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Here's my take about the two. First, bloatware. The biggest problem I've encountered when purchasing shelf-brand laptops is extra programs that I never need and are sometimes impossible to remove. Between Acer and Asus, you can't win there, they both seem to be bloatware heavy. The Acer seems to be a better unit for gaming while the Asus seems geared more toward home use and light video work
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The 610m is NOT much better than just getting a SB i7 without a dGPU and using the iGPU (HD4000)
CPU, higher end, more future proof.
Generally Better reliability/less user
Lower quality (I’ve heard they have improved – But don’t generally recommend)
It all depends on what games you play, and plan on playing. The links below, if you scoot to the bottom and look on the left hand side you will see about what FPS you can expect.
For 610m: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-610M.63759....
Quote: As an entry level card, the (GT) 610M has to compete against the Intel HD Graphics 3000 and HD Graphics 4000. The performance depends on the chip clock speeds of the 610M and therefore ranges between the GeForce GT 520M and GT 520MX. Therefore demanding games like Crysis 2 or Mafia 2 run fluently only in the lowest detail and resolutions. Less demanding games like Fifa 11 or Sims 3 should be playable even in high detail settings End Quote
For 630m: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-630M.637...
Quote: The performance of the 96 shader version should be exactly like the GeForce GT 540M and the 144 shader version like the GeForce GT 555M (see both gaming benchmark pages). Demanding games of 2010 should therefore run fluently in medium to high details. However, certain 2011 games like Anno 2070 or Skyrim may need reduced detail settings for fluent framerates. The GF117 version can be clocked up to 800 MHz and therefore performs similar to the average GT 555M. However, exact clock rates differ between laptop models and manufacturers; the overall performance is somewhere between a GT 540M and GT 555M End Quote
HD4000 For reference w/o a dGPU: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-4000.691...
As to Bloatware, generally most can be eiliminated fairly easily. Worst case, is to reload. With My samsung, I was able to choose which "bloatware" I wanted installed. Have never used "bloatware" to influence my buy decision
635M - Located top 3rd of class two GPUs, the 630M is located in he bottom 3rd of class two.
To find the performance of a laptop GPU, just google the Number (ie 635M), then select the link to notebookcheck.
As I indicated about 610M, I'd just go with just the iGPU and save some money, or look for a higher end dGPU.
The choice between an i5 or i7 is more dependent on multitasking, or if a prgram can effectively use the additional cores in an i7.