Which is the best Laptop?

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  1. enjibenji89

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    My opinion may be biased because I've had 2 acers, one didn't make it past 8 months.
    The other I've spend nearly £200 on parts alone during my 14 months ownership.
    What I'm probably trying to say is get an extended warranty if you get an acer, to sum up the build quality, had 3 different keyboards on this one because the keys actually came through the back of the keyboard, within 3 weeks the lettering wears off. Ok I am a hard typer but thats just appauling I think, mines a 7715.

    Out of those specs it's between the toshiba and the first acer, I'd go for the toshiba myself.
     
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    The fastest is definitely Number 2.

    Best value I'd probably say Number 4.

    Do note that all of them have integrated graphics, this will probably be ok for HD video (just) but don't expect to be doing anything demanding like gaming.

    Personally I would recommend this - http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Laptops/buy-ASUS-X53E-SX1194V-Laptop/775193?_$ja=tsid:8361|prd:47868&awc=157_1324989046_6f73aaa73b4b69ddae095ae8c2d921db

    It has the same processor as Number 2, but has a bigger hard drive and is only £400.

    Or if you want to spend a bit more, try this - http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Laptops/buy-ASUS-X53E-SX996V-Laptop/769428?_$ja=tsid:8361|prd:47868&awc=157_1324989664_a0f633562eb26fad6ae5ef288c40218b

    This has an even better processor a Quad core i7, but a smaller hard drive.

    I would say my first recommendation would be more than adequate for your needs, and won't break the bank.
     
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    This is superb value @ only £400 -http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Laptops/buy-ASUS-X53E-SX1194V-Laptop/775193?_$ja=tsid:8361|prd:47868&awc=157_1324989046_6f73aaa73b4b69ddae095ae8c2d921db

    And features the same CPU as in your 2nd choice, which happens to be the fastest.
     
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    Thanks alot for the replies, I am leaning towards either the second one or the £400 Asus.

    I have a few questions about Asus though, I have never actually heard of them and was wondering whether you guys have owned one? Are they reliable? I was looking at reviews for some of their other laptops and noticed this: (Read the review with the one star)

    Asus X5DIJ, 15.6" HD Notebook , Intel® T4400, UMA, 500GB HDD,4GB, DVD Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    I am completely aware some people have the ability to talk complete rubbish but just wanted to check. Cheers

    Edit: Just noticed this

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/17/laptop-reliability-survey-asus-and-toshiba-win-hp-fails/

    Looks good!
     
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    The fact he says they are as bad as Dell, makes me think he doesn't know what he's talking about. Dell are one of the most robust Laptops about.

    Acer are not the best manufacturer in the world, but could no way be described as terrible. I know people that have there laptops, and not had a single problem.

    The £400 Acer in my link would definitely be the best choice. It is essentially the same as your Number 2 choice but £100 cheaper, a no brainer really.
     
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    ASUS are a very reliable and trustworthy manufacturer. They have been making laptops for other brands (Sony and Apple were two customers at one point) for a long time, their own laptops are of a similar quality.

    Acer are a nasty brand IMO, cheap and nasty but huge amount of tech for your money. If your laptop sits nicely on a desk for most of its life it will be fine, but use it as a portable machine and you'll need a solid warranty.
     
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    Ok looks like I'll be going for the Asus, one last question - I had a bad experience with Comet when I had to return something. Are repairs/returns handled by Comet or Asus on their laptops? Or has anyone had no problems with Comet and I was just unlucky?
     
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    Ok disregarding the prices, which one would you guys choose out of these two:

    Acer Aspire 5750 15.6 inch Notebook (Intel Core i5-2430M Processor, RAM 8GB, HDD 500GB, DVD-Super Multi DL Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Laptops/buy-ASUS-X53E-SX1194V-Laptop/775193?_$ja=tsid:8361|prd:47868&awc=157_1324989046%20_6f73aaa73b4b69ddae095ae8c2d921db

    Sounds silly but I'm not a fan of the blue colour of the Asus, I like to have a laptop I like the look of. Also, the RAM is better on the Acer and battery life.
     
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    It's got to be the second one. Asus is better than Acer, and if you went for the Acer you would be spending £100 for essentially the same spec laptop just to get it in a more preferable colour.

    The RAM is the only thing that's less, but to be honest no one is going to notice the difference between 6GB and 8GB unless you're doing some heavy CAD work. Also RAM is very easy to upgrade, and costs very little.

    Asus - Reliable brand, top processor, huge hard drive, £100 less than the inferior built Acer = WIN!
     
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    Just noticed the Asus is out of stock everywhere near me, unfortunately I will be buying in the next week so looks like it will be the Acer.

    I will be going from a Dell Inspiron 1545 to this laptop, I assume I'll notice a huge difference
     
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    Acer are a manufacturer for of whom my family have owned laptops for 10 years + and would buy again. I do accept that there have been many instances on here of people reporting reliability issues. Asus however are one of the biggest manufacturers in the world, make their own pcbs and motherboards, make them for a number of other manufacturers and are up with the best when it comes to quality and reliability. (IMHO)
     
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    I have solved your dilemma! I have found the Asus, in stock to buy online in a different colour.

    http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Laptops/buy-ASUS-X53E-SX1186V-Laptop/774936?_$ja=tsid:8361|prd:47868&awc=157_1325074626_388372e8eb2b2864d6bb4c9989c418b0
     
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    Damn! I literally just ordered the other one this morning. Unable to cancel as well. I appreciate the help though
     
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