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My laptop is on it's way out right about now, the screen hinge is broken.
The battery is on it's way out, and I kind of want a new one. The one I have is 3 years old.

I'm looking for a laptop in the range of £400-£500.

I've narrowed it down to these three which I feel are quite good, but i'm not sure so a little help would be appreciated


I'm also getting confused with all the processors and stuff, so some help on which is best would be great !!

Any recommendations would be welcome.
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I am not a pro but I would say HP G72-B20SA or HP Pavilion G62-B20SA (lighter and smaller)
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The one which has the biggest screen.

Basically a bump!
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If those are the kind of specs you;re after, have a look at these ones:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en...8-4247498.html
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(Original post by Lesha2010)
My laptop is on it's way out right about now, the screen hinge is broken.
The battery is on it's way out, and I kind of want a new one. The one I have is 3 years old.

I'm looking for a laptop in the range of £400-£500.

I've narrowed it down to these three which I feel are quite good, but i'm not sure so a little help would be appreciated


I'm also getting confused with all the processors and stuff, so some help on which is best would be great !!

Any recommendations would be welcome.
I'd go for the first one. The i3 is a better processor and the screen is larger than the others for an equivalent price. It does have integrated graphics though, so not good for gaming.
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I'd have to go for this one,
http://h40059.www4.hp.com/uk/homelap...erience=direct

I prefer AMD over Intel for my processors, and it also have a dedicated graphics card unlike the laptop with an intel i3 processor. Although, if you don't play any games it isn't that much beneficial for you. Sure, it's lacking in screen size by 2 inches, but my laptop is 15" and it's fine. I do however have a second screen (monitor if you're being proper) attached to it as I do a lot of web designing, programming and gaming whilst socialising so one screen isn't enough. For a normal person, the 15" on my laptop would be sufficient.


Jargon

Processor - Basically the brain of the computer. Everything the computer does is controlled by the processor. When it mentioned dual-core, trip-core, quad-core extra, it basically means the processor is split in to multiple brains. Two brains (or three, or four) are better than one. The more cores, and the higher the bus speed (That's the 2.3Ghz or whatever), the quicker the computer carries out tasks.

RAM - Random Access Memory. All your information on your computer is stored on the Hard Drive, however when you're actually using an application like a web browser, or whatever, it stores everything in RAM for quick access to it. Things would perform a lot slower if it had to read and write to the hard drive all the time. The more RAM, the better. Generally, you want 2GB, and 4GB is really all that you need. The more RAM you have, the more you can be running at once, smoothly.



Hope that helped
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(Original post by Astonix)
I'd have to go for this one,
http://h40059.www4.hp.com/uk/homelap...erience=direct

I prefer AMD over Intel for my processors, and it also have a dedicated graphics card unlike the laptop with an intel i3 processor. Although, if you don't play any games it isn't that much beneficial for you. Sure, it's lacking in screen size by 2 inches, but my laptop is 15" and it's fine. I do however have a second screen (monitor if you're being proper) attached to it as I do a lot of web designing, programming and gaming whilst socialising so one screen isn't enough. For a normal person, the 15" on my laptop would be sufficient.


Jargon

Processor - Basically the brain of the computer. Everything the computer does is controlled by the processor. When it mentioned dual-core, trip-core, quad-core extra, it basically means the processor is split in to multiple brains. Two brains (or three, or four) are better than one. The more cores, and the higher the bus speed (That's the 2.3Ghz or whatever), the quicker the computer carries out tasks.

RAM - Random Access Memory. All your information on your computer is stored on the Hard Drive, however when you're actually using an application like a web browser, or whatever, it stores everything in RAM for quick access to it. Things would perform a lot slower if it had to read and write to the hard drive all the time. The more RAM, the better. Generally, you want 2GB, and 4GB is really all that you need. The more RAM you have, the more you can be running at once, smoothly.



Hope that helped
Thank you!! That really helped. I also prefer AMD processors, i have these in my comp at the moment and itr's been running great!! I think thats the thing leaving me on the fence - the processors. I love the 17.3 inch screen but i'm not sure about the i3 processor apparently it's not that good
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(Original post by Lesha2010)
Thank you!! That really helped. I also prefer AMD processors, i have these in my comp at the moment and itr's been running great!! I think thats the thing leaving me on the fence - the processors. I love the 17.3 inch screen but i'm not sure about the i3 processor apparently it's not that good
I took a look and apparently the Intel i3 is better than that AMD. Not by a considerable amount, but still is a bit better.
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I took a look and apparently the Intel i3 is better than that AMD. Not by a considerable amount, but still is a bit better.
I'm surprised. I think I may opt for the one with the intel processor. For the price do you think overall it's a good deal for that laptop ?
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I'm surprised. I think I may opt for the one with the intel processor. For the price do you think overall it's a good deal for that laptop ?
Intel has been faster than AMD for years .
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I'm surprised. I think I may opt for the one with the intel processor. For the price do you think overall it's a good deal for that laptop ?
If you can afford a little bit extra, I'd go for this one,
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251972

It has a:
Faster processor,
Bigger hard drive space, for more pirated movies ,
17" screen like the other intel one,
Has N band wireless if your router is using that.

but the same in every other way, except style. I think Samsung's electronics are generally good too, and don't break down. Not sure same can be said for HP. Google it though to be sure.
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Intel has been faster than AMD for years .
I've always been a AMD fan.
Do you think it's a good deal at £500?
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If you can afford a little bit extra, I'd go for this one,
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/251972

It has a:
Faster processor,
Bigger hard drive space, for more pirated movies ,
17" screen like the other intel one,
Has N band wireless if your router is using that.

but the same in every other way, except style. I think Samsung's electronics are generally good too, and don't break down. Not sure same can be said for HP. Google it though to be sure.
I wanted to stick with the HP Brand. That looks pretty good though, but I also wanna stick to my strict budget.
I don't watch pirated movies. :cool: How can people do such things ! Lulz
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(Original post by Lesha2010)
I've always been a AMD fan.
Do you think it's a good deal at £500?
I think it's very reasonable, yes

Also, HP offer a scheme where you can get £150 for returning your old laptop when you buy a new one from their business range - might this be an option? This laptop qualifies for the part-exchange scheme:

http://www.dabs.com/products/hp-prob...ptop-78CC.html

and the same thing at BT- http://www.shop.bt.com/products/hp-p...ptop-78CC.html

and here is the full list from their website:
http://www.tradeuptohp.com/business/...g-products.php
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(Original post by Lesha2010)
I wanted to stick with the HP Brand. That looks pretty good though, but I also wanna stick to my strict budget.
I don't watch pirated movies. :cool: How can people do such things ! Lulz
Haha, fair enough. And I know, how could you watch pirated movies *hides over 120 films*. It's despicable. :rolleyes:
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The HP Pavilion dv6-3110sa would seem to be your best bet.
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The HP Pavilion dv6-3110sa would seem to be your best bet.
Really, you think so ? I was quite settled on getting the one with the bigger screen
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