Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Why you should give the AMD Fusion E-350 a long look

Lenovo's AMD E-350 powered G475. A capable 14-inch laptop at 20K.

If you are looking for a laptop these days, one offering you should seriously consider are laptops based on AMD E-350 processor. AMD E-350 systems, with the 1.6GHz dual core processors are not blazingly fast in pure processor performance. It is about equivalent to a low end Intel Core Duo from four years ago. 

That may sound disappointing. But look at it this way, if you are into heavy number crunching, it will not be your platform of choice. But AMD's E-350 is more than powerful enough for you to type and edit documents, prepare spreadsheets, prepare Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and browse the web. And here is the bonus, part and parcel of every E-350 platform is a AMD Radeon 6310 graphics processing unit.

The AMD Radeon 6310 graphics, will allow you to seamlessly watch 1080p high definition video and do a fair amount of 3D gaming. Surprised? For years Intel has been marketing based on processor speeds and promising the additional benefits of the new faster processors. In reality, older processors were fast enough that the average user sees little benefit from the newer processors. What is really needed is better graphics performance.

HP's 11.6-inch DM1 at Php20,900 is priced like a netbook, but performs like a laptop.

If you were to compare a low cost AMD E-350 platform like a Sony Vaio YB versus a more powerful Inter Core i7 powered Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T, the Core i7 unit is the more powerful laptop.

Well, until you play World of Warcraft, than the  Sony Vaio YB will run as fast as the Core i7 laptop. If you try to play World of Warcraft at the default 1366 x 768 resolution of both laptops, the Sony Vaio YB would run twice as fast as the Core i7 unit.
The most expensive AMD E-350 laptop on the market is the 11.6-inch Sony Vaio YB at Php26,990. Acer (eMachines), Lenovo, HP and MSI all have 11-inch, 13-inch an  14-inch AMD E-350 laptops priced at Php21,000 or less. 

If you are looking for a new laptop these days... the AMD E-350 laptops give you little reason to spend a lot of cash.

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