wharper wrote:4 (even 8) GBs of memory isn't enough.
i5 isn't enough.
Hold out for an i7, else you'll be replacing this little toy in 2 years.
You should realize this processor outperforms some I7, and the architecture designation does not tell you performance-you need to compare benchmarks. This I5 has a passmark of close to 4000 which is pretty respectable for a laptop. Increasing the ram to 8gb is cheap, anything beyond 4gb usually goes unused- if you don't believe me download a widget yourself and monitor it- I still recommend going to 8gb, but anything beyond that is wasted. As far as replacing it in 2-3 years, maybe but who knows. At $400 you can afford to replace it in 2-3 years, but most people won't need to. In tech it's better to have leading edge technology and switch it out more often vs bleeding edge tech switched out less often-the performance margin difference is usually not justified by the cost difference between the two.