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Hi. Wonder if anyone could offer some advice on a replacement laptop as mine is now past it. Firstly, I do not game at all, ever. However I want a fast laptop. The things I do are browse the web, d… Read More
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8m, 13h agoPosted 8 months, 13 hours ago
Hi. Wonder if anyone could offer some advice on a replacement laptop as mine is now past it. Firstly, I do not game at all, ever. However I want a fast laptop. The things I do are browse the web, download films, convert video files, spreadsheets, run betting bots - often all at the same time. The laptop must be able to multitask and do it quickly. Budget around £800. Any suggestions please?
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8m, 13h agoPosted 8 months, 13 hours ago
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#1
tell us about your existing laptop specs so we can tell what you are used to
#2
The essential requirement for good multitasking are plenty of memory for whatever you're doing and an SSD big enough to put all your programs and most of your data on (the video files can stay on a secondary hard drive if there are too many to make pure SSD viable).

A fast CPU will help with the video conversion, assuming you're not using Quicksync.
#3
Have a look at this
hits all your requirements and then some, and well under your budget.
No SSD but that is not essential.

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#6
Search the dell outlet site for laptops and choose I7

Inspiron 15 - 5559
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
Windows 10 Home (64bit)
16 GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2x8GB)
2 TB 5400 RPM SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive
8X DVD+/- RW Drive
2GB AMD Radeon R5 M335 Graphics
Software
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-AC 3160 + Bluetooth 4.0
LCD Back Cover for Non-Touch Screen - Silver matte
40 WHr, 4-Cell Battery (removable)
15.6 inch LED Backlit Display with FHD resolution (1920 x 1080)
Internal English Keyboard
Click here for available options and upgrades Range:
£498.96 - £499.96
#7
Have you thought about using Linux on a less powerful laptop? I do a lot of editing of images and video, watching video and live stream etc and I just use a 4 year old i3 laptop but I did fit a SSD drive in it costing £50.

The reason I'm telling is mainly because if you use something like Ubuntu Media version of Linux it comes with probably all the software and more that you will need. But you can download more for free.
#8
Hi. Thanks for your responses. In answer to what I am using now, I have an acer aspire 5750. It has a intel i7-2630qm cpu @ 2.00ghz, 4GB Ram and 450GB hard drive.
I would not consider Linux as to be honest I would not know what I was doing. am little concerned that the dell option doesn't include a SSD and has some unfavourable reviews - I really need something reliable.
Thanks
Ian
#9
mrtubs
Hi. Thanks for your responses. In answer to what I am using now, I have an acer aspire 5750. It has a intel i7-2630qm cpu @ 2.00ghz, 4GB Ram and 450GB hard drive.
I would not consider Linux as to be honest I would not know what I was doing. am little concerned that the dell option doesn't include a SSD and has some unfavourable reviews - I really need something reliable.
Thanks
Ian
That is quite a powerful processor you got there and I'm surprised your machine is now "past it" as you say.
For your budget you could get another i7 based machine, maybe with more RAM and an SSD but if it were me I'd be looking to see what extra RAM I could fit in my machine and whether it would take an SSD. Is your machine a 64bit one - I would hope it is and is the windows version you have installed the 64 bit version?
Oh and if its reliability you are after I would look not much further than a Lenovo machine.
#10
I did think about taking my laptop to the shop (not technical enough to do anything myself) and see if I could change to SSD and increase the RAM. However I am having a few problems which make me wonder whether it is worth spending money on it. The mousepad keeps getting stuck, the laptop sometimes freezes up completely, it often disconnects from the wifi and the only way to reconnect is to reboot and the battery lasts no longer than 5 minutes.
#11
mrtubs
I did think about taking my laptop to the shop (not technical enough to do anything myself) and see if I could change to SSD and increase the RAM. However I am having a few problems which make me wonder whether it is worth spending money on it. The mousepad keeps getting stuck, the laptop sometimes freezes up completely, it often disconnects from the wifi and the only way to reconnect is to reboot and the battery lasts no longer than 5 minutes.
You are clearly having lots of issues with your machine and I can understand why you feel it is "past it"
The battery problem could be any number of things.
If you are not that technical then I would be tempted to take it to a well respected laptop repair shop with a lost of all the symptoms you are having, plus a list of desired improvements, RAM, SSD and ask them for a quote to bring it back to a workable machine. Only then can you decide if you would be throwing good money after bad. I think your machine would be sellable in its current state so you could put any money you get towards another machine.
When it comes to laptops I trust Lenovo, next comes HP and Dell in equal measure. If the manufacturer starts with a letter A then I avoid for differnt reasons.
Someone else mentioned trying a Linux distribution on your machine and even though you are not technical I would recommend you try out a "live" version. "live" just means it boots from your DVD drive or USB stick and you can try before you install. You can even install as an additional operating system to your current one. It can be a useful means to help diagnose your problems - cos if things work under Linux which dont work under windoze then you know whats going on!
#12
Your battery only last 5 mins because over the years you have kept the battery in your laptop whilst always plugged into the mains (I've done the samething to an old laptop). This laptop will suit your needs without having to modify anything to it @ £425 http://www.misco.co.uk/product/2655253/HP-250-G5-Intel-Core-i5-6200U-15-6inch-FHD-anti-glare-1-x-8GB-RAM-256GB-SSD-DVD-SM-DL-Windows-10-Pro-DG-Windows-7-Professional-Laptop-Notebook-PC?source=webgainsandsiteid=20363andaffiliate=WG_DEFAULTandutm_source=webgainsandutm_medium=affandutm_campaign=uf_WG2016Q3Gandutm_content=default

Why don't you factory reset your laptop? Go on youtube and type in 'how to factory reset *your make and model* laptop'

Edited By: RiverDragon8 on Aug 27, 2016 08:10: edit

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