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    Laptop Suggestions Please

    Hi everyone.

    I'm in the market for a new laptop, but not sure where the first place to look is, and it's a while since I've bought hardware so not uptodate with the latest and greatest.

    Some criteria:

    - Speed/power - photoshop, vista and the latest apps should run perfectly.
    - Size - I think I want compact rather than the mother of all screens, something that is easy to transport.
    - Weight - as light as possible.
    - Noise - as quiet as possible but not impacting on the above.
    - Not really looking to use it for gaming, more email, internet, apps, accessing servers etc, but a decent solid graphics card isn't going to hurt.
    - Already have an ibook, so not looking to go down the Apple route.

    Budget - up to about £3k.

    Any suggestions/links appreciated.

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    3K...well i can save you a bundle on that.

    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/pr...=dhs&cs=ukdhs1

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    weighs next to nothing considering its features

    plus 4 years next day onsite warranty (xps so they treat you like royalty)

    with the 8400 you can get around 4 - 5 hours general use
    with the integrated x3100 you would be looking at more like 7 hours.

    I wouldn't bother lookign elsewhere..i have and this is the one to have for ultimate performace in a compact, lightweight laptop.

    ordering next week

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    well for £3,000 your pritty much open for any thing.

    One thing I would note is that small is more difficult simply because almost every thing is comming in wide screen these days, which is rather annoying as it makes the laptop that much larger.

    Most new laptops are quite light, even though larger, I think this is down to lighter screens and battery packs (which also seem to have shorter running times now )

    Toshiba are currently doing a very very good offer on there extended warranty, about £35 for a 3year extended warranty (basic one is 1 year) and if you have to clame on it for any reason not only will you get it fixed but you will get the original cost of the laptop refunded.
    They must be very very confident in there new builds.

    If you only want this for general use and photoshop, might I sugest haveing a look at a tablet laptop, they are rather pricey compaired to normal ones but with £3k not a problem.
    Incase you've not come across a (true) tablet laptop basically you can rotate the screen and fold it back over the keyboard, with the screen faceing up, and you can write directly on the screen with a pen. So it should be nice to use with photoshop

    EDIT: Although be carefull with tablet laptops, because many are just a screen theat folds raound without the ability to interact with the screen, now isn't that useful
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    You'd get a very, very good Rock for a lot less than that budget. Can't say I've used Dell beyond the budget models, but I'd be heading to Rock personally - I've read very good things about them.

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    comens in at 1557.57 inc del and vat. btw that screen is super high res. i have a machine like this. The m60 and it is not that hard to slip into a backpack and move about.

    Edit forgot to mention it is a precision m65
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