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liltman Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
Hey everyone,

Just wondering what laptop to get, idealy I want 4gb ram and a dual core processor, core2duo or whatever I can get for around £350.

I might not actually need it as good as I think but I want it to last at least 3 years, all I need it to do is run Photoshop/Dreamweaver and then general use, surfin, chat programs etc.

Any help is much appreciated, been looking around a lot but there are so many I can not decide which is suitable for me...

Photoshop is the most important thing (CS4 if that helps) a bigger screen is best but for the price I am thinking I do not think I will get bigger than 15-16 inch.

Thanks for any help.
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
try ebuyer.com - few months ago I bought Acer with 4GB ram and 500GB hdd for 340 pounds
#2
don't really want a refurb especially for the price range I put as new ones can be got for that, maybe not 17" though.

Ebuyer is what I have been looking at so far, best and cheapest I have found so far, just not sure which would be good, found 2-3 that I like, one was an acer, one was an asus, the other was a compaq.

Not sure which is best make when it comes to laptops but all the ones with 4gb ram are all £400! would love to find the one you are talking about piecykoos

EDIT: found a brand new one for £380 with 4gb ram but not sure how good the processor, graphics would be for photoshop, graphics are shared...

Also do ebuyer have a store as they have some ex-display ones? don't see how this is possible without a store but not aware of them having stores lol

P.S My current pc is only 2gb ram and runs photoshop perfect but I have a good cpu and graphics card in this (or good enough)
#3
whatsThePoint
I'd take the asus or compaq anyday over the acer withour even seeing the spec
Memory should be near the bottom of the needed list as it can be ungraded, your stuck with the processor and graphics so get best possible for those 2
strange how you say about exdisplay yet dismiss refurb which is likely to be new end of line or exdisplay :?


Hi, was thinking of going with asus so far, so that makes me want to more...

I was not saying I want or would pick an ex-display, just saying they do them, and was wondering how lol.

Are you saying the refurbished/ex-displays on there will be virtually brand new? - I am just a bit funny about buying a laptop that isn't brand new and if I did, are they still covered with a warranty?

Just researching about at the moment and people are reporting that they can run photoshop on computers with a low spec, with even single core processors and just 2gb ram. Also, I can build my own computer but not a clue when it comes to laptops, ideally I would like to get the max ram I could rather than upgrade later unless it's a very easy job to do. I am thinking maybe 2gb ram is fine though, it is on my pc but not sure if a laptop would somehow demand more?
#4
by the way: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189888 - This laptop looks great, a little over my budget but if it does the job I could stretch to £400...but I am not clued up on the graphics, is this:

Embedded Intel® GMA X4500HD

Onboard graphics, and would it be powerful enough for photoshop?

Thanks in advanced.
#5
whatsThePoint
I've had 2 refurbs from Pcworld and both were as mint as your going to get with a new laptop and come with the same 12 month warranty you would normally get
the first one did develope a small fault but they collected and returned it within 5 days which is excellent service in my book and lead me to buying the second one from them
Second one was £650 on dell site and i paid £400 for a 17" screen, dedicated graphics and Bluray
They had some dell 17" last week on PCworld site but without the bluray for £370 and their always coming up

Photoshop will run on any current laptop but as its processor intensive the faster it is the faster it will manipulate your pics
x4500hd would run photoshop but for £400 you should be able to get a lot better

found this
http://www.photoshopgurus.com/forum/general-photoshop-board/22777-will-laptop-run-photoshop-cs2-well.html


That sounds good then so long as you still get a warranty, new laptops are only usually 1 years warranty also?

What was the fault that the first laptop developed?

That link you sent sounds like a great laptop but the actual link in that forum post fails to load anything but that processor and graphics sounds very good.
#6
>duel core processor

What ones that fight each other?

Or do you mean dual
#7
guilbert53
>duel core processor

What ones that fight each other?

Or do you mean dual


LOL, took me a while to click on to what you were saying, haha corrected it, thanks.
#8
whatsThePoint
Yeah most only come with a 1 year warranty unless its some sort of special offer

On the first laptop which was a HP the power connector inside came loose, TBH it could of been down to one of our dogs pulling the lead :whistling:

last link was just to a photoshop forum and someone was asking about the x4500hd card

"Would this work well with Photoshop CS2 or would it be better to find something with dedicated graphics memory?
Thanks

No, Photoshop CS2 runs just fine with that card, no need to worry at all!
You will only see very slight benefits in CS3 and increasingly in CS4, since they make more use of 3D features of your card, but even CS3/4 runs just fine with your card."


I see, then refurbished might be ok...and I did read the forum posts which makes me happier to know it would run it, just wish I knew that laptop model they are talking about so I could just buy that one lol, back to hunting laptops for me!
#9
whatsThePoint - What make were the 17" refurb you found on pcworld?

So far the only laptop that interests me is this:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189888

Going to keep looking, but that might be enough for photoshop, if I stretch to £400, not 17" but it should be ok at 15.6...

Going to keep looking but I think I really want an ASUS, did not see any of them on pcworld.co.uk though.
#10
ohhh this one looks good too:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/199436

Going a bit overboard on my price now but £25 extra for a 17 inch screen, very nice!
#11
id go for this one, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-15-6-inch-Notebook-Processor-Battery/dp/B0031KEKJI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1270550309&sr=1-1 its a bit more, but samsung seem to make the best laptops at the moment. Would wait a few months for the price of RAM to go down then sling 4gb in this.

the PC World laptops are pritty much disposable with a lifespan of about 2 years (massive generalisation) but if you spend money right you can still be using it 5 years down the line with only a few tweaks here and their. cheaper in the long run.
#12
whatsThePoint
PCworld don't do Asus, They have 17" compaqs and dell listed at the moment but i'd rate the Asus above both for reliablity
(they have Acer and packard bells as well both Acer owns both and personally i'd avoid Acer)

If you like that Asus one get it
Or possible this one for £20 more on top again with a 1Gb graphics card
http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/ASUS_K70IO-TY002V_Laptop_K70IO-TY002V/version.asp
Just noticed it has a 2 year warranty as well


Oh my word, that laptop seems amazing for the price! 1gb graphics card, dual core, 17"

I really want that one, and I never spend any money so why not...definately like the look of that one, is it much better than the one I linked for the difference in price, it seems it to me.

Never heard of the company though, reliable? and how do returns work, if online do I have to pay the return fees if a fault occurs or is that covered in the warranty?

Thanks you have helped me a lot!
#13
whatsThePoint
I see the samsung has a 3p discount going for it..but umm thats about it really :?

Your comments about about PCworld don't really make sense but as they sale Samsung laptops i guess what your saying is don't buy the one you suggested :whistling:


My comments don't make sense about pc world? howcome? lol
As for samsung...hmm I am not a fan of Samsung, I don't know why, just heard bad things...
#14
liltman
My comments don't make sense about pc world? howcome? lol
As for samsung...hmm I am not a fan of Samsung, I don't know why, just heard bad things...


If Photoshop is going to be your main use, the most important things to look for are CPU speed, quality of screen (in terms of how accurately it renders colours and overall resolution [a 17" screen is nice but resolution is more important IMO]), speed of hard-disc and amount of ram. You are unlikely to find a laptop in price range which will give any significant advantage through use of GP-GPU processing so focus on the CPU rather than the graphics card...

I would definitely sway towards a 64-bit OS and 4GB of RAM if the price difference is not great and you want several years life out of it.
#15
whatsThePoint
they weren't your comments LOL macgyvers child said it


LOL god I need a coffee today, need to wake up!
#16
whatsThePoint
I've used laptopdirect before now and i think they are the biggest retailer of laptops going by numbers sold
I bought an Acer from them :oops: (big mistake buying Acer) when it went wrong Acer dealt with the warranty direct and they sent a courier to collect it(they scaped it in the end as they couldn't fix it :?)

You'd need to check but i think Asus would deal with the warranty claim if the need arised and collect it from you


Asus sounds very good, going to look into the company and warranty, thanks for all the help, I especially like the resolution of that laptop you linked, 1600x900...amazing, better than my desktop lol!

The fact it has a 1gb graphics card is amazing, definately want this one so long as warranty is good, I mean there shouldn't be any problems with the laptop in my eyes but things do sometimes go wrong!

This seems like a really good deal, I bet you I buy it then it goes cheaper or a better one comes out though, it always happens to me lol.

Thanks for all the help, I think I want this one!
#17
whatsThePoint
I'd buy that Asus myself tomorrow if i needed a new laptop, its already got £142 off so price won't come down much more if any
It ticks all the boxes Screen, Graphics, Memory, 64bit OS, Reliability
The only slight neg is the processor isn't the fastest but its only a small % slower than what the best it going to be at this price
Read this link as to why i rate them so reliable
http://www.pcmag.com/image_popup/0,1871,iid=242801,00.asp


Whoa that is good indeed, I thought sony was one of the highest ones, ASUS is better than them!
Great man, thanks so much for the help. Will definately note down ASUS as been good!

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