Alright, I am banking on the huge community of helpful souls out here to finally help me decide.
How good is the AMD E-450 APU at everyday performance, and as a portable primary laptop? I am getting a rather nice deal here from an online shopping site (flipkart.com), and the notebook (although it's more of a cross between a netbook and an ultrabook) is the 13.3" Asus U32U.
AMD E450 APU
AMD 6320 GPU as part of the processor
2GB RAM (Am going in for an upgrade anyway)
Regular 2.5" HDD
An impressive 9-10 hours of battery life and the light weight (no optical drive) and rather neat looks too, is what is drawing me towards buying this. I am leaving home for a software engineering job, and will be away from my desktop for most part of the year. This is going to be my primary computer for a while now.
I can get a regular (but heavier and bulkier and less lasting in terms of battery) 2ndGen-i3 based laptop for a little above this price, and hence I'm wondering if the E450 would be enough for most of my needs.
Moderate to heavy web browsing, movie-watching, coding, tinkering, casual photoshop (and relatively [heavier?] stuff like some processing in MATLAB, development on Visual Studio, etc when the office wants it) - has anyone had any issues with these with an AMD E450?
The portability and battery life are really enticing as far as the Asus notebook is concerned. However I'm wondering if the occasional audio-video encoding, experiments with MATLAB, teaching myself computer-science and algorithms, tinkering with the kernel, etc would bring it down to its knees.
I'd be really glad if anyone could throw some light on this.
PS: Plan to build up the OS from a base xubuntu install.