Which laptop should I buy

  Saltyseadog 04:46 01 Apr 2009
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I'd appreciate any thoughts/advice on buying a new laptop. My trusty Dell Inspiron has finally given up the ghost and I'm looking to replace it. It will mainly be used for entertainment (including playing games) and general work applications, I've given myself a budget of between £500 to £600. I've narrowed it down to two possibilites:-

1. Laptops Direct

Samsung R510-AS02UK
Price £524.97

Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2 GHz Dual-Core
RAM - 4 GB (installed) 3.2 GB (max) - DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive - 320 GB
Operating System - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Screen - 15.4 in TFT active matrix 1280 x 800
Optical Drive - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS - 512 MB
Bluetooth - Yes
Notebook Camera - Integrated - 1.3 Megapixel
Warranty - 1 year warranty

2. John Lewis £587

Acer Aspire AS6930G

Dimensions H4.1/4.4 x W38.5 x D27.5cm
nVidia GeForce 9600M GT 1GB
Guarantee FREE 2 year guarantee
Hard drive 250GB
5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD)
Model name / number AS6930G LX.AGA0X.234
Windows Vista Home Premium
Intel Core 2 Duo T6400
2GHz
RAM 4GB
Screen size 16"
Stereo speakers Built-in
USB portsUniversal Serial Bus- socket for transferring data between electronic devices 4x USB 2.0
Weight 3.5kg
Wireless networking 802.11a/b/g, Draft n
Software included:
Microsoft Works 8.5 with Office Home and Student 2007 (trial version)
Acer Empowering Technology
McAfee Internet Security Suite
Adobe Reader
NTI Media Maker
Acer Crystal Eye
Acer GridVista

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  howard64 08:57 07 Apr 2009

a little bit of advice but not really much help. Obviously you have a maximum price you are willing to pay - do not go over. With a laptop it is quite difficult to upgrade it apart from ram. Make sure whichever model you go for has everything you think you are going to want for the forseeable future as you will not be able to alter it. A further thought is to see what pca advise in their reveiw section towards the back of the mag. If you are getting 4GB of ram make sure the software supplied is the 64bit version as I am told even vista 32bit has problems using more than 3GB efficiently.

  sheila.weston 12:52 07 Apr 2009

I am very please with my Toshiba Satellite L350-171 from John Lewis (?439). The extra wide 17" screen is really nice. BUT be aware that the 350mega HD is partitioned, so it actually has only about 125mega storage space, unless you repartition it.
Sheila

  sheila.weston 12:53 07 Apr 2009

I am very please with my Toshiba Satellite L350-171 from John Lewis (?439). The extra wide 17" screen is really nice. BUT be aware that the 350mega HD is partitioned, so it actually has only about 125mega storage space, unless you repartition it.
Sheila

  keef66 17:25 08 Apr 2009

why not get the Samsung R510 from John Lewis? You'd then get two years warranty instead of one.

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