I'm about to buy a Vostro 3360 but would appreciate some guidance on which processor to select, either the i3-2367M (most basic offered) or i5-3317U (next one up). Choosing the i5 will increase my price by $160.00 and my funds are limited, hence the careful consideration. Both processors are installed with 4 GB of RAM.
Currently, I use a Latitude E6500 and it performs fairly well with an Intel® Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53 GHz 2.54GHz (I don't know understand why two speeds are stated) processor and 4 GB RAM. The computer is 2.5 years old and has been used heavily. In recent months I've had more crashes/freezes which could be software/operating system related. I'm changing jobs so must surrender this machine and I want something lighter/more compact for traveling which is why I've chosen the Vostro 3360.
My heaviest usage patterns are either video + web concurrently or web + SPSS (statistical software) + Matlab + Excel + Word open at the same time. My MATLAB usage isn't very demanding; I've only noticed delays when loading large (47 MB) csv files, not when running my code. SPSS (v20) can take a few seconds to complete analyses. Although I'll have several programs open at once and switch back and forth between them, I do not execute operations in SPSS and MATLAB concurrently. I will not use the new machine for games.
So my specific questions are:
(1) Do you tend towards i3 or i5 based on the information I've provided?
(2) Will battery life (i.e. hours from fully charged to exhausted) be different between these processors when doing the same tasks? I understand from online reviews that battery life is a little disappointing for this model.
Edited by Connemara_pony, 28 August 2012 - 01:35 AM.