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February 11, 2012 11:23:02 AM

Hi,

So I want a laptop with the following specs, and I really love and respect tom's hardware, so I thought some of you might be able to help.

Basically, I want:

- Blu-ray drive (at least reader)
- two bays for hard drives (which I have, so the size in the pre-made laptop doesn't matter)
- 15.6" screen, full HD
- ideally fingerprint scanner
- processor at least 2.5 dual
- 4 GB+ RAM (I have 4GB of DDR2 667 MHz, but that's probably too old for new laptops? If not, I'll get whatever has the worst RAM and upgrade myself)
- graphics - at least 512MB dedicated
- Wireless N
- HDMI out
- at least 3 USB ports
- Ideally a metal casing around the screen, rather than plastic.

any thoughts?

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February 11, 2012 11:25:04 AM

A decent built-in sound card would be a big bonus too. Based in the UK, no preference for brand. Cost as cheap as possible!
a c 571 D Laptop
February 11, 2012 11:37:25 AM

two bays for hard drives = 17" laptops
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a c 571 D Laptop
February 11, 2012 11:38:21 AM

simonalexander2005 said:
- Ideally a metal casing around the screen, rather than plastic.
A lot of what you want is going to cost extra.
What is your real budget goal?

a c 571 D Laptop
February 11, 2012 11:39:35 AM

simonalexander2005 said:
- graphics - at least 512MB dedicated
Was does the dedicated graphics card need to do?
February 11, 2012 11:41:03 AM

WR2 said:
two bays for hard drives = 17" laptops


I have a 16" with 2 bays at the moment, and PCSpecialist offer 15" laptops with 2 HDDs in
February 11, 2012 11:41:49 AM

WR2 said:
A lot of what you want is going to cost extra.
What is your real budget goal?


This is only an ideal. Basically, I want to get an idea of what sort of cost a laptop of this spec is going to be
February 11, 2012 11:43:04 AM

WR2 said:
Was does the dedicated graphics card need to do?


support a decent monitor on the HDMI output, play fullscreen media, games (e.g Need for Speed), etc.
a c 571 D Laptop
February 11, 2012 11:53:04 AM

simonalexander2005 said:
PCSpecialist offer 15" laptops with 2 HDDs in
They do. But can your budget cover a custom gaming laptop?
a c 571 D Laptop
February 11, 2012 11:54:53 AM

'support a decent monitor on the HDMI output & play fullscreen media (BluRay)' does not require a dedicated graphics card.
February 11, 2012 11:56:40 AM

Well I have an Acer Aspire 6930g, and the graphics card it came with couldn't do it, so I upgraded and it could...
February 11, 2012 11:57:24 AM

Anyway, based on the specs provided, can you (or anyone) recommend a laptop or two?
a c 571 D Laptop
February 11, 2012 12:20:01 PM

Look at the Enigma III model, configured to your requirements, from pcspecialist.co.uk
February 11, 2012 12:21:39 PM

Cheers. Are PCSpecialist a reputable company? I've seen mixed reviews online...
a c 571 D Laptop
February 11, 2012 12:36:49 PM

They do good work and use quality parts. And you can get a notebook configured the way you want.

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