I'm a first-time laptop buyer (for myself anyway) and really want a mixed opinion on 3 laptops I'm looking at, all found on here:http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Lenovo_Z560_1039241.html
£479.97 after cash-back.http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Laptops/buy-ASUS-X52F-EX574VRED-Laptop/676969
£462 delivered (after discount and cash-back)
The Asus is stylish, but I think for the better build-quality (keyboard less spongy, chassis less creaky), and slightly better CPU, that the rather bland looking Lenovo is worth the £30 extra. The Lenovo also has dedicated graphics memory, although the 310M GPU itself isn't much better than an IGP, ... and I know I can get a relatively cheap extended warranty (£27)
I love the idea of the Toshiba for the bigger 17" screen and HD resolution. It also has a decent GPU which will play some good games (although I only really play the odd 3D game). The big nag for me is it has a rather chunky weight (2.8Kg) and I have portability concerns.... Any experience laptop owners want to comment on 17" portability with something of this weight?
The Core i3 in the Tosh doesn't bother me *too* much, because CPU performance is rarely the bottleneck these days (memory is)... and I think it'd perform well enough even for modest gaming. It does seem fairly low-end though, even for an i3. A sacrifice worth paying for the bigger screen?
Whatever I buy, my intention is to wipe the OS and install Ubuntu.
All thoughts welcome.