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 ...
5th November 2013, 02:01 PM #16
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.
Originally Posted by Little-Miss
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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Little-Miss (5th November 2013)
8th November 2013, 02:08 PM #17
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..
8th November 2013, 02:12 PM #18
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.
8th November 2013, 02:13 PM #19
Oh yeah. I totally get that, just didn't realise how expensive things had got! Lol
8th November 2013, 02:32 PM #20
And 20% of that's the governments margin anyway.
8th November 2013, 03:46 PM #21
8th November 2013, 06:24 PM #22
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?
8th November 2013, 11:57 PM #23
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
9th November 2013, 12:32 AM #24
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.
9th November 2013, 12:44 AM #25
Haswells seem to have HD 4000's....
9th November 2013, 08:53 AM #26
@VeryPC_Colin_M - what sort of price range are the very PC thin books ?
Originally Posted by VeryPC_Colin_M
9th November 2013, 07:36 PM #27
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!
10th November 2013, 01:00 AM #28
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.
Originally Posted by Little-Miss
10th November 2013, 06:48 PM #29
10th November 2013, 08:19 PM #30
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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