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    Hi, I really need a new laptop for uni as mine died during A levels. I would like to be able to use it all the way to my dissertation without wanting to smash it to pieces because of how slow and clunky it is.

    I know the basics but I've never bought a laptop before (just used my mums old ones), and I would really appreciate some advice. My budget is £400 - £600. I'm splashing out on a decent one as my last one took five minutes to load anything and crashed every half hour which in the middle of exam time used to literally make me cry from frustration.

    I'm not a gamer, though I occasionally play some very basic PC games, but most basic laptops are able to handle them so I'm not too worried about that. So it would mainly be for coursework and research. I'm not much of gamer except for a couple of basic PC games.

    Basically I usually have a lot of tabs open when I research things so .I can cross reference quickly, and when the lap top gets slow I get super annoyed. I also store a lot of photos and documents, and will require some software to use at uni. (Nothing massively complicated like Photoshop, its an economics program) so I need a lot of storage. I have pretty awful eye site and like my screen to be good quality, (again not gaming standards) and I use my touch pad a lot when on the go. My ideal screen size is between 13.0 and 15 inches.although I am flexible on that.I have no experience with apple products and I don't know if a Mac is worth it when my phone is a Samsung. I would like it to be robust enough that I don't have to be paranoid about bumping into people if I take it to lectures, but not so heavy that it's a drag carrying it, though I would priorities robustness.

    I'm not sure whether or not I would need an Ethernet cable with my level of WiFi usage (I absolutely hate slow computers sue to the fact my old one crashed every half hour). It is provided in my accommodation though, so that would be a bonus.

    I'm currently looking at the HP Pavilion, Lenova IdeaPad 500 and Asus Zenbook

    Thank you so much!
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    I suggest you go somewhere like John Lewis and tell them you're budget and requirements and they'll likely show you some options to pick from
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    I suggest you go somewhere like John Lewis and tell them you're budget and requirements and they'll likely show you some options to pick from
    Can't agree with you there mate. I'd suggest a specialist PC store, Currys PC World perhaps. PC Pro did an article last month about just how bad the buying advice is from non specialist stores, John Lewis was picked on specifically I believe.

    In terms of options, OP is looking in the right places with the three models they listed. Personally I like business PCs so tend to look more at the Dell Latitude and HP Probook / Elitebook range. The Pavilions and Zenbooks should definitely be on your list though. If I could suggest one line, it would be the new Dell Inspirons. Very impressive specs for their prices.
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    In terms of options, OP is looking in the right places with the three models they listed. Personally I like business PCs so tend to look more at the Dell Latitude and HP Probook / Elitebook range. The Pavilions and Zenbooks should definitely be on your list though. If I could suggest one line, it would be the new Dell Inspirons. Very impressive specs for their prices.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks i will look at the Dell.

    My mum and i have been debating on the necessity of buying a laptop over £400 'used just for school' howveer i think the price tag is necessary for the durability and quality and im looking at. Do you agree?
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    Zenbook is the one you want. Personally, I'd recommend splashing the extra few hundred for a Macbook Air, but if you want to stick to your budget then Zenbook is definitely the one.
 
 
 
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