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Question Laptop choice

powerlines2000

Novice Member
Hi avforums

I wondered if you could help with a little dilemma, My 6yr old Asus K series laptop has finally reached the point of no return and i am looking for a replacement.

Originally i was looking at this one from PC specialist:

Chassis & Display Cosmos Series: 15.6" Matte Full HD IPS LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™ i5 Quad Core Processor 6300HQ (2.3GHz, 3.2GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM) 4GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 4GB)
Graphics Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 940M - 2.0GB DDR3 Video RAM - DirectX® 12
2nd Graphics Card NONE
Memory - Hard Disk 500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)
2nd Hard Disk NONE
mSATA/M.2 SSD Drive NONE
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 STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-8260 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11BGN) + BLUETOOTH
Wireless Router/HomePlugs NONE
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
DVD Recovery Media Windows 10 (64-bit) Home DVD with paper sleeve
Office Software FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365
Anti-Virus NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Carry Case NONE
Laptop Cooling Stands CoolerMaster U2 Plus Ultra-Quiet Laptop Cooler, upto 17.3 inc

But have since found this one on Dabs:

zoostorm Storm-Force GT4
Type -Gaming Laptop
Display Size -15.6 in
Processor Model -I5-4210M
Graphics-NVIDIA GeForce GTX 940M
Touchscreen - No
Installed Memory - 8 GB
Hard Drive Capacity - 1 TB
Optical Storage - DVD/RW
Operating System - Windows 10

having never heard of Zoostorm i am a little curious about the quality.

Does anyone have any thoughts or advice on the above systems or a better idea? im looking in the £500-600 mark, gaming but mostly Minecraft, left for dead, portal 2 area but also Autocad, Photoshop work use. With a little bit of future proofing.

Many thanks in advance.
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
The pictures of the zoostorm are pretty low resolution, but the image of the side ports corresponds exactly with the PCSpecialist Cosmos IV so I'm guessing it's also a Clevo W650. Although obviously a slightly different configuration than the W650RB that PCSpecialist use.

The i5-4210M is a lot slower than an i5-6300HQ, especially in applications like Photoshop and Autocad that can happily use a lot of cores. You would also need to add the SSD yourself, although I see you've left it off the PCSpecialist listing so you may be planning to do that anyway.
 

powerlines2000

Novice Member
The pictures of the zoostorm are pretty low resolution, but the image of the side ports corresponds exactly with the PCSpecialist Cosmos IV so I'm guessing it's also a Clevo W650. Although obviously a slightly different configuration than the W650RB that PCSpecialist use.

The i5-4210M is a lot slower than an i5-6300HQ, especially in applications like Photoshop and Autocad that can happily use a lot of cores. You would also need to add the SSD yourself, although I see you've left it off the PCSpecialist listing so you may be planning to do that anyway.

Thanks EndlessWaves, so pretty much the same case but the Cosmos has a better processor, also i have just tweaked the quote on PC specialist and upped the ram to 8GB and the HDD to 1TB and only added £20 to the quote (£591 vs Zoostorm £549).

HDD i'm not too worried about as most of my general storage is on my home server or external HDD's so will probably swap out the HDD for and SSD myself in the near future.

Looking like the Cosmos is the better deal all round unless anyone else has some ideas or a better deal?
 

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