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    Opinion wanted on 3 laptops (Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba)

    Hi peeps,

    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:

    saveonlaptops.co.uk/Len…tml
    £499.97 delivered

    saveonlaptops.co.uk/Tos…tml
    £479.97 after cash-back.

    comet.co.uk/p/L…969
    £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.

    6 Comments

    Original Poster

    Forgot to mention: my budget is £500, and not a penny more. I'm open to all cash-back, discounts, etc though to achieve this.

    I must be tired I thought it said onion wanted to start with

    I'd go for the lenovo unless you want the 17" screen and better resolution of the toshiba. The lenovo has the better processor, better ram (probably faster speed) bigger HDD and both had good GPUs for what you need it for. The toshiba does have the better OS - but your wiping that (personally I would dual partition it)
    Tough call!

    Original Poster

    Yeah true, I would probably dual boot since it's handy to have Windows in an emergency and for games. Dual booting means the 500 GB of space would be a must...

    There's a £499 variant of the Toshiba that just seems excessive, with 6 GB of RAM and no other real gains.

    notlostyet

    Yeah true, I would probably dual boot since it's handy to have Windows in … Yeah true, I would probably dual boot since it's handy to have Windows in an emergency and for games. Dual booting means the 500 GB of space would be a must...There's a £499 variant of the Toshiba that just seems excessive, with 6 GB of RAM and no other real gains.


    On a 15.6" screen I'm sure the lenovo resolution will be fine. Also you only really need 50gb for an OS is its from emergencies...

    go try the toshiba in pc world if haven't already - L-series keyboard is rubbish.
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