Which Toshiba Laptop?


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hi,

I"m looking to buy a new laptop but I'm not sure what to get. Right now I'm trying to decide between the Toshiba Intel Centrino Duo (A100-OFH), the Satellite Intel Centrino Solo T1350 (A100-SK4), and the Toshiba Satellite A100-LE4 Intel Centrino 740 1.73GHz Laptop. Price is a factor for me so I just want to get the best bang for my buck. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Toshiba Satellite A100-0FH
Toshiba Satellite A100-0FH
1.6 GHz• Core Duo• Home Office• Toshiba• $999.99

Toshiba Satellite A100-SK4
Toshiba Satellite A100-SK4
1.86 GHz• Core Solo• Home Use• Toshiba• $899.99


Toshiba Satellite A100-LE4
Toshiba Satellite A100-LE4
1.73 GHz• Pentium M• Home Use• Toshiba• $900.00


Those are the three candidates right there for easy reference.  So which one do you choose?  Well, I think it's very easy and safe to say that the A100-LE4 isn't even in the running.  The whole Pentium M/Centrino platform has been replaced by the Core Solo/Duo technology, so there's no point in paying the same price for obsolete tech. 

Now deciding between the other two is far more difficult.  The only discernable difference between them is the processor, the more expensive version coming with a Core Duo, and the cheaper being a Core Solo. 

So that begs the question, is the difference between those processors worth the $100?  I confidently think so.  Now this isn't a simple question, and a lot of the answer is proceeded by depends.  However, no matter how many times I bat the possibilities around in my head, the answer always comes up the same. 

We use computers so much in our daily lives that even small improvements in efficiency and speed of the tool can mean dramatic
benefits in the long-term.  It's just annoying and frustrating having to sit idle those few seconds when you switch between applications, or when you've opened up a few too many and the whole thing just grinds to a halt.  While this slowdown can still happen with the Core Duo, it becomes a lot harder to pull off compared to the Solo, and would require many more applications to be running.  What this means is that you can be multitasking worry free, and have no delays between switching programs.  That ease of use and seamlessness goes a long way towards making the computer a more enjoyable thing to use.

So I'm gonna have to go emphatically with the Core Duo A100-0FH.  And if price is a very significant factor, the Core Solo isn't a bad buy by any means.  For everyday Office/browsing/IM use that computer is more than enough for the next couple of years.
This post was edited by Omar on 8/03/2006 2:31 PM

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