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    Whats the best Laptop for under £1000?

    Can spend upto £1000 on a laptop, anyone give me any pointers on what are the best systems for that kind of money? Not bothered about blistering games performance but a good all rounder..
    thanks

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    that's one heck of a budget..suggest you look at Thursday's DELL deals that will be in the deals section and go from there....in that price range you can get a really good spec.

    Lets see what's around on Thursday .

    Original Poster

    It's a business expense!

    horacehogarth

    It's a business expense!



    luvely jubbly...wish I had that luxury.

    Are you looking for mobility cos some laptops are rather heavy and bulky and are really substitute desktops?

    Original Poster

    Yeah, mobility would be useful but not essential.. having a wireless set up installed so would like to use this on the sofa, in the garden in the summer etc. though not too bothered about having to take it on the train. Decent battery life is a big plus.

    horacehogarth

    Yeah, mobility would be useful but not essential.. having a wireless set … Yeah, mobility would be useful but not essential.. having a wireless set up installed so would like to use this on the sofa, in the garden in the summer etc. though not too bothered about having to take it on the train. Decent battery life is a big plus.


    Well lets see what Dell offers come out on Thursday..the advantage with Dell is that you can upgrade the battery for longer life...MikeT is the Dell expert so I'm sure he will offer advice regarding a suitable model....the 640M is the one for mobility and as you are not looking for gaming performance it may fit the bill.

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    here's one to feast your eyes on..with 2% quidco cashback it brings it nearer your budget....the spec is amazing.

    Original Poster

    Tasty indeed, i'd imagine there's other places that will do it slightly cheaper than Play.. built in webcam?? Not something i'd want, the missus will wonder what i'm upto!

    Just tell her it's for security reasons, like a rear view mirror so you can see if anyone is sneaking up behind you in the cafe to nick your laptop!!!

    horacehogarth

    Tasty indeed, i'd imagine there's other places that will do it slightly … Tasty indeed, i'd imagine there's other places that will do it slightly cheaper than Play.. built in webcam?? Not something i'd want, the missus will wonder what i'm upto!


    Well it isn't actually available until mid month so we've yet to see if other retailers will stock it and at what price...difficult to get good discounts on HP from my experience....there is a deal purchasing direct from HP that gives a 10% discount..you also get 4% quiidco...but having checked the site they only sell a selection of laptops direct and this is not one of them.

    You'll find that many laptops come with a fitted webcam...you probably noticed that the HP also has a digital TV tuner so very handy .

    Moderator

    If you still want it to be portable then 15.4" screen is the max really. I would probably go for something like this with 1K to spend. Items in bold are upgrades.

    305-N02643a - £957.69 delivered ]Go to Deal
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7200 (2.0 GHz, 4 MB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
    Genuine Windows Vista Business
    15.4" UltraSharp™ Wide Screen WXGA+ (1440x900) TFT Display with TrueLife™
    2048MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x1024)
    120GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
    Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
    256MB ATI® Mobility™ Radeon® X1400 HyperMemory™ graphics card
    9 Cell, 85Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery

    56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter
    Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini PCI Wireless LAN Card for Core 2 Duo Processors
    Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3Mbps) with Enhanced Data Rate, for Vista
    Microsoft® Works 8.5 - English
    Snap on LCD Back Cover - Cerry Burlwood Take a look at the picture!
    1 Year warranty

    http://i.dell.com/images/global/products/314x314/cherry_quicksnap.jpg

    Original Poster

    Hmmm, what's the relevance in waiting till thursday for Dell, is that a day for their special offers?

    Don't like that snap on cover! Think i need to get over to currys or somewhere similar sharpish and have a good look at the different sizes/weights before ordering one.

    Yes mate, Dell do their updates every Thursday and MikeT is always on the ball to bring you the best deals. Sometimes if your here nice and early Mike will find you a miss-price and you could well get a bargain if your quick before Dell change it.

    No-one ever knows what deals Dell are going to throw at you on a Thursday morning so we just have to wait and see. Some weeks go by with nothing really special but quite often you get some amazing deals.

    horacehogarth

    Hmmm, what's the relevance in waiting till thursday for Dell, is that a … Hmmm, what's the relevance in waiting till thursday for Dell, is that a day for their special offers?Don't like that snap on cover! Think i need to get over to currys or somewhere similar sharpish and have a good look at the different sizes/weights before ordering one.



    Yes that's a good idea...PCWorld will have a larger range so I suggest you look there to see if there's a particular model you prefer...bear in mind the new vista loaded models will probably not be on display until mid month at the earliest....of course Dells can only be purchased online or by phone so to some extent you have to rely on pictures..unless you have friends who can let you try their Dells.l

    i picked up Dell Inspiron 6400 last month, great laptop, small enough to carry, big enough keys for my fat fingers, and quick processor to run most programmes simultaniously

    Original Poster

    Well i'll be sniffing around here in the morning for any tasty Dell offers

    Just a few of my thoughts...

    Would have been quite useful to know what you want to use the laptop for, that way we can tailor our searches to find one to suit you.

    If you want something portable, I'd recommend the Dell 640m laptop. For £1000 you can upgrade the processor, HDD and RAM. It has onboard graphics, but you state you don't want to use it for games.

    Separate graphics cards drain the battery more quickly than onboard ones, so if you're not going to use your laptop for games, don't buy a one with a separate graphics card.


    Also, as this is a business expense and you have £1000 I would not necessarily recommend going for a "bargain" laptop. I'd go for a solid, all-round good performance laptop from somewhere which offers a good warranty / customer service.

    This really isn't a situation where I'd be bargain hunting to get the cheapest laptop.

    Original Poster

    markwills

    Just a few of my thoughts...Would have been quite useful to know what you … Just a few of my thoughts...Would have been quite useful to know what you want to use the laptop for, that way we can tailor our searches to find one to suit you.



    Well, i will need it to work on clients sites so fairly powerful for multi tasking. Wifi will be used a lot, plenty of internet usage, good battery life, decent graphics though not top priority as may play the occasional game from time to time. Portability would be nice but in all honesty it will mainly be on a surface of some sort.

    markwills

    If you want something portable, I'd recommend the Dell 640m laptop. For … If you want something portable, I'd recommend the Dell 640m laptop. For £1000 you can upgrade the processor, HDD and RAM. It has onboard graphics, but you state you don't want to use it for games.Also, as this is a business expense and you have £1000 I would not necessarily recommend going for a "bargain" laptop. I'd go for a solid, all-round good performance laptop from somewhere which offers a good warranty / customer service.



    Agreed, those are important factors. That's why i'm hanging on to see what Dell have to offer.. i assume they offer a decent warranty/customer service?

    markwills

    This really isn't a situation where I'd be bargain hunting to get the … This really isn't a situation where I'd be bargain hunting to get the cheapest laptop.



    Basically i want the best machine i can get for my money as i'll want it to keep it for a while.

    Yes I think the 640m (which is what I use) is very good, and is extremely portable. The 9cell battery upgrade gives amazing battery life (around 6 hours and over). Has a 14" widescreen.

    However as you say it will be used on one surface you may wish to go for the inspiron 6400. That's bigger & heavier, but has a larger screen.


    As for multitasking & internet... the inspirons come with dual core processors, and I'd use your money to upgrade this to the fastest you can reasonably afford. Get 1gb RAM (or more, go for 2 GB if you can afford it).

    Also get yourself a smallish mouse (probably not from dell though) as you'll get fed up using the touchpad all day every day at work.

    The truelife screen update depends on personal preference, have a read around on the internet before you decide if you'd want it. Basically truelife is a high(er) resolution, reflective, glossy screen compared with the normal, matt, slightly lower resolution non-reflective screen. I prefer the matt as I don't want reflections when I'm working outside.

    Oh yes, also the HDD. Depends on whether you want lots of programs installed. If you're just storing data you may want to buy an external USB HDD that you can switch between computers. If you need to install many programs you might want to upgrade the internal HDD.

    I still hold by my original statement that I wouldn't go for a laptop with a dedicated graphics card. You'll lose battery juice very quickly, and if you're only playing the occasional game, the onboard intel graphics are more than adequate.

    Hope that helps.

    Original Poster

    Yes that helps a lot.. not bothered about that True Life screen to be fair, is it worth going for one with Vista though, i've no idea how much better/worse it is than XP.

    Well the thing with vista is that you'll be delving into the unknown.

    If you like that kind of thing, then go for it and get vista.

    If you want to be comfortable for the next couple of years, get WinXP and upgrade later.

    Original Poster

    Hmmmm, with all the new 'security' features i fear MS have packed into Vista i think i'll steer well clear of it. XP does me just fine and the only reason i'd upgrade is if i really had no other option.

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    640M review here....I think you'll find Vista will be fine..if it wasn't we'd have heard some horror stories on this forum by now as I'm sure many have upgraded.

    I thought you were "coming around" markwills....as I said previously in another thread you'll be on vista by the year end!!! LOL

    I did hear that with voice recognition incorporated into vista, in theory someone could play a .wav file on your PC that tells it to delete your documents and then empty the recycle bin! LOL!

    Original Poster

    Have Dell come up with anything tasty?

    horacehogarth

    Have Dell come up with anything tasty?


    not really..as MikeT was saying..he spotted deals early this morning and then when it came to posting them the prices had risen.

    So have you decided what laptop you want...have you had a look in PCWORLD?

    If battery life is not important you may wish to consider the high spec Acer at Comet
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    3.5% quidco cashback

    Keep us informed if there is a model that you really fancy and someone will come up with the best deal.

    edit...the above has a dedicated 256mb Gforce 7600 graphics card..the spec incorrectly says no dedicated graphics

    Original Poster

    Yeah size and weight isn't really a problem as thinking about it the thing will be on some kind of surface pretty much all the time anyway.. so it just comes down to best machine available for the money. Not sure about that one with the dedicated graphics though as it will drain the battery according to what other folks have said.

    So, in a nutshell, battery life is important to me

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    I have just specced this one..with 2gb of memory a 256 graphics chip and a 9cell battery that will give 5 hours of usage..a really good price

    4% quidco cashback

    reduce the warranty to the 12 months collect and return and it will come out at about £880

    in fact the spec I have quoted should come to £859.50

    Original Poster

    Taking the warranty down brings it to £789?

    horacehogarth

    Taking the warranty down brings it to £789?



    right ..have you upgraded the graphics to the 256 mb

    upgraded the battery to 9 cell

    deffo £859.50 with those two upgrades

    Original Poster

    Ahh ok will do. I'll wait till later in case Mike comes up with any wonder deals, if not then i'll go for this one

    horacehogarth

    Ahh ok will do. I'll wait till later in case Mike comes up with any … Ahh ok will do. I'll wait till later in case Mike comes up with any wonder deals, if not then i'll go for this one



    Yes the Dell seems to fit your requirements..particularly with the battery upgrade...I'll be in the market myself , probably next month, and this laptop looks very tempting.

    £850 worth will give you about £34 worth of quidco...but have you read the thread on here about the £80 deduction code for new Dell purchasers?

    Why not just go for a Rock Pegassus 665, all their laptops come standard with a 3 year garantee.

    Original Poster

    Never heard of them though 3 years is impressive.

    I would've bought a Rock if I'd been able to afford to spend that little bit extra. Heard glowing reports whilst on my laptop buying mission late last year.

    Ended up getting the PCNextday one which i've trumpeted more than enough round here. I might ask them for commission!

    Rock Pegasus 665 T7200 [Computer Buyer] COMPANY: Rock PRICE: £999 inc VAT RATING: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/images/ratings_buyer/3.gifISSUE: 187 DATE: Dec 06Verdict: Incredible performance and an affordable price, but a few flaws mean we can't recommend it.
    ] http://www.pcpro.co.uk/picture_library/dir_107/it_portal_pic_53531_t.jpg THE ROCK PEGASUS 665 T7200 is a fairly plain-looking laptop on the outside, with its low-key black finish and rounded styling. It's unremarkable looks belie the power on offer though, and while the 2GHz processor may not be the top-end Core 2 model it still offers tremendous performance. To demonstrate its dominance over our benchmarks it scored a hefty 139%, which is very fast for a laptop. Despite this level of performance it's not a burden to carry around, weighing a very reasonable 3.1kg.
    Solid as a rock
    The Pegasus 665 is a well-built laptop and its strong lid provides plenty of protection for the screen. Computer Buyer readers will also receive a free carry case with their purchase and while it's a fairly no-frills offering, at least it'll afford the Pegasus plenty of protection on your travels.
    Inside the system, you'll find a whopping 120GB hard disk for all your storage needs. It spins at 5,400rpm, which is quite normal for laptop hard disks, but you can choose to have a smaller 100GB disk, which spins at 7,200rpm if you value the slight performance boost over the extra storage space. There's also a DVD-writer that will burn discs at 8x, which offers a handy way to back up your hard disk.
    The screen itself is of the glossy variety, which tends to divide opinion between those who love its vibrancy and those who loathe the reflectivity, but it does give a nice bright image. It has a resolution of 1280 x 800, and gamers will appreciate the 256MB nVidia GeForce 7600 Go graphics 3G_emea01_300x250_New.gif]http://m1.2mdn.net/1107947/3G_emea01_300x250_New.gif] [img]http//ad…G] [CENTER][FONT=Geneva,Arial,sans-serif][SIZE=1]ADVERTISEMENT[/SIZE][/FONT][/CENTER]

    chip, which helped the Pegasus achieve a highly respectable 63% in our Call of Duty gaming benchmark.
    Baked to the core
    Fast as it is, the graphics setup also poses a problem for the Rock, as we found it ran extremely hot during intensive use, sometimes to the point where you certainly wouldn't want it on your lap. Propping up the back end by a few millimetres to air the underside largely solved the problem, but it's still a concern. If you're not working intensively, one option is to engage the quiet mode, which clocks performance down to such a level that fan-cooling is no longer required - but this problem shouldn't occur at all.
    Out of puff
    Apart from keeping the laptop cool the point of quiet mode is supposedly that it uses less energy, conserving battery life. We tested this using our DVD run-down benchmark, which we ran once in quiet mode and once in normal mode. In normal mode the battery lasted 1 hour and 27 minutes, in quiet mode thirteen minutes longer - not much to shout about. In our normal light use test the battery charge lasted a respectable, if not amazing, two hours. However, it then took eight hours to recharge. This is decidedly poor compared to other laptops we've seen.
    On a happier note the Rock has every port and connector you could want for hooking up to other hardware: DVI and S-Video ports; three USB ports; a 4-in-1 media card reader and an ExpressCard slot. There's also mini-FireWire for connecting a DV camera, plus a Gigabit Ethernet port.
    But the best part of the Pegasus 665 T7200 is the price. Last month's Hi-Grade laptop featured a T5500, a lesser graphics processor and smaller hard disk, yet it cost £899. The Rock offers better performance in both 2D and 3D applications and includes a free carry case for just £999. It's a shame we can't recommend it though - the battery life is poor and the heat problem could result in some uncomfortably toasty laps. The Zepto Znote 2425W reviewed on page 36 is a much better choice as it offers a very similar specification and performance without suffering from such serious flaws.
    [RIGHT]By Danny Bird[/RIGHT]
    SPECIFICATIONS:
    PROCESSOR Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2GHz) RAM 1GB DDR2 GRAPHICS nVidia GeForce Go 7600 (256MB) DRIVES 120GB hard disk, DVDRW SCREEN 15.4in (1280 x 800) PORTS 3x USB2, FireWire, DVI, TV-out, 802.11g, Ethernet, 56k modem DIMENSIONS 362 x 269 x 43mm WEIGHT 3.1kg WARRANTY 3 years collect & return DELIVERY £23

    Original Poster

    My home PC is already running Windows XP, considering that i'm really not bothered about Vista would i be better off asking Dell to put XP on the laptop instead as i'll be using them both on a wireless home network?

    horacehogarth

    My home PC is already running Windows XP, considering that i'm really not … My home PC is already running Windows XP, considering that i'm really not bothered about Vista would i be better off asking Dell to put XP on the laptop instead as i'll be using them both on a wireless home network?



    I think I gave you my opinion on vista..that is that I want it...makes no difference what version of Windows you have on your desktop..it'll have absolutely no affect on connection to a wireless network.

    At the end of he day the choice is yours but vista has greater security built in and I'm sure Microsoft will be putting most of their effort into Vista progression and just providing basic future updates for XP...which as with other Windows that have been superceded eventually lose any support..OK that may be some years ahead but at some stage you'll have to upgrade to vista..if you want continued security.. so why not start with it???
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