Looking to buy a laptop.Recommendations?

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  1. Saldawop

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    Looking for two laptops for my daughters.
    The only place I know where to look is PCWorld or Amazon, but Im sure there are better?
    Also, any recommendations on make/model? Looking to spend no more than £350 on each.
     
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  3. Saldawop

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    Probably a good idea to give an idea of usage.
    Web browsing, maybe a bit of Skyping,Youtube etc, ohh and Office !!
     
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    It's worth keeping an eye on the Amazon Lightning deals and if you're a Prime member there are bound to be some bargains popping up this Wednesday.
     
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    @MrSossidge My apologies, missed that, it was late and edited my post.

    Guess thats my cue to shift to bed.
     
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    For a general use (internet, social media, homework) I generally go for the following

    RAM - min 8GB if running windows
    CPU - Intel i5 or AMD A8 - to ensure it will still be good in three years time
    HDD - not bothered - they all come with bigger than you need unless you are ripping movies
    Screen - 1366x768 - this is a compromise, I'd prefer HD resolution but that tends to add £££s
    Screensize - personal choice, but I'd stick to the traditional 14/15".
    Touchscreen - personal preference. Personally I don't like them but I accept that with the likes of Windows 8/10 they are quite useful.
    GPU - unless you expect to do serious gaming then the built in GPU is fine. Note with a built in GPU it is all the more important to get a decent amount of RAM because the GPU will grab some of it
    Make - I tend to stick to established brands and avoid the the store own brands like Acer. So I tend to stick to the likes of HP, Toshiba, Dell, Lenovo (used to be IBM), Sony (but generally too expensive).

    Let your daughters choose, but guide them. For example my daughter wanted a white laptop. She was immediately drawn to some that looked nice but didn't meet with my approval. But rather than insist that she had a grey one I did some research and found a Toshiba that we both liked.

    PC World is by far the best place to go and look at laptops - you won't find a bigger selection anywhere else. Doesn't mean you have to buy from them though.

    Having said that I suspect all my recommendations would exceed your budget so you may need to compromise - an i3 or an A6 for example.

    Also it depends on the age of your daughters. If it is first laptop, aged 12 for example then a lower spec would be fine. If they into GCSEs, A Levels or heading for University then I would lean towards a better spec.

    Cheers,

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  10. Saldawop

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    Not worried about touch screen. Or resolution TBH as long as it is decent. The only vids being watched will be the odd music vid from YouTube.
    Is 8GB ram necessary?
    Definitely won't be going over £350 each. I have twins , so need two!!
     
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    The Asus x55 thing that simon linked is a great laptop for the money, I've bought a couple of these lately for customers and they've gone down really well.

    You can bung in an extra 4gb for about £25 (crucial.co.uk) if you want to, but 4gb is plenty for general laptop use.

    You don't get any better for £300 and the spec is absolutely fine for a general purpose laptop. :) You can get them from Amazon at the same price, or direct from the asus website.
     
  12. Saldawop

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    And do they (asus x55 ) come in different colours?
     
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    Yes they do a choice

    Black
    Midnight
    Solar Eclipse
    Model T Ford
    Coal Mine

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    Lol, great. Thanks [emoji16]
     
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    I bought a Windows tablet with 1Gb of RAM. 4GB is fine. Here's Windows 10 running on a twelve year old PC.

    You don't need a crazy powerful PC to run Windows 10 - here's the proof | TechRadar

    Windows 10 running on an AMD Athlon 64 3200+, with onboard graphics, four 256MB DDR memory modules, a 40GB hard disk drive, a DVD ROM drive and a floppy disk drive.

    I found having an SSD makes a bigger difference to speed and use than lots of memory.

    Also for £350 consider Argos/supermarkets/Staples etc.
     
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    I bought a Lenovo miix 3 tablet (with the hd screen) it's primarily a tablet but has a fully dockable keyboard which mimics a real laptop keyboard.

    Typically I develop on an i5 machine with 8gb ram etc etc etc, but bought this due to a unique ask of a client, I'm running excel, access, TOAD, vba, visual developer etc on it and I'm very surprised at how well it's coping.

    Downsides the 32gb sdd, which can be bolstered by a memory card, but it's comes with free office and 15gb one drive as well.

    All for £150 from John Lewis. I'm so impressed were buying more for ad-hoc servers for out smaller clients run their business reports without tying up another pc.
     
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