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Buying a laptop - looking for advice

by Exorain / January 20, 2013 12:40 AM PST

Hi all

I've been shopping around for a cheap laptop that'll be able to do light gaming and run basic programs and web browsing with no hiccups. My budget is around £300 and if possible the most intensive thing I'd like to run is Team Fortress 2.

I've been looking at:

Laptop One (£270)

Laptop Two (£320)

I don't really want to spend more than £300.. help! Thanks Happy

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I like the Dell brand, but the Acer specs
by wpgwpg / January 20, 2013 12:52 AM PST

I don't know about the processor speed in that Dell. I like the Dell brand better than Acer, but that I5 chip will perform a whole lot better than the one in that Dell.

Good luck.

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Thank you
by Exorain / January 20, 2013 1:30 AM PST

Thanks, from what I've seen the Acer tends to be the better choice.

Do you have any idea if the Acer could handle light gaming? I assume it'd naturally be fine with the basic web browsing and standard office use.

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Depends on what you mean by light gaming
by wpgwpg / January 20, 2013 1:41 AM PST
In reply to: Thank you

Since the I5 chip has decent graphics for most applications, I'm sure it would be fine for games like solitaire, if that's what you mean by light gaming. In general games are the most demanding of your video, so I guess it comes down to "it depends". Grin

Good luck.

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Not quite that light!
by Exorain / January 20, 2013 1:51 AM PST

Not quite Solitaire light, thinking more basic flash and lower end Steam games! (Let's say.. CounterStrike 1.6) for example!

Either way, I think I'll pick up the Acer and see how it goes.


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by addyreg / January 20, 2013 8:03 PM PST

Lenovo is the best brand for the kind of use you are looking for. You can go for an i3 . Dell and HP have lot of manufacturing problems and are costly also.

My brother has been using Lenovo since 3 years - not a single problem!!

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by Exorain / January 20, 2013 11:19 PM PST
In reply to: Lenovo

Do you have a link to any particular UK model you'd suggest that fits my criteria?

I'm looking around but not entirely sure what would suit me, I'm unfamiliar with the brand.

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by addyreg / January 21, 2013 2:39 PM PST
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This is the exact model I was suggesting : Lenovo G560 15.6 inch

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