These were the two that I was looking at just recently that I was thinking about. Are these good for their price? Which one is better? Are there any other similar laptops that offer a similar price for better performance?
I mostly just want to be able to do low-med end gaming at the most on the laptop.
hm that acer is really tempting having a dedicated gpu and all but it is kinda out of my price range.
Plus I already have almost all of those games.
You should google "AMD Mantle API" and read up a bit. It will work with CGN architecture, which is in the dedicated card, but not the graphics of current APUs.
The next round of APUs [Kaveri] will use CGN architecture.
EA, Square-Enix/Eidos, Cloud Imperium Games, Oxide Games have already announced support. I expect more developers of AMD's "Gaming Evolved" games [FarCry3, Crysis3, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution] will complete that direction and move to Mantle support. AMD is in all the consoles, so all the developers are working with AMD. AMD is working on quite a power play by pushing a console's "Metal Level" coding for PCs.
If you really can't swing the extra $100 in a "I guess I won't be eating" way, then forget it. But it is worth the $100.
PS: There were $500 and $550 versions of this laptop [A dedicated 8750m with the A8-5550/5557] prior to Thanksgiving, but they're all gone for the holiday season. I say this just in case you can be patient.
Example - This was $500: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314119 --- ASUS G73jh i7 720/Mobility HD 5870/6GB DDR3 1404MHz/Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Hybrid HDD
how does this compare to the other acer? 720m and i5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314178
The 720m is terrible, offers only 96 pipelines.
The 730m and up offers 384 pipeline and is more in line with GTX 660m depending on [over]clock speed. [Save the use of DDR3 instead of GDDR5] --- ASUS G73jh i7 720/Mobility HD 5870/6GB DDR3 1404MHz/Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Hybrid HDD