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Laptops

Postby Smonnie on Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:57 pm

I know some of you guys are great at this sort of thing, so let's have it - the best laptop available at

1) £300 or less
2) £350 or less
3) £400 or less

For context, I browse, stream and use social media. I also play Football Manager and work from home sometimes using a Citrix virtual desktop.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Laptops

Postby DasNutNock on Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:02 pm

You can run the CTX Receiver on just about anything, all the power requirements are server-side.Touch screen stuff works pretty well through Citrix, too, aside from the keyboard (which can be a bit fiddly) on a shared screen. Either way, Citrix doesn't need any power to run.

So long as it has 8Gb RAM and a fairly recent OS (W10 or Ubuntu 16 or something), and ideally an SSD (though not absolutely necessary), you ought to be able to get away with just about anything to do what you're using it for.

I'd imagine you could do just about everything you need using an Amazon Kindle Fire, with the 10" model going for about £100 at the moment.
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Re: Laptops

Postby Smonnie on Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:06 pm

Thanks Dan.

I should have mentioned I want a proper keyboard as the WFH stuff involves lots of typing, and I find touch keyboards irritating.

I've had budget laptops since forever and normally keep them a few years so would like to get the best I can for my money speed-wise.

Get your point on CTX.
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Re: Laptops

Postby DasNutNock on Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:17 pm

TBH, I don't see the point in spending much on laptops any more. They're not much cop for gaming anyway, and there's very little else that most people do on them beyond browsing and media.

Just get a £300 laptop with 8Gb RAM - you can stick an SSD in it later, if needs be. You'll have dropped it or broken the screen before it goes obsolete anyway.
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Re: Laptops

Postby Smonnie on Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:16 pm

DasNutNock wrote:TBH, I don't see the point in spending much on laptops any more. They're not much cop for gaming anyway, and there's very little else that most people do on them beyond browsing and media.

Just get a £300 laptop with 8Gb RAM - you can stick an SSD in it later, if needs be. You'll have dropped it or broken the screen before it goes obsolete anyway.


What difference does 8GB vs 4GB RAM make - compared to say, the difference between a Celeron and an i5?
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Re: Laptops

Postby DasNutNock on Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:23 pm

You can never have too much RAM or CPU, but Windows 10 definitely runs better when you have plenty of available memory. Especially if you're running things like Chrome, which can be hugely memory intensive.
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Re: Laptops

Postby Coops on Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:50 pm

I recently bought a Levono 700 for just under £700. But I run photoshop and keep all the tabs open so I need the extra power.

They do a 300 version for about £280. I am gong to get one for Mrs Coops.
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Re: Laptops

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:57 pm

My second laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T410 [ 8GB + 1TB ] , the processor is a bit antiquated by today's standards [ i5-520 ] so not good enough for gaming , great keyboard though .

The Thinkpads were renowned for their great keyboards but Lenovo introduced the chiclet type keyboard in 2012 [ I think ] , the T410 is a 2010 model - the T470 is a 2017 model and it has been fitted with the older type of keyboard , however it will be out of your price range .
The ' W' range of Thinkpad were the Workstations , W500 , W520 , W530 , W540 , W541 , W550s [ 15.6" ] W 700 , W701 [ 17.3" ] , they were the most expensive Thinkpads , next came the ' T ' range , the Business Class thinkpads . There are other types of Thinkpads but the ' W ' and ' T ' are the best .

The Lenovo Ideapads are the next ones down from the Thinkpads , they're ok just not as well built .
The Lenovo Z50-70 should be good enough for your needs and you'll find a good one for under £400 .

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-Id ... 524.0.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Laptops

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:34 pm

Smonnie wrote:I know some of you guys are great at this sort of thing, so let's have it - the best laptop available at

1) £300 or less
2) £350 or less
3) £400 or less

For context, I browse, stream and use social media. I also play Football Manager and work from home sometimes using a Citrix virtual desktop.

Thanks in advance!


Medion Akoya S6421 15.6" i3-6006u - 8gb ram - 1tb

£359.99

https://www.medion.com/gb/shop/laptops- ... 889a1.html


Lenovo Ideapad 510 .- £399 Amazon
Lenovo Ideapad 320 - 8gb ram - 1tb - £339 from Currys
Acer Aspire A315 - 8gb - 1tb - £379.99 - Amazon
Dell Inspiron 15 3000 - 8gb - 1tb - £419 - Amazon
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Re: Laptops

Postby Nesticles on Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:25 am

Worth keeping an eye on here: http://www.dell.com/learn/uk/en/ukdfh1/ ... s/splitter

I used Rars advice and bought a really nice machine off here earlier in the year
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Re: Laptops

Postby Burnley Hammer on Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:54 am

I bought a reconditioned HP i5, 6gb ram, SSD hard drive laptop for 160 quid on Amazon.
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Re: Laptops

Postby Smonnie on Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:59 pm

Burnley Hammer wrote:I bought a reconditioned HP i5, 6gb ram, SSD hard drive laptop for 160 quid on Amazon.


Have you got a link to the seller, BH?

Have you noticed any difference with it being recon?
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Re: Laptops

Postby Awooga_Iron on Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:03 pm

Not necessarily answering the OPs question, but I would recommend for anyone who just fancies a slicker feeling machine / upgrade on their medium load machine, to try swapping out the hard drive for an ssd.

I did this recently on an old laptop running 2nd gen i3 and with 4G ram, and it has transformed the laptop for under £100. Couldn't believe how easy it was. I installed Windows 10 too (having had Mint), and it's like having a new machine.
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Re: Laptops

Postby east_ham on Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:49 pm

I'd imagine you could do just about everything you need using an Amazon Kindle Fire, with the 10" model going for about £100 at the moment.


Smonnie wrote:I should have mentioned I want a proper keyboard as the WFH stuff involves lots of typing, and I find touch keyboards irritating.



I would look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHkzsERUN84

Bluetooth in a mechanical keyboard...
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Re: Laptops

Postby Burnley Hammer on Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:21 pm

Smonnie wrote:Have you got a link to the seller, BH?

Have you noticed any difference with it being recon?


Doesn't look like they're selling anything at the moment...

HP EliteBook 8440p Refurbished Laptop Core i5 2.40GHz 2.40GHz 14.1" Widescreen Warranty (6GB Ram, 120GB SSD, Windows 10, MS Office Pro 2013)
Sold by: Season Domestics
£189.99

Was £20 quid cheaper without Office 2013. To be honest, I was pretty impressed with them. Very snappy, and had a clean image installed that didn't include all the bloatware you'd normally get with a new laptop.
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Re: Laptops

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:07 pm

Awooga_Iron wrote:Not necessarily answering the OPs question, but I would recommend for anyone who just fancies a slicker feeling machine / upgrade on their medium load machine, to try swapping out the hard drive for an ssd.

I did this recently on an old laptop running 2nd gen i3 and with 4G ram, and it has transformed the laptop for under £100. Couldn't believe how easy it was. I installed Windows 10 too (having had Mint), and it's like having a new machine.


Did you have any programs on the HD that needed transferring to the SSD or did you simply just start afresh ?
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Re: Laptops

Postby Awooga_Iron on Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:14 pm

Yeah I just started afresh. All my stuff was free to download programs and documents (well, my own code) in the cloud. Otherwise can buy quite large flash drives fairly cheap nowadays , or if happy to invest in an external hdd caddie, sit it in that and just do the transfer one way.
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Re: Laptops

Postby warp on Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:57 pm

what's the deal with processors? are i7 2nd or 3rd generation still good? and for how long?

my current laptop is 8yo and waving white flag. porn browsing/streaming and light gaming aside, i run some Python codes, nothing that requires supercomputers, but i wouldn't mind some calculating power.
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Re: Laptops

Postby mushy on Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:49 pm

DasNutNock wrote:
I'd imagine you could do just about everything you need using an Amazon Kindle Fire, with the 10" model going for about £100 at the moment.


Was this a black Monday special or something?
Cant see any for under the £150 mark at the moment.
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Re: Laptops

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:02 pm

It was, yes, but that price will be back soonish.
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