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19th August 2013, 08:42 PM #1
Recommend me a laptop please
I have up to £750 inc VAT (£625 ex VAT) to spend on a laptop for my eldest before she returns to uni.
She wants a 13 inch screen.
It will mostly do office stuff, web browsing and photo editing... so doesn't need a massive processor, but I prefer to get as much 'oomf' as possible so that it doesn't start struggling after 6 months of M$ updates.
Ideally she would prefer to stay Win7, as she has no interest in touch screens, but is prepared to consider Win 8.
19th August 2013, 08:55 PM #2
Can you stretch to a Macbook Air? That's what I did when my sis went to teach abroad. Knowing that I couldn't fix her only form of communication with home until she actually came home, I dual booted so she had Win for doing work and OSX for everything else.
Just an option.
19th August 2013, 09:28 PM #3
No. A Macbook is out... for many reasons!
19th August 2013, 10:37 PM #4
Dell Outlet always have some very tasty laptops in: Dell Outlet - Refurbished Laptops, Desktops & Servers | Dell UK
There are some stonking XPS 15(L521x) - last years top of the line Dell laptop - available for well within your price range as they start from £482 ex-vat.
I have just brought one and they are very, very good machines with an amazing build quality and spec.
Thanks to Dos_Box from:
elsiegee40 (19th August 2013)
19th August 2013, 10:43 PM #5
You beat me to it! I just bought replacement laptops for the teachers from here. Saved a fortune and from 15, there was only one where you'd see the mark from a pace away. The others, you'd only see the mark if you knew it was there and we're looking. If you buy from the Latitude range, they come with the 3 year next day on site warranty too.
Originally Posted by Dos_Box
Thanks to jmak from:
elsiegee40 (19th August 2013)
19th August 2013, 10:53 PM #6
Lenovo IdeaPad Z585 Laptop - Laptops | Ebuyer.com - I quite fancy this machine for myself and am thinking about it at the moment
19th August 2013, 11:12 PM #7
I had forgotten the Dell outlet. She is adamant that she wants a 13" screen, but they have a few XPS13 Ultrabooks on there that are of interest.
19th August 2013, 11:42 PM #8
For that price you could buy two of ICT directs lovely T410 core i5 's
14.1 inch screen
20th August 2013, 10:33 AM #9
The Asus Vivobook S400 is a lovely, lovely thing with a 14 inch screen (not got any 13s here to recommend). The build is great, and it looks good. Runs Windows 7 fine, all drivers work. Has a touchscreen, but that's an extra really.
20th August 2013, 10:36 AM #10
This is a private purchase though, not a school one.
Originally Posted by witch
20th August 2013, 02:14 PM #11
@elsiegee40 Doesn't matter - they'll sell it to you privately. I am currently accessing edugeek via my trusty old T60.
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
20th August 2013, 02:40 PM #12
PC Pro have just a-listed this Acer: ACER S3, NX.M1FEK.006, Acer Aspire S3-391 Ultrabook
They quote it at £370 inc vat, but the site currently shows £389. Not as powerful as you could get from Dell though.
20th August 2013, 02:48 PM #13
I have just completed a purchase through Dell. Thanks all for the help.
I now have to sort out M$ Office. Office 365 University is all very well, but she needs something that will work offline when the laptop accompanies her to the back of beyond on field trips.
20th August 2013, 02:58 PM #14
What did you get (and spec) if you don't mind me asking?
20th August 2013, 03:00 PM #15
I went for one of the XPS13 Ultrabooks with Win 7. It suits her nicely and isn't too heavy for lugging around. There are a number with very similar spec. Will hunt out the exact spec of the one I got.
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