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    Im allowed a new laptop

    So, what the hell do I choose??

    Limit £600 ex vat ish (with or without OS)

    Will be 15.6" or smaller
    Will need reasonable battery
    Will be for video editing
    Will need to run some VMs

    Oh and maybe look good too....

    This one has last me 4 years and is starting to show its age, inspire me

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    This one seems to fit the bill (not sure how good the battery is mind)....

    HP Pavilion DV6-6104ea Laptop - Laptops | Ebuyer.com

    Though you mention video editing, so if you're going to want to capture HD video from a variety of sources, it might be better spending a little less on the laptop and getting one of these too: Blackmagic Design: Intensity

    EDIT: John Lewis claim up to 6.5 hours battery life, so realistically probably 4...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    This one seems to fit the bill (not sure how good the battery is mind)....

    HP Pavilion DV6-6104ea Laptop - Laptops | Ebuyer.com

    Though you mention video editing, so if you're going to want to capture HD video from a variety of sources, it might be better spending a little less on the laptop and getting one of these too: Blackmagic Design: Intensity

    EDIT: John Lewis claim up to 6.5 hours battery life, so realistically probably 4...
    Its more for school clips, so very limited wont needs fancy addons.

    The CPU in that laptop is new to me (A6 3410MX) is it any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Its more for school clips, so very limited wont needs fancy addons.

    The CPU in that laptop is new to me (A6 3410MX) is it any good?
    Actually, I thought I had read i5 well it is Friday...

    by the looks of it, it's a turd... PassMark - AMD A6-3410MX APU with Radeon HD Graphics - Price performance comparison

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    See if you can persuade them to let you spend a bit more and get one of the new Dell Macbooks Pros, erm sorry, Dell XPS 15z . Grab em quick before the Apple lawyers hit Dell with an injunction...

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    See if you can persuade them to let you spend a bit more and get one of the new Dell Macbooks Pros, erm sorry, Dell XPS 15z . Grab em quick before the Apple lawyers hit Dell with an injunction...
    Nice, but still £1000 ex vat

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Nice, but still £1000 ex vat
    £700 + VAT for the base model, up to about £1300 for the top spec ;-)

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    If you go for the standard XPS 15 £578.41 would get you:

    • i5-2410M
    • Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
    • Memory 4096MB (2x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
    • 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
    • 500GB (7,200rpm) Hard Drive
    • 8x DVD+/-RW Optical Drive
    • Intel® Centrino Wireless-N
    • 6-cell 56Whr battery
    • 15.6"(40 cm) FHD B+RGLED TL (1920x1080)
    • 2.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera


    The 1080p screen on these are amazing and would be great for video editing.

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    Anyone had experience with i7/i5 CPUs? Would I notice the difference?

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    Costco have the Samsung RC520 i5 6GB 750HDD 1GB Graphics for £516 Inc VAT not sure if it's a Gen 1 or 2 though.

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    I really don't like using a laptop, I use either a full PC for most tasks or I use my IPAD for general browsing and research. Am I the only one who feels like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    Actually, I thought I had read i5 well it is Friday...

    by the looks of it, it's a turd... PassMark - AMD A6-3410MX APU with Radeon HD Graphics - Price performance comparison
    Those scores are just taking into accout raw CPU power - the AMD Fusion processors are a lot more and can out perform Intel on anything that uses the graphics core (which is built into the CPU).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    I really don't like using a laptop, I use either a full PC for most tasks or I use my IPAD for general browsing and research. Am I the only one who feels like this?
    I agree, but I dont have an office and frequent between two schools so im lumbered

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    I really don't like using a laptop, I use either a full PC for most tasks or I use my IPAD for general browsing and research. Am I the only one who feels like this?
    Somewhere in between - I use a PC for most tasks and a netbook for general browsing because I like to have a real keyboard when it comes to typing. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is looking very appealing to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Anyone had experience with i7/i5 CPUs? Would I notice the difference?
    MrwITch has a Dell XPS 17 i5 and my daughter has a Dell XPS 17 i7 and TBH we havent noticed any real difference in anything much. She got an i7 because that was the one that came with the whizzy graphics, huge amount of RAM and big hard disk that she needed for Uni. They work pretty much identically in terms of speed etc.
    Funnily enough, given the above, I'd recommend a Dell!
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