After spending many hours checking Black Friday deals on laptops I think I've narrowed down to 2 models, an Acer and HP. I originally was just going to buy something really cheap but those models just didn't have the features I was hoping for. I also had planned to get an AMD CPU but AMD doesn't seem to have any good performing mobile CPUs these days so I went with the Intel i3.
Acer Aspire AS5745G-7671
HP Pavilion dv6-3143us
Both are around $600 with similar specs:
- i3 370M
- 4 GB DDR3
- 500 GB hard drive
- Video cards capable of moderate gaming
- HDMI output
The HP is slightly cheaper after rebate but I hear HP's reliability isn't very good these days although Acer isn't that great either but has improved somewhat in recent years.
The HP has a faster 5650 video card vs the GT 420M in the Acer which, while slower, is still a good performing card according to what I've read.
I also looked at a similar Toshiba that was about $50 cheaper but only had integrated graphics.
So I guess I'm mainly wonder if one brand has better reliability than the other? Probably would prefer the HP because of the faster video card but I'm concerned about reliability.