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Helping my choose between two nice laptops

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by aroominyork, Apr 19, 2010.

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  1. aroominyork

    aroominyork Thread Starter

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    I have a choice between two Dell D430 laptops at work (maybe not top of the current ranges, but I work for a charity and these are as good as we get):

    U7700 (Core 2 Duo 1.33GHz), 2GB RAM, 80GB, 4200RPM
    U7600 (Core 2 Duo 1.2GHz), 2GB RAM, 80GB, 5400RPM

    Which should I choose? Faster processor or faster drive speed? I will use it for Office, Outlook and Internet. And does a faster drive mean less battery life?
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    If you do not plan on upgrading the hard drive, then go with the faster HD.

    4200 rpm hard drives are painfully slow.

    You could opt for the faster processor then upgrade the hard drive to a 5400 for a reasonable price.

    Yes, a faster drive does consume more of the battery, exactly how much I don't know.

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  3. aroominyork

    aroominyork Thread Starter

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    Thanks Mumbodog. Does anyone else have a view on whether I am better going from 1.2GHz to 1.33GHz processor, or from 4200RPM drive to 5400RPM drive?
     
  4. Hughv

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    I'd go with the newest/least used.
    Surfing and Word processing won't make much of a demand on your HD.
     
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