What Laptop? Help needed please.

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  1. olley

    olley Funster

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    Daughter wants a 15" laptop for photo and video processing and only has £500 to spend, any recommends, new or second hand?

    I told her you guys would know. :BigGrin:

    Ian
     
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    Hi Ian

    After much searching for a high end desk top, I was directed here by a Fun member... Popeye

    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/laptop-computers/

    If I were after a lappy I would look no further .. you can have it built to your own spec

    I was delighted with my purchase, top class service from ordering to delivery .. and if you call for assistance you get to speak to one of the techs who are on the shop floor.. not a call center.. or someone with an odd accent ..


     
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    I have a 15 inch Dell Inspiron N5040 from Asda at £349. Works, windows 7, good Graphics handling, nice machine. If I was buying again I would still go for a Dell Inspiron but not from Asda! They are not standard Dell machines.

    There are plenty of graphics and photo manipulation packages out there, a lot of which are free.
     
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    Hi
    Before you go any further take a look at this
    http://www.dell.com/uk/p/inspiron-15r-se-7520/pd.aspx
    c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=mn

    The £529 system with the HD screen, Its core i5 with turbo boost tech, 8gb ram and 2gb graphics with 1TB hard drive, you could not make one yourself for that money
     
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    Looks good!!!:thumb:
     
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    look for a lenova best lappy there is
     
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    Thanks for all the replies guys, I will let her peruse the list. She wants to run Lightroom express, Adobe photoshop plus some others.

    Ian
     
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    I think there was a posting about photoshop a while ago
     
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    She's gone for the Dell Insprion 15R with the HD screen, so added to the Canon 7D she bought yesterday her pocket is a little lighter.:BigGrin:

    She's just spent 3 years on cruise ships as a photographer after finishing uni, and now wants to try to make a career in photography. For some odd reason she doesn't think Ipswich is the place to do that :Sad: :BigGrin: So she's off to Manchester in the next few weeks, just got to find a house share first, then hunt for a job before her money runs out. So if anybody has a room for rent? She's house trained and a good cook. :Smile:

    Thanks for all the replies:thumb:

    Ian
     
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    Did mine win then? :Rofl1:
     
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    It did. :thumb:

    Ian
     
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    Whilst recently researching for a new lappy ( bought a Samsung eventually) I was put off Lenova by several customer reviews that stated hinges were weak and broke easily and units had to be returned to Germany for warranty repairs:Sad:
     
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    mmmm i have been using lenova for around 8 years and have never had a problem with anything on them the fact they used to be ibm is a + in my view but samsung are still a good lappy
     
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    I would advise her to take out extended Dell warranty ..

    I have two Inspirions, less than two years old.. both have problems, one occurred outside the 12 month warranty , the other unsolvable ..

    No1 .. On mine.. Overheating, despite running it on a cool pad with integral fans.. Apparently a common issue with models with i7 processor..

    Returned it to Dell under warranty but they failed to fix.. I now live with it running red hot with the internal fan going flat out.. this makes it almost useless unless on mains power as it drains the battery. I checked the core temperatures, at idle they are around 65c rising to 95c when working hard.

    No2 .. Jan's with an i3 processor.. touch pad has given up the ghost.. not a software or driver issue. I contacted Dell who said it required a new touch pad, but as it was now out of warranty it would be at my cost. .. so she lives with it using a usb mouse.
     
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    I have heard of Inspirons having issues - and they only ones of the Dell range to really suffer, so I am told. Why I have no idea, but an extended warranty may be beneficial in this case just to be sure.

    I must say, though many do not like them my Sony Vaio is around 6 years old and never had an issue with it - and I can assure you it gets some use and is carted around all over the world.

    The battery hasn't the best life anymore - but as I say, 6 years for original battery isn't too bad in this day and age!
     
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    It certainly put me off buying another Dell..

    I purchased ours as we have an old Dell Inspiron bought in 2007 that is still going strong .. albeit a bit slow by today's standards. Handy backup .. also have a 12" Sony VGN bought in 2007 for travelling and it too is still going well.. daughter uses it at school.. but I seldom use any laptop these days as I much prefer using my desktop with twin monitors.
     
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