Best Laptop for £400?

  attwoodc 16:22 22 Jun 2008

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to purchase a laptop in the next month or two, in readiness for me moving away to university.

It wont be for the commute as such, it'll probably just be on a desk, so I think I would prefer a larger screen over portability.

I do like to play games on my home PC, but not to a great extent, just a bit of AOE3 and Total War Series every now and again. It's a very old PC, that just struggles through with this type of game, so if the laptop i'm looking for could play games, that would be a bonus. But it wouldn't have to be to a high standard, as im used to a bit (a lot!) of lag.

Budget is pretty much set, but i suppose i could be flexible with an extra £20/£30.

Thats basically it I guess! I'm not very up to speed with matters of this kind, so any help would be greatly appreciated.



  day2strike 17:55 22 Jun 2008

I suggest you try either Morgan Computers @ click here
Or try Novatech @ click here
BUT £400 for a decent Laptop & to play games on is tight in your budget!!

  Acx 00:38 23 Jun 2008

Dell could be your best bet. A friend just got one and it is a very nice Laptop.
click here

We chose the basic £429 and upgraded a bit to £499 (Processor, hard drive and colour mainly - the colour upgrade looks free now) but even if you don't its still very reasonable as it stands.

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5550 - 1.83 GHz
2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
8x DVD+/-RW
£429 includes delivery (I believe).

The X3100 graphics is OK at older games (it runs Sims 2 well on my friends laptop), its not the best grapics, but at £400 there isn't much else.

  Covergirl 12:25 23 Jun 2008

Currys, Comet, PC World all stock laptops from £300-ish.

I've just bought a Samsung R60 which is quite a nice piece of kit, but I noticed loads at £400 so the choice is yours (so to speak).

Just make sure you get around 2Ghz processor, Vista Home Premium and 2GB RAM. If those games need a graphics card you'll need to factor that into your choice too.

Configuring a 1525 from Dell can give you a different answer each time (my experience) and everything you add bumps the price up a little bit so don't be suprised at getting your desired spec quoted at £600 if you're not careful. Ha !

Also take a good look at viewing angles and reflections on the display if that's important to you.

Best of luck.

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