I've been waiting for AMD's Llano processors to come out before replacing my old laptop. And not it seems that HP is the first to hit the market.
What is Llano? Basically it's the first CPU that comes with decent onboard 3D capability. Furthermore the onboard GPU can be crossfired with a discrete card, though this doesn't always lead to much better performance (or better performance at all).
Vs Intel's offerings it lacks CPU power but delivers much better gaming performance. Unlike older AMD CPUs power consumption is low so battery life can be good. It's also pretty cheap.
Anyway you can read more here
The exciting thing about this kind of technology is that over time it should result in most computers being good enough to play modern games and not look terrible or have single digit framrates. That could give PC gaming a bit of a boost since it will expand the potential market.
Currently, I'm debating whether to buy the following laptop or whether I should wait a bit and maybe pick up something a bit smaller, maybe 13" or 14". On the other hand this seems like it would suit my needs pretty well (I have a desktop PC so it just needs to be able to keep me entertained while away from home) and it's a pretty nice deal especially since the screen is supposed to be top notch).
Color-- dark umber
Operating system-- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor-- AMD Quad-Core A8-3500M Accelerated Processor (2.4GHz/1.5GHz, 4MB L2 Cache)
Graphics-- card 1GB GDDR5 Radeon(TM) HD Dual Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
Memory-- FREE Upgrade to 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive-- 640GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
Office software-- No Additional Office Software
Security software-- No additional security software
Primary battery-- 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (standard) - Up to 5.5 hours of battery life +++
Display-- 15.6" diagonal Full HD HP Anti-glare LED Display (1920 x 1080)
Primary optical drive-- FREE Upgrade to Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
Personalization-- HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone and HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
Networking-- 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)
Keyboard-- Standard Keyboard
Total should be $777 after 30% off coupon.
(Please do not gift. My game bank is already full.)