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Looking for Laptop buying advice

  1. #1


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 Pro

    Looking for Laptop buying advice


    So in July I'm going to be buying a new laptop to upgrade from my 2009 Dell. I know there's lots of people here who know a lot more about PCs than I do. So I'm looking for some advice. I use my computer mainly for web browsing, torrets, word processing and some gaming (Star Wars The Old Republic and Civ 5). Here's some PCs I've shortlisted:

    Asus 13" Touchscreen NotebookS300CA-C1017H $698 AUD
    3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3217u 2.4GHz CPU
    4GB RAM
    500GB Hard Drive
    SD Card Reader
    Webcam
    WIFI
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    1 HDMI Ports
    1366 x 768 Screen Resolution
    3 Cell Battery
    2 USB 2.0 Ports
    1 USB 3.0 Ports


    Toshiba 15.6" NotebookC850/0G6 $697 AUD
    3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3230m Up To 3.2GHz
    4GB RAM
    1TB Hard Drive
    SD Card Reader
    Webcam
    WIFI
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    1 TB HDD
    4 GB RAM
    1 HDMI Ports
    1366 x 768 Screen Resolution
    6 Cell Battery
    2 USB 2.0 Ports
    1 USB 3.0 Ports


    Acer 15" NotebookV3-571G-53214G75MAKK $698 AUD
    3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3210m 2.5GHz CPU
    4GB RAM
    750GB HDD
    DVD +/- & CD Player
    Media Card Reader
    Webcam
    Bluetooth
    WIFI
    1GB Graphics Memory
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
    1 HDMI Ports
    1366 x 768 Screen Resolution
    6 Cell Battery
    2 USB 2.0 Ports
    1 USB 3.0 Ports


    Dell 15" NotebookV561102AU $698 AUD
    3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3210m 2.50ghz CPU
    4GB RAM
    1TB HDD
    DVD +/- & CD Player
    Media Card Reader
    Webcam
    Bluetooth
    WIFI
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    1 HDMI Ports
    1366 x 768 Screen Resolution
    6 Cell Battery
    3 USB 2.0 Ports


    Sony 15" NotebookSVE15128CGW $822 AUD
    3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3210m 2.50ghz CPU
    4GB RAM
    750GB HDD
    DVD +/- & CD Player
    SD Card Reader
    Webcam
    Bluetooth
    WIFI
    2GB Graphics Memory
    AMD Radeon HD 7650M
    750 GB HDD
    4 GB RAM
    15.5 Inch Screen
    1366 x 768 Screen Resolution
    3 USB 2.0 Ports
    1 USB 3.0 Ports


    Sony 14" NotebookSVE14A25CGW $878 AUD
    3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3210m 2.50ghz CPU
    4GB RAM
    750GB HDD
    DVD +/- & CD Player
    SD Card Reader
    Webcam
    Bluetooth
    WIFI
    2GB Graphics Memory
    AMD Radeon HD 7670M
    750 GB HDD
    4 GB RAM
    14 Inch Screen
    1 HDMI Ports
    1600 x 900 Screen Resolution
    2 USB 2.0 Ports
    2 USB 3.0 Ports

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  2. #2


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 Pro


    Any advice/suggestion would be great
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  3. #3


    belgium
    Posts : 46
    windows 8 x64 pro


    if i were you, from this choice i would take the acer because it has an additional videocard.
    but i should build my own at bto or ava direct because you can customize your needs there
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I'd choose either the Sony laptops or the Acer one, because those have dedicated mobile graphics cards which are preferable for gaming. The 14 inch Sony is my pick.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    I've got the Acer v5-571G, which is a little bit thinner then the V3 you're looking at. I love it.
    However it looks like your V3 has a 630m which is a better graphics chip then my V5's 620m

    Actually, looking at pictures the V3-571G is drastically different than the V5-571G. I don't know how much of my experience would apply to the V3.
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  6. #6


    I'd choose either one of the Sony laptops because of the dedicated graphics.
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  7. #7


    We are on our third Toshiba laptop. The first Toshiba we bought 4 years ago has been sat on the kitchen side for three of those four years , its never turned off has been covered in all sorts of nasty stuff and never misses a beat.

    We only upgraded from the last one (the second) because i needed more power for photo/video editing. Toshiba's are bullet proof
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