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    Personal laptop

    I am looking for something to replace the desktop due to space constants as the spare room is destined to become the babies room. I still feel the need for a proper PC not just a tablet. I would like some idea of good laptop options in the 13 to 15in range. A mac book air would be nice but it is a bit out of the price range I think that could be the same for ultra books as well.

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    what are you looking to do on it?

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    what is the :

    1. max price that you can afford ?
    2. sort of specs you are after cpu, ram, hdd or ssd , graphics card etc ?
    3. Are there any particular brands / makes you would prefer or want to avoid etc ?
    4. Are you going to ignore any warranty purchase ie using the standard warranty cover versus purchasing extra cover to get the laptop covered for say 3 years etc ?

    What laptop magazine is normally a good starting point as it's only a couple of quid from the local news agents or wh smiths etc and it covers all pros, cons of each laptop, how they perform , any common issues ie over heating, etc etc

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    I think £500 would be the max I would like Intel i3 and some reasonable graphics.

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    Depending on what you want to use it for, you might want a look at the ASUS Prime. It's got surprisingly good graphics, and means that you've got both a tablet and a functional ultrabook (the docking station is a bit of a misnomet - it basically converts it into a laptop). Hits the top of your pricemark though, and does mean that you're on Android which might limit you for some things.

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    Shaun pointed out the Dell XPS range to me last year, and although it's £50 over the £500 pound budget the XPS 15 still has some cracking specs:




    2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2450M processor (2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz)

    English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)

    15.6"(40 cm) HD WLED TL (1366x768) 720p with 2.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera

    2 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz

    250 GB SATA hard drive (7200RPM)

    1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M Graphics Card

    8x DVD+/-RW Optical Drive


    More here: Dell XPS 15 Laptop Details | Dell UK
    Last edited by Dos_Box; 15th February 2012 at 11:18 AM.

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    i bought one of these this year and soo far been sooo happy with the performance The nSpire Pro 2450

    15.6" HD LED Glossy Screen (1366 x 768)

    Processor Description : Intel i5 2450M Mobile @2.50ghz

    4GB DDR3 1333Mhz Memory (can be upgraded to 8gb)

    500GB sata 2.5" Hard Drive

    SATA DVD Writer

    NVIDIA GT540M 1GB Graphics card

    built in webcam
    bit more expensive at £510 without an OS so would need to add on the extra for the cost of 64bit windows

    or you could look at this

    Intel Core i3 2350M 2.3GHz
    4GB RAM
    500GB HDD
    15.6" LED
    DVD Writer
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
    Webcam
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64
    £484.09

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    Lenovo G570 Windows 7 Laptop M517AUK - Laptops Direct

    Screen size - 15.6 in - 1366 x 768
    Processor - Intel Core i5 2430M - 2.4 GHz
    RAM - 4 GB
    Hard Drive - 500 GB
    Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
    Optical Drive - DVD?RW
    Warranty - 1 year warranty

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    Samsung RF511 15.6 SAMSUNG RF511 15.6" Laptop - Silver at cheap prices | PC World

    Intel® Core™ i5-2450M processor
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Memory: 8GB
    Hard drive: 1TB
    Graphics card: Intel® HD Graphics 3000

    Fairly good deal for £599

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaBravo View Post
    Samsung RF511 15.6 SAMSUNG RF511 15.6" Laptop - Silver at cheap prices | PC World

    Intel® Core™ i5-2450M processor
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Memory: 8GB
    Hard drive: 1TB
    Graphics card: Intel® HD Graphics 3000

    Fairly good deal for £599
    Quick search on google products for the same model , found this ( £565.34 free delivery for the same laptop ) --> RF511 - silver [TDO_12302891_551602] - £565.34 : Digital Equipment, Totally Digital Online, Big Brands at Low Prices

    Google Products search for this samsung laptop --> Samsung RF511 15.6" Laptop - Silver Intel Core i5-2450M Processor, Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Memory: 8GB, Hard drive: 1TB, with 1.3 MP Webcam

    Might also be worth while dropping @Millgate a pm to see if they can do a better deal for you ?
    Last edited by mac_shinobi; 15th February 2012 at 12:20 PM.

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    We dont really do personal purchases and the laptops mentioned are consumer so you would probably get a better deal from PC World or whoever.

    The Samsung one looks quite good. Also have a look at the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F6.

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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-i3-370M...9309747&sr=1-1 < Best laptop for the price I can find!

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    Maybe so but from previous few years acer support from posts on EG have been far from good, not sure if that is still the case I would go with the Samsung one if you could afford the extra £££

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    For home products Acer are pretty decent, its the business support I have always hated. Home support was fantastic on the other hand. Probably because if you are a business and you get poor service then you go elsewhere, but personal customers tend to speak to friends about bad service etc so they work hard to ensure all is well with the product.

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    If apple wasn't a choice for me then I would go with a samsung or HP laptop as had a couple of them and they have always been brilliant ( at least for me ). Am not too keen on the Acer laptops, a little scheptical about Toshibas thus leaving Dell, Lenovo and possibly some others.

    Although not sure ref HP now, thus leaving Samsung but then obviously comes down to money and if the OP can afford the extra £££

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