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    I'm planning on buying a laptop for my sister and need some advice what's better out there I'm not looking for a fancy gadget, however all I want from it is to have a good battery despite the fact that it would be plugged in all the time during the use. Also, what am looking for is 15.6 screen. My sister is not a technology professional, so I want to keep it simple
    She would be using the laptop for Internet browsing, Skype, watching movies etc. No gaming or anything in that area.

    I've been looking at these models for some time and since I'm not a tech pro either, thought someone here might be Budget is strictly £200, however could stretch up to £250.

    1. http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Dell_...55/version.asp

    2. http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Lenov...UK/version.asp

    3. http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Asus_...8H/version.asp

    4. http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/X55A-...H_1352814.html

    5. http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/NX.MG...0_1525767.html
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    (Original post by ForgetMe)
    I'm planning on buying a laptop for my sister and need some advice what's better out there I'm not looking for a fancy gadget, however all I want from it is to have a good battery despite the fact that it would be plugged in all the time during the use. Also, what am looking for is 15.6 screen. My sister is not a technology professional, so I want to keep it simple
    She would be using the laptop for Internet browsing, Skype, watching movies etc. No gaming or anything in that area.

    I've been looking at these models for some time and since I'm not a tech pro either, thought someone here might be Budget is strictly £200, however could stretch up to £250.

    1. http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Dell_...55/version.asp

    2. http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Lenov...UK/version.asp

    3. http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Asus_...8H/version.asp

    4. http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/X55A-...H_1352814.html

    5. http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/NX.MG...0_1525767.html
    "Good battery" and "£200-£250" are pretty much incompatible, at least in terms of Windows.

    This Dell is as good as laptops #1-#4 at a very decent price with the current discount, and #5 isn't really worth the extra ~£100 as it's still not leaving the low-end tier of things. If you did want to spend more then stretch a little further for a £275-£300 laptop with a fourth generation Core i3 CPU (you can tell the processor generation of Core series CPUs by the number in the processor name, for example i3-4200M would be fourth generation).

    If you want more than an average of 3-4 hours battery life look into Chromebooks, the software is a lot more lightweight so getting longer battery life than equally priced Windows laptops is basically guaranteed. For basic browsing and word processing they're fine but they are reliant on an Internet connection for most functionality. The first 15" Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 15, launches next month.
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    (Original post by ForgetMe)
    I'm planning on buying a laptop for my sister and need some advice what's better out there I'm not looking for a fancy gadget, however all I want from it is to have a good battery despite the fact that it would be plugged in all the time during the use. Also, what am looking for is 15.6 screen. My sister is not a technology professional, so I want to keep it simple
    She would be using the laptop for Internet browsing, Skype, watching movies etc. No gaming or anything in that area.

    I've been looking at these models for some time and since I'm not a tech pro either, thought someone here might be Budget is strictly £200, however could stretch up to £250.

    1. http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Dell_...55/version.asp

    2. http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Lenov...UK/version.asp

    3. http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Asus_...8H/version.asp

    4. http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/X55A-...H_1352814.html

    5. http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/NX.MG...0_1525767.html
    Battery life will be 3-4 hours depending on a few factors such as screen brightness, etc
    The Acer has the power, however I would avoid Acer and Dell(except business range)

    Also check ebuyer
    http://www.ebuyer.com/665844-lenovo-...laptop-mca2wuk
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    "Good battery" and "£200-£250" are pretty much incompatible, at least in terms of Windows.

    This Dell is as good as laptops #1-#4 at a very decent price with the current discount, and #5 isn't really worth the extra ~£100 as it's still not leaving the low-end tier of things. If you did want to spend more then stretch a little further for a £275-£300 laptop with a fourth generation Core i3 CPU (you can tell the processor generation of Core series CPUs by the number in the processor name, for example i3-4200M would be fourth generation).

    If you want more than an average of 3-4 hours battery life look into Chromebooks, the software is a lot more lightweight so getting longer battery life than equally priced Windows laptops is basically guaranteed. For basic browsing and word processing they're fine but they are reliant on an Internet connection for most functionality. The first 15" Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 15, launches next month.
    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Battery life will be 3-4 hours depending on a few factors such as screen brightness, etc
    The Acer has the power, however I would avoid Acer and Dell(except business range)

    Also check ebuyer
    http://www.ebuyer.com/665844-lenovo-...laptop-mca2wuk
    Okay, so is there really a difference then for a battery if it would be plugged in all the time during the use?
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    (Original post by ForgetMe)
    Okay, so is there really a difference then for a battery if it would be plugged in all the time during the use?
    If it's always going to be plugged in then the battery life isn't really a factor, though why did you mention you wanted it in your earlier post?
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    My rule of thumb is usually avoid Celerons, but given the price bracket and everyday usage, it will suffice.
    Aside from the battery life, read up about how many memory slots inside, for instance your #1 Dell only has 1 slot. You can either look on laptop manufacturer website for detailed specs or try going onto memory manufacturers websites where they all have a 'memory finder' tool based on make and model which tells you the current slot config and how many spare slots are available. Always good not to be limited to 1 slot!
    I'd also be looking for USB 3.0 and HDMI.
    #3 in your list is only 11.6" and not 15.6" so that doesn't need your criteria.
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    (Original post by jameswhughes)
    If it's always going to be plugged in then the battery life isn't really a factor, though why did you mention you wanted it in your earlier post?
    For when it would be used when not plugged in, e.g. travelling.
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    (Original post by ForgetMe)
    Okay, so is there really a difference then for a battery if it would be plugged in all the time during the use?
    Battery life shouldn't be considered in this case........whats important is the specs
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    (Original post by ForgetMe)
    For when it would be used when not plugged in, e.g. travelling.
    So it's not always going to be plugged in like you said earlier :curious:
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    (Original post by jameswhughes)
    So it's not always going to be plugged in like you said earlier :curious:
    Most of the time plugged in but on rare occasions such as travelling, not.
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    (Original post by ForgetMe)
    Most of the time plugged in but on rare occasions such as travelling, not.
    Ok, I see. If you choose a cheap Windows machine you pretty much eliminate anything with a good battery, like the others have said. Chromebooks have much better battery life, however their downside is that they are limited by not being able to run normal applications.

    It sort of depends how often you travel around with it, and whether you'd actually use it on the journey etc. If this is really rare and it will be plugged in all the time, then it's probably not worth considering the battery life as a factor.
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    HP Stream 13" keeps it in the world of Windows and allows for 9hrs battery life, but you lose out on other features. Didn't specify on how movies are being watched (DVD vs DL)
 
 
 
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