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Old April 18, 2011, 08:05 PM
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Default Toshiba Satellite L650 Core i3 vs. Acer Aspire AO522 C-50

Hi guys,

I'm looking at two laptops today (one is a netbook) and I'm conflicted about which one to get. The first one is the Acer Aspire AO522, which comes with C-50 cpu & 1GB RAM & Windows 7 Starter, while the second is the Toshiba Satellite L650, which is an i3 cpu & 4GB ram & Win 7 Home Premium.

Now, all I need right now is a laptop/netbook that allows me to serve the web & watch youtube videos in HD (720p required, 1080p even better). I won't be playing any games at all and won't be watching DVDs. The other thing I'll need it to do is serve as photo dump where I upload all my photos. I might need to do some quick post-processing, which means photoshop. Above all, however, I don't want to be hauling something heavy - it needs to be light.

With these requirements in mind, which is a better choice for me? I like the weight & compactness of the Acer, but I'll probably have to add more ram after buying it. I might also need to upgrade to Home Premium if I want to add 4gb.

The Toshiba has a larger screen, though its native resolution is a bit low when you compare it its actual screen size. Plus I'm more used to carrying something 14" and smaller. Its up sides are obviously the 4GB ram and a larger hdd.

In terms of price, I can get the netbook for around $280. Add ram & Windows upgrade, it'll be around $430 total. The Toshiba will cost me around $560 total but it's fully upgraded.

So conflicted. Please help me choose! Thanks!
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Old April 18, 2011, 08:54 PM
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That Acer netbook will be hard pressed to do any 1080p on YouTube and you can almost for certain forget Photoshop. For what you want out of your computer, I'm afraid netbooks will not fit the bill, you need moar power.

Remember the C-50 is clocked at 1.0GHz.

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