Trying to find a decent laptop for uni

I've been searching for a while now and so far haven't found a good deal for a laptop with good specs for a low price. Ideally I would like an i5/i7 CPU, at least 8 GB RAM, at least 256 GB SSD and a 13-15" FHD IPS screen. Please advise me on what I should do, my budget is around £500.

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have a look at pc world they have a Dell and a Asus that's been reduced to 399.99 with top of my head 8gb and 1tb

taylor102081

have a look at pc world they have a Dell and a Asus that's been reduced … have a look at pc world they have a Dell and a Asus that's been reduced to 399.99 with top of my head 8gb and 1tb



​with i5

taylor102081

have a look at pc world they have a Dell and a Asus that's been reduced … have a look at pc world they have a Dell and a Asus that's been reduced to 399.99 with top of my head 8gb and 1tb



​they both the same price and spec

The difficulty is finding your exact specification without slight compromise or a higher budget. Here is an example.

MEDION® AKOYA® P6659 15.6 - Clickable link.

Specifications (£499.00 Inclusive, and states IPS Panel in description). IN STOCK (while writing).

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-6200U processor
OS: Windows 10 Home
Clock Frequency: 2.8GHz
Graphic: NVIDIA® GeForce® 930M
Memory size: 6GB
SSD Capacity: 128GB
Hard disk capacity: 1TB
Screen size: 39,6 cm (15,6")
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 1920x1080 pixels
Screen Type: non-glare display
Graphic details:
NVIDIA® GeForce® 930M graphics
With 1 GB DDR3 memory and digital HDMI® audio/video output

Optical drives:
Multi-standard DVD/CD burner
with DVD-RAM and dual-layer support

Sound:
High-definition audio with 2 loudspeakers
Dolby Audio™ Premium certified

Miscellaneous: NVIDIA® GeForce® 930M graphics With 1 GB DDR3 memory and digital HDMI® audio/video output
Integrated HD webcam and microphone
Multi-card reader for SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards (memory cards not included).

MEDION HAVE A TENDENCY TO MAKE MISTAKES ON DESCRIPTIONS OR RE-USING MODEL NUMBERS.




Edited by: "nemesiz" 21st Sep 2016

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Spend £50 to upgrade to a 240-250 GB SSD, Still comes under your £500 budget.

Edited by: "RiverDragon8" 21st Sep 2016

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RiverDragon8

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-ideapad-510s-intel-core-i5-processor-8gb-ram-128gb-ssd-storage-14-inch-full-2515343Spend £50 to upgrade to a 240-250 GB SSD, Still comes under your £500 budget.


Wouldn't doing that void the manufacturer warranty?

Original Poster

nemesiz

The difficulty is finding your exact specification without slight … The difficulty is finding your exact specification without slight compromise or a higher budget. Here is an example. MEDION® AKOYA® P6659 15.6 - Clickable link.Specifications (£499.00 Inclusive, and states IPS Panel in description). IN STOCK (while writing).CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-6200U processorOS: Windows 10 HomeClock Frequency: 2.8GHzGraphic: NVIDIA® GeForce® 930MMemory size: 6GBSSD Capacity: 128GBHard disk capacity: 1TBScreen size: 39,6 cm (15,6")Aspect Ratio: 16:9Resolution: 1920x1080 pixelsScreen Type: non-glare displayGraphic details: NVIDIA® GeForce® 930M graphics With 1 GB DDR3 memory and digital HDMI® audio/video outputOptical drives: Multi-standard DVD/CD burner with DVD-RAM and dual-layer supportSound: High-definition audio with 2 loudspeakers Dolby Audio™ Premium certifiedMiscellaneous: NVIDIA® GeForce® 930M graphics With 1 GB DDR3 memory and digital HDMI® audio/video outputIntegrated HD webcam and microphoneMulti-card reader for SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards (memory cards not included).MEDION HAVE A TENDENCY TO MAKE MISTAKES ON DESCRIPTIONS OR RE-USING MODEL NUMBERS.


Not keen on the 6 GB RAM but a good option, thanks

Original Poster

taylor102081

​they both the same price and spec


256GB SSD is quite important as my desktop has a 1 TB HDD and I'd much rather the SSD


aaron97

Wouldn't doing that void the manufacturer warranty?


It voids the warranty so what? I got my little warranty sticker put away so I can reapply if I need to. I upgraded my SSD from 128GB to 250GB as soon as I got my laptop from Very.
http://i68.tinypic.com/xlxcau.jpg

Not keen on the 6 GB RAM but a good option, thanks



Unless you're an avid gamer, then 2GB is sufficient for most requirements i.e. internet surfing, database work, basic programming, dissertation writing etc. It is only once you're doing highly technical specialised work it may impinge or require a dedicated graphics chipset, additional memory, and an I7 processor but then if you write down your exact specifications for University then it can be tailored to your requirements. Please note I didn't discuss upgrading i.e. replacing the HDD with Hybrid SSD or adding an Solid State Drive as it's dependent on the size and type of Laptop, and experience of the user i.e. For smaller laptops (usually 14Inch or smaller) to upgrade the drive, the keyboard sometimes needs be removed.


Edited by: "nemesiz" 22nd Sep 2016

nemesiz

Unless you're an avid gamer, then 2GB is sufficient for most requirements … Unless you're an avid gamer, then 2GB is sufficient for most requirements i.e. internet surfing, database work, basic programming, dissertation writing etc. It is only once you're doing highly technical specialised work it may impinge



You're a bit out of date there, I can surpass 4GB with just my web browser open these days. I wouldn't recommend 2GB these days unless you're a very light user - one tab at a time. 4GB should be sufficient, for now, but plenty of people doing those things will benefit from 8GB in the life of the laptop.

Gaming isn't notably memory hungry compared to many other cutting edge uses.

You're a bit out of date there, I can surpass 4GB with just my web … You're a bit out of date there, I can surpass 4GB with just my web browser open these days. I wouldn't recommend 2GB these days unless you're a very light user - one tab at a time. 4GB should be sufficient, for now, but plenty of people doing those things will benefit from 8GB in the life of the laptop.



I use a Core 2 Duo 2.2 ghz T7500 processor with only 2GB of memory as a secondary machine for web browsing, video stream, photo and document editing without a problem. Although for work expected to utilise servers and workstations running Windows XP (Core 2 Duo E8400) until a recent upgrade. As stated previously for most requirements a basic computer or laptop would only be needed by most users unless you're doing a technical subject, then the user can state their requirements as mentioned.

Gaming isn't notably memory hungry compared to many other cutting edge … Gaming isn't notably memory hungry compared to many other cutting edge uses



Yes Gaming can be notably memory intensive, especially the latest games. This is why the industry is at the fore-front for pushing and leading software and hardware technology. Of course if you're talking specialised industries or subjects (in this instance) that's a different matter but then further information is required as stated for the usage of the laptop.

Edited by: "nemesiz" 22nd Sep 2016

Your so outdated (and I mean really outdated). Have you just woke up from … Your so outdated (and I mean really outdated). Have you just woke up from a coma and it's the year 2016?



Feels like it.... My primary system is I5-2500K, 16GB DDR3 memory, 128 & 256GB SSD's, Radeon HD7850, and 20 Inch HP2065 IPS Panel. Yes old but waiting on the Zen Processor & AMD Vega, and a 144hz IPS Hybrid (AHVA) 4K or AMOLED monitor to be released before committing to new upgrade. Although done plenty of system builds, and upgrades for friends and family.


nemesiz

Feels like it.... My primary system is I5-2500K, 16GB DDR3 memory, 128 & … Feels like it.... My primary system is I5-2500K, 16GB DDR3 memory, 128 & 256GB SSD's, Radeon HD7850, and 20 Inch HP2065 IPS Panel. Yes old but waiting on the Zen Processor & AMD Vega, and a 144hz IPS Hybrid (AHVA) 4K or AMOLED monitor to be released before committing to new upgrade. Although done plenty of system builds, and upgrades for friends and family.


It's easy to fall behind technology.

It's easy to fall behind technology.



In technical understanding and knowledge of the latest technology most definitely. Did have a fundamental understanding of the subject but that information is now obsolete as new technology, terminology, and theory is being invented. Hard to keep up, except of course learn the basic relevant principles, and techniques to provide practical assistance to upgrade systems or diagnose faults for friends and colleagues. Fortunately out of the industry, now just tinkering with Tablets, Laptops and other PC's just for Fun.
Edited by: "nemesiz" 22nd Sep 2016

Unidays and look what Hp has to offer on their student site. Really good deals with that discount
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