Thanks for your response. The deal timed out before my friend made up her mind, but it's good to know this is a burly processor, for future hunting.
My last HP laptop died due to the solder welds on the graphic processor, a known fault with the line (ZV5000US) that HP didn't acknowledge or fix. That box was over $1500! Man. I've gone to desktops since, and Intel processors from AMD, but, for my next laptop, for heavy photo processing and storage, on the road, will look more carefully at AMD processors...probably a higher line than this if available.
She decided to go with a tablet. Apples were out of the question due to their designed limitations for running various software. Her choice was an Asus TF700t. We'll have to see how well it holds up, there are (as for all things) mixed reports!
Update, tablet came today, let's see how she likes it.