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Laptop spec help

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Arterion, 23 May 2006.

  1. Arterion

    Hitman

    Joined: 14 Jan 2004

    Posts: 795

    Location: Reading, UK

    Hi all,

    I don't really know lots about laptops, and was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction. Basically, i'm looking for something with a 14.1 or 15 inch screen which will happily play DVDs and some basic games, command and conquers, jedi knight, maybe UT2k3/4 at a push. I'm trying to spend as LITTLE MONEY AS POSSIBLE.

    What sort of spec should I be looking out for, or better still can someone suggest a make/model? Don't mind 2nd hand or refurbed.

    Cheers!
     
  2. Madwelsh

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 Jan 2005

    Posts: 535

    Location: Legoland

    hi there, similar question.. I got 400-500 to spend, graphics not important, it's a lappy for my folks.. (who have zip all knowledge) however, I'd like something they can learn on, and something that'll last a couple of years. Probably used for playing dvd's and surfing web, maybe the odd vid cam session on msn.. anyone got any ideas?

    TY
     
  3. Styles

    Mobster

    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 2,889

    Location: UK

    To be honest for £400-£500 you'll be able to get an excellent laptop for your folks. I always found it better to look in a couple of shops at laptops to get a good idea of size and feel of them before deciding exactly what I want.

    Again, for the first point you can get a very very cheap laptop that will do what you stated above. You can go for the onboard graphics, but I wouldn't recommend this. Very cheap nowadays are the bottom of the range ATI Xpress mobile graphics cards, which will perform up to and beyond what you need it for. What is your maximum budget.

    I will try and find some models that suit your needs.
     
  4. Styles

    Mobster

    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 2,889

    Location: UK

    From Other Post,


    Dell Inspiron 1300
    Intel Celeron M Processor 380 (1.60 GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 400 MHz FSB)
    768mb Ram
    40GB (5.400rpm) Hard Drive
    15.4inch WXGA (1280x800) LCD Panel
    8X DVD+/-RW with Software
    6 Cell 56Whr Primary Battery
    Dell™ Wireless 1370 802.11b/g Mini PCI Card

    £498.87 inc vat

    Acer Aspire 3004WLMi
    AMD Sempron 3100+ - As powerful as P4 2.8GHz, 15% faster than 3000+
    512MB DDR SDRAM
    60GB Hard Drive
    DVD Dual Layer Drive
    15.4" WXGA Widescreen TFT Screen
    Integrated wireless 802.11b/g
    3 USB 2.0 Sockets
    1.5-hour Battery Life
    Weight 2.8kg

    £479.95 inc vat
     
  5. Arterion

    Hitman

    Joined: 14 Jan 2004

    Posts: 795

    Location: Reading, UK

    I guess my maximum spend needs to be around the £500-£550 Mark. Thanks for that, I'm not sure Celerons are the way to go, because let's face it, they suck. The Acer would be nice if it wasn't for the crappy integrated graphics- would probably better off with an ATi 7500 than that SiS thing wouldnt I?