Re: I3 v. I5 processor from the standpoint of a JAWS User
You've said you're looking at laptops. The differences between I3 and I5 in laptop terms are a bit different from desktops. More important is the processor speed. As Ted told you, memory is your bigger concern. That said, if you can tell me the processor numbers, I can give you a better explanation of what to expect. For instance, I'm looking at datasheets for an I3 4005U and an I3 4000M. There's a much larger difference between those models than say an I3 4000M and an I5 4200M. I used to think a quad core would be better with JAWS because of its ability to multitask, but dual core machines (and both the I3 and I5 are dual in a laptop) have two threads per core, and quad cores often have one thread per core. So four threads either way in most cases.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
On another note, if you need better battery life, you may find that the lower power of the ultrabook processors would serve you more than the speed of a more powerful processor.
Ted's got it right though. Memory is the key factor. I have a cheap Windows 7 notebook with an AMD processor that's average, and it does fine for me with JAWS 15. I basically use it like you do with very large PDF documents (tax books) etc. I haven't used JAWS on an I3 ultrabook, but I've used NVDA on same, and it handled fine. But it had 6 GB of RAM, and that made me happy.
As the subject of processors could get way off topic, feel free to email me off list with specific processor numbers if you want more detail on them. email@example.com
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