Dual Core Laptops Review | Best Dual-Core Laptop Computers

Laptop`s History

As the word tells us it is a portable personal computer which can be placed on your lap. Beside this feature and the fact that it has a battery a laptop is just like every other computer and has all the components we can find on any desktop computer.

Even though it can also be called as Notebook a Laptop can perform like any other computer and there are already very powerful laptop machines nowadays. And the best thing is they are getting cheaper everyday.

But it has not always been like this, when the first notebook took form back in 1982 it was only used by NASA and the military due to his high price ($8150). And only a year later the first laptop was commercialized - the Gavilan SC laptop.

Since then the portable computers have evolved to become as powerful as their "cousins" the desktop computers.

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Pros of Laptop Computers

Every time someone tries to compare the advantages of both desktops and laptops, the portability factor always come into the equation.

The small size of laptops and the ability to work everywhere with the power from the battery made them the right choice for many people around the world. And that lead to cheaper prices and more powerful machines available today.

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The small size of laptops and the ability to work everywhere with the power from the battery made them the right choice for many people around the world. And that lead to cheaper prices and more powerful machines available today.

Dual Core Processors

A dual core processor contains two cores or central processing units (CPU) connected together.

This makes the processing process must faster and allows multitasking like watching a video while making a larger download or running an anti-virus program.

Lately Intel launch the i3, i5 and i7 processors which allow even better performances.

Dual Core Laptops Under $1000

Every time I remember how much I paid for my first laptop back in 1995 I become truly mad... today I would be able to buy more than 3 much more efficient machines with the same amount of money.

Nowadays there are numerous laptops available and choosing one is not that easy.

Next you will find 10 Dual Core Laptops under $1000 which will make your old laptop or desktop look like an obsolete kettle.

They are ordered randomly because prices are always changing. I started ordering them by their prices but as you should know the most expensive does not always mean better.

So make sure you examine their characteristics carefully to find the one that better fit your needs.


1. Acer TravelMate Laptop

The Acer TravelMate it is very similar with the Toshiba and has the same processors as well as the same type of hard drive.

As almost every laptop at this price range it has a 15.4" wide screen TFT WXGA (1280 x800). It also has both wireless and wired connectivity which makes it a good option for those who need to be connected all the time.

Designed for productivity, it can help to achieve every established business goals.


Satellite L305-S5933
Satellite L305-S5933

Box Contents - 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery, 75W AC Adapter

Intel Pentium T3400 2.16 GHz Processor

1 MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz Bus speed

3072 MB DDR2 (PC2-6400) RAM Max - 4GB

250 GB (5400 RPM) SATA Hard Drive


2. Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5930 Laptop

This Toshiba it is a all-purpose laptop which has a very good price / quality relation and will perform quite well with its 2.16 GHz CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo processor). It comes with a 160GB hard drive and 2 GB RAM. It has a 15.4 inch wide screen and a resolution of 1280 x 800 which is reasonably standard among same price laptops.

Its main features are the Wi-Fi capability, the DVD burner and the 256MB of dedicated video RAM. For all this the Toshiba Satellite it is a great choice for those who just need a basic laptop.


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HP Pavilion G60-230US 16.0-Inch Laptop
HP Pavilion G60-230US 16.0-Inch Laptop

Pared down to the essentials, the new G60 series is defined by minimalist lines. High-gloss reflective top cover and palm rest area surfaces contrast cleanly with matte everywhere else. HP Imprint finish in piano black on the top cover with silver across the palm rest and touchpad provides greater durability than traditional painted surfaces.


3. HP Pavilion G60-230US Laptop

You will be amazed with the quality of the full-screen DVD playback on the crystal-clear 16:9 16.0-inch diagonal HP Brightview display. But this is just the top of the iceberg, the HP Pavilion comes with a 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium T4200 dual-core processor, a generous 320 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive (7200 RPM) and 3 GB of installed dual-channel DDR2 RAM with the possibility of a maximum 4 GB RAM capacity.

It has a dual-layer DVD±RW drive and the new Intel GMA 4500M with up to 1309 MB of total available graphics memory. Play games and enhance multimedia like you had a bigger computer.


4. MSI GX630-028US Laptop

The AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core Processor, NVIDIA GeForce 9600 graphics card, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB SATA hard drive, a 15.4 WXGA glare LCD, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n, and a 2.0MP webcam are just some of the great features of this laptop from MSI.

Those who like to play games on the computer will love this laptop with the high resolution and the perfect length and width ration of 16:10 for the screen.

In addition it is also capable of displaying DVD caliber images for your gaming and viewing delights.


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Gateway TC7307 Notebook

5. Gateway TC7307 Notebook

The Gateway TC7307 Notebook it is a great choice for those who want a good laptop both for games as well as viewing DVDs. It has a nice style and very good overall quality with an impact resistant case made from magnesium.

The T4200 processor from Intel with 2.0GHz, 800MHz FSB and 4MB L2 Cache make this machine a very fast and efficient one.

It comes with 4GB RAM and it has the help of an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 video device with 512MB GDDR3 dedicated memory.

Finally, it has a 320GB hard drive and an 8X multi-format (DVD+R/+RW/CD-RW) dual layer DVDRW drive with DVD-RAM


6. Sony VAIO Laptop

No doubt this is a very good looking laptop with its gorgeous case. But the 14.1" widescreen LCD and the low quality of the built-in speakers make it a worse option for those who want to play games or watch DVDs.

The 2.13 GHz Intel Core i3-330M Processor with the help of 4 GB RAM allows this laptop to preform very well.

It comes with a 500 GB Hard Drive and a dual-layer DVD±RW drive.


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7. Dell Inspiron 1526 Laptop

The Dell Inspiron comes with an AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor 2.00GHz.

The 4GB DDR2 SDRAM as well as the 250GB serial ATA hard drive make this laptop a good option for those who need to work with large video files.

With a 15.4" widescreen it will be a pleasure to watch DVDs or playing games even though the X1270 AMD Radeon video card does not alow to play all those new games.


8. Lenovo IdeaPad 59-014903 Y510 Series Laptop

The Lenovo IdeaPad features a 15.4" screen and an Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2370 1.73GHz processor. With 3GB of DDR2 RAM memory and a 160GB disk drive this laptop will make a great home office entertainment tool.

With four speakers and a sub-woofer, the Dolby Home Theater premium audio makes the DVD viewing an extraordinary experience.

The 256MB nVidia GeForce 9600GT video card in adition with the screen and the sound system make it a good choice to watch DVDs and play games.


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ASUS N50Vn-A1B 15.4-Inch Laptop (2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 Processor, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, Nvidia 9650M GT Graphics, Vista Premium)
ASUS N50Vn-A1B 15.4-Inch Laptop (2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 Processor, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, Nvidia 9650M GT Graphics, Vista Premium)

World's 1st Eco-Notebook. ASUS N50Vn series care about your health by use a specific ionizer to energize oxygen and then generate a large number of negative ions. Don't be scared by the term of "Negative". The Negative Ions are actually beneficial in many ways.


9. ASUS N50Vn-A1B Laptop

This Asus laptop it is a very good option and has a great quality/price relation.

The NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT with 1GB of video memory allows great graphics performance. The 2 GHz Core 2 Duo T5800 processor from Intel it is appropriate for the price and it is powerful enough to handle most of the demanded tasks. In fact with the help of the 4GB DDR2 SDRAM (800 MHz) and the fast 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive, the Asus perform really well.

With a 15.4" TFT wide screen and all the above features the Asus N50Vn-A1B can be considered one of the best choices for laptops below $1000.


Acer Aspire EX5620-4321 15.4" Laptop (Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390 Processor, 3 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, Vista Premium)
Acer Aspire EX5620-4321 15.4" Laptop (Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390 Processor, 3 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, Vista Premium)

The Acer's Extensa 5620 series perfectly complements the mobile professional daily life. Offering a compact 15.4" widescreen with the advanced graphics and a complete set of wired and wireless connectivity options.


10. Acer Aspire EX5620-4321 Laptop

This laptop was designed for professional use and it performs very well. But it is not the best choice for playing games or other multimedia tasks.

It comes with an Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390 Processor, 3072 MB DDR2 RAM, 160 GB hard drive and an Intel GMA X3100 graphic card.

It has very poor speakers and the battery life it is too short (about 2,5 hours).


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Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

I'm in the market for my first laptop and I've been saving and scrimping and really have my heart set on an Apple MacBook--the very lowest entry level one. I've never been a Mac user and have some trepidation, but I'm so sick of Microsoft. Apple does have excellent tech support at the Genius Bar, etc. I know I can find cheaper laptops, but with probably the same frustrations of M/Soft. What's your advice?

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Dink, even though I never owned an Apple I have worked with one and it is really a great machine. As to either you should buy an Apple or any other laptop I would say it will depend on the type of intended use. One thing is for sure, you´ll never regret buying an Apple.

After making your choice don´t forget to come here and share your experience ;)

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mulberry1 7 years ago

I would love to have one of these, but...it's not in my budget right now. :(

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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Nice Hub!

I have a new Compaq at work, These new laptop computers are sweet! I use Autocad and Visio.

How ever, I found at home, a used laptop off from e-bay does all home applications pretty well.

Keep on Hubbing!

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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Hey, nice chicks Ricardo :D

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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

wow this was way informative sweetie...I would love to get one but am totally lost in this world of computers... The one I have was given to me Brand new by the parents of a boy I took care of and am loving it...but they picked it out for me...I know how to use it but I sure don't think I could go pick a laptop alone...Wanna come and help me>>>LOL ha ha...Thanks tho ...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

Iphigenia 7 years ago

I've still got a 1999 Compaq laptop - a great workhorse - can't look up the model just now as I leave it in the UK at my mum's for when I visit her. it has never let me down - but boy is it heavy. I also have one of those tiny little ASUS's - a 900e series. It is great for sticking in my bag, using in cafes etc - and (the main reason I got it) for working on the sofa when I am laid up with a flare-up of fibromyalgia. I doubled it's RAM.

I also have a desk to with a big screen monitor attached which is great for my forex trading and which is where I wor most of the time on my writing.

My daughter has ahd a couple of HP laptops and frankly we've not been impressed with either of them.

Finally, I have a 16GB USB key onto which I store eveything and so can move from computer to computer easily.

Great reviews - we'll be looking for another laptop for Sorrel later this year and will come back to this to read your advice again. Thanks.

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you all for passing by ;)

Mulberry - don´t worry they´ll be cheaper soon and you´ll have enough money by then :)

eovery - that´s also another solution, buying second hand can make them more affordable. The other solution is to go for a desktop...

Misha - LOL I suspected you would rather watch pictures of chicks than looking to some laptops... :p

G-Ma - any time my dear, any time... just call me and I´ll fly to help you ;)

Iphigenia - Are you happy with that little Asus? Does it perform OK? BTW, be careful with those USB keys. I have a 4 GB one that ruined some important documents - now I only add documents after compressing them first with winzip or rar (I was told this is the best way to protect them).

Shyamal Chatterji 7 years ago


I do use a 'pendrive'...what trouble u faced?

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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

I have a Compaq Presario and it has done me proud for the last 3 years, I am starting to find now though that the 60Gb's I got when I bought it are starting to gradually be eaten up, so the clock is ticking. But 3 years is pretty good in the computing world and I can also start to offload files to an external drive if I want to so I can prolong things for a little while yet.

It is frustrating waiting for the Windows SW to boot up however and I would love an alternative, I have to switch on a good 10 minutes before I actually need to use it to make sure it is ready when I sit down and start to work, some of that time is for anti-virus downloads to finish, they can also eat up your bandwidth and slow things down.

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Shyamal, I use pen drives for ages and I never had any problem until the last one I bought (4GB). I had several word and excel files in it and suddenly I couldn´t access them (I kept getting a message saying they were corrupted). The strange thing was that the pen kept working fine after I deleted all those files. Later a friend of mine told me that I should compress all file before putting them into this kind of pen... It never happened again after I started doing so ;)

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hey Brian, thanks for commenting. I also had a Presario and it was a hell of a machine but unfortunately it blew up after an electricity peek... :( Using an external drive it´s a great choice to make your "old" laptop endure a little longer ;)

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BeatsMe 7 years ago

Thanks for describing laptops one by one. Will definitely take a look in this hub when I plan to buy one.

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hamil331 7 years ago

going to be shopping for a laptop later this summer...bookmarked.

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frogdropping 7 years ago

Humph Funride - I went and bought a laptop not long back!

Nice hub!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Ricardo, Daisy and I bought an HP Pavilion dv2000 I don't know if this is the correct model name heheh anyhow, it suits us fine coz we bring it with us if we need to do workshops or seminars. :-) I'm always getting lost when it comes to tech stuff. So glad that somebody help us choose it and within our budget. :-)

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Lgali 7 years ago

very nice reviews I will buy these baby one day

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

great prouct.thanks for share

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StarDelights 7 years ago from USA

I've been thinking about buying a laptop - but I've heard a lot of horror stories about them...

First - I hate HP products and will Never buy another one!

Some of my family has purchased laptops...

One of them overheats, another one weighs a ton and the other one the screen is so hard to read you get a headache just looking at it! And one more, it's impossible to type on that tiny keyboard!

But I'm still looking - so we'll see what happens!

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CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Thanks for all the info on Laptops, FunRide. The wireless chip on my HP Pavillion has just blown, so if the guy can't rebuild it I'm in the market for a new one. Nice Huub!

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mwaky 7 years ago

nice hub! with lots of information thanx!

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writer120383 7 years ago from India

Excellent list. I am sure many would benefit from it.

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couponalbum 6 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

Excellent work. Full of information!

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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

HubPages weekly was right, this is a well written hub.

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Don Simkovich 6 years ago from Pasadena, CA

Nice Hub . . . I've been using a MacBook Pro since the Fall and there's been more of a learning curve than I would have imagined. But I do like it . . . and am beginning not to miss my PC. This is a good Hub to bookmark and return to for reading.

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shyamchat 6 years ago from Calcutta


Hope u r doing fine.

This hub was written 17+ months ago.If you have time, run a second update. Your fans will appreciate.

Stay well.Best wishes.

Registered investment advisor 5 years ago

Excellent list. I am sure many would benefit from it.

Sergiu 5 years ago

I have Alienware m15x-472CSB, it is amazing gaming laptop!

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