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flyyoufools
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ASUS S400CA VivoBook

4GB RAM
500GB hard drive
14" screen
i7 3517U, 1.9GHz
Touchscreen
1.8kg
£571.00 (from £699.99)

Does this seem too good for anyone else? I'm no expert and barely understand the specs but it sounds amazing for what I need.
I'm looking for:
-light/portable
-attractive
-fast
-able to cope with university work, streaming, internet browsing (plus some graphic design and video editing as a hobby/on the side)
-affordable, my dad is paying and won't let me spend over ~£500 but this offer might be good enough to persuade him

...this seems too perfect? What am I missing in the specs? What are the weaknesses/downsides to this laptop?

I'm fine with not having a disk drive and it's daym pretty! I just don't want to rush into an impulse buy, despite feeling it's perfect :/
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The 4GB RAM imo

It depends what you want to do but for that price I think there isn't enough ram or processor power... However processor is nice, but still I think you can get better for money

(However I'm no expect. Correct me if I'm wrong)
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its nothing special its running a slightly old CPU and only has 4BG of ram so its not exactly amazing for the price.
go for it if you want its kind of like a cheap version of a macbook air

"(plus some graphic design and video editing as a hobby/on the side)"
it wont be great for this because of the ram and slow hard drive but meh its only a hobby

http://www.amazon.co.uk/VivoBook-S40...words=VivoBook

same laptop with a slightly slower CPU
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http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/ultraNoteII-14/

4GB RAM
1TB HDD
i7-4610M
Non-touch screen
2.15kg
£564

No touchscreen, not quite as light, but a fourth gen full power i7 and twice the internal storage for a tenner cheaper. It's really not that special unless the touchscreen's essential. Not saying this one is the deal you should go for necessarily, just not to jump on something which isn't all that fantastic.
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The 4GB RAM imo

It depends what you want to do but for that price I think there isn't enough ram or processor power... However processor is nice, but still I think you can get better for money

(However I'm no expect. Correct me if I'm wrong)
Would going for the i5 instead at £506.95 then getting a RAM upgrade be an idea? Or just stupid? I'm no expert either which is why buying a damn laptop is turning out to be so difficult :L


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its nothing special its running a slightly old CPU and only has 4BG of ram so its not exactly amazing for the price.
go for it if you want its kind of like a cheap version of a macbook air

"(plus some graphic design and video editing as a hobby/on the side)"
it wont be great for this because of the ram and slow hard drive but meh its only a hobby

http://www.amazon.co.uk/VivoBook-S40...words=VivoBook

same laptop with a slightly slower CPU
Slightly old CPU? Would going for that i5 version be worth it so I could upgrade the RAM with the price difference? Or is that stupid?


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http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/ultraNoteII-14/

4GB RAM
1TB HDD
i7-4610M
Non-touch screen
2.15kg
£564

No touchscreen, not quite as light, but a fourth gen full power i7 and twice the internal storage for a tenner cheaper. It's really not that special unless the touchscreen's essential. Not saying this one is the deal you should go for necessarily, just not to jump on something which isn't all that fantastic.
Thanks.
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(Original post by flyyoufools)
Would going for the i5 instead at £506.95 then getting a RAM upgrade be an idea? Or just stupid? I'm no expert either which is why buying a damn laptop is turning out to be so difficult :L




Slightly old CPU? Would going for that i5 version be worth it so I could upgrade the RAM with the price difference? Or is that stupid?




Thanks.
There's not a huge difference between the i3 i5 and i7 on laptops because all i3s and i5s are dual core some i7s are dual core and some are quad core but there's a big power difference between the quad and dual core.

The UltraNote Gofre posted is a good deal however i'd change a couple of things on it

Chassis & Display
UltraNote: 14" Glossy HD LED Backlit Widescreen (1366x768)

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-4712MQ (2.30GHz) 6MB (Gofre's one had a dual core)

Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)

Graphics Card
INTEL® HD GRAPHICS MEDIA ACCELERATOR 4600

Memory - Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)

You get a full quad core CPU then which is much more powerful than the dual core. And you really need 8GB of RAM.

Comes to £553.00 bargain.

The 1TB hard drive is only £10 more so i'd recommend going with that.
(But I think you'd be better off with the 500GB Hybrid drive)
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There's not a huge difference between the i3 i5 and i7 on laptops because all i3s and i5s are dual core some i7s are dual core and some are quad core but there's a big power difference between the quad and dual core.

The UltraNote Gofre posted is a good deal however i'd change a couple of things on it

Chassis & Display
UltraNote: 14" Glossy HD LED Backlit Widescreen (1366x768)

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-4712MQ (2.30GHz) 6MB (Gofre's one had a dual core)

Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)

Graphics Card
INTEL® HD GRAPHICS MEDIA ACCELERATOR 4600

Memory - Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)

You get a full quad core CPU then which is much more powerful than the dual core. And you really need 8GB of RAM.

Comes to £553.00 bargain.

The 1TB hard drive is only £10 more so i'd recommend going with that.
(But I think you'd be better off with the 500GB Hybrid drive)
Thanks, only thing I'm worried about with configuring my own laptop is if I screw something up :/ but I'll definitely keep it as an option because it does make sense if I can't find anything.
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Someone found it for me cheaper (http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/S400C...H_1291408.html) and I could possibly get some VAT off because I use my own laptop when I do work for my dad's company. Would you guys say it was possibly worth it then? Or even worth going for the i7 that's 1.9GHz, turbo 3GHz? (http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/S400C...H_1291409.html) Then using the difference in money to get a RAM upgrade and possibly an SSD? I know I keep going back to this because it's pretty (plus the more I think about it the more useful I feel a touchscreen would be with W8) and I know that's stupid :/ but would that be more reasonable?
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Someone found it for me cheaper (http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/S400C...H_1291408.html) and I could possibly get some VAT off because I use my own laptop when I do work for my dad's company. Would you guys say it was possibly worth it then? Or even worth going for the i7 that's 1.9GHz, turbo 3GHz? (http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/S400C...H_1291409.html) Then using the difference in money to get a RAM upgrade and possibly an SSD? I know I keep going back to this because it's pretty (plus the more I think about it the more useful I feel a touchscreen would be with W8) and I know that's stupid :/ but would that be more reasonable?
Meh the CPU in it is 2 years old now. I'd really recommend going with the Ultranote II with the quad core and 8GB of RAM. And if you've got a copy of Windows lying around you can remove it from the ultranote specifications and save £80.
Plus. Windows 7 is better than Windows 8 anyway (IMO)
You always get one of those funky stickers to stick on it http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12-13-3-14...item540941c845

Upgrading to an SSD later down the line is a good idea for a laptop. They're getting fairly cheap now You can get a 256GB for £70 now http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1312302094...d=661613860979 they make a massive difference to the snappiness of the laptop.
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Meh the CPU in it is 2 years old now. I'd really recommend going with the Ultranote II with the quad core and 8GB of RAM. And if you've got a copy of Windows lying around you can remove it from the ultranote specifications and save £80.
Plus. Windows 7 is better than Windows 8 anyway (IMO)
You always get one of those funky stickers to stick on it http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12-13-3-14...item540941c845

Upgrading to an SSD later down the line is a good idea for a laptop. They're getting fairly cheap now You can get a 256GB for £70 now http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1312302094...d=661613860979 they make a massive difference to the snappiness of the laptop.
Thanks
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