Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Re: Best Processor in a laptop?
With laptops there are WAY more important things as the processor. The first thing you should consider is how much weight you are willing to carry, then how do you want the screen to be, and then all the ancillary stuff.
In general more memory makes your PC faster for less money, then a faster disk is right next. The rpm of the disk is a very important factor determining speed.
AFTER that comes the CPU. In general for all 'normal' uses these days if you have enough memory Better or equal 2GB and a fast disk every laptop will do what you need, except if you are a real POWER user, like someone who does photo editing or other CPU and memory hungry applications all day long, THEN there are additional things to be taken into consideration.
Dual core CPU's are 'cool' and 'hip' but "joe Blow' will not be able to really use them, and paying extra for that CPU is 'luxury'
OTOH, normal Windows cannot, I repeat CANNOT efficiently work with more than 3GB of memory, so buying more than 3GB is waste, because the OS (XP just as Vista) WILL NOT MAKE USE OF IT.
Things look different when looking at a MAC. Mac's can make use of more memory. But at the same time I have to tell you if you are a normal every day user you'd be hard pressed to make use of even 4GB. Personally I don;t think you can again unless you are a power user, working memory hungry applications like Photoshop or Movie editing.