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Dell Vostro 3550 x Asus N53TA

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May 19, 2012 4:20:37 AM

Hello, everyone!

I want to buy a new notebook to replace my 5 year-old desktop.
Unfortunately, I'm having some trouble deciding which model to get: The Dell Vostro 3550 or the Asus N53TA.
I'm gonna use it mainly to do college work and gaming (like dragon age, the sims 3, skyrim, fable III and maybe Diablo III)
I know these may not be actual gaming laptops, but i'm from Brazil and I don't have many specific options here. Besides, they are extremely high-priced.
Regarding the price, they are very similar. The N53TA is around U$ 100 more expensive than the Vostro.


Vostro 3550:
Processor
Intel Core i5-2450M
:: Mainboard
Intel HM67
:: Memory
4096 MB, 1x 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM (1333 MHz), max. 8 GB, two slots
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 6630M - 1024 MB, Core: 485 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, DDR3-VRAM, 8.811.1.0
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, LGD02E3, HD LED, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500423AS, 750GB 7200rpm
:: Battery 6 cells


Asus N53TA:

Operating System Windows 7 ® Home Premium Genuine
Screen Size 15.6 Inches
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Display Specifications Glare
HD Ready
LED
Processor AMD A6 Series, 3400m, 1.4 GHz
Chipset AMD A70M
Memory 6 GB DDR3 RAM (4 GB + 1x 1x 2 GB)
Video Card ATI Mobility Radeon ™ HD 6720 (6650M + 6520)
Video Memory 2048 MB DDR3
Video OUT HDMI 1.4
VGA
Hard Disk 500 GB SATA 5400 rpm
Optical Drive S-Multi DL
Wireless WiFi 802.11n (b / g)
Lan Gigabit Lan
Webcams 2.0 Mpixel
Audio Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
Microphone Input
Headphone
USB Ports 3x USB 2.0
1x USB 3.0
Card Reader 3 in 1
Battery 6 cells


Thanks!
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May 19, 2012 6:20:51 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums
Vostro has a better CPU;whereas,the ASUS N53 has slightly better GPU(not a notable difference) but much better build quality.
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May 19, 2012 6:40:12 AM

marlegk said:
N53TA is around U$ 100 more expensive than the Vostro.
Can you confirm the Vostro also has HDMI out, USB 3.0, Webcam, WiFi 802.11n, and maybe Bluetooth 3.0? I believe it should have those.

Vostro advantages: Faster CPU, anti-glare matte LCD screen, faster 7200rpm HDD.
Business class notebook with better ruggedness and durability over time.

Asus N53TA advantages: Better Graphics, better speakers, 6GB RAM
Might have a 2yr warranty but that could vary from country to country.


I could not find any Asus N53TA reviews.

Dell Vostro 3550 Review
http://tech-reviews.co.uk/reviews/dell-vostro-3550-revi...

Dell Vostro 3550 Review
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Dell-Vostro-3550-No...

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May 19, 2012 4:52:56 PM

Thank you for replying!

WR2,

a) yes, it does have all these features, i checked on their website.

b) I read the reviews and watched some gameplay videos on youtube and I actually liked how Vostro went out.

Maziar and WR2,

I share your opinion and still think Asus may have a better graphic performance (and this is important to me, because gaming will be a reality), but the fact that I can't find almost any reviews, or gameplay videos makes me worried and lost, because this kinda compromises the comparison. Despite owning an Asus netbook (to take notes in class) and trusting the brand, I'm tending to choose the Vostro.
However, if Asus' GPU performance is significantly better than Vostro's, I'll have to think it over :) 
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May 26, 2012 2:24:18 AM

Well, guys, just for your information, I have chosen the Vostro 3550.
I've already ordered the laptop online last Monday and now I'm anxioulsy waiting for it to arrive!
Thank you for your help. The reviews and some youtube gameplay videos were crucial in my decision.
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May 26, 2012 2:26:02 AM

Best answer selected by marlegk.
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