laptop upgrade time, suggestions please?


dougf8

Link Posted 09/02/2011 - 20:24
OK suggestions please.

Win 7, 4Gb, 500GB, i3 processor. Cheap but from a "name" with 4+ hour battery life please. Available in the UK now. pref less than 500

Got my eye on this http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/HP_ProBook_5320m_997565.html with a query in to HP if I can get their tradeup cash back on the old lappy. If not may compromise on some specs.

i.e. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/238517

Any deals I should know about?

Ta
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Last Edited by dougf8 on 09/02/2011 - 20:35

greynolds999

Link Posted 09/02/2011 - 20:39
Big with fast graphics or ultra portable?
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dougf8

Link Posted 09/02/2011 - 20:44
Yes, both. More specifically.

Portable and kneeable. So more 13" and 14".

Longer battery rather than performance. But a decent processor for video.
Dedicated graphics not a necessity.

Currently have a portly 13.3" Vaio doing a sterling job but showing its age even after memory and HDD upgrade.
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greynolds999

Link Posted 09/02/2011 - 20:48
What you should look for is a laptop with dual graphics cards. That way, on mains power you can use the main graphics cards but revert to the lower-power graphics card when on battery to preserve the life.
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Opethian

Link Posted 09/02/2011 - 21:33
Any of the newer i3/i5/i7 will play up to 1080p effortlessly. I do second the HP promo. I think that on top of getting a cash for the trade in process, you can also get some cash back from Quidco, at 10% if I remember correctly.

Although I will recommend that you get extended warranty. Have had a few HP's fail me over the past few years.

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dougf8

Link Posted 09/02/2011 - 22:28
Opethian wrote:
Any of the newer i3/i5/i7 will play up to 1080p effortlessly. I do second the HP promo. I think that on top of getting a cash for the trade in process, you can also get some cash back from Quidco, at 10% if I remember correctly.

Although I will recommend that you get extended warranty. Have had a few HP's fail me over the past few years.

Bright spark.
dv6-3122sa from HP 449, %10 quidco cash back = 45, trade in old 150 = 254 !!!!! Not quite what I'm after but right track.
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i-Berg

Link Posted 10/02/2011 - 07:00
Doug,

You might wish to look at the new Asus U31 and U36 models as well. 8-cell batteries, good power mgmt, etc. And they're i-5, and have the specs you were after in terms of RAM and HDD size.
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dougf8

Link Posted 10/02/2011 - 07:56
i-Berg wrote:
Doug,

You might wish to look at the new Asus U31 and U36 models as well. 8-cell batteries, good power mgmt, etc. And they're i-5, and have the specs you were after in terms of RAM and HDD size.

Thanks i-Berg, just heading out of the price band with that, a little too new. The U35 i3 4GB 320Gb is 665 with 100 trade in, so 565 (I'd like a little left in the camera trade up fund). I think U31 translates to U33 here and they are about 750

So I guess my budget after trade up/in is 500. I just can't be bothered to sell on ebay with all the numpties and fees.
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cedricd

Link Posted 10/02/2011 - 21:38
Word of caution, high powered laptops run on the hotter side of warm. I thought I`d stuffed my new one whilst extolling the virtues of Photoshop.

Extra cooling is a wild idea and works. I bought from that famous south American river site a Belkin laptop cooler with a USB powered fan. No more spectacular shutdowns and a much cooler lap.
Enjoy life

dougf8

Link Posted 10/02/2011 - 21:46
Thanks Cedric, I've had my finger on the trigger today but a luke warm review limped-out my spending finger.

I've got terminal indecisiveness at the moment and keep seeing better and better deals. Each spent on the laptop is a less for a new body.

I've gone back to considering ULV light weights as I don't think I'll be putting CS5 on it. No heat problem there to damage "the lads".

Or there again .....I might just get the 339 job from ebuyer.
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jackitec

Link Posted 10/02/2011 - 21:59
Try this, this is what I have,

Jack. link you can get it cheaper from the USA,

Jack,

jackitec

Link Posted 10/02/2011 - 23:05
I did read your thread, I was only trying to be helpful, I am now sorry I did, It will never happen again and Mike I didn't ask for you comment,

Jack.

Mike-P

Link Posted 10/02/2011 - 23:16
jackitec wrote:
and Mike I didn't ask for you comment,

Jack.

I didn't ask you to keep coming back to the forum but we cant have everything we wish for
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johnriley

Link Posted 10/02/2011 - 23:31
If you guys have an issue please deal with it elsewhere.
Best regards, John

jackitec

Link Posted 10/02/2011 - 23:34
I don't have an issue John I was only trying to help, seems they have an issue,

Jack.
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