 Home Premium - 6.25 Hour Battery - HDMI

Which one should I buy?
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  1. In terms of CPU power the i3-380M 2.53Gzh CPU will have a slight performance advantage over the i3-2310M 2.1Ghz even though it's the next generation newer. It's a very small advantage though, small enough to not be noticed in every day usage.

    HP ProBook 4530s has several advantages in the stronger HD 3000 on board graphics, a faster 7200rpm HDD and has Bluetooth 3.0. A slight advantage might be the anti-glare LCD screen. It means a 'less bright' screen but also means less glare when you can't adjust the room lights or you have the laptop outdoors in the shade.
    Finally, business class laptops have a reputation for having a bit more ruggedness and durability than a consumer laptop.

    HP ProBook 4530s Review Based on this review I'd judge the style, fit and finish to be a notch above the Asus A52.

    Both will get the job done for what you want to do. But if the higher price isn't a problem I think the ProBook 4530s gets you more for your money and has the edge in durability and longevity.
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