Cheap $500 Non gaming laptop needed !

1. What is your budget?


2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

14-15.6 inch

3. What screen resolution do you want?

Does not matter although higher is always better if its within price range!

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

It's the only computer so I guess its a desktop replacement.

5. How much battery life do you need?

4-5 hours although more prefered

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

No games

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

Simple Office suite usages, some netflix, music playback, and internet surfing

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?

500gb +

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

Newegg of course, Lenovo, and Dell

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

4-5 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

DVD burner

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.

All brands are fine

13. What country do you live in?


14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
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    Core i3 2350M 2.30GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 14" 1366x768 LCD w/ HD 3000 graphics.

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    HP ProBook 4530s 15" notebook $450
    Core i3 2350M 2.30GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 anti-glare LCD w/ HD Graphics 3000

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  2. A Core i5 CPU @ $500
    Toshiba Satellite L755-S5158 15" Core i5 2.5GHz Laptop
    Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz (3.1GHz turbo), 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ HD 3000 graphics.
    from OfficeMax website

    Another 14" option:
    Toshiba Satellite L745D-S4230 14" AMD Quad-core Laptop $489
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  3. Thanks for your help, how would you compare how the A6-3400M runs compared to the Intel i3/i5 options? Are they comparable speed wise?

  4. Not exactly apples and oranges. Being quad core isn't the same as having higher performance.
    A6/A8 APUs give up some ground in CPU performance to for some extra GPU muscle.
    But they certainly capable of giving you good, all-round performance in the type of work you mentioned.
  5. Comparison of Mobile Processors (CPU Benchmarks)
    If you look down the list you'll find the relative ranking of the i3/i5 CPUs and A6/A8 APUs.

    Where you see the hyper links you can click to get more details on that specific CPU.
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