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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Steve Bate, Aug 20, 2003.

  1. Steve Bate

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    Not sure where to post this so I'll start here.

    I'm looking for a laptop to use for collating digital photos whilst on hols, basic video editing, surfing etc, what sort of spec would I need? I guess the HD needs to be 20GB+ for the (temp) storage of the DV Video from my camcorder and digital pics from my camera, wifi for connecting and surfing when at home and the gumption to be able to edit video (basic)

    I-Link built in would be good but I can always get a PC card later I guess.

    Any suggestions on specs/models/price/where I can get one for as little as possible :D

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  2. buns

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    dell outlet store is supposed to have some bargains

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  3. Steve Bate

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    Thanks Ad, most of them appear to be about £1K tho' probably wanted to spend a couple of hundred less.

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    There was a samsung machine at £900 ish when i was looking for mine..... very high spec..... i'll try and find a link.

    thought of trying pricejapan!?

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    I've had a couple of dell laptops and would never buy another, although well specced for the price, they are far from robust. I've had problems with keyboards, trackpads and the screen itself. The case itself being the main contributing factor, fine if used on a desk all of the time....

    I'd be inclined to go for a Toshiba or a Sony and accept a lower spec unit or at the very least get an extremely good extended warranty.

    I dont know much about dv editing but if its just for tempory storage you wont be doing that on the laptop anyway so £700 or £800 should get you something worth having.
     
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    I agree with John. We use Dells at work and the build quality dropped dramtically about a year ago. We have a new notebook every 3 years and my 2.5 year old unit has been a lot more reliable than recent machines. Common problems are Screen failure, case cracking at screen hinge, and touchpad problems. I bought a Tosh for home use, much better quality.
     
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    Hello Steve,

    Not sure on any makes or models, but I would make sure the new laptop has USB 2.0

    Most of new models I have seen have USB 2 now.
    If you are looking for cheap, you might end up with USB 1.1

    If you dont already have a small backup drive, consider buying something like this from Novatech.

    Good quality alloy case.
    Bargain for the price, just buy a cheap laptop drive to put in it.


    I also have an X'S-DRIVE II VP2060 , a bit off subject for a laptop thread, but I like to be safe while away :) maybe paranoid.....

    Mark.
     
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    I have never owner a laptop before the fujitsu siemens amilo d 7820..... if it is an example of fujitsu in general i think it is very impressive. It is used for maybe 6 to ten hours a day and the only problems I have had are due to a wireless card from a 3rd party. There are some great bargains available..... this one i managed to get at a number of hundred of retail..... i had a search around for a few more, and for that samsung, a model v25 something, but couldnt see anything. If i spot anything else i'll give you a shout.

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    Thanks all,

    Still looking, no real rush at the moment. Crazy thing is I saw a very high spec Vaio, cant remember exactly but something like high end P4 512Mb Ram 80 Gb firewire wifi etc for £1K at Dixons in Man Airport of all places and as usual this got me thinking, if it's £1K at dixons it's got to be a couple of hundred cheaper elsewhere.

    Looks like it may have been priced incorrectly, nothing new there then :(

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    That looks like a much better idea than lugging a laptop on holiday!
     
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    Dixons/PCWorld dont seem to be that uncompetetive for things like laptops, there doesn't seem to be as much price variation as some other items especially if its the sony/tosh type brands.
     
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    But lugging that laptop saved me a lot of hassle when in the US last week, I got a driving citation in the US together with an insurance claim :( and sorting everything out electronically made life an awful lot easier :)

    Only trouble was it's my company laptop.

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