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    (Original post by Paul Bird - Currys PC World Rep)
    Hi N_young!

    Indeed, Macs are tempting and you might just squeeze a bottom-end Macbook Air out of your budget if you shop around - especially if you don't mind a refurbished model This will be excellent for almost everything you want, but the one problem will be gaming. The Air doesn't quite have the raw power needed to hit the framerates you'll need if you want anything more than very basic games.

    To be honest, gaming laptops tend to be much more expensive, heavy and have pretty short battery life. Even at the top end of your budget you'll be looking at a fairly moderate spec. You might find a couple of good options if you shop around the custom PC market though - Chillblast and Cyberpower both have a good reputation in this market.

    On the standard laptop front, there are a huge number of good options in your price range. The Asus N56VJ is worth a look and provides surprisingly good framerates for the price, providing you stay away from Ultra settings!

    Hope this helps a bit...
    A CurrysPCWorld rep recommending looking at other retailers? :O :P
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    (Original post by dathtom)
    A CurrysPCWorld rep recommending looking at other retailers? :O :P
    What I don't get it is that he's recommending chillblast and cyberpower :lolwut: which are generally a ripoff.
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    Well, each to their own - I've always found Chillblast and Cyberpower UK to have quite a good reputation. I'll put a little note to clarify.

    I mention them more as examples of custom PC companies the OP might like to look into. Most of our current range in the price group requested feature touchscreens, so the majority aren't going to meet the OP's needs. I'd rather give impartial advice that helps them get the right laptop for them than recommend computers from our range that don't fit their specifications.
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    (Original post by Panda124)
    Hey, I just got one for going to uni about a month ago. It's a Samsung and it's been really good so far. I went to PC World and the staff were really helpful there. Basically they asked me what degree I was going to be doing and I'm doing English, and they asked me a wee bit about what sorta stuff I'd be using it for. I'll obviously be doing a lot of essay writing so they got me a good Word package on discount, for listening to music, storing photos, Skype, Facebook and Twitter etc, and they recommended if you're going to be storing a lot you should get something with a higher core processor as it'll run faster and you can open more tabs and still have them run quickly. I also got a laptop with a disc drive rather than a netbook without one as if I want to watch films while I'm away from home then I can. For the sort of stuff I'm going to be using it for they said there was no point in getting one beyond £400-£500 as it'd be a bit of a waste of the technology. If you're going to be doing a degree that's related to graphics, game design, anything like that then you're better to get something more expensive with a lot of storage space and more facilities. So, consider exactly what you'll need it for and I'd recommend going to PC World or somewhere like that and just telling them what you need it for and they can make suggestions for you.
    I'm going to be studying history and my needs are pretty similar. What did you get in the end?
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    (Original post by HitmewithKnowledge)
    Don't go for a mac... they hardly support any games and are really expensive for the crappy hardware you actually get.
    THIS. The Graphics chips they use are the same as you would get on a sub £500 laptop, I'm not saying they're bad but why would you pay so much for something when you could get the same for half the price?
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    Hi, I am selling a brand new in box
    TOSHIBA Tecra R940-1JH (14. 0 inch) Notebook Core i5 (3340M) it's RRP £1,228.00 however i will be willing to sell it for £600 which is half the price if you are interested have a look on my Ebay


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    I'm applying to do a geography and geology degree, any ideas as to how much computer use I would do and what laptop I would need for study and work?
 
 
 
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