07-13-2010 05:52 PM
I'm trying to decide between a few laptops now and wanted some input. Choices are:
1. Acer Aspire TimelineX 3820T - $650 Canadian - core i3, integrated gfx
2. Acer Aspire TimelineX 3820TG - $800 Canadian - core i5-450, Radeon 5470
3. Lenovo Y460 - $1050 Canadian, ~$950 with 10% coupon - core i5-520, Radeon 5650
4. Lenovo Y560 - $849 Canadian; $746.10 with 10% coupon - core i3, Radeon 5730
I wanted to confirm some things:
1. Battery life on Y460 is about 4 hours using integreated video card?
2. What's the battery life of the Y560 like? I read in this thread that the i7 has about 3 hours of battery life.
3. Does the Y560 with core i3 have switchable graphics?
4. What resolution is the webcam on the Y560? I think the Y460 is 1.3 megapixels, right?
5. How widespread is the Y560 screen problem?
I want a videocard to be able to handle some light gaming with decent battery life for the best price possible. I wouldn't be doing anything more demanding than maybe Dragon Age Origins (and Diablo III, Civ 5, Dragon Age 2 when they are released). Thanks
07-14-2010 12:30 PM
If you want to do some gaming, then you can strike the first two off your list. I'm not reccommending either of the Lenovo's (I had the display problem with the Y560). However, for gaming you really can't go below an ATI 4650 / 5650 or a Nvidia 250M or 335M. Anything less than that is a HUGE step down. Intel graphics are out of the question. I would recommend some other laptops, but the mods'll delete the posts.
07-14-2010 01:08 PM
Traditionally, Acer systems have had many hardware failures, so I can never really recommend them.
I have a Y550, which has a Core2Duo processor, but I also has a GT 130m GPU. I cannot vouch for the issues that have shown up on the Y560 series, but this system is treating me well.
The dual GPU is only really beneficial for battery life, but I still get 2 1/2 hours of battery with my nVidia. The key is to use power management software and disable the sound and wifi to extend battery life.
The games you listed are actually quite demanding. If you want to see performance numbers, you're best to google something along the lines of "Dragon Age Origins mobile graphics" and see what the performance results are.
My GT 130m definitely outperforms my 8600 on my PC. WIth Lenovo, I don't believe you will ever see an ATI chip. For the performance you are looking for, you'll want at least a 240m GPU IMO (read other reviews first)
07-14-2010 03:25 PM
I'll try to answer you questions about the Y560... but seeker_moc just give you the correct advice: go to some other brand.
1. No idea.
2. Yes, it's like 3 hours but not at high performance all the time.
3. Depends on the country and model. For US it doesn't have the dual video card.
4. Yes, I also think is 1.3. But is less than perfect... is like a regular, regular, regular webcam.
5. The screen problem is -as far as I know- on every Y560.
Oh, this video card ATI Radeon HD 5730 is very good for gaming.
I use it for Call of Duty, Batlefield Bad Company and no problem at all!
07-14-2010 03:44 PM - edited 07-14-2010 03:46 PM
The Y560 has switchable graphics. It uses the ATI 5730, plus the intel graphics onboard the CPU. However, the quad-core i7's (720M, 740M, 820M) don't have the onboard GPU. Therefore, Y560s with the i7 720M (nearly all sold in the US) don't have the switchable graphics. Y560s with i3, i5, or dual core i7 (620M) should be switchable graphics enabled.
However, the switchable graphics can cause more problems than they're worth. For one, you can't install the newest generic drivers from ATI, only the (way outdated) ones made specifically for the Y560.
And I agree with XBrav, those games you listed are pretty demanding for a laptop.
07-15-2010 03:16 PM
If you talk about another brand of computer the mods'll delete your posts. Happened to us a few times already. They didn't even let me post a link to another laptop forum where we were discussing the same thing.
08-25-2010 03:29 PM