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#1 PGHinBKK

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 09:15 AM

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?

 

Thanks.


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Posted 23 September 2013 - 09:19 AM

Hi, sorry for the delay getting back to you.

 

I've worked on all three brands You mention and Laptops with both Intel and AMD CPUs.

 

I prefer Intel even though the price runs a little higher, The do seem to run cooler and in a laptop especially heat is the enemy.

A Celeron is OK, However You will do better with a i3 or i5 Intel CPU.

 

You might want to look at Lenovo and Toshiba. Dell available there ?

 

I would investigate how would any warranty problems be handled?

Personal Opinion is Look at Battery life. Some laptops can run much longer on a charge than others.

Make sure the battery is user replaceable and not sealed into the laptop.

Does it have an optical drive (DVD or BluRay)?

If it has to be carried far what does it weigh?

 

Here in the USA Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell seem to have the best warranty service.

I'm not sure how well that carries over to Thailand however.

 

Be aware that the ultra thin laptops seem to have durability problems. As well as not being easily user serviceable.

 

I'm still running My Toshiba that came with Vista and My Acer that I bought when Windows 7 was just released. The Toshiba I bought used.

 

Good Luck

Roger


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