Which laptop should I buy?

  xxstrobe 18:43 19 Aug 2012

Hi all,

I am looking to buy a new laptop, I have ~£600 to spend. I will use the laptop for all the normal stuff (web browsing, MS Office etc) and also want to have Blu-Ray and HD graphics capability.

My search so far has led me to the following laptops:

  1. Samsung RF711 17.3" Core i7 Blu-Ray Entertainment Laptop - NP-RF711-S08UK (Here">http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Samsung_RF711-S07UK_17.3_Inch__Core_i7_Entertainment_Laptop__NP-RF711-S08UK/version.asp#maindesc&xguid=4312c563677a60e23352e7b287ab7d49&xcreo=0&sref=http://www.avforums.com/forums/laptops-netbooks/1668331-laptop-should-i-buy.html">Here)

  2. Lenovo Z570 Windows 7 Blu-Ray Laptop - M556CUK (Here">http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Lenovo_Z570_Core_i7_Windows_7_Laptop__M556CUK/version.asp#maindesc&xguid=4312c563677a60e23352e7b287ab7d49&xcreo=0&sref=http://www.avforums.com/forums/laptops-netbooks/1668331-laptop-should-i-buy.html">Here)

  3. Acer Aspire 5755G Core i7 Laptop in Black - NX.RV4EK.002 (Here">http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5755G_Core_i7_Laptop_in_Black_NX.RV4EK.002/version.asp&xguid=4312c563677a60e23352e7b287ab7d49&xcreo=0&sref=http://www.avforums.com/forums/laptops-netbooks/1668331-laptop-should-i-buy.html">Here)

  4. Another option I saw was Lenovo Z580 (Here)

The main things I am looking for are:

Future proofed as possible - e.g. lots of memory, decent processor etc Strong graphics - e.g. good screen, dedicated graphics card, Blu-Ray player etc

We will use it effectively as a desktop replacement, so no need for it to be tiny; we'd be fine with a 15"-17" screen size.

Out of these 4, I am currently tempted by the Samsung, but I am not sure about the following:

  • Intel Core i5 or i7 processor (I have only looked at the i7s so far).
  • Graphics card - how good are the ones I have picked
  • Screens - how much of a difference will the screen itself make and are there any thoughts on which are good?

I am open for views on any of the above or any further suggestions!

Thanks in advance for the help.


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