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Looking for a semi-basic laptop for university..


CBorders

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Hi, this is my first post here, so sorry if its in the wrong place.

Basic story is that I'm looking for a laptop to take to university with me in December. I'm planning on studying Maths with Economics, so I won't be relying on the laptop for too much 'specialist' programmes.

The main functions I want it to have really is to be quick, be able to handle multiple programs and webpages open at once, and I'll also be using it for Skype-ing home and for (light) TV and film viewing. I very much doubt there'll be any gaming.

I would like a 15-15.6" screen, and preferably a numeric pad on the keyboard - obviously this is just a preferance that I will forgo if I have to.

I DON'T want a HP or a Samsung. I've had bad experience with Samsung, and I strongly dislike the touchpad mouse on the HPs that are in my budget - in my opinion the roughness is vile.

The aforementioned budget is absolute maximum £500. Realistically, I love to only spend around £400.

I've been looking around, and I'm really not sure about what exactly I'm supposed to be looking for. Is an Intel I5 processor really worth an extra £100ish than an I3 considering my rather basic needs?

I'm going to include some links of laptops I've looked at, but other suggestions are welcome! Thanks in advance for any advice, and sorry for the long (and probably very boring) post.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-G570-15-6-inch-Laptop/dp/B005TPRWN4/ref=cmcrprproducttop I've seen a slightly lower spec (smaller harddrive and memory) version of this in PC World and loved it, but I've never heard of the brand, and people I've spoken to seem to doubt it.

http://www.dell.com/uk/p/inspiron-15r-n5110/pd.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=mn Either 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3-2350M processor (2.30 Ghz, 3M cache) or 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2450M processor (2.50 GHz, 3M cache) with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.10 BUT I'm not really sure which out of the two to go for.

This one also looks good, but lacks the numeric keypad, and I haven't seen this in the flesh.. http://www.dell.com/uk/p/inspiron-15-intel-n5050/pd.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=mn 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2450M processor (2.50 GHz, 3M cache) with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.10.

So any help would be great - really feel as though I'm banging my head against a wall trying to find something!

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frybluff

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If you basically like the Toshiba, but want to save some money, they do a version with i3-2330M chip, 6GB RAM and 500GB HDD, which sells for around £380 (you can probably find it cheaper). If you are going to be keeping all your uni stuff on it, you would also be wise to get an external hard drive, for backing up.

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1maia

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Lenovo are chinese, bought IBM, and are used by the whole of China. They're a bog standard computer brand, i believe. Computers change so much that a review of an old one is out of date, but they used to have crap screens (narrow viewing angles) and better wireless - i could get it when no-one else could. Their business ones still have the 'trackpoint' device i bought mine for - i love it, and hate touchpads, which is a bit tough now it's broken. The T series (expensive) used to have some kind of impact-protection for the hard drive, no idea if works!

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