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December 24, 2011 11:08:01 AM

Hello,
I use my laptop for business apps. Which processor should I get?

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December 24, 2011 11:13:07 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Laptops & Notebooks by Mousemonkey
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December 24, 2011 11:16:19 AM

bgood1234 said:
Hello,
I use my laptop for business apps. Which processor should I get?
What are "business app" for you, Office?
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December 24, 2011 11:24:09 AM

a mobile sandy bridge core i5 would deliver superior cpu performance (compared to a mobile i3) with aes-ni, higher clock speed, turbo boost.
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December 24, 2011 11:29:57 AM

For regular office applications like "Microsoft Office - Excel, Word and Powerpoint... etc" most if not all i3 will be sufficient. However, if you prefer the system to run smoother and cut some waiting time on larger powerpoint files (>20MB in size), I would suggest getting i5.
Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52B 13.3" Ultrabook ~Expensive, yet stylish
Samsung 300V3A-S02DE 13.3" ~Price in between and functions just as well
Fujitsu LifeBook SH531 ~Cheap alternative, that is bulkier
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December 24, 2011 12:24:43 PM

More often than not I tend to find that more RAM is better than more CPU for Office tools; many people have many opened applications that use RAM, but usually have only one "active" at a time (unless you run lots of background jobs like music/video processing).
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