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1 Laptop advice needed on Sun Nov 20 2016, 18:35

Norpig

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Mrs Pig wants to get rid of the pc and get a laptop and i know nothing about them to be honest. Can anyone recommend a good one?

we have a budget of around £500 - £600 and my Brother in law has recommended this one, is it any good?
http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5440555

I don't need an all dancing and singing one, one with a big memory for my itunes and just for general internet and streaming and the like

Any of the IT experts on here point me in the right direction please?

2 Re: Laptop advice needed on Sun Nov 20 2016, 19:28

Natasha Whittam

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You can get what you want for half that price, stop bragging about your budget.

Laptops are for wankers though.

3 Re: Laptop advice needed on Sun Nov 20 2016, 19:33

Boggersbelief

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My phone can do everything a laptop can and more, get with the times

4 Re: Laptop advice needed on Sun Nov 20 2016, 20:17

Sluffy

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Not advice as such, just my opinion -

I'm always behind the times when it comes to IT so I bought a PC about 12 years ago - just when laptops had started to appear and changed to a laptop just over a year ago - just as the laptop market had peaked and on the way down.

I thought I would miss having a PC - but I didn't - and find my laptop is just as good as the PC in every way, plus it is more flexible to move around the house.

I don't tend to take the laptop out of the house - my phone is good enough for what use I need.

Boggers is probably right that a phone is probably all most people need these days, so the only obvious advantage I can think about having a laptop is the screen size, if you do any amount of work and/or viewing on it.

Obviously it depends what you want from the laptop that defines the price, I've got loads of software stuff on mine, which I don't even know what they do, let alone ever use them - but I've no doubt the younger generation probably use every day and consider essential components for social media and such like.

I found that one add on that I didn't originally budget for was the Microsoft Home and Office package that I probably paid way to much for at the time but the shop did do whatever it is they had to do, to set it all up for me on the laptop.

I suggest that if you needed things like word and excel that you do your homework first and get a much better deal than what I did.

Are you intending your children to use the laptop? I ask because these days I see loads of children using/playing on the smaller version of laptops - tablets, which I think you can pick up these days quite cheaply.

I'm a bit old school and think that constant use for the little ones can't be doing their eyes any good nor is helping them to learn to communicate and react with others better but what does an old dinosaur like me know.

I tend to think - certainly among the people I'm involved with due to my work - that they tend to give their kids a pad simply to shut them up and is an easy way out of parenting, rather than interacting and building bonds through teaching and play and helping them to develop the lifelong social skills with they will need.

Perhaps I'm wrong though and maybe in thirty or forty years time everything is done over the internet rather than face to face.

Anyway back to the point, if you go the laptop route, I think you can get a good deal if you simply work out what you want it to do and find one that can do that but is not necessarily a brand new 'range'. What I mean by that is maybe you can pick one up in the sale because that particular model is being replaced by a more up to date all singing, dancing model - but which you probably don't need all the new 'fancy' upgraded stuff anyway.

Perhaps also is look to buy one in the coming sales - Black Friday being next Saturday I believe - or others around Christmas time.

Hope all this helps in some way.

5 Re: Laptop advice needed on Sun Nov 20 2016, 23:22

Norpig

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where's KP when i need him?

Mrs Pig wants rid of the pc because she says it's an eyesore with the desk and everything. My oldest has a tablet and my youngest will get one for Xmas, i don't need an office package, its purely for holding my itunes data and for looking at porn  Very Happy

Boggers a phone won't fit all my itunes files now will it?  Rolling Eyes

6 Re: Laptop advice needed on Sun Nov 20 2016, 23:50

Boggersbelief

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Norpig wrote:where's KP when i need him?

Mrs Pig wants rid of the pc because she says it's an eyesore with the desk and everything. My oldest has a tablet and my youngest will get one for Xmas, i don't need an office package, its purely for holding my itunes data and for looking at porn  Very Happy

Boggers a phone won't fit all my itunes files now will it?  Rolling Eyes

An iPhone could quite easily fit all your files

7 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 08:36

Norpig

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thanks for all the help chaps  Rolling Eyes

8 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 10:31

Norpig

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seriously, no one has an practical advice for me? If i was asking where to buy a good gimp mask or suchlike this thread would be 100 posts long already  Very Happy

9 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 10:31

karlypants

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I will have a look shortly and give you some recommendations mate. Smile

10 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 10:32

Norpig

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ah KP at last. someone who can help me  Very Happy

11 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 19:03

y2johnny

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http://www.ebuyer.com/765016-hp-250-g5-i3-laptop-x0q79es-x0q79es-abu

http://Www.thefacefittester.co.uk

12 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 19:17

y2johnny

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Get that and then get this for storing pictures, music etc

https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/samsung-d3-external-hard-drive?deal_option=10668e7e-5b02-4471-a0f3-b20233e55251&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=uk_mb_sea_ggl_txt_tim_pads_cbp_chp_nbr_target*_adposition*1o9_prodtarget*266077870735_adtype*pla_productpartitionid*266077870735_campaignid*687507597_adgroupid*39360534430&mr:referralID=225259cd-b01f-11e6-bc34-00505694526f&gclid=CL3BkI3IutACFRG6GwodKEoNHw

http://Www.thefacefittester.co.uk

13 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 19:25

Norpig

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i've already got an external hard drive so i'm ok for that, is there one available with bigger storage KP? 1TB should be enough i think

14 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 19:40

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I have one of these would recommend it highly.

https://m.johnlewis.com/asus-x556ua-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-ram-1tb-15-6-full-hd/p/2803922?sku=236198392&s_kwcid=2dx92700012711854447&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=Cj0KEQiA08rBBRDUn4qproqwzYMBEiQAqpzns2rmpOo13Oi-SeQCkHSxipUs9x3EMqaQ4FGJdJjob9IaAhun8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

15 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 19:48

boltonbonce

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Mate bought one of these. Pretty chuffed with it. And you save 4p. Shocked

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-ideapad-310-15-6-Inch-Notebook/dp/B01HU6EBPG/ref=sr_1_8?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1479757459&sr=1-8&th=1

16 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 19:51

Norpig

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DEANO82 wrote:I have one of these would recommend it highly.

https://m.johnlewis.com/asus-x556ua-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-ram-1tb-15-6-full-hd/p/2803922?sku=236198392&s_kwcid=2dx92700012711854447&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=Cj0KEQiA08rBBRDUn4qproqwzYMBEiQAqpzns2rmpOo13Oi-SeQCkHSxipUs9x3EMqaQ4FGJdJjob9IaAhun8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds
  my brother in law recommended the next version up from yours Deano. The 2TB version is £599. Is it worth the money?

17 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 19:54

Norpig

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boltonbonce wrote:Mate bought one of these. Pretty chuffed with it. And you save 4p. Shocked

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-ideapad-310-15-6-Inch-Notebook/dp/B01HU6EBPG/ref=sr_1_8?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1479757459&sr=1-8&th=1
 cheers Boncey, a whole 4p saving, who can resist that?  Laughing

18 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 20:10

Natasha Whittam

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Norpig wrote:
  my brother in law recommended the next version up from yours Deano. The 2TB version is £599. Is it worth the money?

Bloody hell, how many chick with dick pics have you got?

19 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 20:11

y2johnny

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The external hd drive i posted is a 5tb.  I have two 2tb ones filled with music

http://Www.thefacefittester.co.uk

20 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 20:48

karlypants

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y2johnny wrote:http://www.ebuyer.com/765016-hp-250-g5-i3-laptop-x0q79es-x0q79es-abu
Hard drive capacity not enough for his needs with that one.

21 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 20:49

karlypants

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Sorry Norpig, got tied up today so having a good look now for you. Smile

22 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 20:50

karlypants

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y2johnny wrote:The external hd drive i posted is a 5tb.  I have two 2tb ones filled with music
It's more clunk to carry about though or use whilst the laptop is on your lap don't you think?

23 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 20:59

karlypants

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I've tried to match the Asus laptop that you have been recommended so I found this one that caught my eye earlier...

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-15-ay168sa-15-6-laptop-silver-10151313-pdt.html

It has a slightly faster processor than the Asus but has 8GB or RAM whereas the Asus has 12GB. You don't need 12GB but you could upgrade the HP later on for not a lot of money when the time comes (if it ever does which I doubt it in your case). The HP also only has a 1 terabyte hard drive as apposed to 2 terabytes.

The Graphics processor is slightly better but the screen is not Full HD (1920 x 1080) The HP is 1366 x 768 which is barely noticeable on a 15 inch screen anyway but it is £100 cheaper so I recommend this over the Asus.

The HP build quality of laptops is generally good although I cannot say for Asus as I haven't had much experience with this brand laptops wise.

I wouldn't buy from Argos as if it broke down it's a pain in the arse with their customer support, I'm talking from experience.

It should last you a lot longer than laptops with a Core i3 processor for instance as these are generally sluggish and is Intel's entry level CPU range for business and basic tasks.

24 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 21:09

karlypants

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PC World also have another HP model that is exactly the same as above that I have recommended but with a mid range CPU which is a core i5-7200U and this model costs £399.00 here:

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-15-ay167sa-15-6-laptop-silver-10151312-pdt.html#tab6|product-deal-offer-0

There is another £100 difference (so potentially a £200 saving against the Asus).

The HP @ £499 has an intel core i7-7500U and the HP @ £399 has an intel core i5-7200U.

The benchmarks on performance (higher score the better!):

Intel core i7-7500U (5370)
Intel core i5-7200U (4782)

25 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 21:18

karlypants

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Either laptop is sufficient for your needs whether that be watching porn, normal films, spreadsheets and letters etc, iTunes, surfing the web and games that are not graphic intensive.

The core i7 will last a bit longer performance wise.

26 Re: Laptop advice needed on Mon Nov 21 2016, 23:07

Norpig

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KP you my friend are a star! Many thanks for this, i'll have a good look at them and let you know what i decide on  :good:

27 Re: Laptop advice needed on Wed Nov 23 2016, 20:26

Soul Kitchen

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Natasha Whittam wrote:
Norpig wrote:
  my brother in law recommended the next version up from yours Deano. The 2TB version is £599. Is it worth the money?

Bloody hell, how many chick with dick pics have you got?
Bet you've not got one of me?!
Smile

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