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August 14, 2011 1:11:08 AM

Hi all, looking for a new machine as my old Acer died a while back....

1. What is your budget?
Around £450 max

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
14"+

3. What screen resolution do you want?
Don't mind...

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Have a powerful desktop so more the postability

5. How much battery life do you need?
Doesn't really matter as it'll be plugged in most the time.

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
No games, high spec desktop for that :) 

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Mainly for University stuff, programming in C++, Java, Office documents

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
300GB+

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/
http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
Just a few years, till it dies :) 

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Basic DVD drive will do.

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Anything that is reliable, my last acer wasn't amazing but they may have improved? HP do very nice looking laptops but I've heard nothing but bad stuff about them - overheating problems?

13. What country do you live in?
UK

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Looking for a mid range spec laptop, i3 or possibly i5 if within budget. At least 3GB or RAM.


So far I've rounded it up to two ....

Samsung RV511: http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Samsung_RV511_1040541.ht...

and

Acer Aspire 5750: http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5750_1086984...

The Acer offers quite a bit more for the money, new SB i3 and more RAM but the Samsung looks much nicer and the keyboard looks to be a bit better? I'm completely baffled at what to get!

Huge thanks to anyone who can give me a hand with this, Thanks!

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a c 572 D Laptop
August 14, 2011 3:56:59 PM

If your price range I like the ASUS X52F-EX801V £400 with it's Core i5-480 CPU

Asus X52F review it's a different model - better CPU and more RAM but the chassis and overall quality is the same.
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August 15, 2011 2:39:35 PM

WR2 said:
If your price range I like the ASUS X52F-EX801V £400 with it's Core i5-480 CPU

Asus X52F review it's a different model - better CPU and more RAM but the chassis and overall quality is the same.


Whats the difference between the Asus x52 and the Asus K53? They look exactly the same and have the similar specs, also are the sandy bridge i3s better than the old i5s?

Thanks a lot.
a c 572 D Laptop
August 15, 2011 3:07:52 PM

Got a link?
a c 572 D Laptop
August 15, 2011 3:22:54 PM

The 2310M CPU has about a 15% advantage at the same clock speed vs the 1st Gen Core i CPUs.
That would make the 2310M roughly 2.4Ghz vs the i5-480M 2.53Ghz (plus turbo) in comparison.
GPUs - the HD 3000 is about 3x the GPU power (roughly equivelent to a Geforce 310M or HD 5450 graphics cards) vs the Intel HD.

There's probably an advantage in the potential resale value of the 2011 model over the 2010 model.
August 15, 2011 3:32:01 PM

hmm, so it's a pretty close shave between the 2nd gen i3 and the older i5, I would imagine battery life would be better with the 2 gens. I think it's between either the K series asus or the Acer now :/  Just got to figure out which!
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