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Laptop Buying Advice (also hate)

InsanityInsanity Registered User regular
So, my sister is getting a new laptop as a present, and it falls to me as the nearest technically competent person to pick out the damn thing.

The budget is £800, and the requirements, in descending order of importance, are:
1) Must be pretty
2) 17" screen with a decent resolution
3) As future proof as possible

£800 seems like way too much for a laptop to me, but fuck it, these unchangable edicts have been handed down from on high. What is really pissing me off though, is that the best laptop I can find for the money is a goddamn Dell.

I don't know if Dell are still generally despised, but I haven't liked the fuckers ever since I tried to replace a power supply and graphics card on one of their old desktops. But I digress. Anyone know of a good alternative to this offering from the masters of lies?

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  • ZiggymonZiggymon Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
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  • SpudgeSpudge Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I'll second a VAIO; they seem to be pretty future-resistant. I bought mine 2 yrs ago with a Core2Duo 2.26, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8), Blu-Ray, discrete graphics and a 500GB HDD. Can't say I have any problems with it running any applications I put on it today

    It may not output 1080p to the screen, but it does via HDMI (and I think the new ones do 1080p to the screen)

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  • InsanityInsanity Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Good find on the Vaio =)

    Looking at benchmarks it seems like a pretty significant performance hit on both the CPU and GPU, but it's much prettier. Definitely a viable alternative, thanks muchly.

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  • WezoinWezoin Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    How sure are you that a 17" screen is absolutely necessary?

    Unless its going to sit on a desk almost all the time it'll be a pain to carry around that weight and size of a laptop, also keep in mind that bigger screens drain batteries a lot faster.

    I don't know how experienced you/your sister/your parents/whoever made the decision that it needed to be 17" is with laptops, but I find a lot of people go 17" for their first laptop, and then want something smaller for their second.

    EDIT: But if you do decide to go 17", that vaio is a great option.

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  • InsanityInsanity Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    She has a 17" currently, it gets used for playing movies/TV pretty much daily. That said, she does complain about the weight and the short battery life, but I can't get her to connect the dots =P

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  • shadydentistshadydentist Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    17 inches is way too much. Convince her to go down to a 14 inch.

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