It’s great to be able to choose from a number of different computers but, in the case of laptop comparison shopping at Amazon, there are so many choices that it can be difficult to actually make a decision. Two of the most popular and well reviewed laptop computers in the $500 price range at Amazon are the Samsung Series 3 NP305E5A-A06US 15.6-Inch Laptop (Blue Silver) and the Acer Aspire V5-571-6681 15.6-Inch HD Display Laptop (Black).
They are both great computers and well worth purchasing but, since you only need to choose one of them, check out the chart below to see how they stack up against one another.
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Samsung Series 3
|Processor||1.4 GHz Intel Core i3||1.5 GHz AMD A6-3420M|
quad-core accelerated processor
(2.4 GHz with AMD Turbo Core Technology;
4 MB cache)
|RAM||6 GB||6 GB|
|Hard Drive||500 GB (5400 RPM)||750 GB (5400 RPM)|
USB 3.0 ports
|Optical Drive||8X DVD-Super Multi|
|8x multi-formatCD/DVD±RW drive|
|Battery Life||Up to 5 hours||5.1 hours|
|Graphics||Intel® HD Graphics|
with 128MB of
dedicated system memory
|AMD Radeon HD 6520G graphics|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth® 4.0+HS||Bluetooth 4.0|
Webcam(1280 x 1024)
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Each of these computers have their trade-offs, so the decision as to which is the correct one for you is something that you will need to determine for yourself. Based on my own needs, I prefer the Acer to the Samsung. I have had good experience with Acer computers in the past, and I like the fact that it has an Intel processor and a USB 3.0 port. But, honestly, the differences between these two laptops are pretty insignificant, and someone could easily make the argument that the combination of the AMD processor and AMD graphics in the Samsung are superior for performance, and that the increased hard drive size is a significant factor.
Some people may also prefer the feel of the Acer’s keyboard because it does not have a full sized numeric keypad to the right of the regular keyboard, while the ability to quickly input numbers on the Samsung is an important element for people that need to do a lot of data entry.
You can read our full individual reviews of each of these computers by clicking the appropriate links below.
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