My wife came home from work today and said she needs 2 laptops for work by Monday (fiscal year end stuff). They operate as a small group within a much larger corporation. Since these laptops would only be used for training sessions and the few times the go on the road, they do not want to 'buy in' to the available corporate laptop program (~$1500 per laptop and $1500 per yr licencing and IT service). Their budget is <$500 each. So, they could break both laptops every year and still be much cheaper than purchasing through the corporation. They will have to buy a Office 2010 licence for each laptop as well.
The major desired specs are:
- 14 inch screen (the smaller the better, but...
- needs to have CD/DVD drive
- hookups for projectors etc. (HDMI preferred, but VGA OK)
other than those items there are no real limits other than cost. Just looking for the best bang for the buck.
Here's a potential candidate which is $429: with 6GB RAM, 500 GB HD, a P6200 cpu @ 2.1 GHz, and intel graphicshttp://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/acer-acer-aspire-14-0-intel-pentium-p6200-laptop-as4739z-4462-grey-as4739z-4462/10180973.aspx?path=7bf9030a93dacba1f627069a24a97feben02
There's a Toshiba for the same price with 'similar' specs. 4GB RAM, 500 GB HD, AMD E-350 @ 1.6 GHz, and Radeon HD 6310.http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/toshiba-toshiba-satellite-14-amd-e-series-e-350-laptop-c640d-008-genchaku-black-c640d-008/10171898.aspx?path=0995c517d4b79074e539ab4867319489en02
The Toshiba will have better graphics (with the Radeon), but I don't know much about those laptop cpus. What is a P6200 and how does it compare with an E-350? No idea... I'm an AMD fan, but in the past AMD meant less battery life for your laptop. Do you guys have any preferences? Other alternatives that are readily available in Canada?
Thanks. I'm looking forward to shopping with you.