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Laptop questions - CPU comparison and recommendations?


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#1 cbjfan2009

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:06 PM

I'm planning to replace my wife's 4 or 5 year old laptop.  I'm discovering that the ability to "customize" a build from a manufacturer like HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc., is pretty limited to non-existent.  This saddens me because I build my tower not quite 2 years ago and liked picking only the parts I wanted.

 

This hypothetical laptop will mostly be web-browsing, MS Office, Pinterest and Facebook, iTunes, occasional videos.

I found that ToshibaDirect allows a modest amount of pick-and-choose options.

Question 1: Toshiba laptops - do they tend to be reliable?  Do they tend to be made well and last a few years under regular usage?

Question 2: CPUs - I can pick an Intel Pentium 2020M or an Intel Core i3-3120M (in my price range).  Is there any reason to spend the extra $100 for the Core i3?  Looking at this review: http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Pentium-2020M-vs-Intel-Core-i3-3120M I don't see much of a difference for the money.  Hyperthreading is the only big difference.

 

Question 3: If you think Toshiba laptops suck, give me some reasons why and the manufacturers that you think are better (with supporting evidence).

 

Thanks folks.  Your input is always appreciated.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 06:14 PM

Core i3-3120M

 

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/962/Intel_Core_i3_Mobile_i3-3120M_(PGA)_vs_Intel_Pentium_Dual-Core_Mobile_2020M.html

 

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Pentium-2020M-vs-Intel-Core-i3-3120M

 

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/singleThread.html



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 04:54 AM

Thanks for the reply to question 2; any takers on question 1 or 3?



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 10:42 AM

I have no problem with Toshiba lappys.  From a hardware point of view, they are on par with other OEMs in their price range.

 

From a service standpoint, older Toshibas are sometimes oddly put together.  They tended to be a bit more difficult to disassemble/service compared to the generic Dell/HP that populate the low end.  I replace the same components in Toshibas as I do in other laptops, no component failures stand out in my experience.  (I have not worked on a Toshiba for a hardware problem in the last year so my new model knowledge is zip.)  Things like LED screens, hard drives, wireless cards, Bluetooth modules, memory etc are all 3rd party anyway.  You find the exact same components across the board under many different brands.

 

The main differences in build quality occurs at the price points.  You find more differences in build quality between a $400 Toshiba and a $1200 Toshiba, likewise for Dell and HP.


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Posted 01 August 2013 - 03:51 PM

Thanks for the input.  I've decided that since I can finance a nicer laptop, I'm moving upwards to the Lenovo IdeaPad P500.  My wife and I liked it a lot when we played around on it at the store.  Touchscreen interface makes Windows 8 much cooler.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:26 AM

I've always liked the Sony Vaio laptops and you can generally customize them quite a bit if you buy the laptop directly from Sony at SonyStyle.com.


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