gak0090 wrote:What kind of processing are you doing that can't be accomplished with a laptop with a passmark of 2281?
Can't be accomplished? Perhaps real-time transcoding, depending on format and settings. But that's not really what I'm saying. For the most part, you can accomplish the same tasks with a slow processor as a fast one, but it takes longer and can get more frustrating.
A surprising number of people actually do process or render video in some way, or compile code, etc, but even among your list of common tasks is "Facebook," which reminds me, on Facebook there are several popular Flash-based games that are surprisingly CPU-intensive (mostly due to Flash being super-inefficient, combined with people insisting upon writing Flash apps very poorly, but the user can't really do anything about that, they just want their farmville or what have you to run smoothly at the same time as another game or two).
And of course, for any light PC gaming, CPU performance is second only to GPU performance. The Toshiba is lower on both and could end up making the difference between playable and unplayable for certain games.
A faster CPU will make everything feel more snappy in general, as will extra RAM. This HP also has double the RAM.
On a dollar per dollar basis, the Toshiba was a better deal than todays HP
Disagree. IMHO, a better overall deal usually means more value per dollar, not just the lowest number of total dollars. How should one compare the two? On CPU performance, the Woot! laptop would have to cost at least $50 more than it does to have the same cost-per-Passmark as the Toshiba. That makes the Toshiba a worse value in that respect.
On build quality, there's no comparison, just look at them. If it's built twice as well, then it could have a 27% value advantage in build quality.
Then you get into features, including 10x faster LAN port, 10x faster USB, Blu-ray versus DVD, etc. So I think this is still probably the better overall value, if you have the available budget. If not, you have to make more compromises.
I'm all for determining what is "good enough" but I think the other sale set the bar a little too low, and suspect a number of people would likely become dissatisfied with it much sooner.