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Calling all tech buffs - Need a new laptop!

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
I am after a new laptop , can be windows or apple based. Not really looking for a deal per se but am looking for something with technology which will future proof the laptop for a while (so has a built in memory card reader etc) , and that will not cost me an arm and a leg.

Also, has to be semi-compact so something with like a 14-15" screen.

Thanks
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Budget?
Primary Uses?
Within reach of a power plug for most of it's use?
Brand preference?
#2
around 600-600 budget
used for home; surfing, chatting, office package
yes its within reach of power (not really moved that much)
sony, hp, apple or similar

thanks!
#3
if you are looking for future proof, most likely tend towards apple
that said, i still run a centrino 1.6 laptop, and it's lovely eventhough 3 years old... runs all latests apps (not games oriented)
therefore, a dualcore 2ghz sony would be what id recommend
go for something that's not heavy definately: if its a laptop you want, make sure its a laptop you get... not a ondamnthiskillsmylap-top
over 2kg is 2 heavy!
the ibm (now lenovo) 2.4kg 14" are good compromise, but my fav (in terms of price and aftersales service) are the dell 12" series (d430 anyone? :p)
I have a d400 and d410 (for my wife) and never have i ever needed to get anything else.
#4
I have order a fair few Dell laptops with no problems, they also give you the option to customise the build to your needs.

However, I still run my 4/5 year old HP Centrino NC6000 with no problems. I cannot speak for Sony or Apple.
#5
Thanks.

So first recommendation :-

1) Sony Dual core 2GHz
2) ???
#6
Sony and Apple carries a horrible premium, and compare to my usage of Acer and Dell laptops at decent prices are nothing but badge snobbery IMHO.

As for future proof with Blu-Ray only just making its way in winning the HD format war going Sony might help stave that off but at quite a cost.

Personally I recommend the Dell XPS M1330 when it's next on offer due to my good experiences with Dell and the premium 3year Scottish/Irish snext day worldwide on site upport you get with XPS systems which Sony/Apple cannot match without paying through the nose extra.
#7
I would deffo say Dell :) Either a XPS or Vostro
#8
You can't argue with a well spec'd Dell.

Also many offers are around to pick up a bargin compared to all other makes.
#9
I really do not like Dell's. I have had 3 Dell's for home use and have gone through about 4 Dell laptops at work. They are not the best quality, and the after sales is not that amazing any more.

Anything but Dell please :)
#10
if your looking for an apple laptop for £600 you'll get a nice, pretty well specc'ed refurb for that money.

i advise looking at the refurb section at apple.
#12
oh and not a refurb, but thanks :)
#13
I'd reccommend Dell also, maybe find a good spec from the deals posted on the Deal Section and i'd reccommend a Macbook. I've recently got one having never used 1 before or touched 1 and completely love it and have got to grips with it, but are more expensive but you get what you pay for really and is really good quality.
Obviously you'll need Office for Mac, which i've got and cant complain about it. Hope this helps
#14
Cyrus
oh and not a refurb, but thanks :)


if it cant be a refurb, you wont get an apple laptop for £600 mate.
#15
If you can push to £650ish, then you can go through the educational store, but obviously need to be in education or maybe say buying it for a family member for school work.

The £650ish is the lower end Macbook.
#16
True say about the non-refurb being more than 600.

Actually, someone is going to pick this up for me from the states so 600 goes longer there. But yeh, theres no actualy budget ... even 750-800 is ok too. Dont want to save £200 only to find out it will not be future proof.
#17
The problem is you can't really future-proof too much with computers, may as well get a decent laptop now and 2 years down the line get another one rather than get a really good laptop now
#18
Cyrus
True say about the non-refurb being more than 600.

Actually, someone is going to pick this up for me from the states so 600 goes longer there. But yeh, theres no actualy budget ... even 750-800 is ok too. Dont want to save £200 only to find out it will not be future proof.


you can have a well specced macbook for 750 to 800. the top of the range white is "only" £849.
#19
thans guys

fitzy: Do you have a link please ?
#20
http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/wa/RSLID?nnmm=browse&mco=7B723662&node=home/shop_mac/family/macbook

£699 for the entry level macbook.

if you buy that, then upgrade the ram yourself (piece of ****) takes 2 minutes, then you'll have a nifty wee machine mate.
#21
Future proof laptop? now theres a thought
Anyone tried a built in card reader with the new sdhc flash chips?

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