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Two of my daughters are going to University in September so I said that I would sort them out a new laptop each. My ideal budget is about £300 each and the specs I am looking for are a good fast proce…
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Two of my daughters are going to University in September so I said that I would sort them out a new laptop each. My ideal budget is about £300 each and the specs I am looking for are a good fast processor, 15" screen min., 2Gb RAM, Vista Premium (or XP Pro), 120 Gb HD min.

I am considering this one:

ASUS X50N-AP179C, AMD Turion 64 X2, 15.4" Screen, Windows Vista Home Premium, 2GB RAM, 120GB HDD, DVD Rewriter, Integrated Graphics, Model X50N-AP179C

£308.98 incl. vat + delivery

Does any one out there have any alternative suggestions or comments on this particular model.

Many thanks.
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
Seems a really good deal should be ample for Uni applications, I just don't like Vista :)
#2
Mr 5 in 1;2783479
Seems a really good deal should be ample for Uni applications, I just don't like Vista :)


I would also prefer XP but it is getting much harder to get nowadays. Thanks for the reply.
#3
ilepak.. u sure you want a 15" screen.. i had a 15.4" at uni and i hated it.. it was so difficult to lug it around, always thought it would be better to go for a 13" screen!! you do word docs anyway, and the 15" is just bulky..

just thought i'd put in my practical experience!! otherwise decent deal!!
#4
Many people seem to be asking for a laptop around £300 and I have seen others on here with only 1Gb of memory or only Vista Home Basic.

I think to get 2Gb of memory AND Vista Home Premium AND 120Gb hard drive in a laptop for just over £300 is a pretty good deal.

Cannot comment on that particular model but Asus do seem to get getting a reasonable name for laptops.

Just make sure you insure them !

Also make sure your daughters back up their important data regulalry as unfortunately the theft of laptops from students is quite high so it would be sad if they lost a lot of important coursework.
#5
unileeds;2783649
ilepak.. u sure you want a 15" screen.. i had a 15.4" at uni and i hated it.. it was so difficult to lug it around, always thought it would be better to go for a 13" screen!! you do word docs anyway, and the 15" is just bulky..

just thought i'd put in my practical experience!! otherwise decent deal!!


I dont think it is going to be lugged about anywhere (except maybe home when they visit for hols etc). They will be mainly used as desktop replacements - just tidier.

Many thanks for your feedback.
#6
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146353 £294 delivered

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139025 £299 delivered..

both use intel cpus. which will run cooler, slightly.. and will be quite handy when you are lugging your laptop around uni!!
#7
Only drawback that I can see is that it's an AMD (rather than Intel) processor. At the risk of starting a flame war with the AMD support lobby, I would say that my experience has been that AMD processors run a lot hotter than Intel. I gave up using them in desktops a couple of years ago and wouldn't consider them for laptop use.

There has to be a reason why AMD are much cheaper than Intel. :thinking:
#8
otherwise dell outlet have good deals as well..

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/default.aspx?s=dfo&l=en&c=uk

0G79DWWJ model code.. is a C2D and has everything you want.. there might be quidco and some educational discount!!! for £314
#9
tony_s1
Only drawback that I can see is that it's an AMD (rather than Intel) processor. At the risk of starting a flame war with the AMD support lobby, I would say that my experience has been that AMD processors run a lot hotter than Intel. I gave up using them in desktops a couple of years ago and wouldn't consider them for laptop use.

There has to be a reason why AMD are much cheaper than Intel. :thinking:


True AMD processors for laptops do run hotter.. and its not a good thing.. I think the Tuiron ULTRA would be different.. as they are a smaller die size!! But yes for a laptop, at his price range, an intel is better.

Having said that heat is not always a bad thing... a lot of gfx cards and even systems will perform much better if they run slightly hot. The 4850 is a good example. The thermal dissipation paste also has better characteristics at a higher temp. But yes too much of this heat and you're reducing the life of the component!!

Ah and the reason AMD are cheaper.. is becuase they manage costs better.. and have streamlined their production.. being more expensive is not necessarily better.. infact most of the times its not!!!
#10
[SIZE=2]Many thanks for all the comments, I am still leaning towards the Asus with AMD chip. I note the comments regarding heat from the chip but I understand that the Asus has a 2 year warranty as standard so that gives me some comfort. :thumbsup:[/SIZE]
banned#11
I have had a look around and to be honest as long as these are new laptops it is a bargin, as these are being sold at least 20-30 pounds below cost price !
#12
suspended#13
where did you find that deal OP?
#14
unileeds

Ah and the reason AMD are cheaper.. is becuase they manage costs better.. and have streamlined their production.. being more expensive is not necessarily better.. infact most of the times its not!!!


They are also cheaper because Intel use some very dodgy practices to keep the big suppliers (Dell etc) as Intel only companies.

Intel also charge a premium because they know the are the number 1 processor company.

The only thing AMD can compete on is price so they keep their prices low.

AMD also made a huge loss last quarter (over 1 billion pounds after some write offs) so not sure they manage costs better.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/07/17/amd-reports-q2-results-1-2b-loss-quitting-handheld-and-digita/
#15
dpwp;2791859
where did you find that deal OP?


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#16
[SIZE=2]I've just come across this one which seems rather good:

[/SIZE][LEFT][SIZE=2]Acer TravelMate 7520 Notebook PC / AMD Turion TL-58 1.9GHz / 17" WXGA TFT / 2GB RAM / 160GB HDD / DVD+/-RW / ATI Radeon X1250 GPU / Vista Home Premium

£339.99 + Free Delivery. Also Less £7.50 and Less 4% via Quidco = £312.17

I would welcome comments on the above as it seems a great deal. My only reservation for a student is the 17" screen which would impede portability.[/SIZE]
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