I'm looking for some advice on purchasing a laptop between £400 and £600.
Since September 2007 I've owned a Dell Inspiron 6400. A while back I upgraded it to have 2GB of DDR2 and have since upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate. It's time for a replacement, but I have been impressed with the Dell and would prefer to stick with the brand provided I can get a good deal.
I have been reading up on the top 5 sub-£600 laptops in PC Advisor but still feel a little lost. I'm looking for suggestions on suitable laptops based on the following:
I use the laptop for day to day use and downloading, it is left on at almost all times right by my bed. I don't do any gaming. Weight is not a huge concern.
I use external drives for storage and can manage with anything upwards of 110GB.
I would prefer to have a small SSD than large HDD, due to the laptop being left on for long periods of time.
This is more important than the memory to me, as it's not easily upgraded. I would imagine something like the Intel Core i3 or i5 would be fine.
I would like to end up with no less than 4GB of DDR3, but would consider upgrading the RAM provided there was a spare slot.
I don't use the laptop much outside the house but reasonable battery life of around 3 hours would be good.
GRAPHICS & SOUND:
Due to not gaming, I can manage with onboard graphics. I sometimes use the laptop for playing music and would be put of by the likes of the Acer Aspire 5742-374G32Mnkk with its mono speaker.