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Laptop with AMD APU E-450 or A8-3500M

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October 28, 2011 8:38:55 PM

Hello,

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... :pt1cable: 

TIA :D 
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October 28, 2011 8:47:28 PM

There is a huge performance difference between the E and A series APUs.
Are you sure the E-450 is a player for what you want?
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October 28, 2011 8:55:40 PM

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.. ;) 
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October 28, 2011 9:02:45 PM

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.
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October 28, 2011 9:12:13 PM

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.
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October 28, 2011 11:21:34 PM

Toshiba Satellite P770D CTO 17" laptop
A6-3400 or A8-3500 APU, 17" 1600x900 LCD, dual hard drive option, backlight keyboard option, 12-cell Battery option.

15" Satellite P750D has just the 1366x768 resolution and no dual hard drive option.
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October 28, 2011 11:24:39 PM

Even the 14" Satellite P740D has the 12-cell Battery option.
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October 29, 2011 5:42:11 AM

Nice!! Thanks. The info kind of scared me at first:

Minimum Specs (before customization)

* AMD® Quad-Core A6 Accelerated Processor
* Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
* 4GB memory
* 500GB hard drive
* Mobile Intel® HD Graphics << LOL??
* DVD SuperMulti drive

But then reading the Specs tab, I knew it was a typo of some kind.
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October 29, 2011 5:56:19 AM

Too much cut & paste from the non-D model.
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October 29, 2011 7:07:38 AM

Do you think if this HP dv6zqe is a bit steep for $905?

9-cell battery, 15.6" with 1920x1080p, max RAM 16GB, Blu-Ray player + DVD-multi

OTOH, that P770D looks really nice.
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October 29, 2011 10:09:27 AM

Too steep IMO. Knock a few hundred off the price and it looks a lot better:
HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition AMD
configure over $999 and use 30% coupon code: NBT29776
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October 29, 2011 10:33:02 AM

WR2 said:
Too steep IMO. Knock a few hundred off the price and it looks a lot better:
HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition AMD
configure over $999 and use 30% coupon code: NBT29776


AWESOME!! Thank you very much for your help WR2!!!
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October 29, 2011 10:33:16 AM

Best answer selected by twentytwenty.
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