Question: Laptop recommendation?
Im planning to purchase a new Laptop for college. So far, the model i look up is hp m6-1035dx . AMD A series 10, 2.3 ghz with 4 cores. It builds with discrete graphic card amd radeon hd 7660G. Since I'm an engineering student, I do some coding with program C and little bit of picture and video editing as hobby. Also, i play some light game such as LOL and Vindictus. I always set the settings to lowest or average. My budget is very limit so around $600 or below. Will this laptop satisfy my need?
Btw: I owned 4 or 5 years HP laptop, encounter with overheat. But it still works after using disc recovery. Everything is breaking down including my power button and sound control. Did hp improve?
HP, Toshiba and Asus are good
Improve? Not as much as most other companies; not according the PC World annual surveys.
The problem is that Apple Macs cost a fortune for what you get. I think only suckers buy them; because despite a decent quality the price is out of the ballpark for CPU+Graphics equivalent other brands.
Average is alphabetical.
You may not know that only MSI and Asus (in partner with subsidiary Asustek) design and build their own products. Lenovo Thinkpad still has the old formerly IBM design team in Japan. Everything else is a process of procurement, sales, and customer support. Everything is China made by Clevo, invertec, Wistron, Quanta, Asustek, MSI, and similar. The key is in how good the procurement team, testing, support are for a company.
A10-4600M is a fine AMD product. The graphics is a co-packaged IC with the CPU and is called "hybrid" graphics. It is something between integrated and discrete.
Performance benchmarks put the A10-4600M CPU as above laptop quad core i5's of even the latest releases. The 7660G as in between a GT 525M and GT 540M, so it isn't bad.
Mostly low settings, with lag on the highest of graphics games.
Has only 6GB RAM DDR3 shared in the system. For normal use is fine, but in video editing can use more I think. It is extra thin, which makes it easier to carry around (though you should still have a laptop case because of damage risk), but that affects overheating also, though the AMD pair tends to be OK on heat level in general.
It is around $600 and the reviews are good.
Do you need thin and light?
Lenovo Y570 with 10% off for email advance signup on first order and not sure if the B+N link helps:
but Ideapad Y570 is certainly bigger and heavier as a 15",
IdeaPad Y570 Laptop - 08626JU shows
2nd generation Intel Core i7-2670QM Processor( 2.2GHz 1333MHz 6MB) benchmarking 6748 vs 5140 as 31% stronger CPU, a reduced GT 555M 1GB GDDR5 lets say benchmarking at G3D 850 vs 627 so 35% better GPU, 8 (plus 1 graphic ram) makes 9 vs 6 so 50% RAM improved, and, the web cam is better. But, it is $630 plus tax vs $580 plus tax, so to buy it, you need another $50 plus tax.
No, it is not the best brand - neither is HP as you see at PC World. It is average. Nor, is it the best made GT 555M laptop, but the price is very reasonable for what you get. Hard pressed for better deals.
[and the Y580 is even nicer with 3rd gen i7, 1080p screen, backlit keyboard, GTX 660M, but costs more, but it starts at $765 and the good ones press $1000+]
And, the Lenovo Y570 also can use a cooling pad when you're gaming. That's a fact. Too much juice in too little size.
I think the HP will suit your needs, and a Lenovo Y570 shines out much better.
And, you can get a nice Toshiba with that A10-4600M and Bluray for $700
Adding: Lenovo is still #2 in sales globally behind HP-Compaq, but in 2Q12 HP dropped 20% while Lenovo gained 15% so the spread is very small between #1 and #2 now.
Go for Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E530, $649 on Lenovo's website for Intel Core i5 2.5GHz Dual Core 15.6inch screen. Intel HD graphics 3000. Upgrade to 6GB ram or more.