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AikiMaster

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Hi,
I'm about to buy a new laptop and I've rounded up to only 2 models. Which one is better? I'm really indecisive about this one. :) Therefore I need your help choosing the best price/specs one. Both GNU/Linux as OS.
Thanks for any info in advance. :)
Here are the contenders...

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Acer Aspire AS5735Z-UMACE USD 680
Intel® Pentium® M. DualCore T3200 (2Ghz, 667Mhz, 1Mb L2 Cache)
Montevina (Centrino2) chipset Mobile Intel GL40 Express
2Gb.DDR2 667 (2x1Gb) (DualChannel). Up to 4Gb.
SATA de 250Gb.
DVDRW DL Super Multi double
15,6" WXGA Wide (1366x768) CristalBrite High-brightness (220nits/8ms) and Wide Coloulor Gamut. HD ready
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Webcam 0.3 megapixels
Touchpad
3DSonic stereo speakers High-definition audio support, mic
Battery 6 cel (3hs.)
14.10 x 10.50 x 1.27 in (358.0 x 266.8 x 32.3 mm)5 en 1 card reader (sd/mmc/ms/ms pro/xd)
Ethernet UTP de 10/100/1000/Ethernet wireless b+g+n (Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/Draft-N), soporta Wake-on-LAN
3 USB ports 2.0
Expresscard 54 slot
RJ-11 (Modem V.92) / VGA / Headphones / Speakers / Line-out / S/PDIF / Micrófono / line-in
383 (w) x 250 (D) x 15/37 (H) mm / weight (kgs.) 2.7

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HP 550 - FS333AA#AC8 USD 716
Intel® Core™2 Duo T5270 (1,4 Ghz x2, 2 MB cache L2)
Mobile™ Intel® GME965 o Mobile™ Intel® GLE960 Express hasta 384Mb
3Gb ddr2 667, up to 4Gb
SATA 120Gb
DVDRW DL Super Multi double
15,4" WXGA Wide (1280x800) BrightView
Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, up to 384-MB shared system memory
Webcam 0.3 megapixels
Touchpad
High-def Audio, mono speaker, stereo headphones/line-out, mic
Battery 6 cel (2.5hs.)
5 en 1 card reader (sd/mmc/ms/ms pro/xd)
Ethernet UTP of 10-100-1000 / Ethernet wireless a+b+g (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g) / Modem
3 Usb 2.0 / Fireware IEEE 1394 / * Express Card 54 slot / VGA / Headphones / Speakers
14.10 x 10.50 x 1.27 in (358.0 x 266.8 x 32.3 mm) / weight (kgs.) 2.7

Edited by AikiMaster, 24 November 2008 - 11:29 AM.

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What do either of these computers have for warranty options?
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Both have 1 year.
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Personally I wouldn't buy either of them unless you could get a 3 year warranty. My opinion is that on laptop, it is definitely worthwhile to buy an extra warranty, because if something fails, you don't want to have to pay for it to be replaced.
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Well, what would you buy if these were your only two options??
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I would go with the HP. They are very much similar, the HP has a slightly faster processor, and is also slightly smaller/thinner. I'd bet that if you set the two next to each other, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference feature-wise.

Frankly, the HP just looks better.
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