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Looking for a new laptop

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Found 23rd Jul 2014
Be grateful for opinions on this one?
Toshiba Satellite C50-A-1JN 15.6-inch Laptop (Intel Celeron N2820 2.13 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Windows 8.1)

Paid £680 in Oct 2012 for a Lenovo Z580 which has now developed a problem - black screen on startup about 9 times out of 10. Thanks to some advice from a member on here, it seems to be a problem with this laptop, and may need a new motherboard at a cost of about £280! Lenovo not willing to acknowledge this as a problem with that model so no help from them!
DEFINITELY won't be buying Lenovo again!
Anyway - be very grateful for any advice from you experts :>)

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Not an expert but found this one at Dell hotukdeals.com/dea…152 . Has a better processor than the Toshiba and I think its a good benchmark for the sort of Laptop you can get for under £300 .

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Thank you - looks quite good

Get the retailer to sort it out, it's their responsibility not the manufacturer's.

Anything with a Silvermont/Bay Trail processor (model numbers starting with N) is likely to have significantly less processing power than your current machine.

Little tip, stay well clear of Celeron processors they are the low end of the scale. Have a google search to see what I mean.

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Thanks all - still pondering my choices. oO

WesD84

Little tip, stay well clear of Celeron processors they are the low end … Little tip, stay well clear of Celeron processors they are the low end of the scale. Have a google search to see what I mean.



Given he's looking at a £260 laptop I think he's well aware he'll be getting something at the low end of the scale.

The Celeron branding is used for two different chip designs. The Bay Trail ones are descended from what were formerly marketed as Atom processors and the Haswell ones which are i3s with some of the features turned off. At the same clockspeed the former are a fair bit slower so it's always a good idea to be clear which ones you're referring to.
Edited by: "EndlessWaves" 25th Jul 2014
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