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    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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    acer timeline x series do a 13.3"

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    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.

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    I haven't bought similar, but pointed someone in the direction of Lenovo when they asked a similar question recently.

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    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


    478inc VAT

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    I haven't bought similar, but pointed someone in the direction of Lenovo when they asked a similar question recently.
    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

    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.

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    Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 13 uses the top end Neo. The staff here love them. Not blazing fast ~3.9 on W7 Processor but 4GB of RAM is great for office/web browsing.

    Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 NV337UK

    You can claim 100 cashback when bought with a 50 Lenovo DVD Drive.

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    Thanks for the advice

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    ProBook 5320m ? About 415 each. No optical drive though. We have some - really nice.

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    @sidewinder:

    I have found these to be just the ticket: Toshiba New R Series Laptops | Insight UK

    Light, durable, fast and battery life lasts

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    ProBook 5320m ? About 415 each. No optical drive though. We have some - really nice.
    +1 for the ProBook. The longlife batteries are quite reasonable as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder View Post
    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?
    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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