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    First of all sorry if this is in the wrong place I wasn't sure where else to put it, but anyway I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions on laptops which would be good for sixth form? At my sixth form laptops are essential and I'll be studying Engineering, Physics and Maths so if anyone knows any good ones or where I could go to find some decent information about them that would be great. I'm looking for one ideally under £800 if that helps.
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    You won't need £800 for a laptop.
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    (Original post by harrisonchar)
    First of all sorry if this is in the wrong place I wasn't sure where else to put it, but anyway I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions on laptops which would be good for sixth form? At my sixth form laptops are essential and I'll be studying Engineering, Physics and Maths so if anyone knows any good ones or where I could go to find some decent information about them that would be great. I'm looking for one ideally under £800 if that helps.
    Go for the Dell Inspiron 15" 5000 series. They're great and cost around 600$http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/in...5559-laptop/pd
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    (Original post by harrisonchar)
    First of all sorry if this is in the wrong place I wasn't sure where else to put it, but anyway I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions on laptops which would be good for sixth form? At my sixth form laptops are essential and I'll be studying Engineering, Physics and Maths so if anyone knows any good ones or where I could go to find some decent information about them that would be great. I'm looking for one ideally under £800 if that helps.
    Get a mac if you've got 800 quid to throw away on trash.
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    (Original post by harrisonchar)
    First of all sorry if this is in the wrong place I wasn't sure where else to put it, but anyway I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions on laptops which would be good for sixth form? At my sixth form laptops are essential and I'll be studying Engineering, Physics and Maths so if anyone knows any good ones or where I could go to find some decent information about them that would be great. I'm looking for one ideally under £800 if that helps.
    Hi,

    I've just asked for the thread to be moved to Technology and computers; that way you'll probably get better advice.

    In regards to your situation:
    You're going to be studying Engineering related subjects - what are you going to be doing with your laptop? I can sense that software packages such as CAD (computer aided design) may be required, but other than that, I don't know. Are you just going to be using it for studies? Are you going to be using a lot of programs? Are you going to be using Youtube, or other media/video related sites, such as on demand TV services? Are you going to be using it for a bit of gaming?
    These are all things that would help determine what specifications you'd likely require.

    Chances are, unless you need an ultimate gaming laptop with as much power as you can possibly get, you'll definitely be under £800.

    Hope this helps!
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    (Original post by CorpusLuteum)
    Get a mac if you've got 800 quid to throw away on trash.
    It depends on what the OP requires the laptop for, and whether the software they require will be Mac OS based, or Windows based.

    Windows machines are generally cheaper, though the OP may require either Mac OS, or Windows, based on their requirements (in terms of software).
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    It depends on what the OP requires the laptop for, and whether the software they require will be Mac OS based, or Windows based.

    Windows machines are generally cheaper, though the OP may require either Mac OS, or Windows, based on their requirements (in terms of software).
    Thank you, I'm also studying engineering so I will be using CAD Software a lot but it will also be used for work in class and general use at home. I have £800 as my limit as I don't really know much about what I'd get for my money. Having used Windows for most of my school life I will still use that software as it's the most compatible with useage at school and in my personal experience I've never liked using Macs or OS Software for school work
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    I got a refurbished Samsung from http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/ for around £350 about 2 years ago that is still going strong; at the time it was around £650 brand new, so I got myself a bargain!
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    (Original post by harrisonchar)
    First of all sorry if this is in the wrong place I wasn't sure where else to put it, but anyway I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions on laptops which would be good for sixth form? At my sixth form laptops are essential and I'll be studying Engineering, Physics and Maths so if anyone knows any good ones or where I could go to find some decent information about them that would be great. I'm looking for one ideally under £800 if that helps.
    Depends what you're using it for:

    Gaming? If so, how serious? You'll want a dedicated graphics card & a decent i5 processor.

    Media Streaming? If so you'll want a good quality screen.

    Photo/Video editing? Again you'll want a good screen, a powerful dedicated graphics card & probably an i7 processor.

    Just Microsoft Office use? You definitely don't need to spend a large amount.

    Do you need/want Blu-ray/DVD capability?

    Is size/weight a factor?


    I'd say you've got two options -
    1. Check out sites like Amazon UK, Laptops Direct for deals that fit your spec.

    2. Use a custom PC building site like PC Specialist. That way you can customise exactly what you do/don't want. If you're looking to spend your whole budget they're what I'd recommend.
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    (Original post by harrisonchar)
    Thank you, I'm also studying engineering so I will be using CAD Software a lot but it will also be used for work in class and general use at home. I have £800 as my limit as I don't really know much about what I'd get for my money. Having used Windows for most of my school life I will still use that software as it's the most compatible with useage at school and in my personal experience I've never liked using Macs or OS Software for school work
    No problem

    If you're going to be using CAD software, you'll probably want a good processor and enough RAM. As for graphics, I don't know, as I haven't used CAD software before.

    You'll definitely want an intel i5 or i7 processor, and 8GB of RAM. I'd stick with a conventional hard drive unless you need the extra performance from an SSD (SSDs are smaller and more expensive). As for graphics, you should be able to get a computer with a dedicated graphics card for under £800, which will definitely help out.

    You'll probably be using Windows 10 now, with a new Windows machine, and it's pretty similar to Windows 7. It's more familiar than Windows 8 ever was. If you've used Windows, there's no point in switching to Mac or Linux, as you'd need to learn a whole new OS.
 
 
 
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