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Hardware Thread, Personal laptop in Technical; Originally Posted by Little-Miss Add a bit of glitter and i'm sold!! Why have i got it in my head ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Add a bit of glitter and i'm sold!!

    Why have i got it in my head that HP are bbbaaaddd?....
    It all depends on the model you get, anything with Compaq in the name means trouble, like all brands they have some stinkers. The huge thing I like about HP is their support, for instance drivers, we have had machines 7 years old I could still easily get drivers for with later versions of Windows unlike Toshiba, Fujitsu or Lenovo where even finding the drivers for the version of windows it came with is an epic journey rivalling the journey to mordor. Tech level is also something nice, HP has real efi, a new Toshiba I had to deal with a month ago still had an actual bios and a stack of other out-dated hardware in it. HP stuff is generally engineered rather than thrown together from rebranded parts like some other vendors.

    In conclusion, as with anything, pick a solid looking one from the line and you should be good. I only suggested the envy line as they are reasonably well put together and pretty. If you want something robust the elitebooks are solid and the probooks are ok if you need to bring the cost down.

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    I haven't bought a laptop for myself for a few years. Am I that out of the loop that 500 is classed as budget?

    I quite like the HP Envy TouchSmart 15-j051sa. But 800?! Is that the price we're paying for decent kit these days? Yeesh..

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    Generally speaking you get what you pay for. That 800 may sound like a lot of money but you will probably get a much nicer machine out if it.

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    Oh yeah. I totally get that, just didn't realise how expensive things had got! Lol

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    And 20% of that's the governments margin anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    I haven't bought a laptop for myself for a few years. Am I that out of the loop that 500 is classed as budget?

    I quite like the HP Envy TouchSmart 15-j051sa. But 800?! Is that the price we're paying for decent kit these days? Yeesh..
    That be a posh laptop that's why with a touch screen

    How about this - HP ProBook 450 G0 Laptop - Laptops | Ebuyer.com and has a cool trade-in offer I'm sure you have an old unit kicking around you could do that to?

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    Yeah. I'm not sold on touch screen yet. But it's got a 4th gen and nvidea...unless these days I won't have the same issue with intel graphics and games refusing to work because of it?

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    Depends on the Intel graphics. The new Retina MacBooks have the Iris Pro in the base model and generally speaking, graphics performance and compatibility is generally similar to the previous model which had a discrete graphics card. Intel graphics are improving massively. Get a 4th gen Core with Iris Pro and it'll be adequate at least for most games which is a helluva lot more than you can say for previous generations.

    N.b. to all of the Mac haters out there, I'm sure this is obvious but I'm not recommending that Little-Miss buys a retina MacBook , I'm just trying to compare Iris Pro with discrete mobile graphics cards and the rMBP just happens to be a handy example

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    Iris Pro does seem to give the top AMD APUs a run for their money, it's true. Problem is the price to performance ratio! It's worth looking at any Haswell powered laptop and checking what graphics core is on the CPU, some are better than others - e.g. the HD4600 and up aren't half bad, bear in mind their drivers though.

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    Haswells seem to have HD 4000's....

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Colin_M View Post
    How about a VeryPC Thinbook configured to your own spec @Little-Miss ? We'd do you a deal, just because it's you.
    @VeryPC_Colin_M - what sort of price range are the very PC thin books ?

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    Had a play with the Envy today. Seems like a nice bit of kit. Reviews said there is a bit of flex in the centre of the keyboard which there does seem to be. Apart from thinking for the price they could've tried a bit harder, I don't see that being a huge problem.

    It's a bit weighty, but for me it's pretty much a desktop replacement I guess so not an issue either.

    I think what it comes down to is that I'm tight and the price tag scares me lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Haswells seem to have HD 4000's....
    Those should be Ivy Bridge, Haswell comes with a newer range of GPUs. The model names don't tell the whole story, but give a good idea of performance.

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    Anyone got experience of PC Specialist?

    http://www.ebuyer.com/579795-pc-spec...op-pcs-l600775

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    My son ended up buying a PC because he wanted something good enough to play games on it. He paid 500 for his own-specified tower as against about 900 for a laptop that would do the same thing. He bought a cheap laptop or tablet or something to use to browse the internet and facebook etc. Combined cost was still less than the laptop

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