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need a new laptop and have a budget of about 750 - 800. The best one i have found so far is... http://http://www.evesham.com/products/configurator/default.asp?e=6F80F2B3-84FA-44DF-862B-C6B4E3ACF5… Read More
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9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
need a new laptop and have a budget of about 750 - 800.
The best one i have found so far is...

http://http://www.evesham.com/products/configurator/default.asp?e=6F80F2B3-84FA-44DF-862B-C6B4E3ACF5DBhttp://http://www.evesham.com/products/configurator/default.asp?e=6F80F2B3-84FA-44DF-862B-C6B4E3ACF5DB

I would like a decent (ish) graphics card so when i upgrade the graphics card on this it takes the price up to £849. (over budget!!)

any suggestions would be appreciated!!

thanks in advance
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9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
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#1
what about dell (if you dont mind overseas customer services)??
#2
I really do detest dell,

Mainly because we have had pc's of them in the past and they have been cheeky and put different graphics cards in the machines to what we have paid for.
Then you ring up CS and speak to some jolly asian who doesnt understand what you are saying!!!! Nightmare.

If there is a good deal on then i may go for it, but otherwise no way!!
#3
I have also found this laptop
http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5920WSMi_Laptop_LX.AGS0X.015/version-1.asp

however i have never heaard of laptops direct before!
anyone know if they are a good company?
#4
frndd0
I have also found this laptop
http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5920WSMi_Laptop_LX.AGS0X.015/version-1.asp

however i have never heaard of laptops direct before!
anyone know if they are a good company?


Yep, very.
Sorry, gotta dash but i can vouch for them.
Nice looking machine too.
#5
used laptops direct for mylaptop, havnt really had to contact them about any issues, downside is that I never got my quidco..
#6
I'm looking for a similar laptop and have narrowed it down to 2, the Aspire that's been linked on here and this Asus one- http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/127302/rb/0
#8
have you tried www.pcspecialist.com not a bad site to use
#9
http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?ProductCode=3384-6623

this is a really excellent spec and at a decent price....3% quidco cashback
#10
wow that really is a top notch spec for the price currychops
#11
Sure is - would not the battery life though - pretty poor by todays standard - only 3 hours which would really mean only really 2 hours use on a suitable screen brightness - and really pushing it after a 18 months when your battery starts to die away.

Out of interest can anyone tell me the difference between that laptop and this one:
http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?ProductCode=3384-6624

Other than the OS being XP...

Who is zoostorm?!

THanks

Adam
#12
Ad arm
Sure is - would not the battery life though - pretty poor by todays standard - only 3 hours which would really mean only really 2 hours use on a suitable screen brightness - and really pushing it after a 18 months when your battery starts to die away.

Out of interest can anyone tell me the difference between that laptop and this one:
http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?ProductCode=3384-6624

Other than the OS being XP...

Who is zoostorm?!

Adam


THanks

paying the extra for VISTA ULTIMATE on the lappy you have quoted may be worth it for some....from what I've read the zoostorm laptops have a Fujitsu chassis.
#13
Where you read that, any chance of a 3 year upgraded warranty with these things?

Sorry i posted teh wrong link:

They have their models posted in the most retarded way...why not have one model with the diff OS on the same specs rather than having us cross reference 1000 (thanks vista! :( ) pages.

The much preferred XP pro is available at:

http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?ProductCode=3384-6622r
#14
Would these lap's handle something like cubase / (vst) music recording / heavy gaming / video editing?

if so I'm tempted
#15
Ad arm
Where you read that, any chance of a 3 year upgraded warranty with these things?

Sorry i posted teh wrong link:

They have their models posted in the most retarded way...why not have one model with the diff OS on the same specs rather than having us cross reference 1000 (thanks vista! :( ) pages.

The much preferred XP pro is available at:

http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?ProductCode=3384-6622r

yep the product listings are not well thought out...but the products do get good reviews in mags like PC PRO and Computer Shopper...it was in one of those mags that I read that the chassis are Fujitsu...a member on here MBeeching has a Pcnextday lappy and you may wish to PM him for his views..he has often praised his purchase on these threads.
#16
exit75
Would these lap's handle something like cubase / (vst) music recording / heavy gaming / video editing?

if so I'm tempted

I take it you are referring to the vista premium model

http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?ProductCode=3384-6623

in a nutshell...yes it will but check first ...look for reviews if there are any?.
#17
I'm similarly looking for a laptop which can do a little more than the basic stuff (want to use it for photoshop and graphic packages, downloading films and music, skype-ing etc). The zoostorm http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?ProductCode=3384-6623

looks really good and i'm wondering how it would compare to Dell...

I have been looking for months and I finally bit the bullet to buy, having decided Dell was best in terms of affordability and reasonable quality... I really like the new Inspirons esp the colours, and the integrated webcams.

This is the spec I went for:
BASE Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5450 Processor (1.66GHz,667MHz,2MB L2 cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium - English
COLOUR CHOICE Sunshine Yellow Colour with Microsatin Finish & 2.0mp camera
LCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
MEMORY 1024MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x512]
HARD DRIVE 120GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
GRAPHICS CARD nVidia® GeForce™ Go 8400M GS with 128MB DDR2 dedicated graphic memory
OPTICAL DRIVE Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
PRIMARY BATTERY Primary 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (85 WHr)

Upgrading the battery and getting the yellow cover, I can get that online for £630ish (in Euros as i'm in Ireland). Last week I went half way through a sale on the phone and managed to get a free truelife screen and €40 off the 2 year warranty, this ended up at £730, but got cold feet as it just seemed too much for a dell with only 1GB RAM... plus I didn't really want the warranty and wouldn't have paid for the trulife anyway. When I cancelled the guy was quite pushy ("it's already gone into pre-production") even though there was a 3 week wait for the yellow cover etc. This put me off and I pulled out of the deal, though I think I could go back to them a bit more prepared and get the 2GB for a good price.

Sorry for rambling on :) basically I'm wondering, if anyone has any opinions on whether it would be best to try negotiate with Dell to get a 2gb upgrade on that Inspiron 1520, or if the Zoostorm or any other brands would be better... Other than that, I'm not really that keen on Acers, I like Vaios but they seem a bit expensive. Perhaps I don't need a computer with that much spec for my needs. I won't be gaming or video editing but I am keen to get as much bang for my buck as possible so I can keep the laptop for a decent length of time.

Ideally I would like to spend less than £650... but am v. tempted by the zoostorm.

Any advice would be very much appreciated!!!
#18
Dude the Zoostorm would eat eat the Dell up, and everything else in its way.

That is one of the best specceked laptop in its class (15.4"), and easily the best price. Any other brand laptop with those specs you would be paying anything between £900 - £1200.
#19
hes right the zoostorm that spec at that price is very very nice and easily beats dell pound for pound
#20
http://www.shopacer.co.uk/pp/Acer_Aspire_Laptops/Acer_Aspire_5920_Series/Aspire_5920WLMi.html

Have a look at this daddy if its not been posted already 512 graphics and 2048 gig ram
#21
chambo
http://www.shopacer.co.uk/pp/Acer_Aspire_Laptops/Acer_Aspire_5920_Series/Aspire_5920WLMi.html

Have a look at this daddy if its not been posted already 512 graphics and 2048 gig ram


yes it's good but I still think the Pcnextday deal is better VFM....depends how badly you want the better spec graphics on the Acer?
#22
thats known as the acer gemstone and ive had my eye on it recently

hmmmm shall i
#23
A macbook without a doubt.

£699 for the basic model and even cheaper if you buy through education/higher education store.

http://a248.e.akamai.net/7/248/8352/927/store.apple.com/Catalog/regional/emea/macbook/img/overview-hero.jpg
#24
they dont have gfx cards do they?

specs seem kinda abysmal for that price
#25
The Zoomstorms have a pretty abysmal graphics card and no HDMI out but for the price are excellent value. After a lot of searching I decided on the 5920 Acer and Comet have it on special at the moment @ £799.99 delivered.
Although it is the same price as laptops direct I am much happier buying it from Comet and there is 3.5% quidco as well .. much better chance of getting it as well imo.
http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=405191

The other one I considered was the 5720 which is an excellent spec machine for the price.
http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Acer_TravelMate_5720G-302G16_LX.TK30X.033/version.asp
#26
muffin247
they dont have gfx cards do they?

specs seem kinda abysmal for that price


The Macbooks have Intel GMA 950 afaik and that Macbook Pros have NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT's.

Now I'm a PC man, but I do so hate it when people compare Mac's and PC's on numbers alone (or PC's and PC's for that matter). Firstly the spec isn't all that different to similar PC's. For example the Sony SZ series (which are very expensive) and similar are directly comparable to the Macbooks for size, style, weight, battery life and market, most of the laptops mentioned above are aimed at a completely different audience. Secondly a Macbook running OS-X will easily outperform a PC with identical specs running Vista or XP (particularly Vista). Unless you're a gamer there's very little that a Mac doesn't do as well as or better than a PC. Don't write off something just because you don't understand it fully :thumbsup:
#27
Check this thread if you are considering zoostorm, they are suppose to be rubbish

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/forums/index.cfm?action=showthread&threadid=257237&forumid=2&sr=1

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