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    I've been scrolling through the forum trying to avoid making a new post but decided it was easier just to make one anyway I'm looking to get a new laptop for uni in september like so many other people lol.

    I don't want to spend more than £300 but I want it to be lightweight and to last the whole day in terms of battery life. I have an external hardrive so storage shouldn't be a problem, and I'm going to study Philosophy so I don't need any specialised software as it will just be used for research and writing essays.

    Any advice would be so helpful!
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    I've been searching the internet for weeks now and all of the specs just frazzle my brain
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    (Original post by zoeelizabeth)
    I've been scrolling through the forum trying to avoid making a new post but decided it was easier just to make one anyway I'm looking to get a new laptop for uni in september like so many other people lol.

    I don't want to spend more than £300 but I want it to be lightweight and to last the whole day in terms of battery life. I have an external hardrive so storage shouldn't be a problem, and I'm going to study Philosophy so I don't need any specialised software as it will just be used for research and writing essays.

    Any advice would be so helpful!
    Thanks

    I've been searching the internet for weeks now and all of the specs just frazzle my brain
    The main thing you're going to want to look out for is battery life. Having a decent amount of storage on it would still be useful, but you'd get away with 500GB easily if you're using an external hard-drive as well. How much storage is on the external one? Something like this should be fine for studying and working on, and you'll be able to use Netflix and stuff fine on it too. I had a HP one like this for years and it served me well. I'm not sure of the weight, but it might be a little on the heavier side. My similar laptop was light enough to carry around easily, but I've definitely had lighter laptops. This one would be fine with writing up documents and browsing the web and stuff at the same time though. You probably will find cheaper outside of Currys/PC World as well, but they also do offers and bundles that mean you can buy accessories and virus protection etc cheaper with it so it's up to you really. You can get really cheap replacement chargers for these as well if something happens to yours.
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    Okay the big issue here is lightweight and long battery life. What are you defining as lightweight? What constitutes long battery life?

    The thing is lighter laptops are smaller. Smaller means less room for batteries. As such battery life isn't always synonymous with small and lightweight. It can be but isn't always.

    So in terms of specs here's what I'd recommend:

    Intel Core i3. It'll be a little slow but it'll cover your needs just fine. It will have a lower power draw so should help battery life. An Intel Core M chip would also suffice if necessary.

    8GB of RAM. The base amount you really need for a functioning laptop nowadays. You'll get by with 4GB but you'll be thankful to have 8. If you do get a 4GB model you may have the choice of simply upgrading it yourself.

    Storage. Since you mention you'll have an external drive for your work you'd benefit from looking at a smaller capacity but lighter and faster SSD. Something in the 128GB range would suffice. You'll have to work off your external storage or cloud storage but it's better for weight, power, performance and noise. Odds of finding that on a low priced laptop isn't high though. On the plus side if you get a laptop with a decent sized HDD you can use your external drive for working and your internal drive as a backup. You'll thank yourself for backing up all your work if you run into any problems.

    The main ones are your processor and RAM. A low end processor will help save your battery life, as well as running cooler and so on. If performance is an issue this'll be a bottleneck though. Everything else doesn't really matter too much.

    I can't really make any recommendations without knowing your other preferences though. I own a super lightweight 13 inch laptop myself but I know that screen size isn't for everyone. If you want a 15 inch it will add weight but it'll add battery life too. Let us know if you'd prefer a 13 or 15 inch screen and if there's anything else you want. The issue you don't tend to run into with 13 inch devices is that to make them smaller often costs more. So it's likely a 15 inch model will be your cheapest option.

    EDIT: Had a quick look and as usual the £300 budget doesn't leave a lot to be desired. The HP mentioned above is suitable although I was never personally a fan of AMD processors. If you were willing to spend a bit more I'd go for this:

    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...37876-pdt.html

    The Pavilion line is the main series of standard laptops offered by HP and they've been solid devices. Nothing major to fault at this price point.

    Of course if you're willing to buy a manufacturer refurbished machine off somewhere like eBay you can get even better deals.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-E5-57...0AAOSwkl5Xc7Zd

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-G50...gAAOSwM4xXamjE

    Both of those will offer the same basic level of performance as the one I mentioned but well under £300. They're a little heavier though and battery life may or may not be quite as good due to them not being brand new. But they'd be perfectly fine for you and ultimately will give you the best bang for your buck.
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    The main thing you're going to want to look out for is battery life. Having a decent amount of storage on it would still be useful, but you'd get away with 500GB easily if you're using an external hard-drive as well. How much storage is on the external one? Something like this should be fine for studying and working on, and you'll be able to use Netflix and stuff fine on it too. I had a HP one like this for years and it served me well. I'm not sure of the weight, but it might be a little on the heavier side. My similar laptop was light enough to carry around easily, but I've definitely had lighter laptops. This one would be fine with writing up documents and browsing the web and stuff at the same time though. You probably will find cheaper outside of Currys/PC World as well, but they also do offers and bundles that mean you can buy accessories and virus protection etc cheaper with it so it's up to you really. You can get really cheap replacement chargers for these as well if something happens to yours.
    thank you so much will look into the laptop you recommended!
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    Okay the big issue here is lightweight and long battery life. What are you defining as lightweight? What constitutes long battery life?

    The thing is lighter laptops are smaller. Smaller means less room for batteries. As such battery life isn't always synonymous with small and lightweight. It can be but isn't always.

    So in terms of specs here's what I'd recommend:

    Intel Core i3. It'll be a little slow but it'll cover your needs just fine. It will have a lower power draw so should help battery life. An Intel Core M chip would also suffice if necessary.

    8GB of RAM. The base amount you really need for a functioning laptop nowadays. You'll get by with 4GB but you'll be thankful to have 8. If you do get a 4GB model you may have the choice of simply upgrading it yourself.

    Storage. Since you mention you'll have an external drive for your work you'd benefit from looking at a smaller capacity but lighter and faster SSD. Something in the 128GB range would suffice. You'll have to work off your external storage or cloud storage but it's better for weight, power, performance and noise. Odds of finding that on a low priced laptop isn't high though. On the plus side if you get a laptop with a decent sized HDD you can use your external drive for working and your internal drive as a backup. You'll thank yourself for backing up all your work if you run into any problems.

    The main ones are your processor and RAM. A low end processor will help save your battery life, as well as running cooler and so on. If performance is an issue this'll be a bottleneck though. Everything else doesn't really matter too much.

    I can't really make any recommendations without knowing your other preferences though. I own a super lightweight 13 inch laptop myself but I know that screen size isn't for everyone. If you want a 15 inch it will add weight but it'll add battery life too. Let us know if you'd prefer a 13 or 15 inch screen and if there's anything else you want. The issue you don't tend to run into with 13 inch devices is that to make them smaller often costs more. So it's likely a 15 inch model will be your cheapest option.

    EDIT: Had a quick look and as usual the £300 budget doesn't leave a lot to be desired. The HP mentioned above is suitable although I was never personally a fan of AMD processors. If you were willing to spend a bit more I'd go for this:

    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computi...37876-pdt.html

    The Pavilion line is the main series of standard laptops offered by HP and they've been solid devices. Nothing major to fault at this price point.

    Of course if you're willing to buy a manufacturer refurbished machine off somewhere like eBay you can get even better deals.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-E5-57...0AAOSwkl5Xc7Zd

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-G50...gAAOSwM4xXamjE

    Both of those will offer the same basic level of performance as the one I mentioned but well under £300. They're a little heavier though and battery life may or may not be quite as good due to them not being brand new. But they'd be perfectly fine for you and ultimately will give you the best bang for your buck.
    wow i wasnt expecting this much advice! thank you very much, i will definitely be using all of ths info to help me decide!

    thanks again
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    (Original post by zoeelizabeth)
    wow i wasnt expecting this much advice! thank you very much, i will definitely be using all of ths info to help me decide!

    thanks again
    I get a little carried away when it comes to talking about computers and technology. Hopefully it's of some help though
 
 
 
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