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    Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    I am looking for a laptop which has 2048MB RAM, 160+GB HDD capacity and a nice processor.

    It will be used to complete work either in the library or when I go back home from University, will require Wi-fi, 3+ USB ports, a long-lasting battery, should be lightweight and portable (easy to carry).

    I refuse to buy a laptop from Dell.

    I should mention that I will not be using this for high end gaming, that it will be used as a replacement for my powerful desktop PC when I am on the move.

    I want a laptop with Windows XP/(preferably Vista).

    I should also mention that I am from the UK.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Quote Originally Posted by oimi View Post
    I am looking for a laptop which has 2048MB RAM, 160+GB HDD capacity and a nice processor.

    It will be used to complete work either in the library or when I go back home from University, will require Wi-fi, 3+ USB ports, a long-lasting battery, should be lightweight and portable (easy to carry).

    I refuse to buy a laptop from Dell.

    I should mention that I will not be using this for high end gaming, that it will be used as a replacement for my powerful desktop PC when I am on the move.

    I want a laptop with Windows XP/(preferably Vista).
    Shame. Dell Vostro 1000 range has a deal on atm for pretty much what you're after. Comes in at around £374 with a 9 cell battery. £363 with a 6 cell battery.
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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Did I mention that I want a built-in webcam (at least 1.6 megapizels) and a fingerprint scanner?

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Nope - look at HP then, going to cost you more but they should have in their business section what you want.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Here are some choices:

    Mesh PR600 £599 (but no fingerprint)
    Evesham Voyager C550SR £699 (also, plus heavyish)
    Dabs is good to be able to enter specific requirements, as i have done here for you:
    Dabs choices
    Overall though, this Acer at £625 seems to have all of your requirements inc fingerprint scanning security, as well as weighing only 2Kg. That's my recommendation, although i havent used any of them personally.

    Just for my peace of mind, are you someone who is generally familiar with the PC scene right now? Have you even considered stuff like a Macbook or the Asus Eee??
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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Pavillion or Presario?

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Quote Originally Posted by MSIC View Post
    Here are some choices:

    Mesh PR600 £599 (but no fingerprint)
    Evesham Voyager C550SR £699 (also, plus heavyish)
    Dabs is good to be able to enter specific requirements, as i have done here for you:
    Dabs choices
    Overall though, this Acer at £625 seems to have all of your requirements inc fingerprint scanning security, as well as weighing only 2Kg. That's my recommendation, although i havent used any of them personally.

    Just for my peace of mind, are you someone who is generally familiar with the PC scene right now? Have you even considered stuff like a Macbook or the Asus Eee??
    I simply prefer Windows macines, particularly because my PC has Windows installed. If I am to be using this as a replacement, it will need to use the same OS so that I can transfer files seamlessly without any problems. Like MP3's and documents.

    Those are some good choices, thank you. Although the embedded webcams don't provide great
    quality.
    I don't like Macs and I did look at the Asus Eee, but that is simply too small, doesn't store enough and has a poor run-time on the battery.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Quote Originally Posted by MSIC View Post
    Here are some choices:

    Mesh PR600 £599 (but no fingerprint)
    Evesham Voyager C550SR £699 (also, plus heavyish)
    Dabs is good to be able to enter specific requirements, as i have done here for you:
    Dabs choices
    Overall though, this Acer at £625 seems to have all of your requirements inc fingerprint scanning security, as well as weighing only 2Kg. That's my recommendation, although i havent used any of them personally.

    Just for my peace of mind, are you someone who is generally familiar with the PC scene right now? Have you even considered stuff like a Macbook or the Asus Eee??
    I simply prefer Windows macines, particularly because my PC has Windows installed. If I am to be using this as a replacement, it will need to use the same OS so that I can transfer files seamlessly without any problems. Like MP3's and documents.

    Those are some good choices, thank you. Although the embedded webcams don't provide great
    quality.

    I don't like Macs and I did look at the Asus Eee, but that is simply too small, doesn't store enough and has a poor run-time on the battery.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Whats the budget for this?

    It's a shame you're counting out dell as they are making some of the best laptops you can get right now.

    I wouldn't bother with Sony as they come loaded with so much junk and are difficult to upgrade.

    HP are so much worse than Dell imo especially the business notebooks. We had over 50% (around 30 laptops) fail on us in one year at my last job. Rubbish support as well.

    Asus have rubbish support to but their laptops aren't bad. Not up to date with their models though.

    I will only really buy laptops from dell these days, they easily offer the best value for money and they are very good quality too especially for the home user notebooks. If I can covert you check out the M1330 or new M1530, that way you get xps support which is like the holy grail of notebook support and they are seriously good for the money. I'm running a 2.2GHz C2D, 2GB or RAM, 200GB 7200rpm HDD, geforce 8400GS, LED screen and 4 years warranty all for £1150

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    ^ damn, that sounds pretty good.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    With the various christmas offers the same spec M1330 is avaliable for the same money. But a decent spec can be had for under £1000. Same for the M1530.

    The vostro 1000 is great on a budget and a high spec vostro 1400/1500 is only around £700 with a big warranty.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    staffsMike, I checked out the XPS.

    This is what I came up with:

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    BASE Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T7700 (2.40 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 4 MB L2-cache) edit
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    LCD 15.4¿ UltraSharp™ WXGA (1280x800) CCFL Display (220nits) with TrueLife™ edit
    BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION Biometric Fingerprint Reader with BLACK accent edit
    MEMORY 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024] edit
    HARD DRIVE 250GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive edit
    GRAPHICS CARD NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 8600M GT with 256MB dedicated graphic memory edit
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    ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE SUPPORT No Accidental Damage Support edit
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    vs

    Znote 6625WD - Graphics

    Delivery: 13 Days £1,355.73

    Configuration
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    PCSPECIALIST.CO.UK - Custom PCs, Custom Computers, Custom PC, Custom Built Computers, Gaming PC

    Price for this Laptop:

    £852.77 ex VAT.
    £1002 inc VAT and Delivery.

    Here is your chosen specification...

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    Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition
    Warranty: 1 Year Collect and Return Insurance Backed Service
    Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7700 2.4GHz 4MB L2 Cache 800MHz FSB
    Memory: 3GB DDR2 PC-5300 667MHz
    Hard Drive: 250GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
    Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT 512MB
    Optical Drive: DVD Super-Multi(DVD-RAM/-R/-RW/+R/+RW)
    Sound Card: High-Definition Audio with 3D Effect & Full Duplex
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    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5
    Carry Case: Targus Trademark Notebook Skin Carry Case
    Optical Mouse: None
    Productivity Software: None
    Security Software: None


    The problem with the Dell is that it only offers a 250GB HDD.

    The problem with the pcspecialist laptop is that it does not contain a 250GB HDD and it does not have a webcam embedded.
    Last edited by oimi; 22-12-2007 at 11:17 PM.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    The vostro 1000 is great on a budget and a high spec vostro 1400/1500 is only around £700 with a big warranty.
    They're anything but lightweight though. Even the lowest of the lowest specs are heavy, and don't even consider the 1700.

    They are excellent laptops though, particularly for the money.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    I'm very happy with my Toshiba portege, though the model I bought had poor battery life (I knew this & not a problem for me). My son bought a later model with fingerprint scanner that has good battery life.

    I have been very unhappy with HP warranty support, so will never buy from them again.

    pretty impressed with my Asus eee - but not as a full time machine!

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    I've been very tempted by zepto and rizeon in the past year (before I bought the XPS). They are very good spec for the money but so is the dell. Both of these companies have good customer service via forum or phone and rizeon are always ready to go the extra step to help. In fact I called and made some suggestions when they were starting out and the next day they were all avaliable to order

    The quality of the laptops is average to good but not great. There's normally a bit of keyboard flex etc..

    If it were for gaming then the Dell will be a bit better as it uses GDDR3 rather than 2 like the others almost certainly do. I do really like the look of these new xps models and the offer a hell of a lot in such a small thin package I found it impossible to refuse. If you spec big warranties they will often give a nice discount over the phone..probably will even without the big warranty.

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    Re: Which laptop should I buy (considering my requirements)?

    Also another happy dell m1330 user here, the xps support is brilliant.
    I had the "p" sticker lettering fall off the back of my laptop to which dell replaced the whole back!, the engineer even came next day and even offered to visit me at uni.

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