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Laptop advice (desktop replacement)

Rushey_Platt

Standard Member
Hi folks

I'm looking at a desktop replacement laptop from PC Specialist. Have asked for advice on their forum, but would also appreciate some independent advice on here, especially if there are any great alternatives I should also consider.

I will mostly be using it for photo editing with Adobe Lightroom (RAW editing and HDR merging) so need a fair bit of processing power and memory, and obviously a good screen. I don't really play games, apart from Train Simulator 2012 for which the spec will be more than plenty.

I have a NAS on which I store and stream most things so HDD size is not really an issue for me. So I've gone for a faster wireless card instead. Also gone for an SSD to get faster boot speeds, etc.

I have a budget of £1k, so this a little over but I can manage that for a good spec that should last me for years

Thanks

Rob

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 17.3" Glossy Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-3610QM (2.30GHz) 6MB
Memory (RAM)
16GB SAMSUNG 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M - 1.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
Memory - Hard Disk
240GB INTEL® 520 SERIES SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 550MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
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)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND (£9)
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® ULTIMATE-N 6300 (450Mbps)
USB Options
2 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Battery
Optimus/Voyager Series 6 Cell Lithium-ION Battery (48.84WH)
Power Lead & Adaptor
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence
Office Software
NO OFFICE SOFTWARE
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Keyboard Language
INTEGRATED UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Notebook Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
Insurance
1 Month Free Laptop Insurance inc. Accidental Damage & Theft
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 6 to 8 working days
Quantity
1
Price: £1,095.00 including VAT and delivery.
 

Badger0-0

Distinguished Member
Does it absolutely have to be a laptop?

The reason I ask is that I'd spend that same money on a desktop over a laptop everyday, especially with what you want it for.
 

LJx

Well-known Member
you can get great spec from pcspecialist on their laptops, I have been checking them out a lot lately. You probably already messed around with the configurater thing so you can tell how much adding each component changes the cost. i think that CPU is definitely the sweet spot on all their laptops price wise. Graphics card is pretty good in that laptop too so should be relevant for years.
The only thing I would check is the SSD prices and how much extra that is costing because prices have come down a lot recently and I don't know if they have adjusted their prices, for example dell would probably add on £400 or something stupid for a drive like that
 

Rushey_Platt

Standard Member
Does it absolutely have to be a laptop?

The reason I ask is that I'd spend that same money on a desktop over a laptop everyday, especially with what you want it for.
A good point, but yes it does. Right now I do most of my photo editing in another room on a PC, and let's just say my absence from the lounge has been, er, commented upon! :eek:
 

Rushey_Platt

Standard Member
The only thing I would check is the SSD prices and how much extra that is costing because prices have come down a lot recently and I don't know if they have adjusted their prices, for example dell would probably add on £400 or something stupid for a drive like that
Thanks, yeah, I've had a good play with the configurator. The 240GB SSD comes out around the same as a 500MB hybrid HDD or a much larger standard HDD. It seemed fairly good value to me, especially versus vendors like Dell as you've said.
 

Rushey_Platt

Standard Member
The chassis of the 17.3" Optimus III is a Clevo W170ER if you want to check for reviews.
Thanks, had a look at configuring the same system on pwnpcs.co.uk but PC Specialist is still cheaper.
 

richard plumb

Distinguished Member
The only thing I would check is the SSD prices and how much extra that is costing because prices have come down a lot recently and I don't know if they have adjusted their prices, for example dell would probably add on £400 or something stupid for a drive like that

not too bad. adding a 120GB or 240GB Intel 330 is approximately what it'd cost you to buy them online separately, without the hassle of needing to install them and put windows on.

pondering whether to go for a 120GB SSD + 500/750GB HDD for data & backup, or a 240GB SSD + 500-750GB HDD for data & backup.
 

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