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Best Llano Quad Core APU?

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August 28, 2011 9:30:23 PM

I'm set to buy a new laptop. So far, I have my eye on this:

http://www.frys.com/product/6521903
(2nd gen I5 for $499.99 + tax)

I'd like to buy a quad core Llano APU if possible. It seems that good Llano quad core laptops are fairly hard to find at a good price. Anyone know of a good deal for quad core APUs available for purchase this week?

Also, this table will suit my needs:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056EXUBQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

...but it's unavailable at the moment. If anyone knows of a decent Windows 7 tablet minus the Asus EP121, let me know.

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a c 572 D Laptop
August 28, 2011 10:53:41 PM

Hello chillmelt;

That's an awesome price on that Fujitsu @ Fry's. No USB 3.0 but it does have a Webcam, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI, Blu-Ray drive and a good sized battery so it's not a stripped down model.

The Amazon tablet? We don't exactly know what your needs are - you didn't mention them. Will 32GB of mass storage be enough for you?
Looks like MSI Windpad is mostly on pre-order ATM

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August 28, 2011 10:54:21 PM

NewEgg has a bunch of Llano Laptops including A8-3500 series.

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a c 572 D Laptop
August 28, 2011 11:02:03 PM

Some good options at NewEgg:
That Llano A8-3500M Acer Aspire AS5560G @ 580 might be the best bargain. It's the A8-3500M / HD6620G APU with a dedicated HD 6470 graphics card for a Dual Graphics option.
I also linked a Lenovo Z570 that's nicely priced @ $550 for comparison.
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August 28, 2011 11:16:16 PM

WR2 said:
Hello chillmelt;

That's an awesome price on that Fujitsu @ Fry's. No USB 3.0 but it does have a Webcam, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI, Blu-Ray drive and a good sized battery so it's not a stripped down model.

The Amazon tablet? We don't exactly know what your needs are - you didn't mention them. Will 32GB of mass storage be enough for you?
Looks like MSI Windpad is mostly on pre-order ATM


From what I researched, I can buy a 32GB (micro) SD card with the Windpad, and I'll use an external HDD for more extra storage if necessary.

I will be using the machine for remote desktop access, with MS office on and around 10 browser tabs at the same time. Maybe some gaming on day offs (or leave it on for non-serious bitcoin mining). Based on this, I know that the new quad core APUs won't be of much use for my needs, but, well... I'm sort of an AMD guy. Short of a really good Intel laptop deal from slickdeals/etc., I'm set to buy an AMD portable.
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 28, 2011 11:54:57 PM

Yes you can use the MicroSD for more mobile storage. And a 64GB USB thumb drive as well on the USB port.
I thought I'd better point out the difference since you were comparing it with the i5 and Llano full size laptops.

I guess you've also looked at the 11.6" E-350 APU $370 models?

Another good site to keep an eye on when you're looking for bargains: LogicBuy
It pulled up a BestBuy deal on a A6-3400M @ $450.
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August 30, 2011 1:25:27 AM

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September 2, 2011 5:31:37 AM

I went with my first choice after all... An 2nd gen i5 for $558 taxed seemed too good to pass up. Well, the keyboard could be better as I prefer chiclet or glossy keyboards.

I'm still in for an ultrabook/Windows 7 tablet though.
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