Selection of Laptop to replace Desktop

  Chillie 15:43 16 Nov 2010

Firstly, apologies for the length of this posting, but would greatly appreciate your views on the following selections:

Sony VPCF13Z1E VAIO 16.4 Inch - £1534.92 (Amazon)
Intel® Core™ i7-740QM Processor
L3 Cache 6MB
Memory: DDR3 SDRAM 8 GB
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 425M GPU 4095MB
Hard Drive Capacity 500 GB 7200 rpm
Blu-ray Disc™ Drive with DVD SuperMulti

Sony VAIO VPCF12S1E 16.4" - £1171.71 (Amazon)
Intel Core i7-740QM Processor 1.6Ghz Max Turbo Boost Speed 2.8Ghz
DDR3 SDRAM 8Gb Memory Size
6Gb Maximum supported memory
Total Graphics Memory Approx. 4606MB
Hard Drive Capacity (GB) 500GB 5400 rpm
Optical Drive Type Blu-ray Disc™ Player: BD ROM/ DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM

Sony VPCF13S0E/B VAIO 16.4" - £1384.48 (Amazon)
Intel® Core™ i7-740QM Processor ( L3 Cache 6MB)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 425M GPU 3830MB
Hard Drive Capacity 500 GB 7200 rpm
Blu-ray Disc™ ROM Drive with DVD SuperMulti

Acer Aspire 8943G, 18.4" Full HD - £1131.92 (Amazon)
Intel® Core™ i7-720QM processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
Graphics:ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650
Graphics Memory:1G-DDR3
HDD:640 GB (5400 Rpm)
Blu-ray Disc™/Super-Multi DL combo drive

Many thanks

  GaT7 18:08 16 Nov 2010

What will you be using it for? Please mention all activities. G

  Chillie 10:46 17 Nov 2010

Your question made me stop and think. Main uses will be video streaming (skyplayer and bbc iplayer; MS Office applications), no games!

Have had another look at specifications and have come up with this customised Sony. Not sure about the difference between the i5 and the i7. Read somewhere that the i7-740QM is 4 core and slower than the dual core I5. Is this right?

Sony Vaio VPCF13V5E £1143
Processor: Intel® Core i5-460M, 2.53GHz
Windows® 7 Home Premium
Hard drive: 500 GB Serial ATA (7200 rpm)
Memory: 6 GB 1066MHz DDR3-SDRAM
Optical Drive: Blu-ray Disc(TM) writer
Display: 41.6 cm LCD, 1920x1080+ webcam
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 425M 1GB

Looking forward to your comments


  GaT7 10:58 17 Nov 2010

"Main uses will be video streaming (skyplayer and bbc iplayer; MS Office applications), no games!"

Is that all you really intend doing with it? If yes, you don't need such a high-end, expensive laptop. One costing half as much will do very nicely. I'll return later to post a few to consider. G

  woodchip 12:18 17 Nov 2010

One thing to take into account is, if it breaks it will cost a harm and a leg to repair..

Where as a Desktop can be repaired with off the shelf items. Monitor can be one of the most expensive as can the Motherboard. Where as its Easy to upgrade or repair these in a Desktop. If you are not going on the road and only need this at Home and have room for a Desktop, My suggestion is stick with the desktop

  woodchip 12:21 17 Nov 2010

Out of the above I would probably go for Sony VPCF13S0E/B VAIO 16.4" - £1384.48 as it as a 7200rpm hard drive

  GaT7 12:36 17 Nov 2010

Yep, as woodchip says, & cheaper too. With a desktop you'll also be able to get a larger screen/monitor for less money. Or, even one of those large 32" LCD TVs that connect to a PC for a very good price & comfortably within your apparent large budget (e.g. see this recent thread click here).

However, if you'd like to stick with the laptop anyway, let me know if it has to have a Blu-Ray rewriter, or will a Blu-Ray reader (can still write to DVDs) do. Or, even a DVD-writer. This 'small' detail is making a substantial impact on the overall price.

"Out of the above I would probably go for Sony VPCF13S0E/B VAIO 16.4" - £1384.48 as it as a 7200rpm hard drive"

Quite a turnaround there woodchip? G

  Chillie 14:21 17 Nov 2010

I fully take on board the points about desktops re upgrading/replacing parts, but under some pressure to clear up my desk!! So I think I will switch to a Sony laptop. Currently tops for me is the Sony Vaio VPCF13V5E, customised by Sony with 4 years Warranty for £1215 (see details in my last post); the Blu-Ray is a combi Blu-Ray/DVD writer and it comes foc! It is an i5 instead of a i7.

Will further welcome your views.


  GaT7 14:33 17 Nov 2010

I can tell you for certain, no Blu-Ray drive comes foc - it's just a marketing gimmick. If you were to buy a similar specced laptop without the Blu-Ray drive it would be at least £150-200 lower.

Following on from my post @10:58 about usage, here are a few alternatives with a DVD-rewriter that will do all you need it for (I've deliberately chosen 17" ones so you have a largish screen):

£515 Toshiba Satellite L670D-11Q 17.3" click here

£576 Samsung R730 click here

£650 Samsung R780 click here

I could suggest a few more if needed. G

  GaT7 23:00 17 Nov 2010

How about an all-in-one (AIO) touchscreen PC with no separate base unit?

E.g. Samsung U250 click here for just over £680.

More choice click here. Sony do a few too starting at around the 1k mark.

PCA reviews of a couple click here & click here. G

  Chillie 11:29 18 Nov 2010

Your last posting caused me to think. I like the AIO idea. When you have a moment please look at these:
Sony Vaio VPC-J12M0E/B at click here
and click here.
How do you rate the Core™2 Duo Processor E7500 against the Intel Core i3 370; and also the Intel HD Graphics against the GT 330M.

Many thanks, I really do appreciate your help


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