Should I buy the Toshiba with Intel or AMD

  cpritch007 14:38 29 Sep 08
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I'm just about to buy a new laptop. I've decided it will be either the Toshiba Satellite Pro A300 1GO or the Satellite Pro A300D 14O. A comparison of their specs can be found here:

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As far as I can see they are more or less identical machines except that the 1GO uses an Intel Core 2 Duo T5670 with an Intel® GMA X3100 graphics adapter and the 14O uses an AMD Turion X2 mobile processor ZM-80 with ATI Radeon™ 3100 Graphics. It seems that the AMD machine has a potential to upgrade to 8gm and the Intel one a potential of 4gb.

There is only a few pounds difference in price and I was wondering which would be better for me. I download quite a few tv programmes and plan to watch them on the laptop. I will also convert some of the downloaded programmes from .avi to mpg so I can burn them to dvd and watch on my portable dvd player in the gym.

Basil.

  Jambo99 16:10 29 Sep 08

Personally I would go with the C2D cpu as they run cooler therefore you get better battery life.

Performance wise, in my experience with both processors, there isn't a huge amount of difference - it really depends what you are using the laptop for.

I hope that helps a bit....

  cpritch007 17:29 29 Sep 08

Thank you Jambo. When you say 'battery life' are you referring to overall life or the time before it needs recharging?

I download lots of .avi files from UkNova which is a sort of p2p club specialising in UK Tv and Radio programmes. These p2p downloads will be running a fair bit of the time. Then I often convert the downloaded .avi into either .vob or mpeg files for burning to DVD. This takes forever and slows my 8 year old Dell desktop down to a snail like pace.


Basil

  GaT7 17:56 29 Sep 08

I noticed both have Vista Business - any particular reason for opting for this OS?

Btw, you can get a Dell Vostro 1510 laptop with Vista Premium, which has similar specs to the Intel-based Satellite Pro A300 1GO for almost £200 less click here = £351 delivered. It has 1Gb less RAM, but this can easily be increased to 3Gb for £25-28 by getting one of these click here or click here, & it swapping with a 1Gb module.

Similar one with Vista Business click here, is £387. G

P.S. If you go through Quidco you can also get 5% cashback click here - this is ~££15-16

  GaT7 18:06 29 Sep 08

For £389, also consider this Dell Inspiron 1525 click here. I've choosen the better TrueLife screen [+0.00] & 250Gb hard drive [+19.00] for the above price.

If necessary, add 1Gb RAM as detailed above. G

  cpritch007 20:27 29 Sep 08

Thank you Crossbow. There are two reasons I selected the Toshiba machines mentioned above.

Firstly I'm a bit frightened of Vista. I have only reached W2k at the moment and am worried that Vista might be a step too far. Toshiba machines with Vista Business pre installed also come with an XP Pro disk in the box which one can 'downgrade' to if one so wishes.

Secondly, Toshiba have an offer at the moment whereby they will repair or replace a laptop that goes wrong in the first year AND REFUND the total purchase price.

Also I get the sense that Toshiba are good people to deal with.

Thank you again for your input.

Basil.

  GaT7 20:43 29 Sep 08

Right, I found the offer click here - expires 30/09/08 midnight - not much time left! And registrations must be made by 7/10/08. G

  Jambo99 21:16 29 Sep 08

Sorry, I meant before it needs recharging. The ZM-80 is a bit more power hungry, but the extra cooling that can be required if using something processor hungry can mean less uptime before recharging.

Some people do prefer the AMD though as it has the integrated ATI graphics.

If you're going to be running the 32-bit version of XP Pro then either machine won't recognise more than 3.5gb of RAM.

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