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Know what I want, don't know where to get it. (laptop)


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Hi all, new to the forums, hoping you can help.

I've been reading PCA for a while now and piecing together what laptop I want from various articles, the only problem is where to get it. The spec is (to my eyes) only average and so I'm not sure why it's so hard to find.

Here's what I'm after...

Budget: £500-650ish Screen: matt/non reflective, not too fussed about the size but probably around "15 CPU: Intel i5 or i7, can't remember the i5 chip number but the i7's were 3610QM or 3630QM, I don't know if there are better options than these but those are the specific chip numbers I've read so far RAM: At least 4GB, 6GB+ would be good too Graphics: I don't need a dedicated card so Intel HD 4000 is fine OS: Windows 8 64 bit, with the disk preferably Storage: No mechanical HDD needed. 120-240GB SSD, I'm not entirely sure how much I need not to have a problem with Windows 8 and basic internet usage, I'm not going to be using this laptop to store film or game libraries, though may use it to play older games, and Facebook games Battery life: not important to me Weight: not sure but comfortable for typing on lap Optical drive: either none if it pushes the price up over or a BD/DVD combo drive if it's still within (From what I understand these specs will be able to play HD films?)

To explain the usage, I'll be using it to type on at work, I need it for several writing projects so the keyboard should be geared towards that, no numpad is needed and a full height enter key is preferred as I'm used to typing on a desktop PC. I don't want Microsoft Office on it, or any other software than the OS, as I prefer to type in Notepad or Wordpad as it causes less compatibility issues when putting it on different computers and I can just paste it in for formatting if needed. I'm also hoping I can use it to model base mesh's in Blender3D, even if I don't use this machine to render/animate. Light internet use.

I'd prefer a Dell or Lenovo, however, Dell only seem to allow customised laptops for gaming, as do a lot of places. The only place that has come close is PCSpecialist. PC World today told me that finding matt Lenovo screens is probably not possible, and the only SSD's they had are on Ultrabooks (which are mostly i3's and overpriced), or Toshiba and Samsung which were slightly off in other areas.

Perhaps I'm just being too fussy, but I keep coming back to why pay for things I don't need (graphics cards/bundled software etc) especially when they hike an average systems price up into the range of higher end machines. I was hoping that because of the things I DON'T need on it I could keep the price lower.

Any help would be greatly appreciated,


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Terry Brown - A laptop built that way?

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