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    I'm being got a laptop for my birthday, mostly for my school work but also able to play games. Been narrowing it down and decided on the Enigma but then the Lafité II came out and now I'm undecided again.

    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/enigmaVI-14/
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/lafiteII/
    Enigma pros
    • Looks good online
    • Keyboard has good layout
    • Processor is good but not great
    • Really thin, quite light
    Enigma cons
    • Only 4gb ram
    • Processor could be better
    • Only 2 USB plugs
    Lafité pros
    • Good processor
    • 8 gb ram
    • Light
    • 3 USB plugs
    Lafité cons
    • Online pictures don't look great
    • Colour doesn't look good
    • Keyboard is compressed which is horrible to type on
    Anyone got any opinions on these two laptops? Or a different suggestion? The enigma costs £500 including office 365, 4 gb ram (with potential, when cool enough to go up to 8gb) and Windows 10 while the Latifé costs £530 including office 365, 8 gb ram and Windows 10.
    I don't really know how much the better processor is or how much the ram will make a difference so if anyone could help with that, that would be great
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    (Original post by Lemur14)
    I'm being got a laptop for my birthday, mostly for my school work but also able to play games. Been narrowing it down and decided on the Enigma but then the Lafité II came out and now I'm undecided again.

    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/enigmaVI-14/
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/lafiteII/
    Enigma pros
    • Looks good online
    • Keyboard has good layout
    • Processor is good but not great
    • Really thin, quite light
    Enigma cons
    • Only 4gb ram
    • Processor could be better
    • Only 2 USB plugs
    Lafité pros
    • Good processor
    • 8 gb ram
    • Light
    • 3 USB plugs
    Lafité cons
    • Online pictures don't look great
    • Colour doesn't look good
    • Keyboard is compressed which is horrible to type on
    Anyone got any opinions on these two laptops? Or a different suggestion? The enigma costs £500 including office 365, 4 gb ram (with potential, when cool enough to go up to 8gb) and Windows 10 while the Latifé costs £530 including office 365, 8 gb ram and Windows 10.
    I don't really know how much the better processor is or how much the ram will make a difference so if anyone could help with that, that would be great
    If you want to play games, get neither. They both lack a dedicated GPU and will not cope well with graphics intensive tasks.

    What's your budget? That way we can recommend alternative options.
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    If you want to play games, get neither. They both lack a dedicated GPU and will not cope well with graphics intensive tasks.

    What's your budget? That way we can recommend alternative options.
    I want to play some games (mainly goodgame empire) but my dad who is a computer specialist says it will run fine on those processors.
    £530 is really the max budget including the office 365 and the windows 10 (70-80 pounds each)
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    (Original post by Lemur14)
    I want to play some games (mainly goodgame empire) but my dad who is a computer specialist says it will run fine on those processors.
    £530 is really the max budget including the office 365 and the windows 10 (70-80 pounds each)
    Goodgame Empire is a browser game, which will not be indicative of how well the laptop runs actual, proper games which will be reliant on an actual graphics card. If you do want to play more traditional titles which run wholly off your computer's hardware then you'll need to look for laptops with dedicated GPUs (for £530-£550 you can probably get an 850M or 950M, just make sure whatever you pick has GDDR5 memory) and use Google Docs rather than Office 365 (which I would recommend doing anyway, you get 95% of the functionality without having to pay every year), if you're only interested in browser games then yeah, the ones you've picked will be fine.
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    Goodgame Empire is a browser game, which will not be indicative of how well the laptop runs actual, proper games which will be reliant on an actual graphics card. If you do want to play more traditional titles which run wholly off your computer's hardware then you'll need to look for laptops with dedicated GPUs (for £530-£550 you can probably get an 850M or 950M, just make sure whatever you pick has GDDR5 memory) and use Google Docs rather than Office 365 (which I would recommend doing anyway, you get 95% of the functionality without having to pay every year), if you're only interested in browser games then yeah, the ones you've picked will be fine.
    I play almost solely goodgame empire as I don't have time to play loads of different games after all the work I do! I think all my other games I occasionally play are browser based as well so it shouldn't matter. The Office 365 isn't actually for me, it's for my dad but it's cheaper to get it with a laptop so as we're getting one then he wants to buy it with it.
    Do you have any opinions between the 2 laptops, or just get one of them?
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    (Original post by Lemur14)
    I play almost solely goodgame empire as I don't have time to play loads of different games after all the work I do! I think all my other games I occasionally play are browser based as well so it shouldn't matter. The Office 365 isn't actually for me, it's for my dad but it's cheaper to get it with a laptop so as we're getting one then he wants to buy it with it.
    Do you have any opinions between the 2 laptops, or just get one of them?
    If you absolutely want to pay £56 for an Office 365 subscription and it has to be one of those two laptops, I would get the Enigma VI. For around your £530 budget (including 365) you could configure it with either 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD or 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, and the Core M CPU which will be fine for the basic tasks you want to do, while just upgrading the Lafite to a Core i3 (which should be mandatory, you should not spend over £500 on a laptop and be stuck with a Pentium) takes the price to over £550 with an unacceptable 2GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive.
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    If you absolutely want to pay £56 for an Office 365 subscription and it has to be one of those two laptops, I would get the Enigma VI. For around your £530 budget (including 365) you could configure it with either 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD or 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, and the Core M CPU which will be fine for the basic tasks you want to do, while just upgrading the Lafite to a Core i3 (which should be mandatory, you should not spend over £500 on a laptop and be stuck with a Pentium) takes the price to over £550 with an unacceptable 2GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive.
    Thanks for your help. It does have to have the office 365, but it doesn't have to be one of those 2 laptops, those were just the two that we'd whittled it down to out of the ones that we originally looked at. Any other suggestions are welcome
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    Made a decision. Going for the Engima VI. Will post a review when I get it
    Thanks for the help Gofre
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    I am deciding between the same two laptops. Did you receive your enigma yet, what do you think?
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    Yes I've received my enigma It came very quickly from PCSpecialist.co.uk
    It's very light and easy to carry about. The screen is high quality and the battery power good. It didn't take much setting up and apps don't take long to download.
    The RAM is generally very good and the sound quality is good as well.
    My only slight disappointment is that sometimes when you're typing it doesn't pick up all the letters you have typed though I have a light touch so it may be just that.
    I don't really know what I'm writing with a review so if you have any other questions then feel free to ask
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    That is very helpful, thanks so much for taking the time to write the comments. I think I'll go with it as am a very heavy handed typist and won't be doing lots of typing!!
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    (Original post by EveSmith)
    That is very helpful, thanks so much for taking the time to write the comments. I think I'll go with it as am a very heavy handed typist and won't be doing lots of typing!!
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    Hi, just wondering how is the battery life now? is it still good? also would it be possible to add anymore storage or do u have to swap out the ssd? also what fps would i expect on games like minecraft? thankss
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    (Original post by owen4203)
    Hi, just wondering how is the battery life now? is it still good? also would it be possible to add anymore storage or do u have to swap out the ssd? also what fps would i expect on games like minecraft? thankss
    I don't use it terribly frequently and it's mostly plugged in when I do use it so I'm possibly not the best to judge but it does have a decent amount (maybe around 5-6 hours of heavy play?). As I say though, I don't normally play on it for that long without the charger so possibly more or possibly less. Having said that, I normally have at least 6-8 tabs open in IE plus emails and notepad for when the wifi connection is bad and sometimes other things like visual studio, calculator etc. I think it would manage 6 but might be more, as I say, I almost always only use it plugged in!
    You can't change the storage once it's been built in to my knowledge so I upgraded to maximum storage option for this reason.
    I have no clue on fps but my dad says it should be playable perhaps 20-30 fps but he doesn't know as he doesn't work with that type of thing.

    Sorry I could have sworn I posted this 3 weeks ago, when I wrote it.
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    Okay thanks going for something a bit more powerful anyway
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    (Original post by owen4203)
    Okay thanks going for something a bit more powerful anyway
    Yeah probably best if you want to play Minecraft
 
 
 
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