I need help choosing a laptop for my teenagers for Christmas. I am wanting to get one of the black friday deals or something in that price range. They mostly surf the internet and listen to music and my son plays World of Warcraft. I really dont know what kind of laptop to purchase that he would be able to play that on because I don't know anything about the processor speeds and such. Thanks for your help.
do not get a laptop (such as a netbook) with an Atom processor and no Intel graphics.
This one is currently $370 shipped. Pretty good for a low end machine with dedicated graphics.
The integrated graphics with Intel's latest generation Sandy Bridge processors is actually pretty good. This is often called Intel HD 2000/3000 graphics. For a 1366x768 or similar resolution laptop, it would be sufficient for WoW.
WoW benefits from a fast CPU quite a bit. I don't think I would choose an E-350 for WoW since its CPU is so crippled. Technically, the 6310 graphics with the E-350 are not dedicated graphics, they're integrated. AMD likes to call it "discrete class graphics" since it is as fast as some low-end discrete cards. The A-Series APUs from AMD are worth considering, they still have somewhat weak CPU performance, but the graphics performance is above average.
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