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Old 26th Jul 2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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Laptop expert needed

If you saw my last thread posted in this section: I, ultimately, decided to go with Asus.

Now, I'm planning to spend around $200-$300 for either a new or refurbished. I decided to go on Newegg and found this refurbirshed for $249.99 + free shipping + tax:
Model
Brand
ASUS
Model
X401-RBL4

General
Color
Matte Deep Blue
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium
CPU Type
Intel Pentium B970 2.3GHz
Screen
14"
Memory Size
4GB DDR3
Hard Disk
320GB

CPU
CPU Type
Intel Pentium
CPU Speed
B970(2.3GHz)
CPU Support
2MB L3 Cache

Display
Screen Size
14"
Wide Screen Support
Yes

Operating Systems
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium

Hard Drive
HDD
320GB

Memory
Memory
4GB
Memory Type
204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM

Communications
WLAN
802.11n Wireless LAN

Supplemental Drive
Card Reader
Digital media reader
Webcam
Yes

I then hopped onto Staples to catch some good college deal sales and found:

Laptop Hard Drive Speed 5400RPM
Laptop Hard Drive Capacity 320GB
Bluetooth Compatibility No
Laptop Display Type HD Slim
Laptop Memory Expandable No
CPU Cache 1MB L2
Laptop Processor Speed 1.4GHz
Laptop Processor Type AMD E1 1200
Laptop Color Matte Deep Blue Square
Laptop Screen Size 15.6"
Touch Screen Enabled No
Laptop Audio Built-in Altec Lansing speakers
Media Card Reader SD+MMC+MS+MS PRO SDHC(SD 2.0)
Laptop Style Laptop/Notebook
Windows Select PC No
Laptop Refurbished No
Laptop USB Slots 1 x USB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Laptop Warranty 1 Year Parts (Including battery and AC adapter, 1 Year Limited Labor
Laptop Weight 4.4 lbs.
Laptop Dimensions (L x W x H) 15" x 10" x .95"
Laptop Battery Type 6 cell
Laptop Battery Life 6 hours (estimated)
Laptop Webcam 1.0MP
Laptop Video Graphics UMA
Laptop Hard Drive Type SATA
Laptop Other ports 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1x VGA Port (D-Sub), 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1 x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack, 1 x Line-in Jack
Laptop Extra Features ASUS 302mm chiclet keyboard with 19mm full size key pitch
Laptop Operating System Genuine Windows 8 (64-bit)
Laptop Network Card Integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet, 802.11n
Laptop Optical Drive None
Laptop Memory Type DDR3
Laptop Memory RAM 4GB
and this one is a new laptop for $259.99 + free shipping to store + tax

Which one is better and why?
What is the main difference between L2 and L3 cache?
What's the difference between processors?
They're the same memory type, but what exactly does that mean by DDR3?

I don't game that much. So my laptop would primarily be used for Everyday stuff (browsing, watching YouTube videos, iTunes, the games that are preloaded etc.)
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Old 26th Jul 2013, 07:27 PM   #2
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Re: Laptop expert needed

DDR3 is the speed of RAM, and nowadays DDR3 is standard - I wouldn't go below it.

The second one is a very cheapo sort of computer - 1.4GHz is not much above some phones and tablets. Also, AMD CPUs aren't as reliable (although I could cause an argument by saying that). The first is hands down better, but it depends on what you can afford.

Just to let you know, neither of them will handle any gaming that's more intense than Minecraft...

Edit: I just noticed that the first one is cheaper and has better specs. Definitely go with that, Newegg are really reliable. Also, for clarification on CPUs, Intel and AMD are kinda at war with eachother. They each have their own fanboys/girls and I happen to be an Intel supporter simply because of reliability. That said, AMD tend to be cheaper and more cutting edge.
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Re: Laptop expert needed

Thank you Gypsy. Furthermore, what are the pros & cons of buying a refurbished laptop as opposed to a new one?
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Thank you Gypsy. Furthermore, what are the pros & cons of buying a refurbished laptop as opposed to a new one?
While I've never bought a refurbished laptop, Newegg are really reputable and I imagine they have great support, so it probably won't be a bad decision to buy from them, and even if it doesn't work out, they'll most likely be pretty helpful.
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