Milo Burke wrote:
It's a bit bigger than I wanted, refurbished, and the resolution is higher than 720p, but what do you think about this one?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6834231381
From what I can tell, the benchmarks are substantially better for this discrete GPU than the APU's.
Specwise, that looks pretty excellent imo. The 635m will more than make up for the extra pixels it has to push. If you're ok with the physical size/weight, keyboard layout (extra slash next to return), and the fact that it's a refurb, go for it. It's no uber
gaming powerhouse, but it should be able to run DA/DA2 on medium-ish settings as well.
Judging from the reviews it seems like this laptop has dropped just a few dollars in price every so often (<$600). Deals always come and go, but the bottom line is: if I had to have a laptop to play modern games on medium settings by next week I wouldn't be at all upset with this, especially at <$650. Microcenter's page on this model had excellent reviews, too.
If it suits you enough, buy when you need it. Otherwise wait and compare. Usually stores start new sales every Sunday or so.