Sales abound on laptops and I need one for occasional movie watching and working through LogMeIn on my desktop. I am not a Gamer. My choice comes down to one with a 10/100/1000 NIC and one without. What are your suggestions?
I'd go for the one with an onboard NIC, as a wired connection is always faster than wireless. It makes a big difference for downloading, and or streaming data. (besides you need one to configure a decent wireless router anyway)
Thanks for your advice - I guess I really want to know if the 10/100 NIC is sufficient for what I want to use it for or if I need to go to 10/100/1000. Both are incorporated into the laptop from what I can tell by the specs. The advertizing sort of uses scare tactics to say things will stop streaming at 100Mbps soon as everyone is going to 1000Mbps. I doubt that but how would I know.
I have to decide between i3, i5, i7 as well and I really can't find a good explanation as to the advantage of one over the other in consideration of price point.
Gigabit NICs are only for networks that have Gigabit connections. Meaning if at home you have a computer with a Gigabit NIC and you transfer a lot of files (especially large ones) between your PC and your laptop, then having a Gigabit NIC in your laptop would make sense.
Internet connections do not operate at 1000Mbps. They only operate at upto 100Mbps so getting a Gigabit NIC will not increase your internet bandwidth for faster downloading/uploading.