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My hardware days have come and gone, and I havenít kept up to speed with new hardware progressions. ...
19th September 2011, 12:10 PM #1
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New Laptop - Is this any good?
My hardware days have come and gone, and I havenít kept up to speed with new hardware progressions. So I would like to ask the people of Edugeek who keep upto date with hardware changes is the below spec Laptop any good, or if anyone could recommend a better unit for the money?
I am not worried about the OS as I have licences for 7 Pro, and I also have a SSD for the hard disk so again not worried about that. The price of the below unit which is a Dell Inspiron is coming in @ £650 Inc VAT
The spec is
Processor - Intel Core i7-2630QM Cache memory 6 MB
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium
RAM - 6GB DDR3
Graphics card - NVidia 1GB dedicated
Screen type - Widescreen LED
Screen resolution - 1366 x 768
Screen size - 15.6" HD screen
Screen features - LED backlighting 16:9 aspect ratio
Hard drive - 640GB 5400 SATA
Optical disk drive - Blu-ray combo
Memory card reader - 8 in 1 SD card reader
USB - UBS 2.0 x 3
WiFi - 802.11 g/n
Bluetooth - Yes
Video interface - 1 x HDMI & 1 x VGA
Webcam - 1.0 MP
Battery - Lithium-Ion 6 cell - up to 4 hours battery life
Size - 376 x 260.2 x 32.2~35.3 mm
Weight - 2.65 kg
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19th September 2011, 12:19 PM #2
Looks like a reasonable machine but is quite pricey - what do you need it for? Do you need an i7? As discussed in another thread, Im allowed a new laptop
the difference between i5 and i7 is really only a bit of boot up speed
19th September 2011, 12:24 PM #3
The spec looks good, just the screen resolution looks a little low.
19th September 2011, 12:48 PM #4
Check out www.saveonlaptops.co.uk
For example, they have the following for £299 (inc VAT) after £100 HP Cashback
HP ProBook 4320s
Intelģ Core™ i3-380M Dual Core Processor
13.3" HD Screen
Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
3GB DDR3 RAM
512MB ATI 5470 Graphics
Webcam Bluetooth & HDMI
Includes Free HP Carry Case
19th September 2011, 01:14 PM #5
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I work in the field visiting schools, and then working on the school system. So my laptop is my main machine. I also wanted to get something which is going to last the next 3 years give or take. Thats why I look @ the I7 machine.
19th September 2011, 01:24 PM #6
I'd agree. 1366 x 768 is fine for a 11-12" laptop but if I was buying a 15" model I'd definitely want something higher.
Originally Posted by difinity
Last edited by flyinghaggis; 19th September 2011 at 01:26 PM.
19th September 2011, 01:25 PM #7
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Smaller the better for me, as I can put more on the desktop
Originally Posted by flyinghaggis
19th September 2011, 02:13 PM #8
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I found this machine on the HP website.
Not sure about AMD? How does the processor in the machine match a I5 / I7 machine. Also I noted from the PDF it has 2 HDDs in stalled? 2 x 500gb so I could replace these with say 1 x 250GB SSD and then the 2nd 500GB disk could be the data disk?
19th September 2011, 03:35 PM #9
if the screen is HD as you said, wont the max resolution be 1080 min??
19th September 2011, 03:46 PM #10
19th September 2011, 04:23 PM #11
720 is HD, 1080 is Full HD
Thanks to SYSMAN_MK from:
difinity (19th September 2011)
19th September 2011, 04:29 PM #12
Screen spec isn't amazing (seeing this a lot on Dells currently), and obviously the HDD is pretty pap though that doesn't matter if you have an SSD.
There seem to be a number of decent deals doing the rounds every so often of laptops with the i5-2410M, which is a fast processor but hits a good budget sweet spot. Many of these come with decent graphics cards, RAM specs and screens for under £500.
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