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    New Laptop - Is this any good?

    Morning All

    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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    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

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    The spec looks good, just the screen resolution looks a little low.

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    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
    320GB HDD
    DVD Rewriter
    512MB ATI 5470 Graphics
    Webcam Bluetooth & HDMI
    Includes Free HP Carry Case
    XX826EA#ABU

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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    The spec looks good, just the screen resolution looks a little low.
    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.
    Last edited by flyinghaggis; 19th September 2011 at 12:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    I'd agree. 1366 x 768 is fine for a 11-12" laptop but if you're buying a 15" model I've definitely want something higher (unless you have poor eyesight and find the larger native text size a benefit)
    Smaller the better for me, as I can put more on the desktop

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    I found this machine on the HP website.

    http://h40059.www4.hp.com/uk/homelap...1sa_ds_ene.pdf

    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?

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    if the screen is HD as you said, wont the max resolution be 1080 min??

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    1600x900 isn't HD

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    720 is HD, 1080 is Full HD

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    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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