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  • HoriZon 27 Mar 2012 21:08:25 13,565 posts
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    Been eyeing this one up myself:
    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Lenovo_IdeaPad_G770_1123908.html

    I used to be a gamer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.

  • PhoenixFlames 27 Mar 2012 21:16:41 9,179 posts
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    Mmm...there are some decent spec laptops appearing at reasonable prices.

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  • mrpon 27 Mar 2012 21:37:56 29,183 posts
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    I want one of these Ultrabooks. For no apparent reason.

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/43124/best-ultrabook-macbook-asus-lenovo

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • Deleted user 27 March 2012 21:54:30
    I've asked my employer to swap me out for an Ultrabook ASAP, my Probook's pretty lightweight but running and riding the daily commute's not exactly pleasant with that sort of bulk/weight on your back. The Ultrabooks are on a par with our usual company spend for lappies, too.
  • Deleted user 27 March 2012 22:00:24
    Oh, if anyone's on the lookout for a seriously bargain laptop (for the kids, family member wants a reasonable browsing machine, that kind of thing) I can wholeheartedly recommend these guys. Fast free delivery on refurbed business laptops. The HP 6930p is a superb aluminium body laptop built to take abuse, these are being sold off with HP warranty and unused Windows license keys.

    Just built two of these for home use this week, both in great condition and running superbly well
  • HoriZon 1 Apr 2012 12:45:57 13,565 posts
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    OK hive mind...

    Specs wise what's this Lenovo like for an average joe where he is only going to use it for surfing and iTunes (Yuck) for his phone and hooking it up to his TV to surf on that at times with a wireless keyboard.

    AMD E350 Dual Core Processor (1.6GHz, 1MB Cache)
    11.6" HD Screen (1366 x 768 HD, WXGA LED Backlit)
    Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
    4GB DDR3 RAM (DDR3 1066MHZ)
    500GB HDD
    Integrated Graphics (AMD Radeon HD 6310M)
    HDMI
    Bluetooth
    Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
    10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
    Integrated Webcam with Microphone
    5-in-1 card reader (SD/MS/MS-Pro/MMC/SDHC/)

    Found one at a good price (just under £250), but really not sure on the CPU??

    Edited by HoriZon at 12:48:05 01-04-2012

    I used to be a gamer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.

  • heyyo 1 Apr 2012 12:51:00 14,372 posts
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    It's absolutely fine for surfing and itunes
  • Zerobob 16 Apr 2012 10:28:50 1,607 posts
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    I've been casually sifting through the laptop market for a while now, but my PC's HDD has just died on me, and so my hand has been forced to get a new PC quick.

    I need something fast to replace a desktop, able to output any type of video file including blu-ray at 1080p via HDMI, and preferably a half decent screen with decent colours and a good viewing angle so I can watch stuff on it when away from a TV.

    I've looked at a lot of mainly Asus, Acer and Sony laptops, had a look at a few in person at Currys et al, and I think the Sonys have the best screens and HP the most sturdy design (brushed aluminium tops etc) but I'm not sure about buying an HP due to the instability of the company of late.

    Anyway, bizzarely I've narrowed it down to two I've seen for sale at Sainsburys of all places. Both have dedicated graphics and a similar spec :

    Acer Aspire 5750G - £450
    i5-2430M
    6GB
    1TB
    GeForce GT 520M

    Sony Vaio CB3 - £630
    i5-2430M
    6GB
    640GB
    RAEDEON HD 6470M

    I've always had desktops and this is my first laptop, so all I really want is informed opinions on whether Sony Vaios worth paying the extra for? In this case I'd be paying £180 more for a smaller HDD, but potentially getting a better higher resolution Sony screen (1920 x 1200 according to the Sainsburys spec) which I'd prefer. Strange thing is, I can't find a definite specification and confirmation of the screen resolution for a "Sony Vaio CB3" anywhere online.
  • heyyo 16 Apr 2012 11:36:17 14,372 posts
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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-Processor-Windows-Premium-Capacity/dp/B005MOSGKU

    All your multimedia including photos and videos come vividly to life on a 15.5" widescreen VAIO display screen. With high contrast and 1366x768 pixel resolution, pictures are sharp and finely detailed
    http://www.sony.co.uk/product/vn-c-series/vpccb3p1e

    Max Resolution External Display
    1920 x 1200
    From those links I reckon it's a 1366x768 screen but the graphics chip can display 1920x1200 if connected to a capable panel.
  • Zerobob 16 Apr 2012 11:55:39 1,607 posts
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    Ah I see, that's what I ended up assuming too after looking into other similar C Series Vaios. Thanks very much for posting that. In light of that I'm not sure the Vaio is worth the extra money.

    I wanted a laptop with a higher res screen than 1366x768 but they seem hard to come by for some reason, so maybe I'll just settle for a cheap 15.6" 1366x768 laptop.

    Having talked to a few people I think pretty much any modern laptop can output at 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 to a panel via HDMI these days anyway, which is good for me. I'll probably just go for that Acer for £450. It's a decent spec and has a 1TB HDD which is good for a laptop under £500.
  • PhoenixFlames 7 May 2012 21:09:27 9,179 posts
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    Just ordered a 14" HP Pavillion Beats Audio Edition from Currys. They have 10% off laptops over £649 plus that £10 for every goal England score. Also 1.5% Quidco.

    Anyways, the notebook looks very cool in black with the red backlit keyboard. An intel core i5 and 6GB RAM should see me alright as well. The other bonus is the dedicated graphics card.

    Can't wait to get my hands on it.

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • grey_matters 10 May 2012 16:21:37 3,796 posts
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    Any deals around? Barrel-scraping deals will do but an i3 would be nice. First computer for my niece. The best that I can do so far is a Toshiba
    at laptopsdirect. Doubt if I can avail of the trade-in though.

    Edited by grey_matters at 16:28:27 10-05-2012
  • PhoenixFlames 11 May 2012 20:36:00 9,179 posts
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    Would upgrading from 6 to 8GB RAM and from 5400rpm HDD to an SSD see significant improvements from my laptop?

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • grey_matters 11 May 2012 22:03:19 3,796 posts
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    PhoenixFlames wrote:
    Would upgrading from 6 to 8GB RAM and from 5400rpm HDD to an SSD see significant improvements from my laptop?
    SSD, yes.
    RAM, probably not.
  • LockeTribal 15 May 2012 12:17:08 4,523 posts
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    Yes, yes. I know we all hate these threads but I would like some advice and you're all going to give me some damn it.

    My girlfriend needs a new laptop. Nothing fancy, just be used for Office, net browsing and fairly light regular tasks. Looking to spend under £500. Buying online may be troublesome as we're in Ireland and most online stores don't deliver, but will bear in mind any recommendations.

    Okay, get to it!

    /Stealth "I have a girlfriend" post

    Posted in the correct thread now.
  • LockeTribal 15 May 2012 15:48:44 4,523 posts
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    As a post-lunch bump, what are people's thoughts on Lenovo? Saw this on dabs.ie and seems fairly decent if a bit on the expensive side?

    Edited by LockeTribal at 15:49:04 15-05-2012
  • grey_matters 15 May 2012 16:41:04 3,796 posts
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    LockeTribal wrote:
    As a post-lunch bump, what are people's thoughts on Lenovo? Saw this on dabs.ie and seems fairly decent if a bit on the expensive side?
    amazon.co.uk do a "Super saver delivery" which will deliver free to Ireland if it is over €25. It is only available on certain products but you can filter your search by selecting it. I quite like lenovo as it goes. On their Irish website they have some "staff picks" with 10% off at the moment. Free delivery also. A llano-based system (A6) with some extra RAM bought elsewhere could do the trick nicely. Trinity should be out very soon after being announced today.
  • grey_matters 15 May 2012 16:49:14 3,796 posts
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  • LockeTribal 15 May 2012 17:28:07 4,523 posts
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    Cheers g_m! Didn't realise they had their own web store. Will check it out.
  • Gruff 15 May 2012 18:08:52 2,911 posts
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    Just took delivery of a Dell XPS 15 today, well happy.

    It goes like hot snot, running everything I am throwing at it silky smooth

    “It's not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it's not possible to find it elsewhere.”
    ― Agnes Repplier

  • FutileResistor 15 May 2012 19:32:09 1,238 posts
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    @LockeTribal

    The Lenovo you linked to is an i3-380M. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but it's previous gen tech and no cheaper than current gen CPUs which are faster and more power efficient.

    So echoing grey_matters, you should go for an AMD Llano or an Intel Sandy bridge system. The Llano (A4, A6 or A8) systems will be better for gaming, Sandy Bridge will be better for anything else not to do with throwing polygons around.

    If you go to the hotukdeals site and type sandy bridge or A6, A4 etc into the search box, you'll find plenty of laptops in the £300-£500 range. No idea about delivery to Ireland though cos that's not where I live.

    Edited by FutileResistor at 19:36:32 15-05-2012
  • LockeTribal 15 May 2012 20:12:28 4,523 posts
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    Cheers for the recommendations FutileResistor. Don't think my gf is too bothered about the gaming side of things, and is more than happy to pay less for slightly older tech. Showed her a few options and she quite likes the look of this Acer. Any major problems with it?
  • FutileResistor 15 May 2012 20:33:50 1,238 posts
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    My point is that the older tech is actually no cheaper.

    This, for example, is a better spec(i3-2330M v i3-370M), better make (Toshiba v Acer), better battery life (5 to 6 hours v 2.5 hours). Basically better all around and cheaper to boot (£330 v £370).

    Again the problem is that you're in Ireland and I have no idea about the delivery hoops you'll have to jump through.

    Edited by FutileResistor at 20:35:08 15-05-2012
  • grey_matters 15 May 2012 20:42:42 3,796 posts
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    That C660 has build issues though, FR. There's a good bit of flex in the keyboard and it has an empty echoey cheapish feel. Agreed otherwise.
  • LockeTribal 15 May 2012 20:52:27 4,523 posts
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    Ah, cheers again. I was under the mistaken perception that the 370m was more up to date than the 2330/2350m. Never really got the hang of the names of Intel chips :) Had a look and apparently that website you linked to delivers to Ireland, so I may be in luck! One question though (sorry) is the hit in RAM (6gb down to 4gb) worth it for the jump in processor power? Thanks for the help.
  • FutileResistor 15 May 2012 22:15:28 1,238 posts
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    Oops, sorry. Outside of specs and an awareness of which are generally well regarded brands, I know very little about individual laptops.

    6GB down to 4GB shouldn't be noticeable unless you're photo-shopping huge images or doing real-time video editing.

    In any case RAM is very cheap now. You can get 8GB of branded laptop RAM from amazon for £34.
  • Mekanik 27 May 2012 16:43:21 3,592 posts
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    Gruff wrote:
    Just took delivery of a Dell XPS 15 today, well happy.

    It goes like hot snot, running everything I am throwing at it silky smooth
    Interesting. Been pondering on the xps 15 myself for a little while. Cant decide if its worth the money or if i just go for something cheapy but possibly regret it in the not-too-distant future.

    Really to be hooked up to the telly/surround sound for gaming and humphing offshore with me when i go away. Mrs Mek has become addicted to wow and now i need a second pc outside of my desktop so i can play d3/wow/other shizzle myself.

    Whodathunkit? Bloody women.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 13 Jul 2012 22:55:34 38,659 posts
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    Dear Eurogamer,

    In a couple of months my wife will be celebrating her 30th birthday. It's rare that we go mad when spending money on each other, but her laptop is on the blink so I thought I might look into getting her a new one.

    I have no idea what's good in laptop land though, so I'm looking for help to find one for her. It's not going to be used for gaming so it doesn't have to be ultra powerful but I'd like to get one with:

    Windows 7
    Plenty of HDD space
    Decent amount of RAM.

    It'll just be for browsing, iTunes and stuff like that. Recommend me something!

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