Recommended laptop for uniWatch
I want it to last beyond the 3 years.
My budget would be ideally less than 500 but I want it to look nice as well.
Aim for a miminum of 1920 screen resolution in whatever laptop you buy.
Also get in touch with some IT departments in large organisations and enquire if you can have one of their old laptops for free.
You do not need anything fancy at all - in terms of the internal bits - when it comes to a laptop for making notes, typing assignments and web browsing.
All you need is a decent keyboard, which the E7470's have, a decent screen which the E7470's have (avoid any with 1366 screen resolution), and a well engineered chassis and lid - which is where the E7470's are superb with their coated magnesium alloy construction.
Do you recommend any 2 in 1 laptop tablets?
The 2 Currys laptops mentioned in this thread are prime examples of why you shouldn't buy from Currys. Compared to a Dell Latitude E7470, you are paying more money to get shoddy plasticky, toylike laptops, with somewhat cheap nasty feeling keyboards. Compared to paying less money to get a proper, rugged, premium business machine with a decent feeling keyboard.
Also theirs only a free 7 day guarantee the 1 year and 2 year guarantee are pretty expensive.
How would you go about emailing an it department for a free laptop, if you don't mind me asking?
It doesn't have to be email. Snail mail is fine too. Especially if it's on the stationary of your local vicarage or scout group or charity shop, etc. And the laptop will be used for charitable purposes for at least some of the time.
You could also look out for large buildings or employment sites near where you live when you are out and about.
And then address your letter to the Head of IT.
And I am 100% right when I say: DON'T BUY FROM CURRYS.
This applies whichever way you look at it.
If for example you are neurotic when it comes to the reliability of laptops, inparticular premium business laptops from Dell, HP or Lenovo, and you really must have something with a warranty, then you can buy something new or used with 13 months or more of the warranty remaining.
Which is 1 month longer than what you'd get off Currys.
I don't know of any true IT professionals that would buy laptops for themselves or for their student children from Currys.
They would all buy either direct from the manufacturer, or from ebay, or they would acquire some old laptop that was surplus to requirements from their place of work.
Buying from Currys equals an admission that you don't know what you are doing when it comes to IT purchasing and that you have been poorly advised. Or that you have been given good advice and have chosen to ignore this good advice.
This one is really google and it’s a 2 in 1 !!!!