Budget: $500 - $600 (after instant savings/ mail-in-rebates)
Uses: Excel, Word, CD importing, Web surfing, Media (Lots of video watching/ music listening)
OS of choice: Windows XP Home/Pro, then Vista
Gaming - RA2 if even, LOWEST PRIORITY!
Needs - widescreen( LOTS of movies), atleast 1 gig RAM, wireless, CD rewritable/DVD drive.
*Can be refurbished*
*Would like it to last 2-3 years so no ultra-low end like 512ram, celeron processor.
Choices so far:
Acer Aspire 9410-2457 ($549.99)
Acer Aspire 5100-5023 ($599.99)
HP Pavilion dv6426us ($599.99)
Acer Aspire 5610-2089 ($599.99)
Looking for opinions from ppl that knows what 1 MB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB and things like that mean instead of just looking at the GHz.
I noticed the Acer Aspire 5100-5023 has 2 gigs of ram and the HP Pavilion dv6426us seems a bit more 'polished' (webcam, remote, media controls) Are there better ones out there under $600 that I should know about or ones that will give me more value for the price? If not, whats the order of those laptops from best to worst...Probably will be buying within the next two days.
PS. No dells please.