Best all rounder laptop for £1100?

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Found 16th Oct 2016
I'm willing to spend up to £1100 for a really good laptop. Suggestions? I'm really interested in your personal preferences/which device you'd buy for that amount?

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Got to be a mac for that money

You can buy a decent laptop for half that.

What will you be doing on it? Gaming or anything intensive?

I have the Dell XPS 15-9550. Awesome machine. 2K edge to edge touch display, gtx960, i7, 16gb RAM, 512gb SSD, beautiful and sturdy design

you can have mine for a grand it's got three buttons missing about 4 years old battery is crap but it's ok lol oh and yes that includes postage second class

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simonhawking

You can buy a decent laptop for half that. What will you be doing on it? … You can buy a decent laptop for half that. What will you be doing on it? Gaming or anything intensive?



I may well be able to get "decent" for half that, but I'd like "the best" possible for £1100. Really need it to be an all rounder, i.e. not terrible for gaming but at the same time portable etc.

My most intensive uses would be playing Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to dictate lengthy documents, and Skype calls with screen sharing. I tend to have lots of browser tabs open at once.
Edited by: "misa426" 17th Oct 2016

you can go in PcSpecialist and configure your own laptop! its much better!

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iamzimsaur

you can go in PcSpecialist and configure your own laptop! its much better!



Why is it better?

Banned

misa426

Why is it better?

You choose the hardware for the laptop.

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Spasho

You choose the hardware for the laptop.



It's not just about the hardware tech specs for me. I want the best all round laptop

As already said, deciding on how much you are going to spend without concidering what you want or need takes you right into the scam artist. Decided what features you need, if it's not game or video editing the is no reason why you would pay more then £300.

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PulisOut

As already said, deciding on how much you are going to spend without … As already said, deciding on how much you are going to spend without concidering what you want or need takes you right into the scam artist. Decided what features you need, if it's not game or video editing the is no reason why you would pay more then £300.



There's more to the equation than pure performance. Portability, build quality, customer service, reputability, warranty, noise emission, display quality. I will play the occasional game as stated.

Get a mac. They have flash storage which is the fastest in the world at the current moment. If you go for a Windows device they will all have SSD's which are fast but they are yesterday's technology. Where SSD's were once heavily valued they are no longer due to Apple's advances.
This is because of the physical restriction of having to put flash storage in a SSD then have that plugged into to a slot, whereas in the mac it is directly connected to the motherboard.

I'm not sure 'best all round' makes a lot of sense with the major characteristics of a laptop so opposed to each other. A laptop better in one area will be worse in another compared with other models at the same price.

Given your requirements I guess you want something on the larger and more powerful end of the scale. 15" screen, top integrated or low end dedicated graphics but not the excessive noise and heat of a gaming machine with a high end GPU. This will mean you'll also be looking machines that are heavier and have shorter battery lives.

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Thanks to everyone who gave helpful suggestions so far.

I wouldn't need spectacular battery life, unless it didn't compromise too much on other aspects eg weight, portability and foot print. Something with not too large of a bezel on the screen is important to me aesthetically. It must also not be covered with stickers saying things like "Intel this", "surround sound" that. Aesthetics are important and I'd like it to look classy and minimalistic in that sense.

Apart from pure battery life, the shorter the time it takes to recharge the better.

The keyboard quality is quite important as I do a lot of typing. I also want a good trackpad. However, I will connect an external mouse a lot of the time.

Resale value is important. I'm someone who likes to sell and upgrade often. Ideally yearly.

If I decide to keep the laptop, an inexpensive extended warranty would be good to have. Extended warranties also help with resale value.

For those of you who wonder why I'd even consider spending this amount on a laptop, consider this: I spend at least 2 hours per day on a computer if not more. Really, I want the best possible quality for something I use a lot, for an item that will in turn make me money as I use it for work as well as play and education.

Due to your answers I'm leaning towards a MacBook Pro 13" with Retina Display. Indeed they seem to have some of the fastest SSDs which is nice. My only reservation is the Mac OS operating system. The Mac version of Dragon Naturally Speaking lacks certain features. I would use Bootcamp a lot of the time, which makes me think if I should just go for a Windows laptop.






Edited by: "misa426" 17th Oct 2016

I'd seriously consider the Dell XPS 13 if you're looking in the 13inch range (or XPS 15 if you want something bigger, though it might stretch the budget). It's regularly touted by tech review websites as the best you can get for your money.

The resale value won't be as good as a mac, though.

misa426

There's more to the equation than pure performance. Portability, build … There's more to the equation than pure performance. Portability, build quality, customer service, reputability, warranty, noise emission, display quality. I will play the occasional game as stated.



I didn't say the wasn't but just like the low end market the are suppliers who cram their boxes with all sorts of features most people don't need and charge an excess for it. Speaking as someone who is yet to find a use for a touchscreen :-) that's where my filtering starts as soon as I've ruled out brands I won't have. All I was saying is one should start with a price in mind, you should start with a list of features all of which you stated.
Funny enough I thought I might have to spend as much as the OP last year, I did click on a buy of £1300 laptop but lucky for that fell though, then I almost paid £800 in a sale and that turned out to be a dog. So in the end I just spent £70 on a SSD drive for my this laptop and it's been fine once I ditched Windows 10 and went Linux.

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PulisOut

I didn't say the wasn't but just like the low end market the are … I didn't say the wasn't but just like the low end market the are suppliers who cram their boxes with all sorts of features most people don't need and charge an excess for it. Speaking as someone who is yet to find a use for a touchscreen :-) that's where my filtering starts as soon as I've ruled out brands I won't have. All I was saying is one should start with a price in mind, you should start with a list of features all of which you stated.Funny enough I thought I might have to spend as much as the OP last year, I did click on a buy of £1300 laptop but lucky for that fell though, then I almost paid £800 in a sale and that turned out to be a dog. So in the end I just spent £70 on a SSD drive for my this laptop and it's been fine once I ditched Windows 10 and went Linux.



I do have a list of features in mind, but I deliberately phrased my original question loosely without specifics because I'm more interested in what y'all would choose personally to get for that money. Besides which, I don't necessarily know which features are important to me until I experience it. So it's easier to just name a budget and ask for the best. I know this is a deals website and so naturally we tend to be cheapskates, but in this case I am NOT looking to save money.

Let me rephrase the question then: If you won a competition and the prize was you could have any laptop for FREE with a value of up to £1100, which would you personally choose? ...Or alternatively, your workplace has offered to lend you any laptop up to £1100, and you may use that laptop for anything you like.

Edited by: "misa426" 17th Oct 2016

misa426

I do have a list of features in mind, but I deliberately phrased my … I do have a list of features in mind, but I deliberately phrased my original question loosely without specifics because I'm more interested in what y'all would choose personally to get for that money. Besides which, I don't necessarily know which features are important to me until I experience it. So it's easier to just name a budget and ask for the best. I know this is a deals website and so naturally we tend to be cheapskates, but in this case I am NOT looking to save money. Let me rephrase the question then: If you won a competition and the prize was you could have any laptop for FREE with a value of up to £1100, which would you personally choose? ...Or alternatively, your workplace has offered to lend you any laptop up to £1100, and you may use that laptop for anything you like.



Well if it was just for work, looking good, easy to handle and well made it would be an Asus. But if I want more beef for games or video editing etc I would maybe be one of these mysn.co.uk custom job.

If I bought a laptop I would make sure it has a screen resolution of 1920*1080 MINIMUM. Far too many laptops have obscure resolutions which mean half of your website browsing is hidden by the browser menus and windows taskbar, really poor design.

Also i'd get a trackpad that actually has physical buttons and not a touch only pad that is made to look 'sleek'.

And finally, when I bought the laptop I would format it with Windows 7 or 10 - far too much bloatware is installed on laptops, it's disgusting and will slow it down.

For what you specify as your uses, you don't need to spend that much really. You could, but you really don't need to. I'd go for a good make (Asus, Toshiba) and a discrete graphics card (a 950m or 960m would be plenty enough) and you could spend £800-900 and get what you need easy, maybe less if there is a good deal on. And I'm talking on top settings too.
Edited by: "jazzuk777" 17th Oct 2016

If gaming is important, try Alienware.

If you're wanting a Mac, check the game(s) you want are available. Typically Macs aren't hot on game title availability.

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jazzuk777

For what you specify as your uses, you don't need to spend that much … For what you specify as your uses, you don't need to spend that much really. You could, but you really don't need to. I'd go for a good make (Asus, Toshiba) and a discrete graphics card (a 950m or 960m would be plenty enough) and you could spend £800-900 and get what you need easy, maybe less if there is a good deal on. And I'm talking on top settings too.



If you could make specific recommendations that would be much appreciated. It's not so much about need as "want", I admit. What would you choose if your boss offered to lend you any £1100 value laptop? A lot of you have given interesting answers but not directly answered this question. Thanks in advance
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