I'm looking for a laptop that have the following specs:
CPU: AMD E-450 or A8-3500M APU << required
Max RAM: at least 8GB (2 or 4 slots) << required
Battery: at least 8 cell (preferably 10+) << required
Screen Size: 14" to ~17" (preferably 15ish) << optional
HDD: preferably 2 capable with RAID 0,1 support << optional
If anyone knows of a model that fits the above, please let me know. I've found a HP Pavilion dv7-6165us but when I went to HP website looking for info on parts/accessories for the 2nd HDD hookup, the site is a freaking maze...
My main use is for development, word processing, excel, presentation. Rare occasion to do Photoshop and some CAD. But 'all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' so I'm probably gonna watch some movies and play some games. I'm looking for longest battery use and realize there's a big performance difference between E-450 and A8-3500. So I'd rather prefer A8. If I can't get A8 along with the other specs, I'll have to settle for E-450. Thanks.
EDIT: I wish the manufacturers have implement a 'Power Search' similar to NewEgg. Makes my life a whole lot easier..
well, E-350 can definitely handle movies, hulu, netflix streaming- I use one in my HTPC. The E-350 is going to be strong enough for word processing, probably most of the development, excel, presentation,etc. photoshop will tax it but if for retouching photos and/or you're not working with giant RAW files, should be ok. games, well that could get difficult. I don't know of any E-350 laptops with discrete GPUs. but the Radeon 6310 is probably a stronger GPU than most other integrated GPUs. They also promise pretty good battery life.
The A series though promises more sheer performance and probably better availability with discrete GPUs.
I was thinking the same too that's why I really liked that HP dv7-6165us, supposed to give 10.5 hours of light applications use with 9-cell battery. But I couldn't find the part/accessory to hookup the 2nd HDD at HP's website. I've read about some problems with the automatically switching of GPU with dv6 and dv7 models but I don't know if the problem is only for Intel CPU + AMD GPU. With that problem, it seems that both HP and AMD are reluctant to fix the driver which gives my reluctance to buy that laptop.