Laptop Now or January?

  mobad 16:25 18 Dec 2004

I want to get a high spec Laptop within the next 2 months. WOuld it be better to purchase now (Christmas Time) or wait for the January Sales?

Any ideas where would I be able to get a high spec latop for less then £1200


  TomJerry 16:43 18 Dec 2004

no matter when you buy it, once you bought it, the price drop a week later.

If you need now, just buy it.

In my view, this is the best time to buy PCs because all import goods (especialy laptp which come mostly from Taiwan) are priced in dollar. The pound to dollar exchange rate is on 12 years high. In my view, dollar will not drop much further.

  TomJerry 16:46 18 Dec 2004

all depends on your requirements

(1) do you want to play graphics intensive games such as half life 2

(2) screen size, 12", 14", 15", 17"

(3) portability, heavy one normally 3.4+kg, portable one 2.7kg, ultra-portable one 1.3kg

(4) brand name?

  TomJerry 17:02 18 Dec 2004

£1091 click here

Intel® Pentium® M Processor 735

-1.7A GHz, 400Mhz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home

512MB PC2700 DDR333 Memory

60GB Ultra DMA 100 Hard Drive


Wireless Intel® 2200 Mini PCI 802.11b/g Network Card

Cyberlink Power DVD, Ahead Software Nero Express & Symantec Norton Anti-Virus

Intel® 855PM Chipset Motherboard

Optional External USB 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Drive

ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 M11 128MB DDR Graphics

AC-97 Audio & Built-in Dual Stereo Speakers

15" SXGA+ TFT Colour Display

1x PCMCIA Type II, InfraRed Port & S-Video Out Port

1x Firewire™ & 3x USB 2.0 Ports

Internal 56K V92 Fax/Data Modem & 10/100 Ethernet

Integrated Card Reader (Secure Disk, Memory Stick, Multimedia Card)

Audio DJ (Play CDs without booting into Windows®)

Kensington Security Lock Support

8-Cell Li-ion Battery & AC Adapter

Approximate Battery Life of more than 4.0 Hours

Dimensions: 34(H) x 326(W) x 270(D) mm

Weight: 2.68Kg

2 Year Hardware Collect & Return Warranty

  mobad 20:20 18 Dec 2004

Is it posisble with laptops to get more then 4 hour battery life?

  TomJerry 01:25 19 Dec 2004

some laptop reviews indicates some can be as long as 8 hours

you need to get laptop with Intel® Pentium® M Processor (or called Centrino processor) if you want long battery life.

Systemax TourBook® 5250 was reviewed in a mag a few months ago, you may be still able not find it.

  TomJerry 01:28 19 Dec 2004

found review for 5207 (older model than 5250) in PCPro Nov. 2004

  Forum Editor 01:31 19 Dec 2004

to find a laptop that runs for 8 hours on the battery - at least not if you do any work on it.

The amount of time a laptop will run on a full battery charge varies enormously, depending on the power drain. The more you use it the less time a battery charge will last, and over the years I have discoverd that a good rule of thumb is to take the manufacturer's claimed charge life and halve it.

  originalmiscellany 01:39 19 Dec 2004

I know some people dislike Dell immensely, but I;ve used them twice and been really impressed by their build quality...

click here

Dell Outlet

These are seconds, but you can get a really good value computer.

Worth a look me thinks

  TomJerry 02:27 19 Dec 2004

but you may find difficult to buy it in the UK

  mobad 02:38 19 Dec 2004

I just wnat somthing with around 5 hours+, goog graphics, memory, fast CPU and wireless. I dont really need any software or OS.

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