You obviously haven't been following laptop deals lately, otherwise you'd realize them's fightin' words.
AMD A6 graphics will soundly beat HD3000, until you get up to the upper i5/i7 range where the CPU can compensate. Not only will games run faster, but it'll also do a better job at hardware video decoding on sites like YouTube and if you have video files in supported formats. The processor by itself is slower than a low end i3, however. Luckily, outside of video encoding and compiling software, very few applications are CPU limited. And actually, video encoding should be done on the GPU these days (AMD has a free tool that does this), which would make the A-Series better at that, too.
And you'd also realize that there have been numerous better deals in the past month. There was a Samsung at Best Buy with these specs not a week ago that was $400, and last month (I'm still cursing myself that I missed it) there was an A8 with better specs all around for this same price.
With tax, this is $10 cheper for me than the $400 Samsung with in-store pickup at best buy, plus it's a Lenovo.
I am looking to get a second gen i5 in this price range (Lenovo S&D or a decent brand refurb) in the next month or two.
Thanks for the info, will certainly seriuously consider quad-core AMDs now. When you say "AMD has a free tool" does that mean I need to DL this tool to make full use of the GPU?
Last edited by joegrinde; 01-18-2012 at 08:32 AM..