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post #1 of 10
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So I've just moved out and currently can't really afford to power my PC or even the internet, so I have I decided to just sell it. Since im at college now and I'll be off to uni in October, I figure it's best to get a laptop now so I can still continue work at home.

So yeah I need a new laptop

Using s-x's template, here is an idea of what I'm looking for

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What is your maximum budget?
Depends on what I can get for selling my current rig. I'm thinking whatever I get for it, somewhere in the range of £400-600 should be okay. Although, if I can go cheaper that would be great, as I might not even need to spend that much, based on what I will mainly use it for

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What country are you in?
UK
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What will be the uses of this laptop?
The main uses will be essay writing and general college/uni work, also media playback (most likely SD content if that matters)

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Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Not really, no

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What screen size do you require?
I'm not 100% sure on that. I would like it to be a decent size, but I will most likely need to carry it around quite often so I don't want something too big

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What screen resolution do you require?
Not much of an issue

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Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
Mostly likely new, but I would consider otherwise if it was a really good deal

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How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
Not too bothered, as long as is possible. I may need some advice on that anyway

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What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Really doubt I would use it for that

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What operating system do you need? (if any)
Not fussed. I think I can get win7 on a student deal for around £30 so if it's cheaper to get a laptop with no OS then that could work. Otherwise not too bothered

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Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Nope

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How much hard drive space do you need?
Umm, I may need advice on that. Obviously I need my work to always be on there, but considering I will be watching some stuff on there it may be better to have a smaller amount on the laptop and use an external for media files

I was thinking of getting an SSD for the main drive. Good idea or not? Obviously the cost is an issue

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Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
No

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Is there anything else we need to know?
Not that I can think of atm


EDIT:

I'm pretty sure that I will get a sony vaio now. The question is, is there much difference between the sb i5 and i3?

I want it to last me for a good number of years, and I won't use it for much other than uni work and SD content playback
Edited by mib2347 - 4/24/11 at 8:34am
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Perhaps a Dell 14"? Big enough that if you choose to view movies you won't be squinting yet still small enough to be portable. i3 Processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Yeah Yeah I know its a Dell.

HP has a few options. The Touchsmart would be kinda nice. The ability to go Tablet style? Imagine the usefulness of that.

IBM also has some options available. Looks like some refurbs etc.

Gateway is also an option. i3 and i5 cores available.

Most of the choices above will give the option of i3 and i5 Core processors. 4GB-6GB of RAM and HDD range from 250GB to 500GB+ I would not recommend going any lower than the i3 Core Processor. I still feel that 14" screen would be the best option. No reason to have to strain your eyesight.
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nice rig
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nice rig
Thanks. It's a real shame I have to sell it, but I can't really use it anymore unfortunately
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post #5 of 10
For general purpose usage, you can pick up pretty much any modern laptop on sale and not be missing much.

Maybe look at something like a HP DM1z for school work, especially if you'll be taking it from class to class. With a 128GB SSD and 2 batteries it runs about $850 US. Buy a USB DVD-burner for 30-35 dollars.

Or for a more traditional laptop - an Acer Aspire AS5742G-6600 which runs about $700 U.S. then pick up a SSD later.

Both of those are high-end for what you're looking to do. You can easily pick up something with integrated graphics for 400-500 U.S. that'll be fine for school work and watching SD (and even 720p) video.

I'm always amazed how little disk space people use when they aren't storing videos locally and aren't gaming. So, the standard 500GB HDD or a 120-128 GB SSD should suit you fine.
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post #6 of 10
ur laptop is gonna be such a downgrade from your rig D:
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ur laptop is gonna be such a downgrade from your rig D:
Yeah, I know

I'd love to be able to retain some of the responsiveness in a new laptop, but I don't wanna pay silly amounts of money for that
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How does this look

the i3 system with an ssd

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15.6" HD LED Backlit 16:9 Widescreen (1366x768)

Intel® Core™i3 Dual Core Mobile Processor i3-2310M (2.10GHz) 3MB Cache

4GB SAMSUNG 1333MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 2GB)

Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Video Memory Technology up to 1.7GB

80GB INTEL® 320 SERIES SSD, SATA 3 Gb/s (upto 270MB/sR | 90MB/sW)

1 Month Free Laptop Insurance inc. Accidental Damage & Theft
Warranty

Price: £561.00 including VAT and delivery.
Or £600 for an i5 system

Also, I hear SSD's can be funny with laptops, is this true?

EDIT: found this. Seems decent, any opinions?

http://www.dabs.com/products/lenovo-...40000-49260000

Or even this

http://www.dabs.com/products/lenovo-...m_content=Q200
Edited by mib2347 - 4/23/11 at 4:48pm
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post #9 of 10
I would get a 13.3 size laptop. they are perfect in the middle for college use, not too big not too small. Also have decent battery life comparing to 15.6 laptops. Not too heavy either to carry around in college. Trust me, these 5.5 lbs laptops can get pretty heavy =D
Also look into Asus, their built is excellent and long lasting battery comparing to Apple macbook. I currently have Asus U30JC
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post #10 of 10
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I've found this

http://www.dabs.com/products/lenovo-...0000-435910000

I'm also looking at the sony vaio s series now. Are they worth the little extra?

I'm pretty sure that I will get a sony vaio now. The question is, is there much difference between the sb i5 and i3?

I want it to last me for a good number of years, and I won't use it for much other than uni work and SD content playback
Edited by mib2347 - 4/24/11 at 8:34am
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