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Hi, need a new laptop I have £300-400 to spend which one is best for that price range and were to buy from?


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  • Profile picture of the author Brendanm
    Check out Amazon, i bought my laptop from there a few months ago. You can get a good deal there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Liam Murray
    Depends what you need it for I guess, Could always go second hand. Do you use Mac or Windows? Plenty of choice out their. Dell D630? Try ebay for it as well you'll pick it up for £100-150 I pick Dells laptops that need repaired off there.
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  • Profile picture of the author wizzard74
    I don't recommend dell, used to, but not after the one I recommended to my mum's fiance.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
      Originally Posted by wizzard74 View Post

      I don't recommend dell, used to, but not after the one I recommended to my mum's fiance.
      I agree.

      I recommend HP or Mac. Avoid Dell, Toshiba and Asus. These have all, in my experience, had some reliability issues which should be priority number one when running a business.
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    I am a huge proponent of Lenovo's (formerly IBM) Thinkpad (not IdeaPad, although they might be reasonable - have no idea) range of machines.

    Excellent, unsurpassed build quality and all-round stability in my experience; and they now come with a 3-year warranty as standard, I think.

    They're certainly not the cheapest, but I'm sure I've seen some models for under the £400 range and they frequently run offers where you get 10-20% or so off. I suppose it depends what you're looking for. Take a look anyway. They're often overlooked because although some high-street retailers stock them, their appeal is largely to corporate users, etc., and their site isn't as heavily promoted to end consumers as other direct-sales companies like Dell.
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    • Profile picture of the author Perestroika
      Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

      I am a huge proponent of Lenovo's (formerly IBM) Thinkpad (not IdeaPad, although they might be reasonable - have no idea) range of machines.

      Excellent, unsurpassed build quality and all-round stability in my experience; and they now come with a 3-year warranty as standard, I think.

      They're certainly not the cheapest, but I'm sure I've seen some models for under the £400 range and they frequently run offers where you get 10-20% or so off. I suppose it depends what you're looking for. Take a look anyway. They're often overlooked because although some high-street retailers stock them, their appeal is largely to corporate users, etc., and their site isn't as heavily promoted to end consumers as other direct-sales companies like Dell.
      Thinkpads are solid machines. I am still using my T60
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    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

      I am a huge proponent of Lenovo's (formerly IBM) Thinkpad (not IdeaPad, although they might be reasonable - have no idea) range of machines.

      Excellent, unsurpassed build quality and all-round stability in my experience; and they now come with a 3-year warranty as standard, I think.

      They're certainly not the cheapest, but I'm sure I've seen some models for under the £400 range and they frequently run offers where you get 10-20% or so off. I suppose it depends what you're looking for. Take a look anyway. They're often overlooked because although some high-street retailers stock them, their appeal is largely to corporate users, etc., and their site isn't as heavily promoted to end consumers as other direct-sales companies like Dell.
      I'm a proponent too.

      But at least the last one I bought about 16 months ago just came with a 1 year warranty. Even that, compared to a Mac's warranty at 90 days, is quite good. Anything more than 90 days costs you big bucks at Mac.

      I'm away from home for an extended time and have to do all my work on a Thinkpad W701. It isn't perfect, but it's by far the best machine I've ever owned. (And that includes the Mac, which was the worst.)

      It is more than the price range the op mentioned. Amazon does sell a wide variety of them. I haven't been to the lenovo site since ordering the last one, but they used to have a few pages that sold returned computers at discounts, and I nearly bought one at one time.

      Amazon does sell them down to the cheap models, and even some of those have very high customer satisfaction ratings.
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  • Profile picture of the author AceOfShirts
    I'm guessing by your currency code you aren't in the US. Do they have Best Buys in your country?

    They have had some really good sales on laptops lately.
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    • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
      Originally Posted by Ace Of Shirts View Post

      I'm guessing by your currency code you aren't in the US. Do they have Best Buys in your country?

      They have had some really good sales on laptops lately.
      Hehe ... the currency symbol (£) is GBP / Great Britain Pounds Sterling.

      We did have Best Buy here in the UK (I bought a new XBOX 360 from them a few months ago!) until very recently, when it apparently ceased trading, see here.

      Strange how it never quite took off when they seemed to offer better service than many other longer established electronics retailers here, who've long survived charging full or near RRP price on a lot of stuff and really don't respect their customers much at all. :rolleyes: :p
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      • Profile picture of the author JasonJason
        I have a MacBook Pro that I've always been partial to for personal use, but about a year ago I purchased an ASUS business laptop for around $550 and I've been extremely happy with it. ASUS has reliability ratings that come very close to Apple and this is really what sold me. For years ASUS made many of the components that go into Apple products and decided to jump into the laptop market a few years back. The brand isn't as well known as some of the other PC manufacturers, but it's clear that they are quickly making a name for themselves.
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  • Profile picture of the author Krisz Rokk
    Amazon has great offers in the UK. I'd recommend MacBook Pro but a new one would be out of the pricing range you mentioned -> it's more expensive (second hand would be great too though).
    I also use Acer and I'm very comfortable with it. The only thing that bothers me is the sound of the 'ventilator / blower'.... sometimes it's annoying
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  • Profile picture of the author creativesnaps
    I recently purchased a Fujitsu Siemens and was impressed with the speed and specification for very little money
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      I use an Acer. It's OK - does the job. My battery life is about 2 mins though, seriously.

      I'm going to eventually get a MacBook Pro, and an Imac once I'm settled.
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      • Profile picture of the author seolvl1
        i use a mac, battery life is 7 hours and no viruses and fast too,

        only downside is you have to use dual OS for windows applications.
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  • Profile picture of the author TollFreeService
    I would recommend Dell. Bought a Latitude about 6 years ago and it still works wonderful. Part of the reason it still works is because it was under Warranty and I had Dell replace all of the hardware about 3 years ago, but hey, it still works.

    And for your budget I wouldn't find a Mac practical at all.
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  • I will recommend Lenovo.. Its best according to me as I have Sony Vaio also.
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  • Profile picture of the author smileverse
    Lenovo is my first choice, because it can be used roughly. while comparing to the sony, samsung lenovo is better for rough users.
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  • Profile picture of the author simonjwarner
    Packard Bell are great value for money, made by Acer.

    I got one last year and its spot on for IM.

    I dont think you will get a Mac for 400 quid! (if you do let me know!!!)

    Go with a core i3, or core i5 processor, preferable the ones with the four digit number as they are the second generation sandybridge chip.

    Had a quick look and here is a good buy, not an affilate link - Packard Bell NX.BWTEK.004 EasyNote TS 15.6 inch...Packard Bell NX.BWTEK.004 EasyNote TS 15.6 inch...
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  • Profile picture of the author TinManJuggernaut
    So far most have recommended brands. However neither the OP nor the posters have mentioned the application which is fundamental in making a selection. Let's say you asked what kind of car you should buy. Based on this thread you were told: bmw, honda, acura, nissan, toyota, ford, gm, etc. Basically this means nothing.

    Your question is vague. You want the best laptop for 3-400. Best for what purpose or need? Are you a big man with fat fingers and need a big keyboard? Are you a small woman who would prefer a very light weight system? Do you intend to take this laptop between home, work, the airport and school and would benefit from a mac airbook, tablet, or a super slim system? Will you be operating primarily on wifi or do you need to be able to plug in? What about battery life or will you always have access to power?

    Do you intend to run heavy workstation, graphics, games, or video editing applications that will demand intense resources? Do you intend to only use it to browse the web and check email? Either of these can work for your business. My business demands heavy video processing.

    If you really don't care and you just want a cheap laptop, then the answers you got are sufficient.

    In general the number one factor that determines the speed of any computer is the speed of the harddrive (not size). This is especially true in laptops because manufacturers generally put slower drives in them to save on costs. I recommend never buying a computer unless it has a 7200RPM drive or an SSD drive. If it doesn't say, it doesn't have it and likely the drive will spin at 5400RPM or 4500RPM and your computing experience will suck. If you are at a computer store, ask before buying. Some mac laptops come with 6400rpm drives, with optional 7200rpm upgrades (replacements). Is it ok? Well, it's 88% of standard, so you tell me. I'm not going to be using it. I would not buy a drive slower than 7200rpm, and would always opt for an SSD if it was within the budget.

    Most processors and memory sizes (2gb and up) will be sufficient for most people. Also if you go with windows, opt for windows 7/64-bit. Home version is fine.

    I've been an IT consultant for over a decade.

    Cory
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  • Profile picture of the author eldudebros
    Don't choose Toshiba. Been using Toshiba for a year now, a lot of problem. Paid for like $250 to service it.
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  • Profile picture of the author annaharryson
    Sony Vaio has got so many varieties in there Laptops.
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  • Profile picture of the author TinManJuggernaut
    I received a PM from someone asking more about laptops. Since I apparently can't respond to PMs, I will answer it here.

    Hey Cory,

    I am in the market for a new laptop. My wife bought a Toshiba (piece of junk) in October 2011 and the hard drive crashed already. I saw your comments on laptops and had a couple of questions.

    I build a lot of websites for adsense and affiliate marketing. So, I need one with speed, memory and of course, reliability.

    I would like to stay between $500 - $1000. What brand & specs would you recommend?

    I appreciate your help.

    Thanks
    Chris
    Chris, Toshiba is a good manufacturer. $500-1000 is not the market for reliability. Any manufacturer is going to have lower quality components in a laptop that cheap. Just read the thread. People complained about every computer manufacturer; how their computers are junk. Not true, they just bought the lowest end computers. What did they expect? Military grade endurance?

    I have a $2000+ sony vaio that was run over by a truck. I had to replace the screen, but the rest of the system worked fine and is still very reliable.

    Unlike most on this thread I have used, bought, troubleshot, and/or maintained around 100 laptops or more owned by me and my clients. Most big name brand companies produce reasonably reliable gear in the right price range. I would not buy a gateway. I currently have two laptops: a 13 year old clone which I now use as a teleprompter, and the vaio is 3 years old.

    My recommendation is to RMA the laptop to get a new harddrive (if the drive itself really crashed, then the rest of the system is probably fine), restore your data, and keep using it. Above average speed and memory are frankly not needed for website and business use. Any basic office laptop with a 7200 rpm harddrive and 2gb or more of ram will do provided it meets your desired form factor and features.

    If you're committed to getting a new laptop, then increase your price or drop your expectation for reliability. You can also look at getting a used higher end laptop. Also note laptops are not indestructible. Bouncing it around while it is running is an easy way to cause the hard drive to fail.

    Plan for it to fail as every computer eventually will, and you won't be disappointed. Organize your data so it's easy to backup, and back it up daily on every computer you use. If you don't, then there is no use complaining when you lose data.

    Cory
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  • Profile picture of the author sevenish
    I buy high-end, used Lenovo laptops on CraigsList--always for less than US$400. They're typically about 1-2 years old, but they've all been more than adequate for me.

    If you live in or near an urban area, this might be a good option for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author gojiberryman
    Originally Posted by chris chorley View Post

    Hi, need a new laptop I have £300-400 to spend which one is best for that price range and were to buy from?


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    Well, you can actually purchase a refurbished laptop like the one I'm using right now. I purchased my Asus laptop for a total of $328 USD. I got it from tigerdirect.com. Tiger direct has the kind of deals to die for, maybe you should check them out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aqua Jeff
    I bought my wife and I a couple from Dell outlet. Dont do that! I spent our entire holidays on the phone with them stripping hard drives and re-loading everything half a dozen times. they finally replaced her's altogether, and sent someone to replace the hard drive in mine. We are going Mac next time around. A couple places to look are techdeals.net and techbargains... not sure if thats a .net or .com. do a search you'll find them. Good luck and do some serious review research!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lyfe Lyte
    indeed...macbook pro....once you get a mac...you'll NEVER go back....thanks Steve...
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  • Profile picture of the author Fatmir
    MacBook Pro all the way. I'd recommend go to Amazon . com

    The second option would be an Acer Aspire.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author James B
      I would go with find a deal on ebay for macbook pro.

      I helped a friend get his for $700 which is a i5.
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
    Originally Posted by chris chorley View Post

    Hi, need a new laptop I have £300-400 to spend which one is best for that price range and were to buy from?


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    If I was you I'd go searching for a second hand macbook. I picked up one 2 years for 400 euro and it's still running like new.

    Once you go Mac - you never go back
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr.Williamstn
    Mac book all the way. They are virus free and you can run windows on them also. I have one and it works wonders for me . Plus I love all of apple's stuff
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  • Profile picture of the author 711gemstone
    Don.t use new Toshibas they seem to have issues with wifi and cd drives
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeink
    We have purchased 4 17" Toshiba Laptops so far all have been good.

    The first 2 when vista came out. 1 came with windowsXP and the other one was vista. Both of these are still being used.

    Bought 2 more Toshiba 17" laptops at christmas and both have windows 7.

    It depends on want your are going to use it for.

    If you are going to use to build sites and do a fair amount of marketing, building site,etc. Then go for a laptop in the upper end 61% or better.

    It is your choice as to brand. Most puters use basically the sames
    programs,sofware,harddrives,etc.

    I am not taking Macs out of the equition either, they are in class of there own.

    Most of the time it is the consumer that is the problem not the puter.

    Note of interest also maybe the tech you use is well, you figure that one out.
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  • Profile picture of the author TerranceCharles
    You can find some good ones on craigslist too, my favorite brand is HP, built to last
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  • Profile picture of the author Eduard Stinga
    It's funny how people generalize that some brands are "bad" - all the models from them.

    Here's my take on things - stay away from Macs, not because they're not good, but they're expensive, and you can get the same thing + save money with a PC
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Stick with anything that has to do with apple..why?
    Less viruses Faster speed! just my recommendation to you.

    Good Luck.
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