General Discussion: Laptops


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nick2
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7231 posts since 18/2/09

25 Dec 2010 18:52
Dell have a very bad rep.
stelfox
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8488 posts since 11/3/09

25 Dec 2010 21:05
I had a thinkpad for a bit, was excellent
tom77
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258 posts since 6/12/06

25 Dec 2010 22:10
lenovo-thinkpad are bullet proof
toof_ake
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1147 posts since 23/8/09

25 Dec 2010 22:27
as above. would never have anything else now. they still look a month old after two years. well known as having the best keyboards on any laptop. attention to detail is amazing, ie - there are holes going through the keyboard straight out of the bottom of the laptop, so a spilled drink is going to need a new keyboard at most rather than writing off the whole laptop.

how much you gonna spend?
smith
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11497 posts since 5/5/04

26 Dec 2010 02:18
Wouldn't use anything else either. Still love my t30 from 2002 which amazingly hasn't had any faults and has outlasted other laptop models I've tried over the years. Got a lenovo g560 for work now and it is a beast.
Kingmob07
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9160 posts since 11/5/07

26 Dec 2010 10:34
Cheers for the suggestions people. Surprised by the reviews for the HP and Lenovo looks good if you don't mind sacrificing design. Noticed the G560 had some touchpad issues which I suppose can be ignored with a mouse.

I've got a grand to play with, and want to be able to get the most out of Windows 7 so i3 core might not be good enough.

What are people's thoughts on Sony Vaios F series? Saw this one:

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/laptops/sony-vaio-f-series-vpcf12m0eb-review-50001180/

Same price as the HP Phelan suggested, better reviews, but again, is it a bloated price? And how durable are the Vaios? Also, any other suggestions on the Lenovos? Cheers.
toof_ake
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1147 posts since 23/8/09

26 Dec 2010 13:02
you mean aesthetics not design.

lenovo thinkpad t510 fits the bill - should be able to get an i7 for a bag. x series is also on point if you want something smaller, although im taking it you dont.


i dont think thinkpads look that bad tbh, but then looking cool is never a requirement for me… its a classic design, like a g-wag. they got most of it right from the start so they never need to change it much




DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

26 Dec 2010 13:12
Kingmob what are you using the laptop for and where are you going to be using it?
Kingmob07
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9160 posts since 11/5/07

26 Dec 2010 13:18
Word processing, surfing the net, capacity for movies, comic scans. Bit of photoshop, but would also be nice to have a system I can use for latest gaming. Pretty standard multimedia use really. Mobility would be good, but it's not for work so that wouldn't be daily. Mostly a replacement desktop for the home.

Nothing super intensive processing wise. Tempted by the HP Envy, but might be way more than I need. Most important thing is reliability as I've had terrible luck with Dell and like a lot of people I'm a pretty heavy user when it comes to storing movies, music etc.
DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

26 Dec 2010 13:54
Get a desktop and and a notebook imo

Desktop replacements are shite
phelen
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6728 posts since 16/8/06

26 Dec 2010 14:56

You need to be looking at the higher range of VAIOs, F, FW, Z which are the more expensive but also the best Sony produces. however, if you're looking at the F series there's nowt much different from the Envy except for build quality. Sony have superior screens which are second to none, keyboard is lovely and the overall design is nice. Thinkpads are nice but I consider them business laptops, built for work and really ugly looking but then its case over function over form with Lenovo.
Kingmob07
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9160 posts since 11/5/07

26 Dec 2010 15:06
So you'd recommend the Sony F series I linked to over the Envy in terms of build quality? I think I'll leave the Lenovo as it's more multimedia I'm after.

Duff, I just prefer a laptop/notebook really. I don't expect it to match a desktop for power, but being able to dip in and play games etc would be nice.
Goldie
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4829 posts since 17/10/07

22 Nov 2021 08:50
Any recommendations for a basic laptop for doing office work/emails etc etc around the £2-300 mark. Completely out the loop with current tech and not sure whether to get a windows machine or a chromebook.
ismvil
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1959 posts since 16/9/11

22 Nov 2021 09:05
Goldie wrote: Any recommendations for a basic laptop for doing office work/emails etc etc around the £2-300 mark. Completely out the loop with current tech and not sure whether to get a windows machine or a chromebook.

If it's just browser based stuff a Chromebook should suffice IMHO
Goldie
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4829 posts since 17/10/07

22 Nov 2021 09:31
Will be for doing word processing, spreadsheets, invoices/quotes via Quickbooks, web browsing
youngkamio
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60 posts since 27/6/14

22 Nov 2021 09:51
You should get a HP Elitebook but the office grade ones, not the personal user ones. The office orientated ones tend to be very robust- you can get good refurb ones from ebay with warranty for a decent price and preloaded with office etc.
ismvil
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1959 posts since 16/9/11

22 Nov 2021 10:06
Goldie wrote: Will be for doing word processing, spreadsheets, invoices/quotes via Quickbooks, web browsing

Amazon warehouse will probably do 20% off for Black Friday, you can pick up a new ting with a creased box for less pennies.
kid unknown
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5477 posts since 8/12/01

26 Nov 2021 18:46
Anyone seen any good deals?