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I'm not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to the nitty gritty of laptops, so I'm after some advice with a budget of £400. The course is Chemistry-based so would mostly be used for Microsoft… Read More
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9m, 2w agoPosted 9 months, 2 weeks ago
I'm not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to the nitty gritty of laptops, so I'm after some advice with a budget of £400.

The course is Chemistry-based so would mostly be used for Microsoft Office, basic chemistry programs, Internet browsing and running games like Rocket League/Football Manager. In addition, it would be great if it had decent battery life, was generally fast/responsive and fairly sturdy.

I've read that SSDs make a huge difference over ordinary HDDs, so I presume it would be beneficial to have one if possible? (£400 budget).

Is this a good deal or could I find better for a similar price/more? http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/lenovo-b50-50-intel-core-i3-5005u-4gb-128ssd-windows-10-home-15.6-inch-lapt-80s20002uk/version.asp

Many thanks.
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9m, 2w agoPosted 9 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
The fact that you want to play rocket league is a big no no for laptops because it will just distract you.

Get a chromebook (£100) or something for portability and then spend the rest on an AMD gaming PC.
#2
Oh, and trust me, unless your laptop is really thin and light, it will be a pain to carry around, university PCs are more than adequate
#3
Buy a surface pro 3/4, it's one of the best laptop/tablets I've ever had
#5
Yeah I second that, the ideapad is a good buy, it'll run all the software you listed smoothly, plus it's a nice size so more portable and it's got a full HD screen which you will appreciate much more than the standard 1366 x 768, trust me.
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Yeah I second that, the ideapad is a good buy, it'll run all the software you listed smoothly, plus it's a nice size so more portable and it's got a full HD screen which you will appreciate much more than the standard 1366 x 768, trust me.


the s series are for portability. with ultra low voltage components for longer battery. he won't realistically be able to play any games on this.
#7
Iv got asus zenbook ux305f best ultrabook within your budget. battery last 8-10h and its lighter than McBook.
It also have 8GB ram and SSD.
#9
dont get a mac for the fashion no point. Just get acer or lenovo.
#10
Yet again ASUS ux305 really takes a lot of beating for the money. My daughter is doing Chem and it easily copes with anything she is asked to do. Miles better than a Mac, her opinion,not mine!
#11
OP my tuppence worth would be to consider looking at 2nd hand/refurbished business grade laptops, such as Lenovo ThinkPads or HP EliteBooks - I'm putting that out there as it will be easier to get replacement parts for them off of eBay or other resellers out there.

For the Lenovo ThinkPads you could consider the X Series for lightweight 12.5" portable units (i.e. X220 USB 2, X230 USB 3, etc) or the T Series for a larger 14.1" unit (i.e. T420 USB 2, T430 USB 3, etc) - for the HP EliteBooks you could consider the 2570p Series for a lightweight 12.5" portable unit (native with USB 3) or the 8470p for larger 14.1" unit.

Dependent upon which one you consider you may have money still left over to invest in a docking station at your home, so you could just dock the laptop into it and get access to a larger screen to work off of along with accessing any peripherals you have (i.e. printer, document scanner, etc).

I would stress though that you (1) look into purchasing local backup devices such as USB Memory Sticks and/or USB External HDDs for backing up your data, (2) look into signing up with DropBox and/or OneDrive to also store your work online for an extra layer of backup redundancy and finally (3) speak to your university with regards to access to Microsoft Education Software - my cousin's children were able to get access to the latest Microsoft Office & Windows OS from they're university's IT Dept for free.

One last thought for you to consider is did you check with the university with regards to any specific hardware specifications that are required for your course? That's something I thought prudent to flag up as my cousin's children had to get an HP 2570p EliteBook each, which I upgraded for them - i7-3632QM CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD & 2TB HDD in a 2nd HDD Caddy - for they're Computer Development Degree; both systems are lightweight to carry and when they get home they plug them into a docking station to access a larger screen, laser printer, document scanner and a USB External 2TB HDD for backing up they're work.

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