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New Laptop

Discussion in 'Technology, Communications and Gadgets' started by BarneyBlue23, Mar 14, 2015.

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    BarneyBlue23

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    Hi everybody

    my first post so hope it's in the right place. I'm thinking or replacing my existing laptop thats struggling to keep up with all my spreadsheets and feel quite clunky now.

    Can anyone recommend a good replacement, I currently have an Acer Aspire 5755
    I'd like the new one to be a bit faster and maybe something I can use for a bit of gaming now and then, although thats not essential, would just be a nice to have. Looking for somethign quite robust as it will travel with me to work every day

    thanks
    Barney
     
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    I suppose the big question is how much are you looking to spend? what sort of games will you be looking to play as this will depend what sort of graphics/cpu/memory you would be looking for.

    P.S Welcome to the forums :)
     
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    BarneyBlue23

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    Thanks :)

    Well perhaps up to the £700 - £800 range. Gaming just a bit of WOW now and then, I'm not a serious gamer. Sad I know :whistle:
     
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    Look at Lenovo's top end machines (although install a malwarebytes and a Good AV like Nod32 before going on the internet with it, clean up all the pre-shipped malware that the older stock lenovo's come with ). Previously i would have said look at Sony Vaio's Mid range stuff for your budget and then strip out the Sony bloat software but since they are now no longer making Laptops the top end Lenovo's will be my next port of call.

    As someone that wares laptops into the ground pretty quick even with treating them like a baby, being on 18 hours a day is tough on any machine especially when running high end software or games, so as a result ive been through most brands over the years, Lenonvo , Apple, Sony Vaio are the only ones that lasted a reasonable amount of time with out getting too hot or having other issues.

    Surprisingly Toshiba's , HP , Dells, Acers and Asus were just as bad as things like Packard bell or some of the unknown brands from PCworld like Advent or e-machines. The only thing i can say is if you want it to last spend the money, buying a £300 - £500 laptop if its going to be used quite intensively will mean replacements every 12 - 18 months, If however you use it to check your email for 2 hours a day or somewhere in between then a cheap laptop could last years.
     
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    A chromebook is worth look, but they're not for everyone. They're only fully functional if you're connected to the internet (though you can work offline with some apps), but I love mine, the battery lasts forever and the SSD means it's pretty tough.

    I'd look into it quite extensively before you buy one though, they're a bit like Marmite.
     
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    I'm with Adam.

    At your price range, I'd go with a high-end Lenovo or an upgraded MacBook Air.

    The latter is perfect if you constantly bring your computer with you everywhere.
     
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    PhilipBrassington

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    I really rate HP kit but that is a personal choice. When you say gaming are you talking about games like Starcraft, Rome, Assasins Creed, etc? Or app type games like fruit matching stuff?

    For me for gaming it has to be Windows which knocks out MacBooks. And I don't think an Android Chromebook is going to play anything other than Android apps and browser games (which could of course be perfect). You really need to look at the games you're likely to load onto your new Laptop and look at the recommended specs. Then look for specs that at least meet those, preferably better them. You're probalby looking at a more recent i5 processer 4gig to 8gig memory and for the games you'll be better if you have dedicated graphics.

    Also, if you do a lot of spreadsheet work and this is currently done using Excel then you're probably with Windows now and I wouldn't be looking to move them to an online platform like Google docs.
     
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    I'm not keen on the chrome book, had a little try and I don't think it's for me.
    I do use windows yes so again not sure if a move to Mac would suit me, I'm sort of the kinda guy that likes change, but not too much change.

    I've not had a HP laptop before so worth a look. Gaming is just a bit of WOW - World of \Warcraft. I'm not a huge gamer :)

    Thanks for the suggestions all.
     

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