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Right im after a new laptop , notebook or some advice.

I have a samsung tab s which tbh i dont most things on and love, however when it comes to things like looking at photos , editing them, office documents, i usually revert to my older laptop which has had its day i think.

Ive not tried using any office aps on the tablet as i cant imagine theywould be as usable with a tablet compared to a laptop and storing photos isnt a option due to memory card size and i dont think theres a way to use a external hard drive on my tablet.

Im looking to spend 200 max as its hardly gonna be used, odd occassions for photos, documents and some web browsing
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29th Jun 17 at 17:03   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

200 isn't going to go very far for a new laptop.

Which Samsung Tab - the original S, S2 or S3? If you're happy with it, you may be able to extend its usefulness with a few cloud services and a couple of extra accessories.

Storage:
I believe the Galaxy Tab can only use SD cards up 64Gb, so if you want all of your photos in one place rather than over several SD cards, Google Drive comes with 15Gb storage as standard which you can upgrade to 100Gb for 1.59 a month, so you might want to consider uploading all your photos and documents to the cloud? If you've got more than 100Gb photos, the next tier is 1Tb, and that costs 7.99 a month.

Office:
Google Docs may be enough for you and is free - won't hurt to try and see how you get on with it.

If you're more familiar with Microsoft Office, Office 365 is available for Android and is surprisingly not shit - I'd be inclined to give it a go and see if it meets your needs. Unfortunately, after a trial period it costs money, but it almost always cheaper to get a code from Amazon, currently 38.48 a year for a single user:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Office-365-Personal-Subscription/dp/B00JLPEL2I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1498755485&sr=8-2&keywords=office+365

Or 55 a year for five users (and each user can install the apps on their phone, tablet and PC) if you think other people in your household might benefit from having Microsoft Office as well:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Office-365-Personal-Subscription/dp/B00DRP537A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1498755485&sr=8-2&keywords=office%2B365&th=1

All Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions come with 1Tb Cloud Storage (via OneDrive) per user as standard; so if you were needing 1Tb cloud storage anyway, works out cheaper to get an Office 365 subscription rather than a Google Drive 1Tb subscription and you effectively get the Office software for free.

Keyboard:
If you need to type out a long document occasionally, a bluetooth keyboard might be a worthwhile investment - this one is inexpensive, quite good and wouldn't look out of place next to the tablet:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Universal-Mobile-Keyboard-Layout/dp/B00NSNDIJQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1498754714&sr=8-2&keywords=microsoft+universal+mobile+keyboard

Photos:
Depending on how in-depth your photo editing requirements are, Google Snapseed might cover your needs, or if you need something more powerful, try Pixlr.

Snapseed:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.niksoftware.snapseed&hl=en

Pixlr:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pixlr.express&hl=en

Hope this helps.

[Edited on 29-06-2017 by evilrob]
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Guess not
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Ok 5hanks for that, ill look into using a hard drive with my tablet, tbh i may still need a alternative device as the other half wants something with a keyboard.

Wouod a notebook be more chievable for price then a laptop, the hp streams seem to be quite cheap but i have no idea what they are like, tyere seems to be soo many processors in these things now
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This would do the job for 199:

https://www.tesco.com/direct/hp14-an001na-e2-14-quadcore-laptop-with-4gb-ram-500gb-silver/681-5343.prd

Windows 10, decent size screen and keyboard, 4gb RAM (not sure if soldered onto motherboard; may be upgradeable to 8gb in the future), 500Gb hard drive (may be upgradeable to a solid state drive at a later date).
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I saw that one but again not knowing alot aboutthem i wasnt sure what it was like
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It's decent - Quad Core processor, acceptable amount of RAM, decent amount of storage, comes with Windows 10, 14" screen, not too heavy, acceptable battery life.

Would wipe the floor with an HP Stream which has a gimped Celeron processor.

HP Stream benchmark:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Celeron+N3060+%40+1.60GHz

HP 14 benchmark:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+E2-7110+APU
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Ok thanks for that mate i see what the other half thinks of it, lets hope its the right colour lol
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Just an update my current laptop which is very slow and always crashes, specs
Samsung r40
32 bit op system
Intel R core TM2 CPU
Tss00 1.66 ghz
Ram 3.00 gb useable 2.87 gd
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Right so you need something for:

Office docs/spreadsheets
Looking at stored photos on an external drive
Editing said photos - what level of edit are we talking here?
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Not alot of editing mate she dont understand that much, just the basic stuff, yes i have external drive but that could be used as a backup.

Documentsnyes but again not very often and tbh im wondering if i could just use the tablet for those

Ive seen a lqptop for sale locally second hand
Toshiba satelite
4gb ram
500gb storage
Windows 10
I3 core

120 dont know if to buy jew though for warranty purposes

 
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