HP G62-407DX $350 (might not be sold yet near you) AMD Phenom II Dual Core P650 (2.60Ghz) 3GB RAM/320GB and ATI Graphics - Assuming it is still $350
HP G72-B60US Laptop Computer With 17.3" LED-Backlit Screen & Intel® Core™ i3-370M Processor 4GB RAM/500GB With Hyper-Threading Technology - $470 after $50 MIR
Get the biggest screen you can if you don't need to travel or use it on battery power much. I'd get the HP 17.3. Your eyes will thank you, and you can do several things at once with Win 7 split screen.
Reviving an old thread. My friend got this laptop, and I will point out a couple of things.
The touchpad is annoying. There is no typical "Square" where the pad usually is. It is invisibly built into the wristpad area in front of the keyboard. It wasn't very sensitive to my touch. The mouse is annoying as well, as it is like a mac with only one wide button, but clicking to each side determines if it's a right or left click. It's really stupid in my opinion. I imagine you would get used to it after a while, but we definitely didn't like it.
The screen, although an LED, is not bright, and will not get any brighter no matter how high you turn up the setting. The display was directly next to a Toshiba that was $100 less, and the Toshiba was much brighter and colors popped more on that laptop.
As far as performance goes, it was very quick. For the specs it has, it is a great deal at $499.
Ultimately, we returned it and saved a little bit of money ($70) on the Toshiba. Although if you don't mind my 2 points, it's definitely worth the extra money on the HP for the 17" screen, 7200 RPM HDD, and the i3 processor as opposed to the 15" screen, 5400 RPM HDD, and T6200 pentium dual core.
Note that when I was returning the unit to Staples, there was a sign noting that that particular computer was sold out.
If you plan on using this in your room, using a mouse, and not carrying it around too much, it's a great unit.
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