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    Default Need help buying a laptop.

    My mum has tasked me with the job of picking up a laptop for my dad before Christmas as the one he has now is ancient. I am a bit of a div when it comes to computers so i thought i would post here to see if anyone has already had a good deal on a laptop this Christmas.

    Any help will be very much appreciated.

    Fox78

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    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/5072583.htm

    Great laptop for the price IMO. Mine came with a processor upgrade too (i3-2330M), even though the box states the same processor as in the description (i3-2310M).

    Highlights:
    8gb DDR3 RAM
    i3 processor
    500gb HDD

    And even though the GPU is built in (Intel HD 3000), it still outperforms lower-midrange discrete cards.
    Last edited by TacticalGenius; 21-12-2011 at 15:26.

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    thanks mate that looks great.

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    just tried to reserve but its out of stock

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    Zoostorm is not a very good make.

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    thanks tyson thats great i will have a browse through now

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    one rule in FM laptops, faster processor = faster game

    The rest is just to either make the screen big enough or depends on what else you want to do with the laptop eg movies, graphic intensive games etc

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    What will your Dad use it for? And what sort of money you are looking at spending. It might be worth giving some guidance so taht we can give you the most appropriate details for his needs - laptops tend to be very need-specific and budget is always a major factor

    Anyway, don't have much time this evening so these are my suggestions for different sort of budgets, but you should really say what type of usage and budget is expected. So:

    Higher-end business machines:
    http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung...m_content=TB00
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/1080...ickref=3076833

    A bit cheaper options with good external video:
    http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/HP_Pr...in&affid=73258
    http://www.woolworths.co.uk/toshiba-...totalResults=1
    http://uk.insight.com/apps/productpr...f43182e775c302
    No External video but comes with i7 - http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Laptops/buy...uct_desciption

    Budget Business laptops:
    http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-p5...m_content=TB00
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004MP0E0...SIN=B004MP0E0A

    A couple of budget mainstream laptops:
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/lenovo-...369&xtor=AL-1-[Awin]~Computing~11306294
    http://www.dabs.com/products/lenovo-...m_content=TB00

    Obviously this doesn't cover all variants of budget+usage, so there might be a better alternative for you. However, I think all of the above could be good buys for specific purposes. Good night.
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    thanks alex i have just got back from the mall and i have reserved this one.

    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/sony-va...96560-pdt.html

    it looks ok and i think it will last him. he just uses it for work, burning dvds and browsing the net really.

    let me know what you think.

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    Yep, for that it's good as you don't need external video. Obviously, it is a Sony and you are paying quite a bit for the design aspects but it looks good as a present. Other laptops from the same ranges of competing brands with the same hardware tend to be around 450-460. I think it is an alright option - not sure how much it will last as it isn't a business laptop, which tend to be more durable. If he uses it on the road for work, then it is essential to buy a business rather a consumer laptop, but they come a bit more expensive so you will have to settle with i3 instead of i5 and go up in price by around 100 quid (add 200 quid for similar hardware). If it is just for home usage than the VAIO should be ok as it won't suffer so much. Good luck and have a nice Christmas.

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    I bought a Lenovo z560 and its the best decision I made. Great performance and no problems whatsoever. They are going for around $490AUD so in pounds your looking at a very cheap laptop Let us know what you buy

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    Actually, laptops in UK are quite a bit more expensive than in AUS or USA so you can't get it much cheaper - a similar speck-ed Z570 costs around 470 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-IdeaP...4555431&sr=1-1), which is still less and tbh I prefer the build quality on it.

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