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ValiantSaint Avatar
6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Hi, I've been charged with finding a laptop for a friend of mine (for basic usage and for under £400) out of these four laptops, which would be the best price/build wise?


(Toshiba L450D-128)

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/pcw_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0939584815.1260463426@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccedadejdemeigkcflgceggdhhmdgml.0&chain=PC_World&seo=yes&int=home-centre-4&sku=355752&channel=WEB&page=Product

(Advent Roma 3000)

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0335404258.1260463471@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccgadejdhehdedcflgceggdhhmdgml.0&page=Product&fm=2&sm=1&tm=0&sku=005086&category_oid=-37388

(COMPAQ-CQ61-360SA)

http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/602809/COMPAQ-CQ61-360SA?cm_sp=FeatureEnd-_-Laptops-_-position

(SAMSUNG-NP-R519-JA02UK)

http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/598445/SAMSUNG-NP-R519-JA02UK?cm_sp=FeatureEnd-_-Laptops-_-position

My friend had setted on the Compaq, but we never noticed the Samsung in Comet when we went to have a look around this afternoon. Would that laptop be the best buy? What's the build quality like on Samsung laptops?

Many thanks in advance :)
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Go for the samsung in my opinion, although for basic use you can get cheaper laptops that will do the same thing as these.
#2
Out of the mentioned laptops I'd have to agree with lordpt and go for the Samsung. Decent build quality and the best of the processors I think. I'm assuming from the selection that you're friend would like to buy from the high street. If so then you may want to consider this Asus from Argos. I got one a few weeks ago, purely because we had to buy a laptop very quickly and wanted to get interest free credit. For £400 it's actually not bad at all, and 9 months interest free made it much more affordable for us. The description on the website is actually incorrect as the processor is the (slightly) better T4300 and not the T4200. This is slightly better than the Samsung, but it also has wireless n and a numeric keypad which may or may not be advantageous to yout friend. I've been very impressed so far, it's considerable quieter than our old Compaq and also considerably cooler - I can acually use it on my lap without cooking my legs. Asus are also a very well regarded brand and although not up to the standard of their more expensive laptops I cannot find fault with it myself.
#3
Thank you so very much for all your help. Rep added : )
#4
I normall recomend Dell, but their offers ended yesterday, some new ones will start tomorrow or over the weekend


the dells one are here http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/laptops_great_deals?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cid=HDLaptop&cs=ukdhs1&dgc=IR&lid=DHP_TB2
#5
It might be worth asking you friend a few questions regarding their "basic usage": -

Will the laptop be primarily used when plugged in, or will it be used on the battery regularly? - some cheaper laptops will be lucky to see 90 minutes on the battery, while some others (at this price point) may get 3 hours.

On a similar note, is portability a big thing, or would they prefer a bigger screen at the expense of portability and possibly battery life? - also, if it's being moved about a lot, then build quality is probably more important than if it's just going to sit on a desk/table.

Are they ever likely to want to upgrade anything on the laptop? Some have more upgrade potential than others, my Asus for instance cannot really be upgraded at all (no removable covers on the base to upgrade
ram or cpu for instance and no expansion card slot) this isn't an issue for me as the 4GB ram is more than enough and I won't want to upgrade anything else in the expected lifetime of this machine.

Are they going to be doing a lot of typing? - keyboard quality can vary widely and if they are going to buy on the high street then they have the advantage of being able to try out the keyboard to see if they like it.

Unlikely, but will they be using it for any numerical data entry? - if so a keyboard with a keypad is handy.

If as you say it's only for basic use (no games or video editting) then the general spec is not so important performance wise but some components will offer lower power consumption and hence improve battery life.

Sorry to be answering your question with more questions, but it may help you to get your friend the laptop that they want rather that what other people think they might want.
#6
The laptop is just going to be used for basic tasks (web-browsing word processing etc) so nothing too OTT. I think he did say that it would be plugged in most of the time as well. What's the keyboard like to use on the Asus? Is it sturdy? What about the screen? Is there any glare from it? Thanks : )
#7
How about this Compaq one that was posted as a deal here. A Compaq Presario CQ61-325SA for £359 with maybe a possibility of cashback too.

I'm looking at laptops in this price range too, but I'm wondering if there will be better deals after Christmas?
#8
ValiantSaint
The laptop is just going to be used for basic tasks (web-browsing word processing etc) so nothing too OTT. I think he did say that it would be plugged in most of the time as well. What's the keyboard like to use on the Asus? Is it sturdy? What about the screen? Is there any glare from it? Thanks : )


I quite like the keyboard, I've used better, but I've certainly used a lot worse, there is a bit of flex in it, but other than that I'm happy. As for the screen, no complaints from me although it's not been used in direct daylight or anything like that. Like I said it's nice to be able to go along to pc world and try them out. They may not have the exact same model, but similar priced models from the same manufacturer are likely to have the same keyboard.

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