Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

  1. #1
    ɯʎɔɐɹsɐʌʍ mycarsavw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    4,945
    Thanks
    1,097
    Thanked
    653 times in 482 posts
    • mycarsavw's system
      • Motherboard:
      • P8H77-M Pro
      • CPU:
      • i5 3350P
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb
      • Storage:
      • Lots
      • Graphics card(s):
      • R9 285
      • PSU:
      • HX 620w
      • Case:
      • FD Define Mini
      • Operating System:
      • W10
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ G2420HDBL + GL2450HT
      • Internet:
      • Sky

    Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    I've been asked to help a mate buy a new laptop.

    It'll be used for Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and general office applications.

    There are no specific requirements other than the display must be at least 17" and if it all possible, it must come with XP (or at least a downgrade option). Budget is around the £500 mark with more available for the obligatory extended warranty (+3yrs is ideal)

    Contenders so far;

    Toshiba P300-14s
    Dell Studio 17
    Compaq Presario A900
    HP Pavillion dv6820ea

    What would Hexus do?

    Thanks in advance
    |Kata: "Read title as 'fisting'. Not sure why I clicked. Relieved, really."|
    |TAKTAK: "It was so small that mine wouldn't fit into it"|

  2. #2
    finding nemo staffsMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,498
    Thanks
    197
    Thanked
    794 times in 741 posts
    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    Dell Studio is what I was going to recommend.

    Slightly biased of course in that I hate HP and their "warranty". Had nothing but bad expereinces with them with around 20 of 40 laptops bought (for work) failing within the first couple of years.. and the average turnaround of an upgraded warranty being between 18 - 30 days because they just can't help but lose the things.

    Toshiba are OK, dodgy HDD's in my experience.

    Compaq is just HP afaik so same applies.

  3. #3
    ɯʎɔɐɹsɐʌʍ mycarsavw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    4,945
    Thanks
    1,097
    Thanked
    653 times in 482 posts
    • mycarsavw's system
      • Motherboard:
      • P8H77-M Pro
      • CPU:
      • i5 3350P
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb
      • Storage:
      • Lots
      • Graphics card(s):
      • R9 285
      • PSU:
      • HX 620w
      • Case:
      • FD Define Mini
      • Operating System:
      • W10
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ G2420HDBL + GL2450HT
      • Internet:
      • Sky

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    Thanks Mike, I knew you'd recommend the Dell

    I have an HP nx9105 which I've had for about 4 years. I bought a 3yr care pack and I've used the warranty on the HDD, the screen, the keyboard and the plastics. Every single time has been a farce to speak to someone who both speaks English and understands what it is I want replacing.

    All the parts come from Holland, why they can't have the warranty team there as well is beyond me.

    Compaq is HP, you're right.

    Toshiba, looks nice, but ever since I had one of those old Toshiba laptop bricks, I've hated them. It's the one he's singled out though.

    I'll see if there's more replies...
    |Kata: "Read title as 'fisting'. Not sure why I clicked. Relieved, really."|
    |TAKTAK: "It was so small that mine wouldn't fit into it"|

  4. #4
    ɯʎɔɐɹsɐʌʍ mycarsavw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    4,945
    Thanks
    1,097
    Thanked
    653 times in 482 posts
    • mycarsavw's system
      • Motherboard:
      • P8H77-M Pro
      • CPU:
      • i5 3350P
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb
      • Storage:
      • Lots
      • Graphics card(s):
      • R9 285
      • PSU:
      • HX 620w
      • Case:
      • FD Define Mini
      • Operating System:
      • W10
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ G2420HDBL + GL2450HT
      • Internet:
      • Sky

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    Quote Originally Posted by mycarsavw View Post
    I'll see if there's more replies...
    Oh well

    Mike, as you're the only one here, any particular Dell or are they all much the same?

    I'm thinking of going for a base Studio 17

    • Pentium Dual Core Processor 2390
    • Vista SP1™ Home Premium
    • 17 Widescreen WXGA+ CCFL (1440x900) TFT Display with TrueLife™
    • 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
    • 160GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
    • IntelJ Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100


    And just adding on

    • 3Yr In-Home Warranty Support, including evenings and Saturdays


    Comes to around £570 all in.

    My old HP runs P/S and dreamweaver fine with its onboard GPU so I'm assuming the above is more than up to the job.
    |Kata: "Read title as 'fisting'. Not sure why I clicked. Relieved, really."|
    |TAKTAK: "It was so small that mine wouldn't fit into it"|

  5. #5
    finding nemo staffsMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,498
    Thanks
    197
    Thanked
    794 times in 741 posts
    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    Yeah that will be a nice laptop

    You do get a lot for your money with the vostro's though

    This for example
    http://configure.euro.dell.com/dells...N0717008&s=bsd

    2.4GHz C2D, 2GB RAm, 250GB HDD, geforce 8400gs.

    Adding true life screen, and 3 year warranty it comes to about £610 delivered.

    This is the older 17" vostro, the 1700 as opposed to the 1710.

    The 1710's are worth a look too. Watch out for the anti glare screen though, they are ****!

  6. Received thanks from:

    mycarsavw (28-07-2008)

  7. #6
    ɯʎɔɐɹsɐʌʍ mycarsavw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    4,945
    Thanks
    1,097
    Thanked
    653 times in 482 posts
    • mycarsavw's system
      • Motherboard:
      • P8H77-M Pro
      • CPU:
      • i5 3350P
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb
      • Storage:
      • Lots
      • Graphics card(s):
      • R9 285
      • PSU:
      • HX 620w
      • Case:
      • FD Define Mini
      • Operating System:
      • W10
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ G2420HDBL + GL2450HT
      • Internet:
      • Sky

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    Didn't think to look at business - especially considering there's no drill-down option for a 17" screen -doh!

    How does Vista Business compare to Vista Home Premium. XP home vs XP Pro or more severe?
    |Kata: "Read title as 'fisting'. Not sure why I clicked. Relieved, really."|
    |TAKTAK: "It was so small that mine wouldn't fit into it"|

  8. #7
    finding nemo staffsMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,498
    Thanks
    197
    Thanked
    794 times in 741 posts
    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    You gain certain features I've never used (encyption stuff i think) and lose the media centre stuff. It's not the end of the world tbh.

  9. Received thanks from:

    mycarsavw (28-07-2008)

  10. #8
    Senior Member Betty_Swallocks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Feet up, spliff lit.
    Posts
    1,139
    Thanks
    70
    Thanked
    60 times in 44 posts
    • Betty_Swallocks's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Z97-A
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core i5 4690K o/c to 4.6 gHz
      • Memory:
      • 8Gb DDR3
      • Storage:
      • 256Gb SSD + 1320Gb (3x SATA drives)
      • Graphics card(s):
      • MSI R9 390 8Gb
      • PSU:
      • Corsair CS750M
      • Case:
      • Thermaltake Shark
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 37" Samsung TV @1920x1080 + Dell 20.1" TFT secondary screen
      • Internet:
      • 150Mb Virgin Media cable

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    If you work from home then buying from Dell is fine, but if it was my money I'd buy something I could get over the counter rather than online. Home warranty is all very well if there's someone at home all the time but there's very little in this life that is as frustrating as taking a day off to wait for an engineer to turn up.
    Having said that I believe that PC World is going to be stocking Dell in the near future.
    "Free speech includes not only the inoffensive but the irritating, the contentious, the eccentric, the heretical, the unwelcome and the provocative provided it does not tend to provoke violence. Freedom only to speak inoffensively is not worth having."

  11. #9
    finding nemo staffsMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,498
    Thanks
    197
    Thanked
    794 times in 741 posts
    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    Quote Originally Posted by Betty_Swallocks View Post
    Having said that I believe that PC World is going to be stocking Dell in the near future.
    They do already With a premium of course..

  12. #10
    ɯʎɔɐɹsɐʌʍ mycarsavw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    4,945
    Thanks
    1,097
    Thanked
    653 times in 482 posts
    • mycarsavw's system
      • Motherboard:
      • P8H77-M Pro
      • CPU:
      • i5 3350P
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb
      • Storage:
      • Lots
      • Graphics card(s):
      • R9 285
      • PSU:
      • HX 620w
      • Case:
      • FD Define Mini
      • Operating System:
      • W10
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ G2420HDBL + GL2450HT
      • Internet:
      • Sky

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    PC World - Dell Inspiron 1720 - £499.99

    Looks to be the lowest of the base models though
    |Kata: "Read title as 'fisting'. Not sure why I clicked. Relieved, really."|
    |TAKTAK: "It was so small that mine wouldn't fit into it"|

  13. #11
    finding nemo staffsMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,498
    Thanks
    197
    Thanked
    794 times in 741 posts
    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    Not a bad spec, it does have the 8600GT if thats important to you. It's the warranty that concerns me because I like my extended dell warranties and I can't see how you get that?

  14. #12
    ɯʎɔɐɹsɐʌʍ mycarsavw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    4,945
    Thanks
    1,097
    Thanked
    653 times in 482 posts
    • mycarsavw's system
      • Motherboard:
      • P8H77-M Pro
      • CPU:
      • i5 3350P
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb
      • Storage:
      • Lots
      • Graphics card(s):
      • R9 285
      • PSU:
      • HX 620w
      • Case:
      • FD Define Mini
      • Operating System:
      • W10
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ G2420HDBL + GL2450HT
      • Internet:
      • Sky

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    ^ that's my only worry too.

    Having a PCW warranty scares the poop out of me.
    |Kata: "Read title as 'fisting'. Not sure why I clicked. Relieved, really."|
    |TAKTAK: "It was so small that mine wouldn't fit into it"|

  15. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    1,209
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    38 times in 36 posts

    Re: Advice required: Buying a 17" laptop ~£500

    Go Dell & get the extra warranty if you need to.
    Deo Adjuvante non Timendum

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Buying advice: Soundcards and laptop suggestions
    By 999tigger in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 30-01-2008, 04:18 PM
  2. Need advice on a gaming laptop.
    By UltraMagnus in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 26-10-2007, 12:05 PM
  3. Gateway MX8716b 17" Laptop
    By javiebell in forum Retail Therapy and Bargains
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 19-07-2007, 09:00 PM
  4. Laptop advice please...
    By IainB in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 22-08-2004, 11:50 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •