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    laptop specifications help please

    Im looking to buy a new laptop but dont really know what I am looking for. I know about graphics, ram and hd (in terms of size), other than that iv no idea. I've seen people saying about i3, i5 etc, for processors but some of the ones i look at dont mention 'i' anything, like amd, pentium dual core, core 2 duo, its very confusing. I also have no idea what an optical drive means. Just wondered if someone could make things a little clearer for me, Im only looking to spend £350 max really, so im not looking for top of the range specs, but I just want2 know what is good or what I should avoid.
    I have looked on google but it still leaves me confused
    Thankyou

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    What do you want the laptop for? general browsing, work, gaming, travelling ect?
    Optical drive is just the disk drive ie DVD drive or blueray drive...

    Two main people make CPUs - Intel and amd.

    Unfortunatley between them they make a bewildering range of CPUs so it is hard to know what one is better than another.

    If you see "AMD" in the specs it is an AMD cpu. Nothing wrong with that, they make excellent CPUs.

    Intel make loads of CPUs and the ones that they have been putting in laptops for years are given various names like "pentium dual core" and "core 2 duo".

    The "i" processors from Intel are fairly new so only tend to be in newer laptops. There is the i3, the i5 and the i7. The i3 is slowest, then i5, the i7 is fastest.

    Try to avoid "celeron" from Intel and "sempron" from amd as they are low end.

    But anything else will be fine for general processing.

    If you can get an i3 go for that as they have certain features that are good for laptops (they run cooler) but you may have trouble at a £360 price point.



    Edited by: "guilbert53" 14th Mar 2011

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    im a graphic design student, so need it to run the full adobe software, general browsing and playing games, but not like cod, like the newer broken swords.

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    guilbert53

    Two main people make CPUs - Intel and amd. Unfortunatley between them … Two main people make CPUs - Intel and amd. Unfortunatley between them they make a bewildering range of CPUs so it is hard to know what one is better than another.If you see "AMD" in the specs it is an AMD cpu. Nothing wrong with that, they make excellent CPUs.Intel make loads of CPUs and the ones that they have been putting in laptops for years are given various names like "pentium dual core" and "core 2 duo".The "i" processors from Intel are fairly new so only tend to be in newer laptops. There is the i3, the i5 and the i7. The i3 is slowest, then i5, the i7 is fastest.Try to avoid "celeron" from Intel and "sempron" from amd as they are low end.But anything else will be fine for general processing. If you can get an i3 go for that as they have certain features that are good for laptops (they run cooler) but you may have trouble at a £360 price point.



    thankyou, was just browsing the dell refurb thread and everyone was going on about i5's and theres a few i3's for about the money I can spend, but someone did say 'i wouldnt buy an i3 refurb' so... I really need to upgrade from mine as its only got 2gb of ram and an integrated graphics card so its struggling wth the adobe products and wont run my games

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    Nothing wrong with refurb's, in fact they can work out better than new as any faults have possibly already been found and fixed, just make sure it has a full year's warrenty

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    whatsThePoint

    Nothing wrong with refurb's, in fact they can work out better than new as … Nothing wrong with refurb's, in fact they can work out better than new as any faults have possibly already been found and fixed, just make sure it has a full year's warrenty



    I'm quite happy to buy a refurb, im pretty sure all the ones on the dell outlet have a years
    i just looking at a inspiron n5010 for £350, looks good to me!

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    I was looking at them earlier myself, don't think you'll better the 640gb hd and 4gb memory for anywhere else under £350

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    whatsThePoint

    I was looking at them earlier myself, don't think you'll better the 640gb … I was looking at them earlier myself, don't think you'll better the 640gb hd and 4gb memory for anywhere else under £350



    my thoughts exactly
    theres a few of the same model that range from 340-360 but they seem to have the same specs, whats the difference
    also do u know what the graphics may be in them?

    ah i noticed when open side by side, one is 5400rpm and the other is 7200rpm, am I right in saying the 7200 rpm is better?
    Edited by: "tatemze" 14th Mar 2011

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    They come with an ATI Radeon or Intel GMA 4500MHD

    Not sure why they very by a few £

    7200 is faster but if a 5400 was bigger for the same price i'd take that

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    whatsThePoint

    They come with an ATI Radeon or Intel GMA 4500MHD :(Not sure why they … They come with an ATI Radeon or Intel GMA 4500MHD :(Not sure why they very by a few £7200 is faster but if a 5400 was bigger for the same price i'd take that



    the specs are exactly the same apart from 7200/5400, iv checked a few times.
    would much rather the ati to the intel, shame theres no way of knowing

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    If you click on "Click here for available options and upgrades " it says if they are scratch and dent

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    If you narrow down by checking 256mb video it brings them up
    if it doesn't have the ati then you have grounds for sending it back
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