So I'm not exactly keen on mobile processors but I do know my computers very well, which is why my friend had asked me to give them advice. I'm looking around the BestBuy website and am coming upon a limited selection of AMD E-series processors and Intel Pentium chips. I know the Intel Pentium chips are decently well known for bang for the buck performance, yet AMD does have the discrete graphics advantage. The person will be using it for school, mainly school work and probably some Skyping or what not, social stuff that would require a webcam. A decent sized harddrive and a decent amount of RAM (3GB or more) would also be appreciated. The only requirements that were given is that it needed to be cheap and fast. Beyond $400 would most likely be a stretch. Preferred stores would be Fry's or BestBuy and in store pickup would be preferred unless a steal of a deal is found.
So I'm more or less wondering what is the potential of today's mobile processors. I know the desktop versions of the Pentium and Celeron are pretty good (I have a G530 with a GTX460). I'm not sure of the E-series or even the C-series, so any help there would be fantastic. Also I'm not sure of the reliability of brands I've heard good things about Asus and Dell, yet not about Gateway.