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13" screen ideally, nice ...
20th June 2011, 12:50 PM #1
Budget thin & light laptop?
Looking for as portable a laptop as possible for £500 or less, but not a netbook.
13" screen ideally, nice and thin and light.
Dell Inspiron M301z is a consideration, but I'm not sure about the CPU in it (Athlon II Neo)
Anyone bought anything similar lately?
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20th June 2011, 12:56 PM #2
acer timeline x series do a 13.3"
20th June 2011, 12:58 PM #3
My HP dv2 runs off an Athlon Neo II - think of it as a super supped up Atom (in fact I can even run Crysis on my laptop at low detail levels).
One thing I would strongly suggest is that you look at getting a SSD for your laptop - even if you only go for a 60Gb it will make all the difference.
20th June 2011, 01:02 PM #4
I haven't bought similar, but pointed someone in the direction of Lenovo when they asked a similar question recently.
20th June 2011, 01:04 PM #5
How about a Dell Vostro V130?
Vostro V130 Laptop Details | Dell UK
- Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
- Core I3-380
- 2048MB (1x2048) 1333Mhz DDR3
- 13.3in Widescreen WLED
- 320GB (7,200 Rpm)
- Primary 6-cell battery
- Integrated 2 Mega Pixel Camera
- Wireless 802.11b/g/n +
- Bluetooth v3.0
20th June 2011, 01:06 PM #6
A Lenovo X100e was going to be my fallback in the event that I couldn't find a HP dv2 (by the time I bought it the dv2 line had been retired) but in the end bought it at John Lewis for £200 off and the usal 2 year warranty - ripped Vista off it instantly and put on a clean install of Windows 7
Originally Posted by difinity
If you wan't something seriously good keep an eye out for the new HPs with the AMD E-350 APUs in - even more powerful with much improved battery life.
20th June 2011, 01:07 PM #7
20th June 2011, 02:24 PM #8
Thanks for the advice
20th June 2011, 03:24 PM #9
ProBook 5320m ? About 415 each. No optical drive though. We have some - really nice.
20th June 2011, 03:52 PM #10
I have found these to be just the ticket: Toshiba New R Series Laptops | Insight UK
Light, durable, fast and battery life lasts
20th June 2011, 04:03 PM #11
Although it's not listed on their website, Stone do a laptop based on the Clevo S3101 platform which fits the bill. We bought 25 odd recently, I think they came in for less than £500 a piece. I think Stone call it the NB1103.
They're nice pieces of kit, better than the usual Clevo faire. They're based on CULV Core i3s.
21st June 2011, 11:27 AM #12
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+1 for the ProBook. The longlife batteries are quite reasonable as well.
Originally Posted by pete
21st June 2011, 11:34 AM #13
I bought an Inspiron M101Z (virtually the same as above but 11") and I'm happy with it. Screen is really nice and the keyboard/trackpad are good too. Battery life is about 4 hours which is kind of average. My only real compaint about it is that the fan's a bit noisy.
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