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Does this laptop exist? [Recommendations all up ins]

ChubblyChubbly Registered User regular
I'm looking for a low cost notebook (£350 - 400 (US$630), max 500 (700)).

What I'm really looking for is one with an SSD though. Basically maximum performance for that price, with an SSD. I'm going to be doing a lot of traveling for the next two years so I'm looking for something that is robust as well.

I'm been having a look around and I can't find anything that really matches this description. I've looked at the

Packard EasyNote TS11HR039
Lenovo IdeaPad G570
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11

But nothing has really fit the bill. I saw the other thread "laptop for a good woman" and it looked perfect but he was throwing around slightly more than I was looking to (US also seems to get way better deals than the UK :( )

So denizens, does such a magical laptop exist or am I SOL?

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    A usable SSD will cost you about half of what you're looking for. So... you're looking for a $300 laptop. You can probably install an SSD yourself after market if you really need it. What do you need to be doing with the laptop?

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • ChubblyChubbly Registered User regular
    bowen wrote: »
    A usable SSD will cost you about half of what you're looking for. So... you're looking for a $300 laptop. You can probably install an SSD yourself after market if you really need it. What do you need to be doing with the laptop?

    I'd mainly use it writing and general browsing. Gaming would be a extremely surprising bonus. I should make clear that SSD is not a requirement, merely something I would quite like to have. I'm just having real trouble finding something that doesn't have some crippling deficiency in some way. But I'm sure one exists somewhere.

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited August 2012
    Gaming is going to be a dick in the butt for anywhere under 1200. You'll probably be able to run most games on low with any computer under that price range, to be honest, though. Since you're not really going to realize the benefits of an SSD in your normal day to day, I'd say just find the best one you can for $700ish. Look for ones with 7200+ rpm hard drives though. Anything less will be eye-gougingly bad to a desktop.

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    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • ChubblyChubbly Registered User regular
    So really now I'm looking for recommendations in that price range.

    I've been burned in the past before with crappy build quality or completely underwhelming performance for price. The main issue is that I have no reference for value. All these companies offer these products that are seemingly similar for vastly different prices and I worry that I'm getting the short end of the stick whenever I finally decide to buy.

    So this time, I'm trying to do it right. The G570 is top of my small list, so that'll be my reference. Is that the best i can get for that price? What are the sacrifices this company makes for that price?

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    You'll be sacrificing memory size (might have to settle for 2g) and generally processor speed, < 3.0 GHz.

    What's your topmost budget, $650?

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • ChubblyChubbly Registered User regular
    Top most budget is US$700 but I'm buying in the UK, which seems to have a drastic effect on bang for buck.

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Lenovo ThinkPad E530

    That looks pretty good for the price. Shipping and such will bump that up. The only reason I'm suggesting Lenovo right now is the massive deals they're giving out. I personally don't much care for them (the touchpad is a dick to use sometimes).

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    bowen wrote: »
    You'll be sacrificing memory size (might have to settle for 2g) and generally processor speed, < 3.0 GHz.

    What's your topmost budget, $650?
    I don't know about with UK prices, but for US, it's not worth it to pay the manufacturer for anything more than the bare minimum they'll put in the thing. I was pricing laptops recently and you can buy the memory afterwards for 1/4 of what the manufacturer charges or less.

    Also, yeah, that E530 you mention is about the best deal I was able to find. Pretty much the only thing under $1000 with a 7200 rpm hdd and bigger than a 13" screen all at the same time.

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Yeah. RAM is such a large markup at the moment. Even with the IBM deal it was $400 for something that you could buy from newegg for $80. Bare minimum except on video card, monitor size, hard drive speed, and processor if you can afford it. Upgrade the memory afterwords.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    If you do want to upgrade the memory you might need to also upgrade the OS. Windows 7 starter only allows 2gig of ram.

  • CaptainBeyondCaptainBeyond I've been out walking Registered User regular
    Can this be a laptop discussion general?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170909578980#ht_500wt_1289

    Anyone had experience with these? It looks like it'll run Warcraft and my map-making software comfortably. Portability isn't a problem, I have a little notebook for lectures. This would be my stay at home thing, I'm wary about getting a desktop again, I like moving around the house.

  • mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    i would stay away from HP laptops. i had two and both developed major motherboard issues and their service sucks

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  • CaptainBeyondCaptainBeyond I've been out walking Registered User regular
    Well I bought it anyway, so you have exclusive rights to 'I told you so!'

  • KPCKPC Registered User regular
    Late to the party, but Apple has refurbished 11" MacBook Airs for $749. Not sure how available those are in the UK, though.

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