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    Hey guys
    Looking to buy a laptop with a budget of up to £1000 but isn't too rigid (parents are paying )
    It won't have to do anything extreme, mainly word processing, bit of multitasking, internet browsing and some light gaming (Civilization 5, Football manager).
    Would preferably like it to last to/through uni (currently in year 11)
    Have been advised by some friends to buy a good PC and also a portable netbook or something by splitting the money.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by ogkush)
    Hey guys
    Looking to buy a laptop with a budget of up to £1000 but isn't too rigid (parents are paying )
    It won't have to do anything extreme, mainly word processing, bit of multitasking, internet browsing and some light gaming (Civilization 5, Football manager).
    Would preferably like it to last to/through uni (currently in year 11)
    Have been advised by some friends to buy a good PC and also a portable netbook or something by splitting the money.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance
    Apple - no viruses and much easier to do everything on
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    (Original post by ogkush)
    Hey guys
    Looking to buy a laptop with a budget of up to £1000 but isn't too rigid (parents are paying )
    It won't have to do anything extreme, mainly word processing, bit of multitasking, internet browsing and some light gaming (Civilization 5, Football manager).
    Would preferably like it to last to/through uni (currently in year 11)
    Have been advised by some friends to buy a good PC and also a portable netbook or something by splitting the money.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance
    I'd recommend an ultrabook, such as the Dell XPS 13 here:
    http://www.dell.com/uk/p/xps-13-l321x/pd
    The entry level would meet your price range but you could go above it with better models. I'd advise waiting for the Ivy Bridge refresh on the model which should be around later this year.
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    I'd go for a MacBook Pro with that sort of budget.
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    (Original post by ogkush)
    Hey guys
    Looking to buy a laptop with a budget of up to £1000 but isn't too rigid (parents are paying )
    It won't have to do anything extreme, mainly word processing, bit of multitasking, internet browsing and some light gaming (Civilization 5, Football manager).
    Would preferably like it to last to/through uni (currently in year 11)
    Have been advised by some friends to buy a good PC and also a portable netbook or something by splitting the money.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance

    (Original post by squeakysquirrel)
    Apple - no viruses and much easier to do everything on
    Apple's do get viruses....

    It all depends on what you gonna do in the future, whether your gonna move out for uni, the course,so on
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    I would also say Apple's offerings are certainly worth considering, but the people saying that Macs don't get viruses are painfully naive. Lenovo's Thinkpad line are also well worth looking into.
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    (Original post by squeakysquirrel)
    Apple - no viruses and much easier to do everything on
    lol.

    misinformation much.

    OP the most demanding thing you have listed is light gaming. By this I take it your not too bothered about maxxing out the graphics or having the latest titles so £1000 for a bit of light gaming seems a bit OTT.

    Im sure you could find a laptop below £600 that can handle civ 5 and football manager.

    I would agree with your friends, build a desktop and use the spare cash on a netbook if you really need something portable.
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    (Original post by kaquash)
    The new macs have new settings so you can't viruses, called gate keeper.
    You'd have to be extremely naïve to believe that gatekeeper will keep all viruses out. Sure, it'll help but gatekeeper, afaik, is based on white-listing technology. It wouldn't be hard for a hacker to steal a digital certificate, or even pay and sign up to the Mac Developer Program and get their own certificate. Also, Gatekeeper only checks executable files downloaded from the Internet. This mean that non-executable files, such as java or flash, and malicious softwares transfered via USBs and CDs can still infect Macs.

    Gatekeeper will help, but it doesn't make Macs immune to viruses.
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    (Original post by kaquash)
    Gatekeeper has three options and one is to stop viruses. It makes on downloads available from app store, like iPhones which can't get viruses.
    From what i've seen of gatekeeper is that if you wanted you could make it that you only install from app store so you can't download any viruses from downloading from the internet?
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    Thinkpads:
    W - Workstation class, pretty much desktop replacements, might be worth waiting for the W530
    T - Normal laptops, Thinkpad reliability, wait for the T430/530
    X - Light/thin.
    L - 'Environmentally friendly'

    I don't know what they're doing with the keyboards on the newer '3' series laptops but they seem to be turning them all chiclet, which is quite disappointing. Though you probably won't find any other type of keyboard on any other manufacturer's laptops.

    (For the iPhone/Virus theme going on in here: From my understanding, as long as the iOS system has jailbreaks, it can get viruses.)
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    a Netbook? & Acer Tab or some sort of Tab?


    they are small and portable so it would be easy for you to take around and do what you want on it x
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    (Original post by kaquash)
    Gatekeeper has three options and one is to stop viruses. It makes on downloads available from app store, like iPhones which can't get viruses.
    Users can choose to download from the Mac App Store, sites that have a signed Developer ID certificate, or from any source. Those are the three options. If you're going to limit yourself to only software available from the Mac App Store, then there's no point wasting ~£1000 buying a Mac in the first place. For example, you can't get Microsoft Office from the Mac Store. So to install Office, you would need to choose one of the latter two options, which again would open you up to the possibility of getting viruses.

    Honestly, there's no point spending an excessive amount of money buying a Mac, and then forgoing half the software on the market (and any games) just so you can be virus-proof. Just be sensible, and make sure you know what you're downloading and where you're downloading from. This applies to Windows machines too.
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    (Original post by ogkush)
    Hey guys
    Looking to buy a laptop with a budget of up to £1000 but isn't too rigid (parents are paying )
    It won't have to do anything extreme, mainly word processing, bit of multitasking, internet browsing and some light gaming (Civilization 5, Football manager).
    Would preferably like it to last to/through uni (currently in year 11)
    Have been advised by some friends to buy a good PC and also a portable netbook or something by splitting the money.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance
    You have the money for a Mac... but please don't bother buying one. They are overly glorified and way overpriced for the tasks they do.

    The idea of splitting it is a relatively good idea, £400 for a decent laptop and you can get a pretty decent PC for around £600 and if it isn't rigid you can look into it some more.

    Other alternative is get a pretty nice laptop, could probably pick up a £700 laptop and then use the other money for extra's such as buying office, USB sticks, mouse pads, USB mouse, and some good anti-virus software.

    Either way it's down to you, the splitting and trying to edge a little more out of your parents to get a decent PC and laptop would be what I would do.
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    I'd say go for a Macbook pro!
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    Macbook Pro is £860 with HE discount. Updates next month, bring Ivy Bridge and apparently Retina display.
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    I just bought this for university http://www.ebuyer.com/342262-acer-as...p-nx-rznek-001 Acer decent enough make, 800£ so affordable and decent CPU and graphics so very good value for money!

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