Advice on new laptop

johnnature

Novice Member
Hi

I'm looking for advice for finding a suitable new laptop for using for a small not for profit business.

The laptop will be mainly used for keeping accounts and presentations, using Microsoft Office and Quickbooks accounting software (2.4 GHz processor minimum 4 GB RAM minimum, 8GB RAM Recommended, 4x CD-ROM drive required) and skype.

We've got a budget of £600 but could spend a bit more to get a good spec.

We may wish to use the laptop for film, photo & audio editing for promotion material although this is a secondary requirement.

We are currently looking at these laptops

Acer Aspire V3-574T - £599.97
Processor Intel Core i5-5257U Dual Core (2.7GHz, Intel Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz)
Screen 15.6" (Touch Screen, 1920x1080 Full HD Resolution)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
RAM 16GB (DDR3 1600MHz)
Hard Drive 8GB SSD + 1000GB (Hybrid)
Optical Drive DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi)
Graphics Integrated (Intel Iris Graphics)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11ac Wireless)
Network Card 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated HD Webcam with Microphone
Card Reader SD Card Reader
USB Ports 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 Port
HDMI Port 1 x HDMI Port



Cosmos IV £599

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i5 Quad Core Processor 6300HQ (2.3GHz, 3.2GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM)
8GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 940M - 2.0GB DDR3 Video RAM - DirectX® 12
Memory - Hard Disk
1TB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)
M.2 SSD Drive
128GB M.2 2280, SATA 6Gb/s (534MB/R, 150MB/W)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Memory Card Reader
Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-8260 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options
3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Battery
Cosmos Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (48.84WH)
Power Lead & Adaptor
1 x UK Power Lead & 90W AC Adaptor
Keyboard Language
COSMOS SERIES UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM


Ultranote III £587
Chassis & Display
UltraNote: 15.6" Matte HD LED Backlit Widescreen (1366x768)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i5 Dual Core Processor i5-6200U (2.30GHz, 2.8GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM)
8GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
Integrated Intel® HD Graphics
Memory - Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA III 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 32MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
M.2 SSD Drive
256GB SANDISK X400 M.2 2280 (up to 540MB/R, 520MB/W)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
Ultra Slim 8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Memory Card Reader
Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-8260 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options
3 x USB 2.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 3.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Battery
UltraNote III Series 32WH Battery (Up to 9.5 Hour Battery Life)
Power Lead & Adaptor
1 x UK Power Lead & 40W AC Adaptor
Keyboard Language
ULTRANOTE III SERIES INTEGRATED UK KEYBOARD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Webcam
INTEGRATED 1MP HD WEBCAM

We would be grateful for any advice, so we can try and get the best laptop we can for our budget
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
You don't seem to need much in the way of power, so you may want to look at a better built laptop for your £600 instead of one with faster components. Consider the second or third tier business ranges from the likes of Lenovo (Thinkpad T/L), HP (Elitebook) and Dell (latitude 5000/7000).
 

johnnature

Novice Member
Thank you for your advice EndlessWaves, sorry if I'm asking a stupid question

But would these business range laptop last longer with their better builds?

The reason I'm asking is we kind of dismissed them because they seemed to have lower specs for the same money. So our thinking was the higher spec laptops with faster components would last longer as they would keep up with the higher demands of future software updates.

But if the components of these higher spec laptops are more likely to become faulty or are harder to upgrade then we need to more detailed look at the laptops in these ranges.

and again any advice from anyone we would be grateful for
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
So our thinking was the higher spec laptops with faster components would last longer as they would keep up with the higher demands of future software updates.

Laptops are all about choosing the right trade-off for you.

Buying the model with the most expensive computing components will mean you'll get the laptop that's had the least money spent on other things such as the screen, build quality, keyboard and trackpad, cooling system, battery, speakers and so on.

That may be a good trade-off if you're using it for a computationally demanding task on a budget.

On the other hand there's no point in buying a high end processor that you're only going to see the benefits of five or six years down the line if the hinges break or keys on the keyboard go faulty after four years.

Additionally, a faster processor also tends to require more power and can result in increased heat and noise and reduced battery life. This is particularly significant in different model ranges. The i5-6300HQ may be 50% faster than an i7-6500U but it also eats through battery much more quickly and puts out more heat (which can also mean a noisier fan, particularly on slimmer laptops).

I don't know how demanding office and quickbooks is for the typical small business so I can't suggest what might be appropriate for you. Are you replacing an existing laptop? If so then how old is that and are you replacing it because it's too slow or falling apart?
 

johnnature

Novice Member
Thank you

We not replacing an old laptop this will be our first business laptop, were a start up not for profit with grant funding for the laptop. We are currently using our own IT devices for company work, but we looking to move most of this off our own devices especially company accounting and presentations. We don't have the budget for our own office space yet, so we not looking at a Desktop PC because the device has to be mobile for different people to work on and for doing presentations at partner organizations.

Future community projects is likely to into making short films and pod casts, keeping costs down on funding application helps increase the chances of success therefore if the laptop we buy was able to due editing it would be a bonus.

Current Quickbooks accounting software requires 2.4 GHz processor minimum 4 GB RAM minimum, 8GB RAM recommended
 

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