Which laptop would best fit my usage (details included)

Posted on 2012-08-26
Last Modified: 2012-08-26
I use my pc "hard" in some ways. Typically, I have a web browser open with perhaps 5-7 windows each with probably 25-30 sites open (sometimes more as I do a lot of research). At the same time, I'm apt to be running Photoshop, OpenOffice word processor, text editor, ftp program and possibly a book-reading program or various Adobe documents.

I'd love your thoughts on which would be the better set-up for my particular purposes between the two laptop configurations as listed in terms of speed in switching between or going back and forth between the various programs I run as mentioned above:

3.00 gigahertz AMD Phenom II N660 Dual-Core
2304 kilobyte primary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
2812 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory:
Slot 'DIMM0' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM1' has 2048 MB

HP pc:
2.40 gigahertz Intel Core i3 M 370
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
3072 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Hyper-threaded (4 total)
Bus Clock: 1066 megahertz
3894 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory:
Slot 'Bottom-Slot 2 (under)' has 4096 MB
Question by:nascent1
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    Of those two, get the HP as it appears to be stronger and has more memory which you will value.

    I have a Lenovo something along the same lines as the HP with 8 Gb of memory and a 500 Gb 7200-rpm hard drive. It can readily run two complete machines plus the host Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

    Do get Windows 7 Pro 64-bit (not Home and not 32-bit). Also, if you get a hard drive (vs SSD) get a 7200-rpm hard drive (not 5400-rpm).

    ... Thinkpads_User

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks so much. That was the direction I was leaning I also value the added input re versions of Windows. Thanks so much!
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    by:John Hurst
    Thank you. I was happy to help. My current Thinkpad is a T61p spec'd like above which is now 4.5 years old and just out of its 4 year warranty. Like you, I beat it up daily, but it has never let me down. Good luck going forward. .... Thinkpads_User

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