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Buying a new laptop - what to get?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by a User Name, Feb 11, 2010.

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  1. a User Name

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    I'm not entirely certain this is the right part of the forum for this question, but it seems like the best place.

    My HP Pavillion broke down recently, seems to be the hard drive. It's about four or five years old and I'm considering buying a new laptop even if it can be fixed without great expense, because the keyboard and mouse click area also failing, and it's been problematic from the first few months I've had it.

    So my question is whether now is a good time to buy a new laptop, and what I ought to get. I have up to about £500 to spend, although I could spend a bit more if there was a very good reason to. (I'm in the UK if it matters.)

    I use my laptop mainly for browsing, multimedia and messengers, but also want one able to run games. Obviously I want something that's going to last, not one that will break down of be obsolete within a few years, I don't want to be asking this same question again for at least another 5 years.
     
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    ASUS makes the most reliable laptops, but Dell and HP offer better support... so theirs one key question to consider.

    I would look for a Core2Duo, 4GB RAM and a good integrated graphics card, also make sure the Hard drive is 7200 RPM, since you care about performance.
     
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    Ah, I hadn't thought of Asus. Can you recommend any models that are worth looking at? Same goes for HP.
     
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    You need a gaming notebook. Look for something with 512mb of video ram.

    Here is a listing of GPU position for notebooks. The top 20, you'll find in $2000~5000 notebooks. 21~40 - typically $1000~2000 notebooks...

    ASUS is fine. Pretty much all notebooks with the same CPU will perform about the same. HP has some of the slickest looking notebooks - but the most junk-ware preinstalled and a bit of cheapness. I am a Thinkpad user... so gaming is not top of the list. For basic usage, you can get a good deal for about $500~600.

    Some other links:
    High end: http://www.anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.aspx?i=3660
    $800 gaming notebook: http://www.anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.aspx?i=3689 It'll run games like UT3 okay. Its G210m performs a bit slower than a desktop 8600GT.

    But I'd look at these ($950): http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/...-category-id=EF8AAB54B0E14E26B233E1A9F586CC28 IdeaPads with GT240m which a a good deal faster.

    ThinkPad T500 : tough, thin-ish its $950 - its graphics is between the two notebooks above. Has crash cage, etc: http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/...-category-id=1BE480ADA7EB421099C1676099E3EA34 Also its screen is NOT glossy.
     
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