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 03/06/2006 08:35 AM
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kkengvibul
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I would like to know whether there is a lot of difference between these two? (speed wise...and in any other aspects)

I'm looking between these two laptops

Acer Aspire 5024NWLMi :

-AMD Turion®64 ML-34
(1.8GHz, 1MB L2 cache)
-ATI RADEON® XPREES 200M chipset
-Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g
-Integrated Bluetooth™ (there's a button..but the bluetooth is actually not installed)
-512MB DDR-RAM (Max 2GB)
-100GB HDD, Weight 3.07kg.
-DVD-Dual Double Layer, 6-in-1 card reader
-56K Fax/Modem, 10/100/1000Mbps LAN
-15.4” WXGA Acer CrytalBrite TFT LCD
(1280x800 pixel)/S-Video Out

HP Compaq nx6125
-MObile AMD Turion 64 ML32 1.8GHz 512kb L2 cache
- 256MB DDR333 (256mb x 1)
- 40GB HDD (4200rpm)
- 24x24x24 CD-RW/8x DVD COmbo Drive, 6 in 1 media reader
- 56kbps + Gigabit 10/100/1000,802.11b/g WLAN, Bluetooth
- ATi Radeon Xpress 200 128MB shared
- 15.0" XGA TFT
- 6 cell li-ion
- WIndows XP pro
- 1 year international warranty
-2.85 kg
- FREE Kingston ram 256MB


The price difference is about $250 (the HP is cheaper)...
Which one is better in terms of quality and performance?
My general usage is just going online, doing some word processing, and gaming. (i dont really care about the crystalbrite screen either)

Anyways, your opinion and comments are appreciated!
Thanks!
 03/06/2006 11:50 AM
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The Acer is better in every way performance-wise. Processor with a larger L2 cache (generally not a significant performance improvement, but it is an improvement), more RAM, larger hard drive, DVD burner, slightly larger monitor... But its battery life probably isn't as good, and it's a little heavier. It's a questio nof whether you want to spend another $250.

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 03/08/2006 04:20 AM
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i see..thanks for your reply.

anyways i'm currently looking for a laptop since i will be an exchange student in France from August - December...so i was just wondering if it would be worth it to wait for the AMD Turion x2? I heard that it will come out around May..but the thing is..will the price be really high? And would there still be some defects to the processor?
Or should i just buy the AMD TUrion now? (lookin at ML34..the acer mentioned above)
 03/08/2006 01:00 PM
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quote:

Originally posted by: kkengvibul
i see..thanks for your reply.

anyways i'm currently looking for a laptop since i will be an exchange student in France from August - December...so i was just wondering if it would be worth it to wait for the AMD Turion x2? I heard that it will come out around May..but the thing is..will the price be really high? And would there still be some defects to the processor?
Or should i just buy the AMD TUrion now? (lookin at ML34..the acer mentioned above)



Everything posted, here and on the web, states that Turion X2 will be available in Q206. While there is alway "errata" I wouldn't worry about "defects" as you state. If you can wait, you'll probably see Turion X2 laptops out by June July timeframe, if not earlier. Price and power consumption (read Heat) should be similar, with performance increasing.



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 03/13/2006 10:26 AM
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quote:

Originally posted by: kkengvibul
i see..thanks for your reply.

anyways i'm currently looking for a laptop since i will be an exchange student in France from August - December...so i was just wondering if it would be worth it to wait for the AMD Turion x2? I heard that it will come out around May..but the thing is..will the price be really high? And would there still be some defects to the processor?
Or should i just buy the AMD TUrion now? (lookin at ML34..the acer mentioned above)



If you can manage to wait then something new and exciting will almost always come along.

If you need a laptop now then buy the Acer (which also has a 128MB Mobility Radeon X700 graphics card - considerably better than the HP) but if you really don't need to then wait for the X2.

After all if the X2s are delayed or disappointing then you can still go ahead and buy the Acer knowing that you have held onto your money for several months earning interest and that the single core Turions will almost certainly fall in price when the X2s come out.

Win-win scenario

I have a 2.5 yr old work laptop (Athlon XP-M 2500+ 1GB PC2700 64MB MR9600) that is coming to the end of its life. This will be replaced late summer which is looking like excellent timing to me!

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 03/13/2006 10:38 AM
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The Acer is best, has better L2 Catche and the ram is twice what the HP has.
you will get better performance from the Acer.

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 03/13/2006 02:51 PM
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quote:

Originally posted by: Peng
The Acer is better in every way performance-wise. Processor with a larger L2 cache (generally not a significant performance improvement, but it is an improvement), more RAM, larger hard drive, DVD burner, slightly larger monitor... But its battery life probably isn't as good, and it's a little heavier.




yes, yes, yes, yes, but NO to the battery life.

the Acer 5000 series has 8-cell, vs the 6-cell compaq. so it beats it in all performance, and battery life is better too.
 03/14/2006 06:40 AM
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quote:

Originally posted by: Prelude76 yes, yes, yes, yes, but NO to the battery life.

the Acer 5000 series has 8-cell, vs the 6-cell compaq. so it beats it in all performance, and battery life is better too.


Sounds good, then.

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