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    Looking for a laptop for my wife as a 40th birthday gift. She starts university later this year so something that can run word etc. I have no idea and have just melted my mind googleing for information. Thanks for any help, other gift ideas welcome.

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    Banned

    Well what kind of lap are you looking for? big knees help for stability when eating dinner.

    Original Poster

    Edit. Thanks Mr ScotchBonnet.

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    jmcderm1

    Edit. Thanks Mr ScotchBonnet.



    Have you considered a chromebook?

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    MrScotchBonnet

    Have you considered a chromebook?


    I have but not sure about how well they can be used for writing and storing course work and assignments, as I said a bit clueless.

    Get the laptop that suits your need in respect size and features, any i3 will do. If you want to keep it to a minimum buy one working for around £50 and format the HD then install this daif.net/kli…htm

    You'll have all she needs include word processing etc

    Original Poster

    Moved to ask edit.

    Original Poster

    Could do with some help before I end up in Currys or even the Apple Store !

    I keep recommending this laptop as this is a commonly asked question. Asus UX305, fast, light, great battery life. It will do pretty much anything bar top end gaming and is cheaper than a Mac.

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    Thanks Airbus330

    jmcderm1

    Thanks Airbus330



    Just a thought but have you & your wife checked with the university to confirm what the computing requirements are for her course/degree??? Just wanted to put that out there, as I know with my cousin's children I had to help them out with getting a mixed bag of laptops with one just needing a lightweight laptop for typing on and the other needed a laptop with i7 Quad Core CPU, a lot of RAM & a bucket load of disk storage!!!

    BTW you might also want to check with the university to see if your wife is eligible for obtaining access to free software from them for her course (i.e. Microsoft Office) as that would also help cut down on costs as well for the both of you.

    Original Poster

    Thanks Scotty Boy, the course starts in January and her birthday is next month but I will see what i can find out.

    jmcderm1

    Thanks Scotty Boy, the course starts in January and her birthday is next … Thanks Scotty Boy, the course starts in January and her birthday is next month but I will see what i can find out.



    No probs mate - good luck with it and fingers crossed between us (HUKD members) and them (university's IT Dept) we'll get it sorted out!

    Woman at Uni = thin light ultraportable laptop. 11-13" screen. She'll hate anything heavy and clunky.

    What's your budget?

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    Picard123

    What's your budget?




    I agree Picard123 budget up to around 500 but flexible on that.

    Dell XPS13 is by far the best 13" laptop. Problem is that you're going to struggle to find one for anything close to ~£500 as thin/light laptops tend to command a price premium. Similar story with the Macbook Air/Pro 13".

    Asus UX305 is decent but I would check the typing experience / keyboard first for yourself as there isn't a huge amount of key travel on that keyboard IMO. For me that would be a deal breaker if it was my sole laptop as I do a fair amount of typing.
    £599 at John Lewis johnlewis.com/asu…=ds

    Lenovo Thinkpad 13 - although I've no direct experience of this particular laptop it has a killer price starting from £359 and there are different configurations to choose from:
    shop.lenovo.com/gb/…ws/
    I'd be tempted to go for the £530 model due to the better quality / higher resolution screen, but it's up to you - some people like bigger text on a 13" screen as a result of the lower resolution.

    laptopmag.com/rev…-13 (review is of a more powerful spec'd version)
    cnet.com/uk/…ew/
    uk.pcmag.com/len…-13

    If you do buy anything Lenovo make sure you update the BIOS (it's pretty easy to do) as they tend to sort out earlier glitches.

    The newly released Lenovo Yoga Book would be completely left field choice, but it may be too unusual for your wife as it doesn't come with a traditional keyboard. Read some reviews first before considering.
    shop.lenovo.com/gb/…ws/



    Edited by: "Picard123" 15th Sep 2016

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    Picard123

    Dell XPS13 is by far the best 13" laptop. Problem is that you're going to … Dell XPS13 is by far the best 13" laptop. Problem is that you're going to struggle to find one for anything close to ~£500 as thin/light laptops tend to command a price premium. Similar story with the Macbook Air/Pro 13".Asus UX305 is decent but I would check the typing experience / keyboard first for yourself as there isn't a huge amount of key travel on that keyboard IMO. For me that would be a deal breaker if it was my sole laptop as I do a fair amount of typing.£599 at John Lewis http://www.johnlewis.com/asus-zenbook-ux305ca-ultrabook-intel-core-m3-8gb-ram-128gb-ssd-13-3-qhd-aurora-metallic/p2527667?sku=235674305&gclid=CIm_94mckc8CFS8-cgodlJoARA&gclsrc=dsLenovo Thinkpad 13 - although I've no direct experience of this particular laptop it has a killer price starting from £359 and there are different configurations to choose from:http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/thinkpad/13-series/13-windows/I'd be tempted to go for the £530 model due to the better quality / higher resolution screen, but it's up to you - some people like bigger text on a 13" screen as a result of the lower resolution. http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/lenovo-thinkpad-13 (review is of a more powerful spec'd version)http://www.cnet.com/uk/products/lenovo-thinkpad-13/review/http://uk.pcmag.com/lenovo-thinkpad-13/83460/review/lenovo-thinkpad-13If you do buy anything Lenovo make sure you update the BIOS (it's pretty easy to do) as they tend to sort out earlier glitches.The newly released Lenovo Yoga Book would be completely left field choice, but it may be too unusual for your wife as it doesn't come with a traditional keyboard. Read some reviews first before considering.http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/tablets/lenovo/yoga/yoga-book-windows/



    Wow thanks Picard123 will have a good look at your suggestions later when I get some time and let you know how it goes.

    Picard123

    . I'd be tempted to go for the £530 model due to the better quality / … . I'd be tempted to go for the £530 model due to the better quality / higher resolution screen, but it's up to you - some people like bigger text on a 13" screen as a result of the lower resolution.



    I'm in the market for a laptop too and like the look of the Lenovo. Will a higher screen resolution have an effect on battery life?

    spoo

    I'm in the market for a laptop too and like the look of the Lenovo. Will … I'm in the market for a laptop too and like the look of the Lenovo. Will a higher screen resolution have an effect on battery life?



    In theory, the more pixels and the greater the brightness, and having IPS over TN, the more power it uses but in reality, the power consumption between 768 and 1080 isn't massive and *probably* not worth worrying about too much.
    Edited by: "Picard123" 15th Sep 2016

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    Busting my budget a bit but is this a good deal (3 percent quidco)
    shop.bt.com/pro…LpQ

    jmcderm1

    Busting my budget a bit but is this a good deal (3 percent … Busting my budget a bit but is this a good deal (3 percent quidco)https://www.shop.bt.com/products/apple-macbook-air-11--dc-i5-1-6ghz-4gb-128gb-ssd-mjvm2b-a-B5GN.html?&gclid=CM70r6Dvkc8CFUMo0wodbtsLpQ



    Without wishing to start a Mac v Windows debate, or a discussion as to whether it's really worth the premium pricing, you can't really go wrong with a MacBook Air. It's a nice machine.

    If you're now looking at Macbook Airs, you might as well have a look at the Apple Refurb Store. Their refurb stuff is pretty much Grade A+ quality, albeit without the retail packaging.

    apple.com/uk/…/11

    Edited by: "Picard123" 15th Sep 2016

    Original Poster

    Picard123

    Without wishing to start a Mac v Windows debate, or a discussion as to … Without wishing to start a Mac v Windows debate, or a discussion as to whether it's really worth the premium pricing, you can't really go wrong with a MacBook Air. It's a nice machine.If you're now looking at Macbook Airs, you might as well have a look at the Apple Refurb Store. Their refurb stuff is pretty much Grade A+ quality, albeit without the retail packaging.http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/macbook_air/11



    Thanks for this and all your advice Picard123 in the end I have gone for a recon MacBook Air from Apple. Feels like I have chickened out a bit and blown my budget but with it being a gift I wanted to play it safe. Thanks for all your effort mate.
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