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Any laptop advice/help would be much appreciated

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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
Hi everyone,

I'm looking for some advice and a little help regarding a laptop/notebook purchase. I'm looking at the £400 mark, but I could go higher if needed.

I had my mind set on the Asus for £349 at CPW, which can be found here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/691676/asus-ul30a-laptop-ultra-thin-ulv-su

The reviews have been pretty fantastic, although upon further digging I found a number of people saying video editing was "out of the question." I don't plan on doing extensive video editing, just videos for YouTube. So now I'm a little worried it's not going to be powerful enough and that it's not really future-proof.

I then came across the Toshiba L500-1XC, which can be found here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/671817/toshiba-satellite-l500-1xc-15-6-inc - although it's now £409, £60 more than the Asus.

The Toshiba looks to be a hell of a lot more powerful and more future-proof with Intel Core i3, although I know the battery life isn't anywhere near as good as the Asus, which is understandable. Also, the Toshiba is almost identical in spec to the Dell Inspiron 1564, which was pretty popular on here.

The Asus has a ton of reviews, which I always like and find very reassuring. But while I prefer the Toshiba, the total lack of reviews is off-putting. It's only now I've found the Dell deal posted on here, with a very similar spec, that everyone liked, that's making me think I should just go for the Tosh...

Any help here, guys? Any advice would help greatly, as I'm stumped between the two.

Also, if anyone knows of any other models that are better or better value, please let me know. Thank you :-)
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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1 Like #1
i think chucking a few videos on youtube isn't what they class as video editing.


go for the asus, it seems a cracking machine.
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scrumpypaul
i think chucking a few videos on youtube isn't what they class as video editing.


go for the asus, it seems a cracking machine.
What I meant was I won't be needing it for extensive, professional video editing, but rather videos you'd find on YouTube - 720p, Windows Live Movie Maker, etc.I have a PS3 game footage channel, so I'll be editing HD videos.

Thanks a lot for the opinion on the Asus, though.

I'd love to hear from those who own the Asus and Toshiba and gather your thoughts.
1 Like #3
I'm on Toshiba laptop now, had it about 3 weeks and its brill and very fast !:thumbsup:
banned 1 Like #4
Dont know if you are anywhere near a merry hill, but if so best buy are doing the l500-1xl for £249 :thumbsup:

also all 3 best buy stores have the 1xl for £399
#5
whatsThePoint
Asus and Toshiba both make good laptops, so if feel you need the extra power of the tosh go for that if its within your budget
That's a good point. I had weighed that up, but I thought I'd just use this thread to gather other POV's other than my own, see if it'd help me to come to a conclusion.

It is only £60 more, and for that you do get a much more powerful machine - and while a thin and light notebook would be nice, as well as a better battery life (although it'll barely ever leave the house), I think a 15.6" screen would be more beneficial for what I want to do.

I have a Samsung NC10 at the moment, a 10" screen, which I've sold to my sister as I found the screen just a little too small for video editing - plus it's not powerful enough. The Asus was meant to be my "happy middle ground" between a netbook and a laptop, but I'm leaning more and more to the Tosh...

Thanks a lot, guys. And special thanks to you too, shopstillidrops. I'm glad to hear you're happy with it. Did you get it from Amazon? Also, how do you find the screen, as I've read it's really glossy?
#6
lottysdad08
Dont know if you are anywhere near a merry hill, but if so best buy are doing the l500-1xl for £249 :thumbsup:

also all 3 best buy stores have the 1xl for £399
I'm in Lymm in Cheshire :-(

A quick Google search tells me that looks like a really, really good deal. Is the processor good, though? I'm faaaairly clued up on things, kinda, but processors, as time has gone on, have started to confuse me more and more. I'd heard Celeron are kinda dodgy? Thanks a lot for the tip though, I'm open to all suggestions :thumbsup:
1 Like #7
Raw power any day for video editing.

Celeron are the base/budget processors, lowest power etc. This page should help a bit: http://www.intel.com/consumer/products/processors/ratings.htm

i3+ all the way!
#8
DragonChris
Raw power any day for video editing.

Celeron are the base/budget processors, lowest power etc.

i3+ all the way!
Very true. I must say, I am strongly leaning towards the Toshiba now. I just think it's a lot more future-proof, and as such more value for money, despite being £60 more.

Thanks a lot everyone. Rep added to all of those who have posted :thumbsup:

Keep those opinions coming! More the merrier :)
#9
£60 isn't much considering the extra you get under the hood, plus screen real-estate. Battery life shouldn't matter, as vid editing is going to drain the battery in anything, so should really be kept on the mains at that time.

It's both future proofed a bit, but should also meet your needs better :)
1 Like #10
if portability is not that important get the tosh for sure,will do everything you need and a whole lot more:)
#11
Thanks a lot for the advice, guys. I'm going into Comet today to have a first hand look at it. I've seen videos on YouTube, but nothing beats seeing it in person. I know I'll love it, I just want to make sure.

Thanks once again :-)

Edit: Wow! It must be fate. Argos was selling the Toshiba for £429.99, I really wanted it from there as I have a card with them, meaning I don't hjave to pay for six months, interest free. I noticed at the bottom it said 'this price is valid until 24/06/2010', so I e-mailed them last night saying does that mean the price will be lowered...? And that Amazon were selling it for £409 and I'd love it if they could match them. Well they've gone one better - just this minute checked and it's now £399.99! I know it's only a tenner difference, but really it's a £30 difference, as I really wanted it from Argos. That has now just sealed the deal. Fantastic! Thanks a lot again, guys.
#12
Winspiration


Thanks a lot, guys. And special thanks to you too, shopstillidrops. I'm glad to hear you're happy with it. Did you get it from Amazon? Also, how do you find the screen, as I've read it's really glossy?


Hi Winspiration, we got it from Comet, went in an had a look at a few ,this one impressed me !
Yeah the screen is glossy, but nice :thumbsup:
Good luck on whatever you decide x
#13
shopstilldrops
Hi Winspiration, we got it from Comet, went in an had a look at a few ,this one impressed me !
Yeah the screen is glossy, but nice :thumbsup:
Good luck on whatever you decide x
Thank you :)

I have one last question (sorry guys): I've just found out about the Toshiba L500-1XD - it's the exact same model, the only difference is it's 4GB instead of 2GB. For that there's a £50 difference. Just wondering if it's worth it?

It's roughly £45 for 2GB Memory, DDR3 RAM, 1,066 MHz, which is what the Toshiba takes. In future, could I just slot that alongside the memory that already exists in the Tosh, if I wanted to upgrade to 4GB?

Might just get the 1XC for now and upgrade in the future... but would love to know if it's worth the upgrade, how easy it is, etc. I've updated the memory in the Samsung NC10 before, which was no problem.
banned#14
Correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know, most laptops have one slot for memory under the keyboard that's a pain to get to, and another underneath which is easily accessible (which I'm guessing is what you did with your NC10).

Get them to do this on the display model in the shop and if there's nothing there, there must be a 2gb module under the keyboard and you'll be able to add another 2gb easily. If there's a 1gb module in the slot underneath, there will be another 1gb under the keyboard and replacing both will be a lot trickier.

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