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Windows 7: Compare new budget Core I3 laptops


19 Mar 2013   #1
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Compare new budget Core I3 laptops

This looks like a really good deal for 3rd generation I3 with a sleek Asus design, but wonder if 2 USB ports and no DVD burner makes the comparable I3 Toshiba that's mentioned preferable?

Asus X501A-SI30302Q

I have a friend who wants it for schoolwork, web, IM, not much more.

What do you think?

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19 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

The Toshiba is $10 more which does include a DVD burner . Id go for the Toshiba
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19 Mar 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

My first impression too, but he points out how much sleeker the Asus is and also says that Asus is better hardware. Look how thin that Asus is.
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19 Mar 2013   #4

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Yeah, on the Toshiba you gain an optical drive but lose gigabit LAN. You gain 2 extra USB ports. If you need wired LAN it's out (too old), but it does have more stuff. Is the stuff worth $10? As always, depends on what you do.
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19 Mar 2013   #5

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

The Asus sleek size makes it beneficial for traveling. If you don't need or use an optical drive then it is the newer model.
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19 Mar 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

You could get the Asus and always get the portable DVD burner . The Asus is a lot thinner and has a Gigabit Ethernet LAN which is good .

For others to take a look at without clicking on the links

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Asus Asus X501A-SI30302Q Specifications

Display: 15.6-inch 1,366 x 768 pixels
Processor: Intel Core i3-3120M, 3MB L3 cache, 2.5GHz clock speed
Graphics: Intel HD integrated
Memory: 4GB DDR3 1,600MHz RAM
Storage: 500GB hard drive at 5,400rpm
Optical drive: none
Webcam: 1MP
Audio: stereo speakers, SonicMaster Lite audio technology
Network: Wireless-N, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, no Bluetooth
Input: Chiclet-style keyboard, number pad, wide touchpad without physical buttons
Ports and Slots: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, multi-formatcard reader
Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion
Dimensions: 1.3″ x 15″ x 10″
Weight: 4.6 pounds
OS: Windows 8
Warranty: 1-year

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Toshiba Satellite C855-S5108 Specifications

Display: 15.6″ LED-backlit TFT HD widescreen display, 1366 x 768 px
Processor: 3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3120M, 3MB cache, 2.5GHz processor speed
Graphics: Intel HD graphics
Memory: 4GB DDR3 memory, expandable to 16GB
Storage: 500GB Serial ATA HDD (5400 rpm)
Optical drive: DVD burner
Webcam: HD webcam
Audio: stereo speakers, Toshiba audio enhancement
Network: 802.11n wireless, 10/100 Ethernet LAN, no Bluetooth
Input: full-size keyboard with numeric-pad and touchpad
Ports and Slots: 1 x USB 3.0 port, 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, multi-format memory card reader
Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: 1.3 x 15 x 9.5 in
Weight: 5.4 lbs
OS: Windows 8
Warranty: 1-year
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19 Mar 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well, my $0.02 worth. They are both pretty good for the money. I'm sold on Asus but mine is a little higher end. The hardware is top notch with both brands (Toshiba before my Asus) as far as wear and tear goes. I like the extra ports on the one but that can be worked around.The Toshiba will have more bloatware if past experience is any guide. The main difference TO ME would be the customer support and Toshiba wins that hands down. Of all the manufacturers I've dealt win Asus ranks dead last, in MY experience. (Go to RoG forums and see all the posts literally begging for some support/help, and that forum is for the higher end ones. I shudder to think what the mid-lower end ones have to put up with) Toshiba I've been on the phone with for literally hours while we tracked down the problem. Walked me through each and every step until the issue was resolved.

Having said all THAT, I'll never own anything but Asus machines again.
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19 Mar 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It comes with Windows 8 - Yuk.

Here is a website that always shows the deals of the day:

Cheap Laptop Deals: Find the Best Online Laptop Deals and Sales at Deals2buy.com

This one at least makes sense with Windows 8 - it has a touchscreen and an i5. And another $50 off with Coupon S5555555

http://www.adorama.com/ASS500S51T.ht...rce=cj_1260291
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19 Mar 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, I see your point(ed finger) about Touchscreen making more sense. I forgot to mention my friend will be migrating his retail Windows 7.

How do you think the hardware stacks up comparatively on the two in OP given that?
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19 Mar 2013   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Greg, the Asus link you posted is not that hot. No optical drive and only 2 USB ports is rather meager. Yes it is under $400, but still. These under $400 deals make more sense to me - especially the one from Newegg which is only good until 3/20.


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ASUS+X55...0000&lp=1&cp=1


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...T77PTJULZAV8WX
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