Whats the best laptop I can get for my money (£500)?

  sean_cov 15:26 09 Jan 12


I am looking to buy a new laptop for use during university. Portability is not too much of an issue with me and I am looking to use my laptop for rendering, and other CAD related programs and I am not looking to spend above £500 for it. I am willing to look at refurbished as long as it comes with a warranty. I am therefore looking for a reasonably good graphics card. The two laptops that I am looking at are: http://www.dixons.co.uk/gbuk/hp-pavilion-dv6-6052ea-refurbished-15-6-laptop-dark-umber-11102593-pdt.html or http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n00x5m15&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&model_id=xps-l502x (£160 cash back plus a 15% off code).

I look forward to your advice.



  SANAP 15:41 09 Jan 12

did you look at the reviews on here?

  sean_cov 17:54 09 Jan 12

yes I did not very helpful though.

  Batch 09:12 10 Jan 12

How does this stack up John Lewis Tosh

  chub_tor 10:40 10 Jan 12

Slightly over budget at £569 but has a dedicated graphics card and an i5 processor the Lenovo Z570 fromm CCL

  sean_cov 17:12 10 Jan 12

What about this spec? Processor Intel® Core™ i5-2410M Processor - 2.3 GHz (2.9 GHz max Turbo Frequency) - 3 MB Smart Cache - Dual Core Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit RAM 6 GB DDR3 Graphics card AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics processor - 1 GB DDR5 dedicated graphics memory Screen type LCD widescreen Screen resolution - WXGA - 1366 x 768 Screen size 15.6" Screen features HP BrightView Infinity display LED-backlit Hard drive 640 GB SATA, 5400 rpm Optical disk drive LightScribe SuperMulti DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support Memory card reader Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader USB 2 x USB 2.0 2 x USB 3.0 FireWire No Modem/Ethernet Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN WiFi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Bluetooth Yes Video interface HDMI, VGA Audio interface Headphone-out/microphone in TV output HDMI Expansion card slot No Sound Beats sound system Webcam HP TrueVision HD webcam Keyboard & Mouse Island-style keyboard Battery - 6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery - up to 7.5 hours battery life Additional features Integrated finger print reader Aluminium alloy chassis Accessories included Battery, power adaptor, documentation Size 374 x 245 x 30.5 mm (W x D x H) Weight 2.55 kg

  chub_tor 17:19 10 Jan 12

sean_cov the spec looks good to me, which HP model is it? and how much? where from?

  sean_cov 17:47 10 Jan 12

Its £499.99 from PC World refurbished. Its written as HP DV6-6052ea but I checked and thats a i7 so I think its a mistype somewhere...

  chub_tor 19:07 10 Jan 12

It's shown here as an i5 - I guess the thing that bothers me is the word refurbished, I've had no experience with that. I would need to be absolutely sure about the warranty, particularly with PC World as you read quite a few horror stories on these forums about problems with the PC World group if things go wrong.

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