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Offline Mmisscee

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new laptop
« on: July 05, 2012, 07:30 AM »
I am in the Uk and am looking for a new laptop around the £400 mark with a lot of memory. Any suggestions? I have been researching and my brain is tied in knots!
 

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Re: new laptop
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012, 08:33 PM »
Memory is up-gradable and really damn cheap. Unless you're talking about HD space rather than RAM. But first, what are you going to be using it for? (work/gaming/3d/casual...etc)
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Re: new laptop
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012, 09:07 PM »
Internet/email , Skype, iTunes and writing ... My current laptop is struggling to cope with everything on it.
 

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Re: new laptop
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012, 09:49 PM »
Since you mentioned the memory bit I'm guessing Hard Drive space. How much would you need? 500, 640 or 750GB? For those activities listed I think you'd need at most 4GB of RAM. In case you need more you could always purchase more RAM at the hardware shop and have them insert it for you or do it yourself. Since you're not going to be using it for gaming, you can probably get by with an integrated graphics card rather than a dedicated one.

The brand I recommend is Asus or Toshiba due to their superior build quality. You'd want to avoid Acer unless you're looking for a throwaway laptop. Their builds are horrid and I've had lots of issues with them. HP is along the middle, neither good nor bad.

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15.6 inch Laptop
Intel Core i5-2450M 2.5/3.1GHz
4GB RAM
500GB HDD
Windows 7 Home Premium
USB 3.0
Price:   £409.99
-There's another version where if you add £99 you'll get 2GB more RAM and 160GB more HD space. The processor is pretty solid, even better than the one I'm using atm. It's a 2nd gen i5 processor which is as good as the 1st gen i7 processor (which was used for heavy gaming).

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15.6 inch Laptop
Intel Core i5 2450M 2.5GHz,3.1GHz
4GB RAM
750GB HDD
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
£488.05
It's a bit pricier but has the same processor and RAM as the previous laptop listed. It also has 50% more HD space.

Not sure if they're to your liking but there's a bunch of other 400-500 range laptops listed on Amazon UK: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

My current laptop is an Asus A53S with the following specs:

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15.6 Laptop Screen
i5-2410M 2.3GHz, 3.1GHz (with turbo boost)
8GB RAM (free upgrade from 4GB originally)
640GB
Nvidia GT540M Dedicated Graphics Card (2GB VRAM)
Win7 Home Premium
USB 3.0
Roughly £420
But it's an outdated piece of hardware by about 6 months. I use it mostly for school and gaming (it can run all the latest games without a hitch). I've still got about 300GB free despite all the games and downloads.

My advice is to stick with Asus or Toshiba. HP and Dell are still OK but you should never go with Acer if you want value for your money. It's the crappiest brand out there.

Anything with a 2*** after the i3/i5/i7 is a 2nd generation processor. The ones with 3** are 1st generation and about a year outdated. Currently the latest laptops are using 3rd generation. You can tell which ones they are by the 3**** (4 digits compared to 3 digits 1st gen). eg:  i5-3427U.

Hopefully that helped >_<
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Re: new laptop
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2012, 10:28 PM »
I too would recommend the Toshiba Satellite. I have one that I've been using for a while now (its probably 3 years old) and while I've had a few problems with it they're mostly do to what I use it for, which I'm not going to mention here ;)

That being said, it is still a great laptop and I doubt for what you want to use it for that you'd have many, if any, problems at all

And yes, you can buy one with a small amt of memory and then upgrade it later or use flash drives/ external hard drives (flash drives run pretty cheap depending on size - anywhere from $5 and up - and external hard drives run for about $100 for a terabyte of space which is an excellent deal!)

And if you plan on using it only for email, itunes and writing, etc you won't need a lot of space - plus there is always Dropbox or SkyDrive, etc that can be used to backup and/or store most your files
 

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Re: new laptop
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2012, 12:32 AM »
Wow thank you so much!! I needed pointing in the right direction. I really appreciate your advice and will check out the laptops both of you recommend.
 

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