I'm trying to decide between an Acer Aspire 5332 and 5735 and I'm hoping someone can shed some light on the issue.
Primary usage will be playing music, browsing and watching DVDs, odd compilation of source code, e.g. mplayer.
Both have 3GB RAM and ample hard disc space, same size screen.
Raw processing power isn't a primary concern but neither do I want to pick one that's significantly slower. I think the quicker is going to depend on application:
i) T3000, 1.8GHz Celeron dual-core, 800 MHz FSB, 1MB L2 cache
ii) T3400, 2.16GHz Pentium dual-core, 667MHz FSB, 1MB L2 cache
I'm swayed by the faster FSB but to be honest I don't know in which situations which chip would be faster. Can the T3400 still have faster memory throughput because of the CPU speed? Are the architectures significantly different enough to matter?
All I know is that the T3000 is probably from ~2009 and the T3400 ~2008.
Last thing on the chips, AFAIK, the T3000 does not have Intel Enhanced Speedstep. Does this mean that it doesn't have throttling at all? One of the bugbears of my last laptop was the fan always coming on. Both chips have a TDP of 35W, so I don't know if one will run cooler.
Chips aside, anyone know a reason to pick one laptop model over the other? All I've got is the 5332 should be a newer model but that doesn't make it better! Both come with Vista, though one is Home Basic, the other Home Premium. I'll probably run linux most of the time anyway :-)
Unless you know of a significantly better machine for < £250 in the UK, these are the two it's between.
I fully appreciate that a computer forum would be a better place to ask but there are enough techies around here who can help, I'm sure and I need a quick answer (I want to buy before weekend).
Phew, lots of confusion, thanks for reading.