Laptops With AMD Llano Chips Available for $500 to $700
By Agam Shah
Laptops from top PC makers priced between US$500 and $700 and running on Advanced Micro Devices’ latest A-series Fusion processors are on now on sale through online stores.
Laptops from Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba, Samsung, Acer and Lenovo come with dual- and quad-core A-series chips, code-named Llano, that AMD officially announced last month. The initial laptops are mostly designed to be desktop replacements and mainly targeted at consumers.
AMD’s A-series chips integrate a CPU and Radeon graphics processor in a single chip. The microprocessors are faster and more power-efficient than their predecessors, providing the laptops with longer battery life while running applications and graphics faster. PC makers usually offer AMD and Intel chips to meet demand for multiple price points and laptop configurations.
HP last month announced a bevy of new laptops with AMD chips last month that are now becoming available. Best Buy is selling the HP Pavilion dv6, which is priced at $679 and runs on a quad-core A8 processor at a clock speed of 2.4GHz. The laptop includes a 15.6-inch display, 6GB of memory, a 640GB hard drive and two USB 3.0 ports. Weighing in at 2.72 kilograms (6 pounds), the laptop is a desktop replacement, but can provide up to five hours and 15 minutes of run-time with a six-cell battery, according to specifications on the retailer’s website. J&R is selling a similar laptop for $699.