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    Choosing a laptop for home

    I'm looking for a new laptop for home use and have narrowed down to 2 possibles;

    Advent Roma 4001 - Intel T4400 2.2ghz, 4gb ddr2 ram, 500gb hdd - 399

    HP G62-107SA - Intel Core i3 330M 2.1ghz, 2gb ddr3 ram, 250gb hdd - 429

    I don't do games so don't care about integrated graphics, but I do want to be able to run up to 2 VMs side by side for my own entertainment/education. My inclination is towards the HP because of the Core i3. I can upgrade the RAM in this if need be.

    Any advice or other possibles most welcome. I don't mind spending a little bit more, but would say that 450 is absolute limit.

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    If you don't mind refurb (12 month warranty) PC World have that HP for 379 here: HP G62-107SA Refurbished Laptop at cheap prices | PC World, which gives you 50 for ram or whatever.

    With two vms + base OS on a laptop drive, your bottleneck will be disk access. If you could find out in advance what speed the hard disks are, it might be useful. Platter density of a decent 5400 drive at 500GB is equivalent to a 7200 at 250GB.

    My suggestion (which'd be out of your price range if you bought new) would be something with a hotswap optical bay that you can stick another hard disk in.

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    I'd pick a Dell Vostro if there's one that fits the bill, no retarded glossy screen

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavhc View Post
    I'd pick a Dell Vostro if there's one that fits the bill, no retarded glossy screen
    Good call! Much classier than the sort of stuff I was looking at in PC World today... Maybe I can stretch that budget a bit. I notice they come with 7,200rpm HDDs.
    Last edited by ajbritton; 30th July 2010 at 12:29 AM.

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    I managed to stretch my budget a bit and I've just put my order in with Dell for a Vostro 3500. It seems to tick all the boxes;

    * Core i3-350
    * 3Gb 1333MHz DDR3
    * 320Gb 7200rpm HDD
    * Win 7 Pro with XP mode installed

    Total cost inc. VAT (got free delivery): 527

    Big thanks to mavhc for putting me onto this one.

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    It's arrived and very nice it is too. The only complaint I would have to far is that the keyboard is a bit rattly on the right hand side. Not sure if this is a fault or just part of the design.

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    Haven't noticed on the older one I have. This week I'm imaging 150 toshiba t130s, glossy screens, eww.

    Dear Bioterrorists, please create a virus that kills/mind alters people who think glossy screens are a good idea.

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    I'm trying to follow up the keyboard issue with Dell. Their website directed me to send an email specifically for keyboard issues. Today I receive an email saying Dell do not offer email support for Vostros !!! (marge simpson growl).

    I have heard of protective film that can be fitted to glossy screens that reduces the reflectiveness. Not sure how well this would fare in a school environment.

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    Interesting Andy as that's exactly what I'd be wanting to do. Thanks.

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    I would choose the Advent machine over HP

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