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#1 teddi

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 07:08 PM

I'm thinking of buying my son his own lap top. He has invected my with a virus for the last time.
He is in the 10th grade and will use it for writing papers, doing research and of course the most important
to him is he loves to play interaction games on the computer and use his facebook. I don't want to
spend alot on this computer and saw a couple at BestBuy. below are the options for both. Which should
I buy or you may have a better option.
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Use this laptop's multi-in-one digital media card to store or transfer special photos, important documents and more. The double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW drive allows you to create customized CDs and DVDs.
Windows Vista Home Basic with SP1 preloaded
Which Windows Vista edition is right for you? Compare.

What's Included
Acer Laptop with AMD Athlon™ Processor
6-cell lithium-ion battery
AC power cord, AC power adapter
Software: Acer Grid Vista, Adobe Reader and more
Owner's manual
Product Features
AMD Athlon™ processor TF-20* with 64-bit platform
2000MHz system bus with Cool'n'Quiet and HyperTransport™ technologies and Enhanced Virus Protection** for Windows Vista.
AMD64 technology
Provides simultaneous support for 32-bit and 64-bit computing, including today's 32-bit applications and tomorrow's 64-bit software; 512KB L2 cache memory for efficient processing while multitasking.
2GB DDR2 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 4GB.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
With double-layer support records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media. Supports DVD-RAM.
15.6" WXGA high-definition widescreen display
with 1366 x 768 resolution brings life to your movies and games.
160GB SATA hard drive
For fast read/write times.
ATI Radeon Xpress 1200 graphics
With up to 1919MB of HyperMemory supporting Shader Model 2.0 and Microsoft DirectX 9.0. 2 built-in stereo speakers with high-definition audio support.
Multi-in-one digital media card reader
Supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats.
2 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Acer InviLink wireless LAN (802.11b/g)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
Built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector
For flexible wired Web connectivity options.
Weighs 6 lbs. and measures just 1.5" thin
For easily portability.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Edition operating system
With Service Pack 1 (SP1) preinstalled provides a stable computing platform.
Software package included
With Acer Grid Vista, Adobe Reader and more. 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 also included.
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*This model number indicates relative software performance among this AMD processor family.
**AMD's Enhanced Virus Protection provides additional protection against buffer overflow viruses. AMD and its partners strongly recommend you continue to use third-party anti-virus software as part of your total security solution.

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This laptop features a double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW drive, so you create customized CDs and DVDs. Its Intel® Celeron® processor delivers reliability for everyday mobile computing.
Windows Vista Home Basic with SP1 preloaded
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What's Included
Toshiba Satellite Laptop with Intel® Celeron® Processor
6-cell lithium-ion battery
Software: Toshiba Disc Creator, DVD Player, Microsoft Works 9, Adobe Acrobat Reader and more
Owner's manual
Product Features
Intel® Celeron® processor 900
Features a 800MHz frontside bus, 1MB L2 cache and 2.2GHz processor speed.
2GB DDR2 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 4GB.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM.
15.4" widescreen TFT-LCD display
With TruBrite technology and 1280 x 800 resolution provides native support for 720p content to bring your movies and games to life.
160GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
Offers plenty of storage space.
Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
With 128MB - 830MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory. Built-in stereo speakers.
CD/DVD control buttons
Provide easy media control.
3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in Realtek high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
Built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN
With RJ-45 connector for quick and easy wired Web connection.
Weighs 5.5 lbs. and measures just 1.5" thin
For portable power.
Good battery life
Of up to 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Glossy black finish with an onyx blue lid
For a stylish look.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Edition operating system
With Service Pack 1 (SP1) preinstalled provides a stable computing platform.
Software package included
With Toshiba Disc Creator, DVD Player, Microsoft Works 9, Adobe Acrobat Reader and more. 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Edition also included.
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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 09:52 PM

Neither of them are that remarkable. Never get Vista Home Basic if you can avoid it. That operating system is just bad and is only put on low-power laptops. Also, the AMD CPU's are great for desktop PC's but in laptops they just aren't that good.

Acer Aspire AS5739G-6132 - A nice laptop for $750, it's plenty fast and has very good specifications for the price.
ASUS K50 Series K50IJ-C1 - Another nice laptop, though it doesn't have as good of a graphics card as the Acer.
MSI EX620-1W1US - Continuing down the price range, this is a decent laptop for $650. The graphics card is weaker but the options stay the same, more or less. It also comes with free upgrade to Windows 7, click the red text under special offers to get the details.
MSI CX600-049US - Not a bad laptop. At this price, $600, the CPU takes a downgrade from Core 2 to Pentium. Pentium is the low-cost cousin to the Core 2.
SONY VAIO NS Series VGN-NS325J/S - This laptop can handle most tasks that aren't demanding to the graphics card. The choice of operating system is baffling, though, it should not be a problem.

Edited by DJBPace07, 20 August 2009 - 09:52 PM.

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