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  • Leolian 23 Sep 2007 09:26:42 1,083 posts
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    My Girlfriend is thinking of getting a laptop but I've no experience with these. Desktops, I'm your man, but laptops...
  • wobbler147 23 Sep 2007 10:01:14 5,138 posts
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    depends what she's going to use it for?
  • THFourteen 23 Sep 2007 10:01:43 33,149 posts
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    probably porn
  • Leolian 23 Sep 2007 10:11:23 1,083 posts
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    Good point, I wish @ THFourteen. Internet, word and episodes of grey's anatomy.
  • SirScratchalot 23 Sep 2007 10:11:29 7,872 posts
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    Get a Macbook and then install Windows. Not very expensive at all and so much nicer than your average electronic emporium laptop.
  • jimmyjimbob 23 Sep 2007 10:55:09 313 posts
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    Dell Vostro 1500 Core2Duo, 1gb of ram, 120gb hdd, nvidia 8400m for 433 (reduce warranty to minimum) and I'd recommend switching to WinXP, as 1gb of memory will be a bit crappy in vista.

    Or, if you want to waltz into a shop Currys have this laptop. Processor isn't as good as the dell, but you do get 2gb of memory for 400. Personally I'd go for the dell, but there are two quite good laptops for the cash
  • wobbler147 23 Sep 2007 11:14:26 5,138 posts
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    check out this thread from Friday, there's a HP for 299 on ebuyer that I recommended.
  • PearOfAnguish 23 Sep 2007 11:26:09 7,201 posts
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    Try Dell, they make very good notebooks. That Vostro Jimmy linked is a good deal.

    SirScratchalot wrote:
    Get a Macbook and then install Windows. Not very expensive at all and so much nicer than your average electronic emporium laptop.

    But they are expensive in comparison to a PC when for several hundred less he can get something that will not only do the job but is also better specced than a low-end Macbook.

  • Leolian 23 Sep 2007 11:44:19 1,083 posts
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    Thank you all, the dell looks good.
  • Leolian 23 Sep 2007 12:05:52 1,083 posts
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    She wants to know if it's heavy...
  • coastal 23 Sep 2007 12:07:33 5,382 posts
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    2kg is the max, and probably too much, if you're taking a laptop around a lot. 1 - 1.5kg is a lot nicer.

    bf3: sergeant_shaftoe

  • caligari 31 Oct 2011 02:17:18 17,022 posts
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    Choosing a new laptop is such a bloody headache.

    You'd think that a company would have come out with a POIFECT little thing for around 400, but there are so many models out there, all with their own special little issues/faults/flaws.

    Are Asus and Lenovo still the 'better' laptop brands for this price range?
  • Dodgymat 4 Nov 2011 12:02:39 913 posts
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    *Edited to hide from the missus*

    Edited by Dodgymat at 06:58:58 05-11-2011
  • coastal 7 Dec 2011 20:22:22 5,382 posts
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    help me EG:

    Lenovo G770 i5 2430M, 8Gb, AMD 6650 2GB for 580.00
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-G770-17-3-inch-Notebook/dp/tech-data/B005TPRVSK/ref=de_a_smtd

    or XPS L502x
    Processor: Intel Core i7-2670QM (2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz), 8Gb, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M Graphics card refurb from Dell for 611

    I want to be running some 3D/GIS but more importantly, Skyrim. Anyone know if the Nvidia card above is substantially better than the AMD 6650 2Gb?

    Edited by coastal at 20:24:05 07-12-2011

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  • Immaterial 7 Dec 2011 20:28:49 1,332 posts
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    Certainly the processor is better in the second machine- the QM means it's essentially a desktop machine. Check the graphics card on www.notebookcheck.net.

    Of course, the second machine is a Dell, but you'll have to decide how much of a negative that is yourself...

    Think I'll just switch everything off.

  • coastal 7 Dec 2011 20:35:26 5,382 posts
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    thanks Immaterial. tbh, the crappy dell website is a battle in itself.

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  • Dirtbox 7 Dec 2011 20:44:37 77,680 posts
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    The geforce is a touch better meaning the Dell is the better lappy, but only very slightly. The difference in CPU isn't big enough to notice.

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  • coastal 7 Dec 2011 21:03:55 5,382 posts
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    right, the lenovo wins. Dell's website wouldn't take the quidco vouchers and the checkout system rips the soul from your heart. I'll test out the lenovo and if it won't hump skyrim around sufficiently i can always return it.

    Flip, 3kg, i've always gone for old ulpcs - about half the weight. It's going to be a shock to the shoulder.

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  • asha 9 Dec 2011 08:00:54 1,991 posts
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    What's the best gaming laptop currently available for under 700?

    And also, is the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 still a good card? Combined with an i7 processor and lots of RAM, would it play Battlefield 3/COD:MW 3 at high-ish settings?

    Cheers.

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  • Jeepers 10 Dec 2011 10:15:15 13,174 posts
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    Advice please chaps.

    I broke Mrs Jeepers laptop. Oops. It was an oldish 15" HP job; heavy and shitty in construction. Now I need to replace it.

    Not looking to spend much and it'll be used for:

    Office (Word, Endnote, Powerpoint and Excel mainly)
    Usual web bollocks (Firefox, Skype, etc.)
    Some nerdy science-y statistics apps

    It'll be her main machine and she'll lug it into London a few times a week, so weight is somewhat of an issue.

    I've had this suggested:

    Some Samsung jobby

    Does that seem halfway decent? Any other brands or models I should consider?

    Thanks all - I know fuck all about PC laptops.
  • Deleted user 10 December 2011 11:05:36
    I cant say I kknow much about laptops either, but just had to look into them for a mate and the price bracket was about the same as what you're looking at.

    I looked at that Samsung, but its got a fairly slow celeron processor.

    I ended up recommending him this one. Its got a smaller HD, is .2kg heavier, but is a much nippier machine. Battery life is also better.

    I've got it downstairs as I'm currently "degunking" it. Comes with Office 2010 SE (Word and Excel cut down versions) and seems lightweight, well built and fine. Only thing I have issues with is the mousepad sensitivity. Aside from that its a bloody good piece of kit for the money.

    I also looked at Acer, but they are "apparently" not built as good as the Asus.

    I did like the "look" of the Samsung more, but its not for me and the slower processor put me off.
  • Deleted user 10 December 2011 11:06:22
    Whatever you do, dont forget the quidco / topcashback sites for a couple of percent off that price.

    Oh and I just checked on that Samsung. Its getting some negative comments about being plasticky and of poor build quality. There are also questions about its reliabilty as Samsung are relatively new to the laptop market.

    That said, some buyers seem happy with it, so its the usual case of taking a look yourself I think.

    Edited by Witch.King at 11:16:20 10-12-2011
  • Jeepers 10 Dec 2011 13:06:46 13,174 posts
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    Thanks witch - her indoors has decided she might want an upgrade so any thoughts on cheap-but-light models?
  • Gavilan 10 Dec 2011 13:12:18 3 posts
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    Asus seems to be a fair make although if you have cash Alienware are supposed to be the ultimate gaming rig.
  • coastal 10 Dec 2011 13:17:04 5,382 posts
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    Dell XPS 17 Laptop. 679.15 (i7-2670QM, 17" HD+ Screen, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 3GB Graphics)

    There's a 150 off voucher on Quidco (though i hear it's on topcashback too + 10.1% off on XPS orders through topcashback)

    Mine came out with backlit keyboard and better res. screen at 785 + 10% off (if that bit works)

    bf3: sergeant_shaftoe

  • asha 12 Dec 2011 03:21:00 1,991 posts
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    coastal wrote:
    Dell XPS 17 Laptop. 679.15 (i7-2670QM, 17" HD+ Screen, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 3GB Graphics)

    There's a 150 off voucher on Quidco (though i hear it's on topcashback too + 10.1% off on XPS orders through topcashback)

    Mine came out with backlit keyboard and better res. screen at 785 + 10% off (if that bit works)
    I just ordered the exact same machine. :)

    Did you get your cashback with quidco or topcashback? I got it with the later and they haven't given me any indication that they've tracked it yet.. Do you know how long it usually takes? And also, in what form do they give you the money? A cheque?

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  • grey_matters 27 Mar 2012 20:28:09 3,690 posts
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    New "ultrabook" announced by Novatech.

    No reviews yet but I'm liking the price for the i3, 4GB, 128GB SSD version. Might be worth keeping an eye on if you couldn't be bothered waiting for Trinity-based efforts.

    Edited by grey_matters at 20:29:46 27-03-2012
  • coastal 27 Mar 2012 20:40:29 5,382 posts
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    @asha it registered as a transaction on topcashback but quidco popped up and paid 50. (30 less). I guess the topcashback one won't come through.

    I don't know about topcashback but quidco pay the money straight onto your debit card's account. It's probably the same.

    bf3: sergeant_shaftoe

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