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    £1k laptop?

    Apologies if this has been done endlessly before but I can't seem to find any up to date threads.
    Looking for a i7 quad laptop with a budget of £1k. Ideally less but 1k is the upper limits really unless something amazing came along.
    15" screen. Not too thick or heavy.
    Ideally with more than 8gb ram
    2 hdd with at least 1 being ssd
    Primary use as audio/vid editor for working but decent gaming for when I'm not.
    Travel a lot so desktop not an option.
    Don't need amazing graphics but also not crap. want it reasonably future proof.
    Used to have a MacBook Pro i7 quad before going freelance which was fine but not keen on paying excess of £1.5k for a similar machine.
    Have already considered gigabyte, MSI, asus, but the models I read about and then try find either seem to have a different model number or are considerably more expensive than advertised on review sites.
    Also was looking at the new i7s but they aren't quad till late summer so I'm told.
    Any help would be great.
    Please advise.
    If I have posted this in the wrong place - apologies.

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    Re: £1k laptop?

    Just make sure you read plenty of reviews on any that your looking at. I picked up a Asus ROG a while ago (2nd hand) so I did a bit of research on various makes and models. One of things of note was that some of the 15" laptops had high specs but the cooling wasn't up to it, and the CPU/GPU ended up being throttled once the heat started to rise. Maybe things have improved since. I was going to get a PC Specialists rig but this ROG came up cheap.

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    Re: £1k laptop?

    contemplated the second hand route but a friend put me off saying you don't know how it's been treated in the past and you won't know if the laptop has just been sitting on someone's lap burning out the chip.
    I have read so many reviews it's untrue.
    Thought I had found the one I want in the gigabyte p35k, but can't seem to find anywhere that sells it. started to get the impression that maybe it's an old model or maybe a new model yet to come out, or known under a different model code in the UK. I don't have a clue.
    First time I have ever had to look for a laptop being honest as always been given them from work but when I went freelance I lost the privilege of having it for zilch.

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    Re: £1k laptop?

    If you can afford £1K then I would definitely go new, the GPUs in gaming laptops have a bit of a chequered history, failure rates on some makes has been incredibly high, so I would try and find something with a long warranty.

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    Re: £1k laptop?

    How about this for £1038 delivered:

    Dell XPS 15 - 9530

    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 4712HQ Processor (6M, up to 3.3GHz)
    • Windows® 8.1
    • 16 GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2x8GB)
    • 512 GB Mobility Solid State Drive
    • No Optical Device
    • 15.6 inch UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) Touch Display
    • 2 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Back Up Media Not Included
    • Windows® 8.1 (64 Bit) English
    • Dell Wireless 1560 + BT4.0 [802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 2x2]
    • Near Field Communications
    • 91WHr 6-Cell Battery
    • Internal Qwerty Backlit Keyboard
    • Palmrest
    • Power Supply: 130W AC Adapter



    http://outlet.euro.dell.com/Online/S...&puid=f26819c5

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    Re: £1k laptop?

    Specs look good but it's a dell.
    We had them at work about 4/5 years ago and they were terrible. Kept them for less than 6 months due to everyone complaining.
    Also I'm not able to say first hand, but heard terrible things about the 4k touchscreen and also overheating.
    Maybe I have heard wrong but can only go off reviews I have seen Upton now.

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    Re: £1k laptop?

    *upto
    Thanks for the suggestion though.
    I will have a bit of a read of the stuff.
    A couple of people have said Alienware from the dell outlet but as I said upto now I have stayed clear due to bad experience in the past. But maybe they have got better.

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    Re: £1k laptop?

    For me, Dell would be one of my first ports of call. There high end products from the last 2 years or so have been exceptional.

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    Re: £1k laptop?

    For what it's worth (and knowing this is an oldish thread now) my last 3 machines have been High Spec Dell Inspiron/Studio laptops, all bought with gaming in mind.

    All used, abused, cooked on my lap, dragged round the house, dented, dinked & damaged and yet refused to die! Latest one is truly *knackered* with damage all over, but still plays Planetside 2 on my lap without complaint. It is now nearly 4 years old and used daily for a few hours of mixed use, weekends several hours.

    I would not hesitate at all forking out for a high spec Dell. In fact I am almost in the market for one, but the Inspiron range now no longer goes up high spec enough for me, and I am not a fan of the Alienware stuff. I am tentatively trying to find a robust enough laptop for my demanding needs!

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    Re: £1k laptop?

    Quote Originally Posted by cptwhite_uk View Post
    How about this for £1038 delivered:

    Dell XPS 15 - 9530

    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 4712HQ Processor (6M, up to 3.3GHz)
    • Windows® 8.1
    • 16 GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2x8GB)
    • 512 GB Mobility Solid State Drive
    • No Optical Device
    • 15.6 inch UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) Touch Display
    • 2 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Back Up Media Not Included
    • Windows® 8.1 (64 Bit) English
    • Dell Wireless 1560 + BT4.0 [802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 2x2]
    • Near Field Communications
    • 91WHr 6-Cell Battery
    • Internal Qwerty Backlit Keyboard
    • Palmrest
    • Power Supply: 130W AC Adapter



    http://outlet.euro.dell.com/Online/S...&puid=f26819c5
    God no, I had 18 months of issues, fans, screens, coil whine on 3 out of 4 new replacements. Dell gave up and gave me a new 9550 to shut me up!

    You can get a 9550 FHD from the outlet for around a grand with the 32gb SSD cache drive 1tb 2.5"

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