Re: Need advice for new laptop.
Dell uses garbage parts, and they have some of the least reliable laptops you can buy. ASUS uses high quality parts, stands behind their product, and they seem to be extremely reliable.
It depends as far as i3 vs. c2d. The i3 is better in general, but of course, the 3.16GHz C2D would be a lot better than a 2GHz i3. They are really not that far apart in performance, so I recommend you go with a C2D because you could get a better laptop overall for the same price with a C2D.
Also' you might want to consider a smaller lcd. If you are hauling it around, a 14 inch laptop will be much easier to deal with than a 16. 16 inch laptops typically weigh something like 50% more, which makes quite a big difference when its a school computer.
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