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dragonlove2008 09-04-2011 10:59 AM

ASUS Intel Core i5 Dual 2.3GHz (2nd generation) 16" LED Laptop - $480
 
ASUS Intel Core i5 Dual 2.3GHz 16" LED Laptop - $480 [bestbuy.com]

Best Buy offers the 5.7-lb. ASUS K53E-BBR9 Intel Core i5 2.3GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Widescreen Notebook in Brown Suit for $479.99. Shipping adds $14.99, or choose free in-store pickup. Sales tax is added where applicable. Features include an Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz "Sandy Bridge" dual-core processor (2nd Generation), 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Gigabit Ethernet, webcam, built-in facial recognition security, 6-cell Lithium-ion battery, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and more.

I just bought this laptop on Bestbuy - It's pretty ok for me, especially 18 months 0% financing with Bestbuy card. This is my first post....pls easy on me

iconian 09-04-2011 10:59 AM

Asus K53E-BBR9 Laptop: i5 2410M 2.3GHz CPU, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, 15.6" LED LCD (1366 x 768), HDMI, DVDRW, WiFi N, 6 Cell, Win 7 Prem $480 + Free store pick-up
 
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Best Buy has a good deal on a Asus K53E-BBR9 Laptop. Price is $480 + free store pick-up. Thanks dragonlove2008
Specs:
  • Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz CPU
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • 15.6" LED LCD (1366 x 768) w/ Webcam
  • UMA Graphics (on board)
    • HDMI
  • DVDRW
  • WiFi N
  • 6 Cell Battery
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

wikipost 09-04-2011 10:59 AM

This post can and should be edited by users like you :)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ljviss (Post 42575688)
this deal is nothing new... it has been this same price at best buy now for over 2 weeks

here's a guy that pointed it out back on 8-18-11
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=41768862&postcount=25

Quote:

Originally Posted by jasonhsieh13 (Post 42571878)
wow I posted this like 2 weeks ago...

Quote:

Originally Posted by enyownz (Post 42566070)
Cold

This deal has been out for last 4 weeks.

Product Height 1.4"
Product Width 14.9"
Product Weight 5.7 lbs.
Product Depth 10"
Processor Brand Intel®
Processor Intel® Core™ i5
Processor Speed 2.3GHz
Battery Type 6-cell
Display Type High-definition widescreen LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
Screen Size (Measured Diagonally) 15.6"
Cache Memory 3MB on die Level 3
System Memory (RAM) 4GB
System Memory (RAM) Expandable To 8GB
Type of Memory (RAM) DDR3
Computer Hard Drive Size 500GB
Optical Drive Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
Optical Drive Speeds Drive speeds not specified
Direct-Disc Labeling No
Digital Media Reader or Slots Yes, digital media card reader
Graphics UMA
TV Tuner No
MPEG Yes
Built-in Webcam Yes
Modem None
Networking Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless Networking Wireless-B+G+N
Bluetooth-Enabled No
S-Video Outputs None
Audio Built-in Azalia-compliant audio chip with 3D effect and full duplex
Speakers Internal
PCMCIA Slots None
USB 2.0 Ports 3
IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports None
Parallel Ports None
Game Ports None
Laptop Weight Standard (more than 5.5 lbs.)
Battery LifeNot available
Pointing Device Wide touchpad (16:9)
HDMI Output Yes
Blu-ray Player No
Operating System Platform Windows
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
System Version 64-bit
Included Software ASUSDVD Player v10 and more
ENERGY STAR Qualified No
Best Buy PC App No
Drive Capacity 500GB
Graphics Card UMA
UPC 884840884477[/INDENT]

testrada 09-04-2011 11:11 AM

How are the webcams on these?

More as a personal opinion to the OP and anyone with this model or the i3.

Ogheed 09-04-2011 11:39 AM

I'm curious about the webcam myself as Asus usually specs only a 0.3 mpx camera. But I can't find the mpx that is on this one. Most other vendors have at least a 1.3 mpx camera.

dragonlove2008 09-04-2011 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by testrada (Post 42563956)
How are the webcams on these?

More as a personal opinion to the OP and anyone with this model or the i3.

For me, I would pay more for I5 instead of I3 in a long run. I have seen the Gateway laptop with almost the same specs for $430. But I trust Asus brand better than Gateway, and it is especially pretty ok for me and other people, whose love financing stuff....$30 a month of 18 months... happy labor day.
the webcam is only 0.3 mpx

testrada 09-04-2011 11:42 AM

Beat me to it, mostly looking for what people think about it. I know it won't be worth recording but just curious about quality in video chat.

vandaL18 09-04-2011 12:32 PM

An i5 for under 500, exactly what i was looking for, in for one :)

savemoney2k10 09-04-2011 12:41 PM

Guess no good deals at the moment. this is way worse than the recent stamples deal,dell etc.. only 4gb ram,only 500gb hd ONLY 5400rpm,no bluray. lets hope there will be some good deals again soon need to fix my laptop so I need a new one.

bigb1114 09-04-2011 12:45 PM

I think I like this one a little better: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ASUS+...294&loc=01

enyownz 09-04-2011 12:51 PM

Cold

This deal has been out for last 4 weeks.

yarnim 09-04-2011 01:01 PM

stamples lol

RumzDizzle 09-04-2011 01:20 PM

I got the asus amd a6 and love it... albeit Im sure this one has a snappier processor and prob better battery life. I went with mine because a dedicated gpu and it crossfires with the a6 gpu, not bad for gaming on the go (especially for 450). If u don't need video though go this one is a great deal been really impressed with asus build quality.

Virbla 09-04-2011 01:36 PM

The Gateway with the same specs sold for $449 also in BB.

Ualdayan 09-04-2011 02:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by testrada (Post 42563956)
How are the webcams on these?

More as a personal opinion to the OP and anyone with this model or the i3.

The webcam is of ok quality, but DO NOT turn on the facial recognition feature. It almost never recognizes you, and here's the bad part: It edits Windows user accounts in a way that isn't restored when you disable the facial recognition feature. It actually almost locked me out of the system entirely, but luckily I had created another administrator account that let me log in and I was able to manually repair some registry entries.

Also, be aware Asus laptop support can be very spotty. I'd read good things before I got mine, but then when I needed them they were the worst, absolute WORST, notebook company I've ever dealt with. Hold times of over an hour, then the line dropped multiple times right when it seemed like it was going to go over to a person. Online wasn't much better, fill out the form, 3 business days later get a reply that was a form letter that didn't apply to what I'd said. I ended up buying a replacement HD and getting the system going myself rather than trying to continue dealing with Asus.

Omegas 09-04-2011 03:47 PM

That A6 will run circles around the i5 in games, but everything else the i5 is the better option.

RumzDizzle 09-04-2011 04:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Omegas (Post 42569284)
That A6 will run circles around the i5 in games, but everything else the i5 is the better option.

oh yeah it is an awsome gaming laptop for the price, I am still impressed after 2 weeks

ZeroSyztem 09-04-2011 04:04 PM

I wont buy another ASUS until they change the keyboard. The keys are all flat and very undefined. Last one I bought, I ended up buying a separate keyboard a week after I got the laptop.

AGA7d 09-04-2011 04:05 PM

over $100 more than the Fry's Fujitsu deal, the difference is i3 vs i5, well I would not pay $100 just to upgrade to i5.

Still a decent deal though.

Yosemity 09-04-2011 04:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AGA7d (Post 42569586)
over $100 more than the Fry's Fujitsu deal, the difference is i3 vs i5, well I would not pay $100 just to upgrade to i5.

Still a decent deal though.

What's your point? You're comparing a completely different laptop...different band,,,different processor... There are 100's of laptops that we can compare this to but your choice is apple vs oranges...

lightfoot3b 09-04-2011 04:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigb1114 (Post 42565932)
I think I like this one a little better: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ASUS+...294&loc=01

Gaming, heck yes. Average home use, kind of a toss up. The OPs laptop would be much faster in 1, 2, 3 core processing with similar performance if all "4" cores were used. I would guess better battery life on this one as well(if the exact same battery was used (again guessing) I'd bet about 20min).

zoomzoomz6 09-04-2011 04:37 PM

One of my clients recently bought this. We put in a 96gb SSD and this thing is fast! Blu ray and video gaming are nice, but it really depends who is using it. My client for example does not care about gaming however business applications are her primary purpose. For that, the 2nd gen i5 and a 96gb SSD are a good combination. I know it's weird that it is the "retail" price but instead of looking at it by price, look at it by what you are getting for that price.
I bet if BB put a retail price of $699 and had it on sale for $479, this thread would be getting more attention. I doubt you will get much cheaper then this for a while. It is a solid laptop and I love the finish which is great at hiding those fingerprint marks!!

warlord435 09-04-2011 05:29 PM

the A6
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RumzDizzle (Post 42566646)
I got the asus amd a6 and love it... albeit Im sure this one has a snappier processor and prob better battery life. I went with mine because a dedicated gpu and it crossfires with the a6 gpu, not bad for gaming on the go (especially for 450). If u don't need video though go this one is a great deal been really impressed with asus build quality.


The A6 has a dedicated GPU on the CPU die, so call it an all in one solution. This is AMD's latest tech which is better than the i5's HD3k graphics.
This one has my vote 100% for a < 500$ solution :cool:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ASUS+...294&loc=01

escoe 09-04-2011 05:32 PM

TD not a macbook

Luke827 09-04-2011 05:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigb1114 (Post 42565932)
I think I like this one a little better: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ASUS+...294&loc=01

Me two but since it is unavailable for shipping and sold out at 99% of stores with no new shipments in sight, its not a option for most.

Stanczyk 09-04-2011 05:35 PM

The 1366x768 resolution is quite brutal.:shake: It is a good deal nevertheless.

Omegas 09-04-2011 06:05 PM

so hard to get a 1080, let alone 1200 rez in a low end laptop though..

link626 09-04-2011 06:21 PM

for those who are concerned with webcam...... yes, the webcam is pretty crappy.

to see how crappy, go to the store and demo it yourself. by default, it's dark, so you have to adjust the brightness and lower the contrast a little, and a few other settings tweaks.

also, the 1.3mp webcams other laptops have are all hype. they can't do 720p smoothly. All you get is a slideshow at that resolution.
even 1.3mp cams can only do 640x480 smoothly.


if you want a 1080p screen, you can buy one for $120 and swap it yourself.

homealone26 09-04-2011 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigb1114 (Post 42565932)
I think I like this one a little better: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ASUS+...294&loc=01

AMD laptop heats up a lot . I would stick with Intel i5

peppermint 09-04-2011 06:27 PM

more $hit from $hitbuy

SB1 09-04-2011 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Luke827 (Post 42570992)
Me two but since it is unavailable for shipping and sold out at 99% of stores with no new shipments in sight, its not a option for most.

I'm in CA and all the stores around me show in stock or ship to store so....

jasonhsieh13 09-04-2011 06:30 PM

wow I posted this like 2 weeks ago...

SB1 09-04-2011 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jasonhsieh13 (Post 42571878)
wow I posted this like 2 weeks ago...

post a link and mod alert ;)

EvaUnitAammar 09-04-2011 06:35 PM

First post and its front page! CONGRATULATIONS

IM OFF TO COMMIT SUICIDE

jjkjkjkjkj

RumzDizzle 09-04-2011 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by homealone26 (Post 42571814)
AMD laptop heats up a lot . I would stick with Intel i5

Mine actually does not heat up that much at all, I gamed on it for about two hours and it was barley warm. I was really concerned about the amd heat issue when I bought it and it seems like it is a thing of the past.

stormlight 09-04-2011 06:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RumzDizzle (Post 42572070)
Mine actually does not heat up that much at all, I gamed on it for about two hours and it was barley warm. I was really concerned about the amd heat issue when I bought it and it seems like it is a thing of the past.

Yes, this is the case with the new AMD CPU. They run way way cooler in comparison to I3 and I5. The earlier post said APU is for gamming and I5 is for everything else is way way misleading. It should be rephrase to I5 is for video encoding advantage only. I rather take two dedicated core over 2 hyperthreadings. Not only that the APU can be overclock and undervolt which easily triumph over the i5. I thumb down for the deal because the asus A6-3400 is much better value in term of performance and price.

finerva 09-04-2011 06:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigb1114 (Post 42565932)
I think I like this one a little better: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ASUS+...294&loc=01

I can't really see your logic.

AMD A-Series Processor - terrible, not even as good as an old i3. The new i5 benchmarks twice as high.

AMD 6650 - You can play Starcraft II on medium settings...yay... its still not a gaming PC and it has a crappy outdated processor that'll make you want to die.

Might as well buy the ASUS with the i5 as an excellent general use laptop, or invest in a high end gaming desktop/laptop with one of the latest GPUs

finerva 09-04-2011 06:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stormlight (Post 42572198)
Yes, this is the case with the new AMD CPU. They run way way cooler in comparison to I3 and I5. The earlier post said APU is for gamming and I5 is for everything else is way way misleading. It should be rephrase to I5 is for video encoding advantage only. I rather take two dedicated core over 2 hyperthreadings. Not only that the APU can be overclock and undervolt which easily triumph over the i5. I thumb down for the deal because the asus A6-3400 is much better value in term of performance and price.

Where are your benchmark metrics on this? The AMD quad-core A6-3400M benchmark makes it look like garbage...

A6-3400M Benchmark [tinypic.com]

Notice its really close to the Celeron P4500...

finerva 09-04-2011 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RumzDizzle (Post 42572328)
intel fanboy haha

I use AMD all the time.

If you aren't going to bring some performance metrics into the conversation, it pretty much is a fanboy fest...

So here's mine again: http://tinypic.com/r/2w7kf2s/7

If someone can actually backup the overclocked AMD A6-3400M argument with some actual data we could prove that one is clearly better, but there's no point in your meaningless assertions.

h2oboy5 09-04-2011 07:02 PM

Same thing on Amazon ? [amazon.com]

mwgrad 09-04-2011 07:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stormlight (Post 42572198)
Yes, this is the case with the new AMD CPU. They run way way cooler in comparison to I3 and I5. The earlier post said APU is for gamming and I5 is for everything else is way way misleading. It should be rephrase to I5 is for video encoding advantage only. I rather take two dedicated core over 2 hyperthreadings. Not only that the APU can be overclock and undervolt which easily triumph over the i5. I thumb down for the deal because the asus A6-3400 is much better value in term of performance and price.

Quite Simply - If you are a gamer, the AMD is for you.
For Non-Gaming Tasks, the i5 takes it to task.

http://www.anandtech.com/print/4616

Sounds like you are a gamer, which means the AMD is for you.
However, not every is a gamer or chooses to game on their laptop.
Researching statments first is useful, so mistatements dont mislead others.

annamone 09-04-2011 07:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by h2oboy5 (Post 42572508)

The amazon model is AS5750-6438
This model is K53E-BBR9

But the specs seem similar :confused:

Andrey 09-04-2011 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by link626 (Post 42571720)
if you want a 1080p screen, you can buy one for $120 and swap it yourself.

I was under the impression that the connector cables for different displays were different and not interchangeable, though maybe that's no longer true.. Would a display like this work:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AUO-AU-OP...3a69c4b7da

I bought the I3 version of this for $380, ordered 8gb ram and a 2720qm CPU.. the only thing missing is a better screen, so this would do a really good job of replacing the XPS15 I didn't buy since it was wildly marked up..


Overall, the I3 version is really nice - stays really cool, looks nice, feels durable. There are only two things I don't like:

- The keyboard on this thing is really crappy... I wish they'd get rid of the number pad and give more space (and a proper layout) to the normal keys.
- No audio dial.. I realize this is no longer a feature on most laptops, but I really hate not having it now.. Controlling the volume via fn+F* keys just isn't very good...

musthavemyway 09-04-2011 07:14 PM

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stormlight 09-04-2011 07:15 PM

I had made my point on the other thread. I will reference to them. Remember, this an i5 w/ 2.3ghz. the A6 is 1.4ghz but u can overlock to 2.6+ (all four cores) and undervolt it and still run cooler than stock.

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=41570419&postcount=324

This is user got 5200@2.2ghz. fyi

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=41826554&postcount=1320


Nevertheless, don't base everything on benchmarking. Just do a multithread cpu intensive application and you will see the A6 way head over the I5. Here is the link to the other thread. The laptop is still on sale btw. http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3183764&highlight=stormlight

finerva 09-04-2011 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mwgrad (Post 42572564)
Quite Simply - If you are a gamer, the AMD is for you.
For Non-Gaming Tasks, the i5 takes it to task.

http://www.anandtech.com/print/4616

Sounds like you are a gamer, which means the AMD is for you.
However, not every is a gamer or chooses to game on their laptop.
Researching statments first is useful, so mistatements dont mislead others.

How is it a gaming laptop when its GPU benchmarks are barely above the latest integrated Intel garbage?

Of the two its marginally better, but would anyone buy it for that purpose? If so, do you only enjoy playing Sims 3, World of Warcraft, and Team Fortress II?

Weird world.

mwgrad 09-04-2011 07:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by finerva (Post 42572812)
How is it a gaming laptop when its GPU benchmarks are barely above the latest integrated Intel garbage?

Of the two its marginally better, but would anyone buy it for that purpose? If so, do you only enjoy playing Sims 3, World of Warcraft, and Team Fortress II?

Weird world.

If you have less than $500 to spend on a laptop and you want to "Game" on it.
LLANO is your best choice.

No, it's not going to be a KILLER game machine, but it will outperform an I5 for gaming in most cases.

(Note: And the Review shows performance for a Higher Res than these laptops have and also at higher Graphics settings.
So in the lower rez and lowered detail, you CAN play other games, but not as smooth or as pretty as one can achiee on more expensive laptops.)

kevin1987bj 09-04-2011 07:40 PM

wow best deal seen recently

in for 2

cardinalo 09-04-2011 07:41 PM

What is UMA graphics? Is that Intel HD 3000?

kevin1987bj 09-04-2011 07:51 PM

think so

realdreams 09-04-2011 07:58 PM

Best buy... pass

SkepticConsumer 09-04-2011 08:11 PM

really? THIS is FP?! and if you add the tax its over 500... pass! i thought this was called "slickdeals" not "pushing crappy products for our sponsors"...

MrBlackFriday 09-04-2011 08:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stormlight (Post 42572732)
I had made my point on the other thread. I will reference to them. Remember, this an i5 w/ 2.3ghz. the A6 is 1.4ghz but u can overlock to 2.6+ (all four cores) and undervolt it and still run cooler than stock.

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=41570419&postcount=324

This is user got 5200@2.2ghz. fyi

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=41826554&postcount=1320


Nevertheless, don't base everything on benchmarking. Just do a multithread cpu intensive application and you will see the A6 way head over the I5. Here is the link to the other thread. The laptop is still on sale btw. http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3183764&highlight=stormlight




A6 is awesome

iLusion 09-04-2011 08:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andrey (Post 42572682)
I was under the impression that the connector cables for different displays were different and not interchangeable, though maybe that's no longer true.. Would a display like this work:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AUO-AU-OP...3a69c4b7da

I bought the I3 version of this for $380, ordered 8gb ram and a 2720qm CPU.. the only thing missing is a better screen, so this would do a really good job of replacing the XPS15 I didn't buy since it was wildly marked up..


Overall, the I3 version is really nice - stays really cool, looks nice, feels durable. There are only two things I don't like:

- The keyboard on this thing is really crappy... I wish they'd get rid of the number pad and give more space (and a proper layout) to the normal keys.
- No audio dial.. I realize this is no longer a feature on most laptops, but I really hate not having it now.. Controlling the volume via fn+F* keys just isn't very good...


Can you share which memory you ordered (brand, speed etc), I have the same laptop and would like to upgrade the RAM. TIA.

Andrey 09-04-2011 08:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iLusion (Post 42573726)
Can you share which memory you ordered (brand, speed etc), I have the same laptop and would like to upgrade the RAM. TIA.

It was this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820231295

but when it was on sale for $35. I don't think any of the i3/i5 processors can support 1600 speed RAM, so 1333 should be good enough. There's a slightly different set here (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...CL9D-8GBSQ) and it should be just as good.



If anyone can point out a compatible FHD 1080p screen (or connector configuration to look for), I'd appreciate it!

shopgurl101 09-04-2011 08:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ualdayan (Post 42568058)
The webcam is of ok quality, but DO NOT turn on the facial recognition feature. It almost never recognizes you, and here's the bad part: It edits Windows user accounts in a way that isn't restored when you disable the facial recognition feature. It actually almost locked me out of the system entirely, but luckily I had created another administrator account that let me log in and I was able to manually repair some registry entries.

Also, be aware Asus laptop support can be very spotty. I'd read good things before I got mine, but then when I needed them they were the worst, absolute WORST, notebook company I've ever dealt with. Hold times of over an hour, then the line dropped multiple times right when it seemed like it was going to go over to a person. Online wasn't much better, fill out the form, 3 business days later get a reply that was a form letter that didn't apply to what I'd said. I ended up buying a replacement HD and getting the system going myself rather than trying to continue dealing with Asus.

I dealt with the SAME type of customer service from Lenovo. Even HP is better, despite their shitty laptops.

stormlight 09-04-2011 09:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrBlackFriday (Post 42573610)
A6 is awesome


lol, u think the A6 is awesome. You should see the little brother C-50@1.0Ghz: Photoshop, website building, HD movie is puuurrrfect!! I watched HD movie @500mhz only utilizing 35-40% cpu. lol. It's freaking insane. I have bad tasted with I3 and I5 because HD movie constantly stutter every 3 to 5 minutes. The hardware cannot just keep up and it put out alot more heat too!....Intel still got a way to go in term of video card performance.

ljviss 09-04-2011 09:38 PM

this deal is nothing new... it has been this same price at best buy now for over 2 weeks

here's a guy that pointed it out back on 8-18-11
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=41768862&postcount=25

bwigg 09-04-2011 09:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stormlight (Post 42575296)
lol, u think the A6 is awesome. You should see the little brother C-50@1.0Ghz: Photoshop, website building, HD movie is puuurrrfect!! I watched HD movie @500mhz only utilizing 35-40% cpu. lol. It's freaking insane. I have bad tasted with I3 and I5 because HD movie constantly stutter every 3 to 5 minutes. The hardware cannot just keep up and it put out alot more heat too!....Intel still got a way to go in term of video card performance.


I have not achieved the same results, I reluctantly returned my Asus K53TA to Best Buy because I could not make it perform with my applications. I use mostly Photoshop CS5 and some other apps and it was slower than my older Intel P6200 for some reason. It may perform great for gaming, but I don't use it for that.

I found a Dell I15R with the older i3-380m and blu-ray drive for $400 at Staples so I jumped on it. The old i3 performs better than the A6 under non gaming conditions.

I am sure the graphics on the Asus K53TA will devastate the old Intel HD graphics for games, but the old i3 finishes CS5 operations faster and that's what counts for me. I really wanted to keep it, as the battery life was pretty good

Here is a little test I posted in another thread comparing the difference using a Panasonic program I have to convert video:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=42393864&postcount=1630

Virbla 09-04-2011 10:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigb1114 (Post 42565932)
I think I like this one a little better: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ASUS+...294&loc=01

Benchmak shows it is as fast as Core i5-2420M.
AMD A6-3400M Benchmark [cpubenchmark.net]
In my opinion, a hotter deal!

atoneapone 09-04-2011 10:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ljviss (Post 42575688)
this deal is nothing new... it has been this same price at best buy now for over 2 weeks

here's a guy that pointed it out back on 8-18-11
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=41768862&postcount=25

Hey that's me.
I feel it an honor that I was the first to spot this good deal. I can't believe they made this the front page deal this week.lol. Deals were so much better 2 weeks ago:D;).

I was close to getting this laptop, but I chose the A6 after seeing the greater gaming potential, having dual graphic cards,which could also be very useful for video and movie playback. And most of all you can overclock the A6 to perform better than an i3 (which I was also considering) and almost as good as an i5.

For sheer processing power, I expect the i5 should be a little better compared to the A6 overclocked. They will both run a little hot for any taxing processes. But I've been happy with the A6 laptop for the past week! Unfortunately, like someone else said, you have no choice to get the A6 BBR6, since it is sold out in most places. Another good choice is the Gateway sold at best Buy with the same specs for a cheaper price of $450.

stormlight 09-04-2011 10:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Virbla (Post 42576264)
Benchmak shows it is as fast as Core i5-2420M.
AMD A6-3400M Benchmark [cpubenchmark.net]
In my opinion, a hotter deal!

Ya, that's a stock speed. a 1.4GHZ vs 2.4ghz, lol. Owned.. Anyway, the overclocking and undervoltage will be even better.

stormlight 09-04-2011 10:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bwigg (Post 42575942)
I have not achieved the same results, I reluctantly returned my Asus K53TA to Best Buy because I could not make it perform with my applications. I use mostly Photoshop CS5 and some other apps and it was slower than my older Intel P6200 for some reason. It may perform great for gaming, but I don't use it for that.

I found a Dell I15R with the older i3-380m and blu-ray drive for $400 at Staples so I jumped on it. The old i3 performs better than the A6 under non gaming conditions.

I am sure the graphics on the Asus K53TA will devastate the old Intel HD graphics for games, but the old i3 finishes CS5 operations faster and that's what counts for me. I really wanted to keep it, as the battery life was pretty good

Here is a little test I posted in another thread comparing the difference using a Panasonic program I have to convert video:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=42393864&postcount=1630


Have you perform a fresh install or remove all the craps that Bestbuy or retailer add on? I have no problem running photoshop CS5 at all even on my X1000 labtop from 2003: Centrino Mobile 1.6GHz. The 2nd I3 should be faster than the old i3. It seems to be configuration issue.

bwigg 09-04-2011 10:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stormlight (Post 42577308)
Have you perform a fresh install or remove all the craps that Bestbuy or retailer add on? I have no problem running photoshop CS5 at all even on my X1000 labtop from 2003: Centrino Mobile 1.6GHz. The 2nd I3 should be faster than the old i3. It seems to be configuration issue.


I did a fresh install and was running only the bare minimums on the Asus. I have no idea why it was 45min slower on the HD to SD video conversion.

The A6 had no problem running CS5, but my three Intel machines always finished 1 to 3 minutes faster on creating a panorama vs the A6 for some reason. I compared the A6 to my Intel P6200, Intel T6500 and my new i3.

Even OC and locked at 2.3ghz it was slower. I wish it wasn't, as it was a great machine.

I really like the new A6/A8 cpu's and I thought about getting a HP DV6-6140 ot DV6-6135, but after reading this review http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2...287,00.asp

it appears as though intels are better for for non gaming applications.

atoneapone 09-04-2011 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bwigg (Post 42577550)
I did a fresh install and was running only the bare minimums on the Asus. I have no idea why it was 45min slower on the HD to SD video conversion.

The A6 had no problem running CS5, but my three Intel machines always finished 1 to 3 minutes faster on creating a panorama vs the A6 for some reason. I compared the A6 to my Intel P6200, Intel T6500 and my new i3.

Even OC and locked at 2.3ghz it was slower. I wish it wasn't, as it was a great machine.

2 weeks ago, this deal was the reason I almost considered the i5 computer over an A6 or A8 pc. If you need fast processing power for video encoding work or CS5 photoshop processes, you have to get an intel i5 or i7 pc. But if you want to game and do taxing processes you have to spend $1000+ and get a i5 or i7 with nvidia graphics or higher ati dedicated graphic card, since the intel hd 3000 is not good enough for games on budget i5 laptops. You could have gotten both laptops under $1000 and use one for work, and the other for gaming;)...that was how affordable all of these deals were. But too bad the Asus A6 was a one of a kind deal since they're nearly sold out. On the otherhand there are 2 deals under $500 for the i5 processor laptops--this one and the Gateway i5.

iLusion 09-04-2011 11:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andrey (Post 42574118)
It was this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820231295

but when it was on sale for $35. I don't think any of the i3/i5 processors can support 1600 speed RAM, so 1333 should be good enough. There's a slightly different set here (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...CL9D-8GBSQ) and it should be just as good.



If anyone can point out a compatible FHD 1080p screen (or connector configuration to look for), I'd appreciate it!

Many Thanks and Repped!

onscamsuk3 09-04-2011 11:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by atoneapone (Post 42576872)
Hey that's me.
I feel it an honor that I was the first to spot this good deal. I can't believe they made this the front page deal this week.lol. Deals were so much better 2 weeks ago:D;).

I was close to getting this laptop, but I chose the A6 after seeing the greater gaming potential, having dual graphic cards,which could also be very useful for video and movie playback. And most of all you can overclock the A6 to perform better than an i3 (which I was also considering) and almost as good as an i5.

For sheer processing power, I expect the i5 should be a little better compared to the A6 overclocked. They will both run a little hot for any taxing processes. But I've been happy with the A6 laptop for the past week! Unfortunately, like someone else said, you have no choice to get the A6 BBR6, since it is sold out in most places. Another good choice is the Gateway sold at best Buy with the same specs for a cheaper price of $450.

i am looking to buy a laptop for gaming/school work. You seem savvy when it comes to this kind of knowledge. What laptop would you recommend without breaking the bank for me?

hs2501 09-05-2011 12:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by enyownz (Post 42566070)
Cold

This deal has been out for last 4 weeks.

Can't agree more. Indeed, there is thread on the slickdeal where it was posted couple of weeks back, and no one showed interest.

I got this laptop around 2 weeks back from the Bestbuy in San Jose, and it is dam fast, I love to browse on it instead of an year old MBP.

link626 09-05-2011 01:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bwigg (Post 42577550)
The A6 had no problem running CS5, but my three Intel machines always finished 1 to 3 minutes faster on creating a panorama vs the A6 for some reason. I compared the A6 to my Intel P6200, Intel T6500 and my new i3.

Even OC and locked at 2.3ghz it was slower. I wish it wasn't, as it was a great machine.
.


do you have the panorama script and sample pictures I can try ? can you upload somewhere ?

I have a celeron T3000 dual core laptop overclocked to T6500 levels, and the A6.

I would like to do a comparison myself and see how much slower the A6 really is.

atoneapone 09-05-2011 06:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onscamsuk3 (Post 42578312)
i am looking to buy a laptop for gaming/school work. You seem savvy when it comes to this kind of knowledge. What laptop would you recommend without breaking the bank for me?

If you are not running any taxing programs like any softwares used by engineering (eg.CAD software) or computer science courses requiring any special software, then maybe any of the A6 or A8 cpu laptops have enough power for school and gaming (the A6 and A8 have integrated 6520 or 6620 graphics). But the i3 and i5 might feel snappier to you out of the box in comparison, but not very good for any of the latest games since they only have an Intel hd3000 graphics. Older games might play well while others will need low settings or won't run at all. And as long as you are not required to have a MAC then you can keep looking at the Windows CPU choices.

I would have recommended the ASUS A6 but it is sold out almost everywhere except for Alabama, Georgia, and a few places in Florida. So unless you know anyone there who can buy it for you or you live nearby to get it yourself, then no can do. Last week, Office depot had the best deals on a Gateway A6 for $350 after using a $50 coupon, and $450 for a Gateway A8 after the same coupon, but this was only valid last week and ended on Saturday. That was the best deal of the year on the AMD A processor laptops. In the $500 range now you are stuck choosing one of the i3 or i5 systems again with no nvidia or ati graphics unless you spend $750+. Wait week to week and maybe someone else will come with a new system (with A6 or A8) or maybe the Gateways will come for around $450 to 550 again. But I think the Gateways are a little overpriced(last week they were perfect), plus Office Depot has a terrible 14 day no return for a refund policy (only exchange).
The Asus A6 trounces all mentioned deals above since it had the best graphics card.
Usually HP, Asus & Toshiba are popular, but I also like the Sony and Gateway a little bit. Prices vary and you may not see dual graphic cards available under $500 for a long time.

Luke827 09-05-2011 06:36 AM

If you are going to get a Intel with no graphics you might want to just get this http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=3278626


ASUS K53E-BBR1 Laptop: Intel Pentium Dual-Core B940 (2.0GHz),15.6" LED, 3GB DDR3, 320GB HDD, HDMI, WiFi-N, Webcam, 6-cell, Win 7 Prem 64-bit - $330
Best Buy

*Free In-Store Pickup

ASUS K53E-BBR1

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ASUS+...Id=2842766
Specs:
Intel Pentium mobile processor B940 (2.0GHz)
15.6" LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display (1366 x 768)
3GB DDR3 memory
320GB hard drive (5400 rpm)
HDMI
UMA graphics
Built-in facial recognition
Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11n)
Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet LAN
6-cell battery (Up to 6 hours and 02 minutes)
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Built-in 0.3MP webcam
Multiformat media reader
Weighs 5.7 lbs. and measures just 1.4" thin
Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit

mrm5353 09-05-2011 07:05 AM

how does this compare to the HP listed last week?

HP Pavilion g4-1125dx Laptop: AMD Phenom II P650 2.6GHz, 14" LED (1366x768) Display, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, HD4250, WiFi-N, 6-Cell, Windows 7 Prem 64-Bit $350 + Free In-store Pick Up
Buy Now ►
Best Buy has HP Pavilion g4-1125dx Laptop (pewter) for $349.99. Select in-store pick up to save on shipping. Thanks sukr4deelz

Specs:

AMD Phenom II Dual Core P650 (2.6GHz)
14" LED w/ Brightview (1366x768) Display
4GB DDR3 Memory
500GB Hard Drive
Radeon HD 4250 Graphics
DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive Double-layer
WiFi-N
Webcam and Mic
6-Cell Battery
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

bwigg 09-05-2011 07:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by link626 (Post 42580212)
do you have the panorama script and sample pictures I can try ? can you upload somewhere ?

I have a celeron T3000 dual core laptop overclocked to T6500 levels, and the A6.

I would like to do a comparison myself and see how much slower the A6 really is.


I don't have any place to upload images. I used six images from my Canon 7D which were around 3mb each in size.

No scripts, just go to CS5 under file>Automate>Photomerge. I then selected the six images and used the default auto layout and blend images together to create a panorama of those images.

sevast 09-05-2011 07:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by h2oboy5 (Post 42572508)

The first flaw to your comparison would be that they're different brands. And I think most of us would take asus over acer any day. (acer/gateway are the same company and I think it was when acer bought gateway that gateway went crappy)

rustydud 09-05-2011 08:07 AM

I have a Core 2 Duo with 4GB RAM running AutoCAD 2010 in 2D space and it runs it smoothly, no problem. However when it comes to 3D, the Core 2 Duo struggles a bit.

I need a laptop that can handle AutoCAD 2011. I may get into some 3D AutoCAD 2011 as well. Does anyone have experience using an i5 without a graphics card to run AutoCAD 2011? Would I be better served to wait for an A8 for this purpose? Opinions from AutoCAD 2011 users are appreciated.

hundrednaire 09-05-2011 10:14 AM

For watching online videos (connect to tv), which is better, this or
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3278626 (Asus B940 cpu)
or
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3183764 (Asus Amd A6-3400 cpu) ?

onscamsuk3 09-05-2011 10:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by atoneapone (Post 42583410)
If you are not running any taxing programs like any softwares used by engineering (eg.CAD software) or computer science courses requiring any special software, then maybe any of the A6 or A8 cpu laptops have enough power for school and gaming (the A6 and A8 have integrated 6520 or 6620 graphics). But the i3 and i5 might feel snappier to you out of the box in comparison, but not very good for any of the latest games since they only have an Intel hd3000 graphics. Older games might play well while others will need low settings or won't run at all. And as long as you are not required to have a MAC then you can keep looking at the Windows CPU choices.

I would have recommended the ASUS A6 but it is sold out almost everywhere except for Alabama, Georgia, and a few places in Florida. So unless you know anyone there who can buy it for you or you live nearby to get it yourself, then no can do. Last week, Office depot had the best deals on a Gateway A6 for $350 after using a $50 coupon, and $450 for a Gateway A8 after the same coupon, but this was only valid last week and ended on Saturday. That was the best deal of the year on the AMD A processor laptops. In the $500 range now you are stuck choosing one of the i3 or i5 systems again with no nvidia or ati graphics unless you spend $750+. Wait week to week and maybe someone else will come with a new system (with A6 or A8) or maybe the Gateways will come for around $450 to 550 again. But I think the Gateways are a little overpriced(last week they were perfect), plus Office Depot has a terrible 14 day no return for a refund policy (only exchange).
The Asus A6 trounces all mentioned deals above since it had the best graphics card.
Usually HP, Asus & Toshiba are popular, but I also like the Sony and Gateway a little bit. Prices vary and you may not see dual graphic cards available under $500 for a long time.

thank you for replying, I saw the Asus A6 deal,but i hesitated because i wasn't too informed about the product.

Will there be future deals on the Asus A6,or was it just a once in a life time deal?

I seen a couple on ebay for about 549, is that worth it? Should i just wait for other deals to pop up within the next following week?

atoneapone 09-05-2011 12:53 PM

For watching online videos (connect to tv), both pcs mentioned could do it, but you might get better results with an A6 due to the radeon integrated graphics 6520 which is much better for multimedia than the old intel 2000 graphics in a b940.

Quote:

Originally Posted by onscamsuk3 (Post 42589394)
thank you for replying, I saw the Asus A6 deal,but i hesitated because i wasn't too informed about the product.

Will there be future deals on the Asus A6,or was it just a once in a life time deal?

I seen a couple on ebay for about 549, is that worth it ? Should i just wait for other deals to pop up within the next following week?

It might still be worth it since you probably won't find a dual graphics systemthis cheap for awhile --it costed around $480 after tax, so about $60-70 more for you. But since you don't have a warranty like from a store, you might want to wait. With the store you had 14 days to try it out and make sure all is in working order.

cardio 09-05-2011 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by atoneapone (Post 42578010)
2 weeks ago, this deal was the reason I almost considered the i5 computer over an A6 or A8 pc. If you need fast processing power for video encoding work or CS5 photoshop processes, you have to get an intel i5 or i7 pc. But if you want to game and do taxing processes you have to spend $1000+ and get a i5 or i7 with nvidia graphics or higher ati dedicated graphic card, since the intel hd 3000 is not good enough for games on budget i5 laptops. You could have gotten both laptops under $1000 and use one for work, and the other for gaming;)...that was how affordable all of these deals were. But too bad the Asus A6 was a one of a kind deal since they're nearly sold out. On the otherhand there are 2 deals under $500 for the i5 processor laptops--this one and the Gateway i5.

last week there was the i5 fujitsu w blueray too

onscamsuk3 09-05-2011 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by atoneapone (Post 42592090)
For watching online videos (connect to tv), both pcs mentioned could do it, but you might get better results with an A6 due to the radeon integrated graphics 6520 which is much better for multimedia than the old intel 2000 graphics in a b940.


It might still be worth it since you probably won't find a dual graphics systemthis cheap for awhile --it costed around $480 after tax, so about $60-70 more for you. But since you don't have a warranty like from a store, you might want to wait. With the store you had 14 days to try it out and make sure all is in working order.

Another user recommended DV6z hp laptop, for basic config, it is about 600. I don't know what to add for the upgrade, what would you recommend?

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp...zqe_series

dubleo 09-05-2011 04:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onscamsuk3 (Post 42594772)
Another user recommended DV6z hp laptop, for basic config, it is about 600. I don't know what to add for the upgrade, what would you recommend?

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp...zqe_series

You might want something like this :
http://www.shopping.hp.com/produc...UA%2523ABA

( sign in with your epp account )

onscamsuk3 09-05-2011 04:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dubleo (Post 42596518)
You might want something like this :
http://www.shopping.hp.com/produc...UA%2523ABA

( sign in with your epp account )

signed up,but redirect me to homepage.

dubleo 09-05-2011 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onscamsuk3 (Post 42596610)
signed up,but redirect me to homepage.


Then go here: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp...torefronts

and then scroll down to " HP Pavilion dv6-6110us Notebook PC, espresso black NEW "

mwgrad 09-05-2011 04:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hundrednaire (Post 42588384)
For watching online videos (connect to tv), which is better, this or
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3278626 (Asus B940 cpu)
or
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3183764 (Asus Amd A6-3400 cpu) ?

Both will do the job just fine.

The AMD will excel in gaming and processes that tax all 4 cores.
The B940 would still be faster in most single/dual core processes.

onscamsuk3 09-05-2011 04:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dubleo (Post 42597042)
Then go here: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp...torefronts

and then scroll down to " HP Pavilion dv6-6110us Notebook PC, espresso black NEW "

thank you.
How is the performance when is comes to gaming?
Is it better dv6z Quad Edition and Asus A6, If not how much of a marginal differences is it?

dubleo 09-05-2011 05:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onscamsuk3 (Post 42597388)
thank you.
How is the performance when is comes to gaming?
Is it better dv6z Quad Edition and Asus A6, If not how much of a marginal differences is it?

The gaming performance on the dv6-6110us is the same as the stock dv6z quad edition that you were talking about. So for $512.19 it's a better deal.
If you compare the dv6-6110us to the Asus A6, the Asus A6 would be faster in games.

onscamsuk3 09-05-2011 05:54 PM

Sorry to brother you again, but can i upgrade some hardware for dv6-6110us in order to make performance better?


I am stuck in between the Asus A6 and dv6-6110us
So from your perceptive which of those laptop would you purchase as for a first time buyer looking into a laptop for gaming/school ?

skywalker168 09-05-2011 06:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andrey (Post 42574118)
It was this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820231295

but when it was on sale for $35. I don't think any of the i3/i5 processors can support 1600 speed RAM, so 1333 should be good enough. There's a slightly different set here (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...CL9D-8GBSQ) and it should be just as good.



If anyone can point out a compatible FHD 1080p screen (or connector configuration to look for), I'd appreciate it!

So it comes with 2x2GB memory configuration? Can anyone confirm? Thanks in advance!

dubleo 09-05-2011 06:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onscamsuk3 (Post 42599048)
Sorry to brother you again, but can i upgrade some hardware for dv6-6110us in order to make performance better?


I am stuck in between the Asus A6 and dv6-6110us
So from your perceptive which of those laptop would you purchase as for a first time buyer looking into a laptop for gaming/school ?

It would be hard or impossible to add another video card to the dv6-6110us.
The Asus A6 is overall a better purchase if you can get it for $450.

You may want to read the the wiki post of this thread before.
http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/56485/best-buy-asus-k53tabbr6-laptop-amd-quadcore-a63400m-1.4ghz-apu-4gb-ddr3-500gb-hdd-15.6-1366x68-led-1gb-radeon-hd-6550-wifi-n-6cell-battery-win-7-prem

dubleo 09-05-2011 07:25 PM

Personally I wouldn't buy an AMD quad core APU but you have to go with what your budget limits you to.
If you can wait you may see better deals similar to this one : http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/53927
If you are really on a tight budget the Asus A6 for $450 should be the best compromise for some gaming and light work right now.
Don't expect a real gaming laptop for that price though. It marginally beats the HD 3000 graphics but it's still ahead of it to notice in some cases.

onscamsuk3 09-05-2011 07:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dubleo (Post 42601308)
Personally I wouldn't buy an AMD quad core APU but you have to go with what your budget limits you to.
If you can wait you may see better deals similar to this one : http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/53927
If you are really on a tight budget the Asus A6 for $450 should be the best compromise for some gaming and light work right now.
Don't expect a real gaming laptop for that price though. It marginally beats the HD 3000 graphics but it's still ahead of it to notice in some cases.

What was the reasons you would not purchase an AMD quad core Apu. I am not in a rush to purchase A6, do you think with the next following week, there will be better deals for gaming laptop?

link626 09-06-2011 01:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bwigg (Post 42584288)
I don't have any place to upload images. I used six images from my Canon 7D which were around 3mb each in size.

No scripts, just go to CS5 under file>Automate>Photomerge. I then selected the six images and used the default auto layout and blend images together to create a panorama of those images.


I just tried this,
I used five 5mp photos.

and my celeron T3300, which is almost like your t6500, tied my a6 OC'd to 2ghz at 24 seconds.

I even disabled 3 of the cores on the quad core, and it still did it no faster.... which means this is a single core task, and therefore, a very crappy test to guage multi-core cpu performance

If you look at your task manager cpu performance, photomerge doesn't even use all of the cpu power on either dual cores or quad cores.

dubleo 09-06-2011 05:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onscamsuk3 (Post 42601740)
What was the reasons you would not purchase an AMD quad core Apu. I am not in a rush to purchase A6, do you think with the next following week, there will be better deals for gaming laptop?

Single threaded CPU performance is lacking on the A6. I would prefer a 2nd gen core i5 with a dedicated video card. As far as deals for a gaming laptop I don't know when they will go on sale again. What's the most you can spend on the laptop?

Buckeyefan 1 09-06-2011 06:58 AM

For those who Skype, the .3mp webcam seems to be a deal killer here. Anyone else?

atoneapone 09-06-2011 09:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onscamsuk3 (Post 42594772)
Another user recommended DV6z hp laptop, for basic config, it is about 600. I don't know what to add for the upgrade, what would you recommend?

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp...zqe_series

It looks too expensive right now. You had to buy a laptop 2weeks ago, since all the deals were available simultaneously. BestBuy had this same HP with A-8 3500 with discrete 6750m dual graphics, 640gb hdd, 6gb ram, 2 USB 3.0 slots, and a BluRay drive for $650--the HP sight has that configuration for $800+. But I heard the HP laptops run loud with the fan revving up; however I haven't experienced it first hand, so not sure if that's true or not. It looks every bit as sweet of a deal as the ASUS A6 except better on paper..slightly better CPU A-8, better 3d graphics 6750, better LCD screen, and a bluray drive.

If I were you, I would see if Best Buy has this deal still--not available for ship. $650 was beyond my small budget, so I passed on it, but I really wanted that one. Probably right now this the cheapest dual graphics gaming laptop, so this looks like a good choice, if you want to spend this much.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+...8348120631

For a little more $680 to $750 these are the best choices for the money at the moment:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834215119
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834230096
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834230089
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Timeli...Y70ZN6WRGR

onscamsuk3 09-06-2011 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dubleo (Post 42612172)
Single threaded CPU performance is lacking on the A6. I would prefer a 2nd gen core i5 with a dedicated video card. As far as deals for a gaming laptop I don't know when they will go on sale again. What's the most you can spend on the laptop?

I am willing to spend about 600, maybe more if it is necessary.

onscamsuk3 09-06-2011 09:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by atoneapone (Post 42616160)
It looks too expensive right now. You had to buy a laptop 2weeks ago, since all the deals were available simultaneously. BestBuy had this same HP with A-8 3500 with discrete 6750m dual graphics, 640gb hdd, 6gb ram, 2 USB 3.0 slots, and a BluRay drive for $650--the HP sight has that configuration for $800+. But I heard the HP laptops run loud with the fan revving up; however I haven't experienced it first hand, so not sure if that's true or not. It looks every bit as sweet of a deal as the ASUS A6 except better on paper..slightly better CPU A-8, better 3d graphics 6750, better LCD screen, and a bluray drive.

If I were you, I would see if Best Buy has this deal still--not available for ship. $650 was beyond my small budget, so I passed on it, but I really wanted that one.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+...8348120631

would that laptop be utilize for gaming/school purposes?

How much more better is it than the Asus A6?

atoneapone 09-06-2011 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by onscamsuk3 (Post 42616660)
would that laptop be utilize for gaming/school purposes?

How much more better is it than the Asus A6?

Everything is slightly better, plus they throw in a bluray player, which you don't really need.
The A8 is only slightly better than the A6, 0.1 ghz. Besides it also has slightly better onboard graphics 6620g versus 6520g, but better dual graphics 6750 with more pixel shaders.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobi...844.0.html
For gaming and school it would go beyond your purpose. Again for school, if you are not running any taxing processing softwares anything like photoshop, etc, then it should be fine.

berserkcesar 09-06-2011 11:42 PM

can this thing play 1080p video? i am talking about both, i5, A6 versions.

Apocalypse 09-07-2011 07:46 PM

Just picked this up, love it so far.

At first i was on the fence because it didn't have bluetooth, but I decided to get it anyway. When I began playing with it i realized it had bluetooth! Hmm...

link626 09-07-2011 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Buckeyefan 1 (Post 42613230)
For those who Skype, the .3mp webcam seems to be a deal killer here. Anyone else?

.3 webcam runs sufficiently under good lighting.

640x480 is all you need.

higher mp webcams can do higher resolution, but run like a slideshow

finerva 09-08-2011 10:34 AM

Anyone know when this ends? It's not really listed as a sale on Best Buy.com so is this just a good base offering price?

runtohell121 09-08-2011 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by finerva (Post 42689448)
Anyone know when this ends? It's not really listed as a sale on Best Buy.com so is this just a good base offering price?

It won't end.. until they're out of stock which happened tot he Asus K53TA-BBR6.. Have to order and take a while to get it.. Or until it discontinues is my guess.

ljviss 09-08-2011 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by finerva (Post 42689448)
Anyone know when this ends? It's not really listed as a sale on Best Buy.com so is this just a good base offering price?

It has been the same price since about the middle of August so this is their regular price I guess

DrWarrior12 09-08-2011 05:19 PM

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Originally Posted by finerva (Post 42689448)
Anyone know when this ends? It's not really listed as a sale on Best Buy.com so is this just a good base offering price?

I spoke with a local BB store manager yesterday morning and he said that the laptop had been discontinued (or at least BB won't be carrying it anymore). He said there are about 200 left in warehouses. I'm not sure if he checked only local warehouses or nationwide warehouses.

Milky99 09-09-2011 04:18 PM

heavy.........

Crackerjack111 09-09-2011 04:39 PM

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Originally Posted by enyownz (Post 42566070)
Cold

This deal has been out for last 4 weeks.

Leave it to a new member to thread crap. Crazy shyte.

FreedomPenguin 09-14-2011 12:01 AM

so is this a good deal or not?. looking for laptop

crayc 09-15-2011 10:48 AM

i am in puerto rico. the best buy here has it for 547.00 guess i buy it at that price. with tax it should be about 575. ugh, miss living in nyc where i get things shipped free lol i can't seem to find a good deal on laptops. most stores want 45 bucks for shipping. I guess i look at the price as if it was shipped.

DrWarrior12 09-15-2011 04:01 PM

Just picked up my laptop from my local BB. I had it ordered online to ship to the store. When I got to the store I found that the price had dropped from $479.99 to $455.99.

crayc 09-15-2011 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by DrWarrior12 (Post 42954420)
Just picked up my laptop from my local BB. I had it ordered online to ship to the store. When I got to the store I found that the price had dropped from $479.99 to $455.99.


really, hmm if thats the case i order online and have my friend pick it up at best buy and have him ship it to me in puerto rico. Would come out cheaper then buying it here for 550.

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Originally Posted by DrWarrior12 (Post 42954420)
Just picked up my laptop from my local BB. I had it ordered online to ship to the store. When I got to the store I found that the price had dropped from $479.99 to $455.99.

how do you like it. is there something wrong with it, that price is so low

DrWarrior12 09-15-2011 07:44 PM

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Originally Posted by crayc (Post 42955310)
how do you like it. is there something wrong with it, that price is so low

There's nothing wrong with it at all. It is quiet and doesn't get very warm. The color is listed as "Brown Suit", but it is dark brown - almost black. I thought that would bother me, but it looks really good. Here's an unboxing video (not by me): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3IxyBxZ04k

crayc 09-15-2011 11:54 PM

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Originally Posted by DrWarrior12 (Post 42960772)
There's nothing wrong with it at all. It is quiet and doesn't get very warm. The color is listed as "Brown Suit", but it is dark brown - almost black. I thought that would bother me, but it looks really good. Here's an unboxing video (not by me): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3IxyBxZ04k

thanks. i guess i go pick it up, need a laptop for djing, this fits in my budget.

Mako1215 09-16-2011 12:00 AM

Damn if only I hadn't just bought some stuff,

The longer I wait the better lappys get.

crayc 09-16-2011 05:07 PM

question. What would be the better deal a toshiba 755 i5 for 599 from office max or this asus for 547 in puerto rico. i would think the toshiba since it has usb 3.0 6.o gb ram and 750 gb hard drive. opinions plase

emmanuelmunoz 10-02-2011 12:13 PM

How does this compare to the Gateway that is on sale this week at best buy?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gatew...8400850529

Reach 10-02-2011 12:18 PM

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Originally Posted by emmanuelmunoz (Post 43476262)
How does this compare to the Gateway that is on sale this week at best buy?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gatew...8400850529

Best Buy had a $499.99 Fujitsu 2nd gen i5, 640 GB HDD, 15.6 inch lappy with Blu-Ray, and a bit lighter than that ASUS. Wait for one of those deals to come back if you want a better i5 laptop.

I bought one for a pre-med friend and she's liking it.

Here's a link from newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834110470

ljviss 10-02-2011 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by emmanuelmunoz (Post 43476262)

a better choice would be this one for $30 less and a little faster cpu
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gatew...Id=3411173

see thread
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3374228

skykliner33v 10-14-2011 07:41 PM

Anybody else's laptop on hold from bestbuy?

I called them and they said it's not backordered, that they are waiting for Asus to send one from their warehouse.

I ordered on 9/14/11 and have gotten 4 emails from them saying my pickup date has changed to the following friday. It was supposed to be in today but i got an email at 5am saying it got changed to next friday.

Frustrated!


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