Best 17" laptop for around £600 - have narrowed it down to 2?

  spunout 26 Apr 12
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After days and days of reading reviews for a 17" multi media laptop, primarily to be used for surfing the net, streaming and watching movies and photo editing I have narrowed it down to 2:

Dell inspiron 17R or the HP Probook 4730s - does anyone have any views or advice on this. It would greatly appreciated (specs below)

Dell COLOUR CHOICE LCD Back Cover : Diamond Black Switch Cover
Base Inspiron N7110 (FCG43) - i5-2450 (2.50GHz, 3MB cache, Dual Core)
Memory 6144MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [1x4096 + 1x2048]
Processor 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2450M processor(2.50 GHz,3M cache with Turbo Boost 2.0 upto 3.10)
Hard Drive 750GB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Drive
Video Card 1 GB nVidia GeForce GT 525M
CD ROM/DVD ROM 8X DVD=/-RW Drive including Software
Wireless Dell Wireless 1702 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth v3.0+HS Card
Primary Battery Primary 6-cell 48W/HR LI-ION
LCD 17.3" (44 cm) High Definition+ (1600X900) WLED TrueLife
Microsoft Application Software MS Office 2010 Starter (Word Starter, Excel Starter)

HP Probook 17.3" Diagonal LED 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-2410M 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 640GB 7200 rpm SATA II DVD + /-RW SuperMulti Windows 7 Professional Mobile Intel HM65 Express AMD Radeon HD 6490M Atheros 802.11b/g/n WiFi Bluetooth 3.0 HD Webcam SRS Premium Sound

  KRONOS the First 26 Apr 12

If I was choosing it would have to be the Dell, better CPU,bigger hard-drive and I believe they have very good customer support whereas HP have absolute rubbish customer support.

The Dell I am assuming will come with Windows 7 plus it has Office starter so yes the Dell for me.

  Nontek 26 Apr 12

I agree with Chronus, also HP will no doubt be full of Bloatware, some of which may be difficult, though not impossible, to remove.

  spunout 26 Apr 12

Thanks, though now I have just discovered the Acer Aspire AS7750G-6645 which seems to have comparable specs for about £100 less!??!!?!?! Arrrggghhhh

  Bike-it 26 Apr 12

I too was recently looking for a good spec 17" laptop and i went for a custom build Sony Vaio, from new it has not missed a beat really happy with it. we had three 17" Dell studio laptops at home and all three kept breaking down they all needed new batteries, screens, two needed new keyboards and one needed new fans fitted,

  mooly 27 Apr 12

My experience of Acer has been excellent. My old Aspire (nearly 6yr old now) has been totally reliable and gets 5/6 hours daily use with several boot ups, lid open/closing and so on.

The weak point on the older Aspire was the hinges stiffening and lids cracking. 12 months ago I removed the screen bezel and worked some grease into the hinges... and it's been great.

Look after it and it will look after you. Even the battery seems to have the original capacity which is surprising but true.

  northumbria61 27 Apr 12

I agree with mooly - 3 Acer laptops in the family and no problems (oldest about 7yrs old)

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