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Laptop Suggestion Anyone?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by zimbo, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. zimbo
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    If you saw my previous thread on the processor this is still part of my hunt for a laptop... Im wondering if you guys have any upper edge in the market and can maybe show me a model i havent found yet that could solve my problem?

    This is what i would like... Ill be using it for my student needs over the next 3 years.. some programming will be done but nothing to hectic... Processor nothing less than 1.6ghz and I think 1.8ghz would be a nice max for now (budget budget budget! :( ) 512mb - min amount of RAM - will be ok to run one Virtual Machine until i upgrade it myself to 1gb with another 512mb in the future... Screen size isnt a matter.. just as long as i can see the stuff im supposed to see! :biggrin DVD Writer would be nice.... Video card doesnt matter either as i dont want to be playing games on it so shared RAM for video is ok....

    So anyone know of something good i can look at? post a link please!

    Thanks guys!:biggrin
     
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  2. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    try www.pricerunner.co.uk or www.kelkoo.co.uk

    Think the best ive seen is 1.6 processor, 1024 ram , 100 gig hd dvd blah blah etc


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  3. ffreeloader

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    I was going to recommend what I bought to you because it was such a good value, but it isn't nearly as good a value outside the US. I can't believe how much difference there is in HP's pricing between here in the US and in the UK. The same laptop I purchased for $1000 here (2.0 ghz Turion, 2-80 gig hard drives, ATI Express 200M with 128 megs dedicated ram, 17" monitor, 1 gig ram) has a price equivalent to $1690 on the HP UK site.

    You might not have liked it because it is heavy, but I love it because of the huge monitor, and that and the second hard drive are where all the weight comes from.
     
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  4. zimbo
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    heck that would have been great! but 1690 comes to about 760 Cyprus Pounds.... :rolleyes:

    got any other models freddy?:biggrin
     
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  5. zimbo
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    This is the one im looking at so far as the brightest:

    Dell Inspiron 6400

    Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2050 (1.60 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB)
    15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
    512MB 533MHz Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM (1x512)
    60GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
    Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW with Software
    Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory
    Sound Cards Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD™ Audio- Trial Version
    Carry Case

    Which is going for £547.75 with delivery and VAT included!
     
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  6. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    how much have you got to spend Zimbo ??
     
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  7. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

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    Zimbo,

    If you can afford it, I'd spring for 1 gig of ram. Having that extra ram available with shared memory is going to make a lot of difference when you're running VM's.
     
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    Next laptop I buy will be Alienware...
     
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  9. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Which is beyond the affordability of most mortals with low expendable income :biggrin

    (I'm jealous... I want one. They're purdy. :oops: )

    Saw this, also on the Dell website. Currently with an offer for a free kick up to 2GB RAM (if I read it right...)

    Details of Laptop:

    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspn_6400?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

    Details of Memory Special Offer

    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/compare.aspx/nb_essentials?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

    Unfortunately, no DVD RW, but at £489 inc VAT and delivery, I thought it was a bargain.
     
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    Make sure, if you buy a Dell, that you also carry a fire-extinguisher with you... :biggrin

    Harry.
     
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  11. zxspectrum

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    And another thing with the Dells offers, according to some people the offers they have are misleading and the delivery times are up the wall . They sent one to my mate a day late , then left a note saying well be back on such a date in the afternoon, then i went to wait in for him and theyd already been buffoons i tell you lol
     
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  12. zimbo
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    but i like the dells!! :( :ohmy
     
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  13. Boycie
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    I will always buy and recommend Toshiba.

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    Hi there, I have just taken delivery of a new HP machine which seems great. Had one before that died following an accident...:oops: but this one is a DV2000 model and has duel core processors and a gig of ram and and 100 gig drive and runs quiet and quick. Only problem is the over shiny case which shows all the finger marks :eek:
     
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  15. Jakamoko
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    Eddie - perhaps this is more of a courier issue than the entire Dell Corporation being at fault here :)
     
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  16. Sparky
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    I use Dells at work, not bad to be honest but I prefer my trusty ThinkPad. I could play football with it and it would still work! :biggrin
     
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  17. zimbo
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    Anyone got an models they like using my spec's above?:D
     
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  18. AJ

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    Hi mate

    We swear ny Acer Lappies at work. best deals to be found at Acer Laptops

    NB thisite is NOT the official Acer site, it cheaper :D
     
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  19. zimbo
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    have you used them before? - because this looks good
     
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  20. AJ

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    If teachers want to buy a lappy, this is the make we point them at. Acer seem to have a decent customer service and replcement scheme.

    Chech out Acer's Home Site for more details.

    HTH
     
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