My wife and I are looking to get her her first laptop. Because it impacts the price so much, I was wondering if someone could explain the benefits or limitations of the chips, and a few other things.
1) Is a Celeron chip that much worse than a Pentium? I remember reading a long time ago that the Celeron was designed as a sort of low-cost Pentium chip, and wondered if it has any issues with reliability? The laptop will be used for surfing, playing movies for the kids at the school where my wife teaches, documents (typing Word and Excel) and general usage, (plus this new thing "Line") but nothing heavy and no 3D games or such.
2) I just scanned some of the pages of reviews of the top brands for reliability and features. Intel graphics were mentioned but many of the ones sold here (Thailand) have a chip called a "AMD Radeon". Is this an adequate chip for videos and graphics? One of the salesmen mentioned that the AMD chip runs hotter (actual temperature) than the Pentium, and I wondered if this would affect reliability.
Reliability is our chief concern, not ultra top-end performance.
So far, the choice seems to be between Samsung, Toshiba, and Asus. Any thoughts?