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I have approx. £1,100 (I could go a bit higher, but would rather not) to spend on a new laptop for university. I have plenty of experience in buying and building desktop PCs, but have never bought a laptop so am looking for advice/suggestions. I would like it to be as high-end as possible within that budget, but it will not really be used for gaming, so a stupidly expensive graphics card is not a must, but a decent screen is (I can't stand cheap and small (14") screens).
As I have previously built all of my desktops from scratch, ordering components from the best places at that time, I have no idea how good various different 'complete-PC' manufacturers such as Dell, Mesh, Time, Acer, Compaq and IBM etc. are. I have recently found the Dell Outlet store, which appears to have some very good deals (I especially like their 15.4" screens on the Inspiron Dimension 8500 models), any horror stories to report regarding them?
Any suggestions regarding other manufacturers/models?
IBM laptops have relatively low specs for the price, but they are superbly built, not as plasticky as most.
I personally have a fujitsu, which is pretty good also, but the fujitsu's list price is higher I think, though the quality of the screen is immense, and it's touchscreen also.
They have decent sized screens and loads of memory.
The batteries last so much longer than P4 (and mobile) processors.
My advice is to pick up a "what laptop" magazine from your newsagent's - this'll tell you pretty much everything you need to know before splashing out over a grand on a laptop!
You could save a lot, by going for a 2nd hand 1.
if you can't buy off some1 you know, go to a computer shop with a good rep in your area, as some of them have 2nd hand pc's. explain your worry, and they might be able to sort you out with a warranty from them, though there are few shops I know how do this.
Also I live in Reading, and didn't find it easy finding somewhere that was good for lap-tops. John Lewis has a good selection, I found a Sony one for about £1200 that was quite a good spec (but then I work there so I get my staff discount when buying it so it is cheaper), but they don't do Dell.
Hope it helps -if I'm not too late
Let us know when and if you get one