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January 15, 2013 4:38:46 PM

My 4 year old Compaq CQ71 has finally died and I need a new laptop quick..

Things have moved on since I bought that one so Im stuck between power/performance and budget ( which is important.. )

Can anyone give me some comments on these two :-


Toshiba Satellite L855-149 Laptop, Intel Core i7, 2.4GHz, 6GB RAM, 750GB, 15.6", 2yr warranty £630 - John Lewis


HP DV6 AMD A6-3410MX 8GB DDR3 750GB 15.6" WIN 7 BLU-RAY HDMI DV6-6104EA - 1yr warranty £440 - Tesco Outlet


Is the I7 really worth the £200 difference

I run visual studio and develop web and stand alone applications for clients

Thanks



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January 15, 2013 4:49:42 PM

Hi :) 

I sell laptops in my UK computer shops...

Please tell me you are not serious about buying a cheapie laptop for Business...

You NEED the best laptop you can afford with the best warranty for a Business laptop, and they start at around a grand...

All the best Brett :) 

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January 15, 2013 4:50:09 PM

I7 is good for highly threaded workstation and rendering apps. Not needed for your use. I'd stick with I5 with discrete graphics for the most versatility. Especially if you ever play games....
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January 15, 2013 5:10:12 PM

If you were happy with the performance of your CQ71, either of your choices will be fast enough. Laptops have improved a lot since you purchased your Compaq. You may miss the larger 17" screen, but you can always connect an external monitor when you aren't on the road.
January 15, 2013 5:22:00 PM

Thanks for the replies...and as for the £1k laptop..I have never spent more than £600 on a laptop in over 20 years of business. You only need to spend that sort money if your development really need it !

The CQ71 was getting a bit old in the tooth and I wont miss the 17" screen..
January 15, 2013 5:34:15 PM

Looks nice..thanks
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January 15, 2013 5:37:19 PM

np anytime i owned 2 asus laptops, work great ;) 

January 15, 2013 5:38:12 PM

Obvious question.. Windows 8 or Windows 7

should I ask in another forum section ?
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January 15, 2013 5:40:24 PM

no, windows 7 is stable and fine, windows 8 is still new and in its infancy, i stick with stable products and wait till the new os has been out for a year or year and half till i buy in.

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January 15, 2013 6:51:02 PM

@Smalzoo,

Your CQ71 has something which today's cheap laptops don't - above-average resolution of 1440x900. For development, I would get a laptop with 1080p screen (and you should be able to find one for below a grand,whether it's UK or USD).
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January 15, 2013 7:05:46 PM

smallzoo said:
Obvious question.. Windows 8 or Windows 7

should I ask in another forum section ?



Hi :) 

Regarding 7 or 8.... make SURE the business software you use will work with 8 as a LOT does NOT ...yet..

Personally , in your position, I would go for 7...

All the best Brett :) 
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January 15, 2013 7:06:41 PM

+1 :D 
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