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baza31
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4th Jun 13 at 08:53   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Its the gf birthday , shes just started uni and i am sick of her using my laptop all the time . Can someone reccomend a decent laptop upto 700 . Also is it worth getting a touch screen one? does anyone ever use it ?

cheers in advance
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with the biggest possible screen please
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HP are doing some big screen laptops and dont seem to be suffering from heat like they used to.

Dell should also be able to sort you a 17" screen

However, if its for Uni surely you want to make it as portable as possible? 700 would get you an entry level 'ultrabook' (high powered laptops but in the smallest body possible i.e. 11 or 13" screens).

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Something with haswell.
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A Dell etc like i said or you could get a smallish macbook for that and she wont know how to work it so wont be able to break this one
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quote:
Originally posted by Gary
A Dell etc like i said or you could get a smallish macbook for that and she wont know how to work it so wont be able to break this one






just been to currys PCM world and sonic and there range is shite . Where else is best ?
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quote:
Originally posted by Toby
HP are doing some big screen laptops and dont seem to be suffering from heat like they used to.

Dell should also be able to sort you a 17" screen

However, if its for Uni surely you want to make it as portable as possible? 700 would get you an entry level 'ultrabook' (high powered laptops but in the smallest body possible i.e. 11 or 13" screens).







Yeh suppose your right . Wouldn't think she would need it super fast though. What's biggest screens they go to?
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11" macbook air for uni
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quote:
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11" macbook air for uni


Problem is storage. 64GB is piss poor (even if it's is SSD) and even after HE discount, it's still ~730.


Personally, Dell Ultrabook - better spec, cheaper.
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yeah, 64gb is low, but ive got a 500gb external and a tiny 64gb usb on my keyring. but everythings stored on my other laptop and the air can access it all as though it were on there so its no problem really
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New Macs next week may mean you'll be able to pick up the current Air's and Pro's slightly cheaper.

As for storage, you could stick your stuff on DB and/or Google Drive

Probably pick up an 11" myself next week, depends if you 'really' need a Mac though (from the sounds of it you don't).

[Edited on 04-06-2013 by A2H GO]
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i only suggest it because they are great for taking in to uni, great battery life, but a small compact charger anyway. so thin and light you can barely tell its in your bag
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quote:
Originally posted by A2H GO
New Macs next week may mean you'll be able to pick up the current Air's and Pro's slightly cheaper.



A mate of mine did that a while back with a Pro and it seems to be the best bet for saving a few quid on a 'new' mac. Although it took a few hours phoning around on release day of the new model to get a store to agree to reserve and sell him the previous model - apparently, stores are suppose to box the previous models and ship them back
Staff were also about as helpful as a chocolate teapot when he went to pick it up but that's for another thread.


Baza - If you do go down the Mac Air route then i recommend Lacie external rugged drives, not cheap (cheaper to get one from another retailer than Apple) but i use to use one for uni and field work and it took a beating without any issue.
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I used my Air at uni - got the 256GB and haven't looked back since.

We use and sell Dells at work. Can't say I'm too impressed with them at the moment, we seem to have a fair few hardware problems with them and they're not exactly well built.
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I have a dell xps 13, the i7 256gb version and that is far better built than the Inspirons and also came with a 3 year warranty but by the by dells are cracking value for money.
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Dont really want apple . Prefer windows . Do you have a link to the dell? Cheers
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http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewitem?index=0&sbk=1&nav=SEARCH&itemId=321120827816

Cheapest xps 13 I can find. May only be the entry level model but its great value for money and Gould tick all her boxes.
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The memory is rubbish isn't it. What advantage do these have over a normal laptop? Are these touchscreen ?
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Memory as in RAM or the Hard Drive? RAM is fine on this type of laptop. The hard drive is small because in laymans terms there are no moving parts so it means data loss is a lot less risky and also it means it can boot up a lot quicker.

The screen isn't touch screen. nearly every laptop are not touch screen due to the fact that, that's what a tablet is for and there's little demand for it.

Really you need to decide what she wants the most in terms of features i.e. portability/operatig system/performance/screen size etc as there are a lot of options!


[Edited on 06-06-2013 by Toby]
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Going to ccl later so ill see what they have. What's the difference between i3 i5 i7 ect ? Cheers
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quote:
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What's the difference between i3 i5 i7 ect ?
Theoretically the higher the number the better the processor.

Generation and speed comes in to play too, but the above is a good basic rule of thumb.

For your gf an i5 will more than likely suffice.


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The current i5's are really similar to i7's now - the reason you'd have gone for an i7 in the past as it featured hyper threading which wasn't enabled on the i5's, but now they both feature that technology.
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Also dual core vs quad core, I'd have thought?


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http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Sony_VAIO_T13_Core_i3_Touch_Windows_8_Laptop__SVT1313L1ES/version.asp



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