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I am looking to buy my son a laptop for Christmas and looking to keep it under $400, so I know my choices are limited. I have identified a couple that fit this price range and I'm not sure which is better. He really loves to play minecraft online and he's hoping there is no lag. These are the 2 choices that I am leaning towards:

HP - Pavilion 15.6" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 320GB Hard Drive AMD A4-Series 2.5GHz Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6480G discrete-class Video Memory Up to 2037MB total available


Toshiba - Satellite 15.6" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive Intel® 3rd Generation Core™ i3 2.4GHz Graphics Mobile Intel® HD Video Memory Shared

Any help would be appreciated.

asked Dec 11 '12 at 10:10

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Neither. I personally would stay away from HP and Toshiba all together both will have problems in the near future. (Personal experience and I've given them many chances.) (The HP probably will over heat and die, and the Toshiba will have a hard drive failure.) As most of the Lockergnome.net community would recommend is ASUS. (I own 2 ASUS laptops both work 100% like new and have been beaten to hell.)

The Core i3 will out preform the A4. No doubt. But the graphics will be better with the AMD so I'd get the AMD.

I'd personally recommend this Asus over both of those machines. Specs: 15.6inch screen, 4GB ram, AMD A8. Full Specs here I've got the exact laptop and I am using it to type this.

answered Dec 13 '12 at 19:08

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I have the HP - Pavilion 15.6" Laptop - 8GB Memory - 750GB Hard Drive AMD A6-Series quad core 1.5GHz Graphics AMD Radeon HD and that cost me £400 british pounds but unfortunaly thats $644 dollars also it plays games like black ops and battel feild pritty smoth and only lags when you conect to a hd tv. i sugest you to get the satilite because then you can pun mac osx on it

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answered Dec 11 '12 at 13:28

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You can't put OSX on it, according to the Apple T&C. While it may be possible, since it violates the OSX T&Cs is not to be discussed here please.

The HP would actually be better since it's the only of the two that have anything near discrete level graphics.

(Dec 11 '12 at 13:34) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Neither of them are anything special when it comes to gaming. The HP is the more capable of the two graphically, and will be able to run minecraft at a lower resolution if the game is not put to max settings, but to play properly a better Graphics card is necessary.

answered Dec 11 '12 at 13:35

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Tim Fontana

Both the Toshiba and the HP have their merits. They are both good manufacturers in relation to the quality of the computer. However, I would probably recommend the HP in this case, as the graphics are far better, which I am assuming he would prefer.

Hope this helps!

answered Dec 11 '12 at 14:54

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edited Dec 13 '12 at 14:54

If he wants to do minecraft then the AMD system will definitely be better (Keep in mind that while minecraft may look like a game with really crappy graphics, the mesh count is actually higher, the game engine it's self is designed for much better looking 3D, the maker of the game is just going with the crappy graphic style.

answered Dec 11 '12 at 20:26

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Asus makes a good machine. I've heard that Lenovo is in-housing the manufacturing of their components so they're probably good as well. What you should consider is what you're going to use the computer for. Gaming? Make sure you have the best video cards and lots of ram. Just general computing won't need a top of the line video card.

answered Dec 13 '12 at 22:28

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