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Wanted i7 laptops

Discussion in 'Laptops & Tablets' started by peter, 11 Mar 2010.

  1. peter

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    With 8gb of ram to mathcad modeling have a budget of £3000 for 2 of them
    had a look at the dell precision series but just too expensive. Do not need big screens or good gpu's
    Any one got any other ideas?

    thanks
     
  2. peter

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    dond think I would be able

    to get any thing not from a big manufacturer as is is for a university research budget , but thanks anyway
     
  3. Raikiri

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    Sony VAIO F11S1E/B come with i7s and 6GB RAM, about £1100.
     
  4. peter

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    no need fo blue ray

    They do not like sonys at the moment as we have had some two year old ones written off due to mother board failure and sony not being able to get replacements :mad:
     
  5. Raikiri

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    How about this Studio 17?

    PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Mobile Processor (1.6GHz, turbo up to 2.8GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
    LCD 17.3” High Definition+ (1600x900) Multi Touch LED with MultiTouch
    MEMORY 8192MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x4096]
    HARD DRIVE 500GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
    GRAPHICS CARD 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
    OPTICAL DRIVE Fixed Internal DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive including Software
    PRIMARY BATTERY Primary 9-cell 85 WHr Lithium Ion battery
    WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g)
    WEBCAM 2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera (Touch Screen Only)


    £1235 with the code: Z7C1W42W1XRDL0

    Will you pay VAT on them as they're a business purchase? If not that makes it £1019.

    There's also these:

    HP Pavillion DV6-2106EA - £785

    Intel Core i7-720QM 1.6GHz
    4GB RAM
    500GB HDD
    DVD Writer
    Webcam + Bluetooth
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
    Windows 7 Home Premium

    You would have to buty 8Gb sets of RAM though which isn't cheap (circa £250-300).
     
    Last edited: 12 Mar 2010
  6. peter

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    do have to pay vat

    thanks will look at them
     
  7. Burned_Alive

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    Lenovo Thinkpad T410/510

    Rough T410 spec below from the website for you, comes in at £1,185.53 each, obviously plenty of customising available as well and you can put 8gb in them, but I think you need to ring up as it's not available on the website yet.

    Intel Core i7-620M Processor (2.66GHz, 4MB L3, 1066MHz FSB)
    Genuine Windows 7 Professional 32
    14.1 WXGA TFT, w/ LED Backlight (WWAN antenna)
    NVIDIA NVS 3100m Graphics 256MB DDR3 with AMT
    56K v.92 Designed Modem
    4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
    Keyboard UK English
    UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad) with Fingerprint Reader
    Camera, 2.0 MP
    320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
    DVD Recordable 8x Max Dual Layer, Ultrabay Slim (Serial ATA)
    9 cell Li-Ion Battery
    Country Pack United Kingdom
    Bluetooth w/ antenna
    Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 (1x2 bgn)
    Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradable
    Language Pack UK English
     
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  8. peter

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    lenovo adding another 6gb of ram is...

    £ 572......
    from the price of 2 gb
     
  9. Burned_Alive

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    If thats from the website, you'll note that the spec of the ram changes on that option, so the price isnt really correct. 8gb of PC3-8500 is more like £200-300, whereas the £500 option is PC3-10600 or similar.
     
  10. Burned_Alive

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    Although thinking about it, with any of these machines you're probably better buying a base ram spec and sourcing the ram yourself. Sony/Dell/Lenovo/Toshiba/etc will charge a fortune for it, but will all class it as a customer replaceable unit, so you can change it without affecting the warranty.
     
  11. JonJ678

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    Surely you want a desktop for this? Mobile i7 chips aren't anything like as fast as desktop processors can be, so you're paying more for a slower machine. The advantage of being able to carry the computer around doesn't seem that significant for matlab.
     
  12. Alexrose1uk

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    Clevo providers could probably do you something in this budget region :)
    Perhaps try having a word with Kobalt :)

    Even going on website prices, if you've already got OS and chose the no OS option rebate, you could get 2 8GB RAM machines with 320GB HDD, DVDRW, and 720QM processors for about £3040 (oh and 5870m GPUs if thats of any relevance to you, unfortunately they dont have any cheaper cards for the chassis). G860 (Clevo W860) chassis :)
    If you didnt need I7, they have other machines cheaper of course.

    Personally I'd recommend them, the aftercare is good, and even if they aren't perfect when it comes to delivery times (its a small outfit with 5 people!), they do provide a very human touch, compared to the likes of Dell, although obviously they take longer to get the machine to you (worthy trade off).

    Depends on what you need really, but I would recommend dropping them an email.
     
    Last edited: 14 Mar 2010