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Hello all! My current laptop is dying and I want something to replace it. I don't mind a tablet as long as its operating system is windows (i know, highly improbable).

I'm hoping for a light laptop that has a 2nd gen i5 (or even i7???). I don't care about graphics cards. I have the desktop for gaming. It will hardly ever leave the house, only when traveling overseas, watching movies or reading on flight.

What is your budget?
400-800£

What country are you in?
UK

What will be the uses of this laptop?
reading books, streaming sports, ms office, internet, movies

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
NO

What screen size do you require?
Not an issue.

What screen resolution do you require?
Don't care

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
More than 3 hours

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Some flash browser based games at most.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Microsoft only. Prefer Windows 7

How much hard drive space do you need?
250gb

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Webcam would be nice.
post #2 of 8
Why win7 if its a bookreader/media player?

Kindle Fire springs to mind for your actual needs (or a Kobo Vox)

If you must have a keyboard I think the Asus Transformer prime is ideal.

As for win, well Nokia Windows 8 Tablets Coming June 2012! I would wait for eight smile.gif
 
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That's my problem. I just want to install programs that I feel comfortable with. I want to download stuff, i want all the functionalities that my windows has, and androids don't.

In other words, i want a laptop. Not a tablet.

What about these:
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/laptops/371569/asus-n55sf/specifications
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/laptops/370936/dell-xps-14z/specifications
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/laptops/370576/dell-inspiron-14z
Edited by solt - 2/4/12 at 7:56am
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Of the 3 you linked, the Inspiron 14z is probably the best value for you. The XPS 14z and Asus N55 are both nice, but they're also overkill for your needs. Dells are pretty solid, good support; and the Inspiron 14z is a step above their typical Inspiron line. One of the best values if you want a ton of battery life for cheap. Perhaps the biggest decisions you should make are screen size (14" are usually more expensive than 15"), and i5 or i7. The i5's are just as fast for single- and dual-threaded, and I'm having trouble pushing my i3 during typical usage, and even CAD (well, CAD does the trick, but still no slowdowns except ~5 seconds to render before saving.). One more point, 1.3MP or 2.0MP webcams are really high-quality, I'd look for a laptop with 1.3MP webcam if you really want one (of course 0.3MP is still fine for 640x480, maybe even zoomed to 800x600).

I'd also consider something like this Samsung 3 series: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Laptop-SuperMulti-Windows-Premium/dp/B0053GLCDU/ref=sr_1_4?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1328396975&sr=1-4

And if you want a Vaio (admittedly these E-series aren't much better than any other laptop), perhaps this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-Processor-Windows-Premium-Capacity/dp/B005MOSIAI/ref=zg_bs_429886031_13

I have a thing for Lenovos. Their Ideapads have probably one of the best laptop keyboards, and they have a very clean finish to them. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-IdeaPad-Z570-15-6-Laptop/dp/B005TPRWMK/ref=zg_bs_429886031_36
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post #6 of 8
You have a hard choice to make smile.gif
The Lenovos has by far the best keyboard and we love the pointer they have, much better than a touch pad. But it and the Inspiron have Intel HD Graphics 3000. It may be enough for you. The xps14z has been a favorit for a while, but is showing its age a bit.

It may be time to look at ultrabooks, but I could only find one in your price range: Acer Aspire S3 13.3
 
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post #7 of 8
This one's overkill, but the best option in your budget (assuming you want something thin and light).
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-U36SD-RX254V-i32310M-320GB-GT520M/dp/B005LH9RVK/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1328405904&sr=8-18
The ones others mentioned are better priced.

Whatever you get, you should replace the hard drive with this.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Momentus-ST95005620AS-7200rpm-Internal/dp/B005EEZ0H0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1328406087&sr=1-1

Fast booting and loading are what I want in a media notebook, and this'll give you just that.
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post #8 of 8
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First of all. Thanks for the replies, they all have been useful.

I have almost made up my mind.
Given that I don't need a dedicated graphics card, the only other factors are build quality, screen quality, battery life and price.

The dell looks amazing atm. http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/laptops/370576/dell-inspiron-14z and is cheaper by £100 than the Acer Aspire S3 13.3 with the same cpu, more HDD space and solid build.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Ultrabook-i5-2467M-Bluetooth-Windows/dp/B005ZJTHFA/ref=br_lf_m_1000602443_1_3_ttl?ie=UTF8&s=computers&pf_rd_p=280808267&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1000602443&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=1CATFF3Y0PXY216TWTXY

Unless there is anyone else that has in mind an alternative I will probably go for it...


Oh! I forgot. Rep added.
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