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Laptop option - approx £800 limit

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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Got an option to spend around £800 on a new laptop (give or take £50), was thinking about the option below. I wouldn't mind some advice on whether this is a good deal or not, or can I get better for my buck?

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/minicat/services_n0473505?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

Thanks Kindly

J
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
It helps if you specify what size you're after, looking at the link it appears to be a 17". Is slightly bigger or smaller acceptable?
#2
Sorry, but I'm pretty flexible when it comes to spec - for example I'd definately consider a larger monitor if it was available, however I'm not very opinionated when it comes to these things. I'm seriously open to suggestion.

Cheers j
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jdm01
Sorry, but I'm pretty flexible when it comes to spec - for example I'd definately consider a larger monitor if it was available, however I'm not very opinionated when it comes to these things. I'm seriously open to suggestion.

Cheers j


Well how will you be using it? If you're going to be carrying it around a lot you'll quickly regret going for such a heavy laptop and would be better off with a ~2KG 12-14" one. A 17" or bigger one is best used for when you might want to occasionally move it between rooms, or put it away to save deskspace when you're not using it.

If you don't want to move it at all then a desktop will be better value for money, or more powerful and better quality if you spend the same amount of money.

For example, I'm currently considering the Toshiba Tecra M10-15B for around the same price. It's got a much smaller hard drive (160GB instead of 640GB) and half as much ram, but it's a lot lighter, has built in mobile broadband, a practical matt finish and screen so it doesn't show up fingerprints or reflect and is likely to be better built and have a nicer keyboard.

It fits my requirements and where I'm looking it seems like good value for £800 but it may be completely unsatisfactory for you if you need a large amount of hard disk space and not much portability, or a blu-ray drive, good speakers and an HDMI out, or something else again.
#4
Ok had a bit of a think about it. Thanks for your probing!

I need a laptop for the house (don't want a PC as I already have one for my kids).

The laptop doesn't need mega space ~ 500GB would be as standard
17 inch + monitor required.
Not gonna be overworking the laptop but I need to ensure as much future proofing as possible - want to be able to upgrade memory at a later date. I am thinking around 4GB Ram

Not fussed whether Blue Ray is included however of course if it available, excellent but it's not essential.

I'm hoping this offers more scope for advice. Your help is much appreciated.

J
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jdm01
Ok had a bit of a think about it. Thanks for your probing!

I need a laptop for the house (don't want a PC as I already have one for my kids).

The laptop doesn't need mega space ~ 500GB would be as standard
17 inch + monitor required.
Not gonna be overworking the laptop but I need to ensure as much future proofing as possible - want to be able to upgrade memory at a later date. I am thinking around 4GB Ram

Not fussed whether Blue Ray is included however of course if it available, excellent but it's not essential.

I'm hoping this offers more scope for advice. Your help is much appreciated.

J


500GB is mega space for a laptop, it's the maximum size a single laptop hard drive can be had in currently. How this will go in future is difficult to predict, in two to four years we'll all be switching to SSDs since the feel much more responsive, if you do need huge amounts of space then you may want to make one with two drive slots a priority, so you can have an SSD with your programs on to make them responsive and a second high capacity HDD if SSD capacities don't get particulaly large for a while.

If you want future proofing then an eSATA port (fast external storage connection) and an HDMI or displayPort connector (High resolution picture and sound in one cable) would be good things to look out for.

If you're planning to upgrade the memory in the future then DDR3 memory rather than DDR2 is likely to be cheaper at that time, although it is more expensive right now.

Many blu-ray drives right now will only read blu-ray disks, they won't write blu-ray BD-R and BD-RE (write once and rewritable) disks. Blu-ray disk capacities are 25GB for single layer and 50GB for dual-layer. I think dual-layer support is pretty standard.

n standard wifi support is another one to look out for. It has slightly longer range and can be faster under some circumstances.

I think that's about it for the future proofing stuff you want to look out for right now, there are some new technologies around the corner but it looks like SSDs are the only one you're going to be able to plan to use if you buy now.

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