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    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.

    Ideas please?

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    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.

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    No. A Macbook is out... for many reasons!

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Dell Outlet always have some very tasty laptops and spec.
    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.

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    Lenovo IdeaPad Z585 Laptop - Laptops | Ebuyer.com - I quite fancy this machine for myself and am thinking about it at the moment

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    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.

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    For that price you could buy two of ICT directs lovely T410 core i5 's
    14.1 inch screen

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    For that price you could buy two of ICT directs lovely T410 core i5 's
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    This is a private purchase though, not a school one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    This is a private purchase though, not a school one.
    @elsiegee40 Doesn't matter - they'll sell it to you privately. I am currently accessing edugeek via my trusty old T60.

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    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.

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    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.

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    What did you get (and spec) if you don't mind me asking?

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    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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