What laptop specs to look out for?

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Found 29th Jul 2017
Im looking to get a laptop for uni work and just general internet browsing. My budget is £400. What specs should I be lookin for..processor, ssd or hd?

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why not look for a good spec ex-corpoarte refurb - much better build quality and things like batteries are much easier to replace ....

corporate laptops are built to last - not just a for a little over 12 months till the warranty runs out

look at sites like Tier-1

EliTom
Traditional mechanical hard drive for large capacity but significantly slower than SSD; SSD for speed but notably less capacity (per £); SSHD for potentially the happy medium.
FHD - Full HD screen


benjammin316
SSD essential
for your budget - and what I am typing on now

bullet prooof macine

tier1online.com/1-f…e-a

grade A with 12 months warranty - oh and SSD !!

EliTom
benjammin316

FHD - Full HD screenbenjammin316



Depends on the screen size, I personally wouldn't go for 1920x1080 on anything other than 17", maybe 15" at a pinch.

I'd say you want an SSD, you want to avoid the low power CPU designs (Goldmont/Airmont/Stoney Ridge etc.) and if possible you want a decent keyboard and good quality screen (which doesn't have much to do with resolution, that's how much fits on the screen).
Before you commit always check some reviews, or Youtube vids.

The noise level of the fans kicking in, heat etc should play a factor

benjammin316
EndlessWaves

Depends on the screen size, I personally wouldn't go for 1920x1080 on … Depends on the screen size, I personally wouldn't go for 1920x1080 on anything other than 17", maybe 15" at a pinch.I'd say you want an SSD, you want to avoid the low power CPU designs (Goldmont/Airmont/Stoney Ridge etc.) and if possible you want a decent keyboard and good quality screen (which doesn't have much to do with resolution, that's how much fits on the screen).




After going from a 720 chromebook to a FHD one, I couldn't go back

What res is your current phone? If it's a current one it's probably more than FHD, under 6 inches. It makes all the difference

benjammin316
Edited by: "benjammin316" 29th Jul 2017
benjammin316

...What res is your current phone? If it's a current one it's probably … ...What res is your current phone? If it's a current one it's probably more than FHD, under 6 inches. It makes all the difference..


That typical analogy often fails due to no allowance for the viewing distance vs screen size / resolution ratio.
benjammin316

After going from a 720 chromebook to a FHD one, I couldn't go backWhat … After going from a 720 chromebook to a FHD one, I couldn't go backWhat res is your current phone? If it's a current one it's probably more than FHD, under 6 inches. It makes all the difference benjammin316



That's a different OS though, I'd imagine Chrome OS was built from the ground up to be resolution independent. Windows wasn't, and while Microsoft stuff is well supported these days not all third party programs work that well if you turn up the scaling. Which you have to do to make 1920x1080 on a 12" or 13" screen usable.
i find with small screen laptops is it is hard to see the work you have created, leave aside £120 for a monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse and buy them when you get to your destination.
you do not say what you are studying, how visual your studies will be. if you are just typing and some youtube any cpu from pentium up. the more specialised your study the more specific your needs will be.
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