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New Windows Laptop What's Best?

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Need a new laptop, for various software reasons must be windows, anyone's views on what's the best options out there currently?

Not really after budget models but would be if they were also a good option for some other reason. I've neglected to upgrade for a long while due to doing a lot on more on a tablet, so not really up to date on what's available, but urgently need to now and don't want to panic buy some piece of crap or have my head easily turned by some gimmicky tool gadgetry like a built in bandsaw.

Although, having said that if one happened to have an 18v battery it could be useful for powering various tools.

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HP Split X2 13" http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04039812

Pros - Tablet or laptop, 64GB SSD in lid (tablet) & 500GB HDD in base (keyboard), massive battery life (two batteries),

Cons - A bit heavy (because of the 2 batteries), not the fastest machine out there but adequate for browsing and streaming movies.

If it's adequate for streaming movies I'd be interested to know how it's manifested itself as being "not the fastest machine out there"?

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What are anyone's thoughts on Surface pro 3?

It's very good, and I think the only hybrid device worth considering.

Don't buy anything with a traditional hard drive, only SSD. The difference in performance is astonishing.

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If it's adequate for streaming movies I'd be interested to know how it's manifested itself as being "not the fastest machine out there"?

Going by the specs. it probably wouldn't be best as a gaming machine, but for my usage it does everything well.

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Just been thru this with my dort.

After all said and done bought a lovely machine direct from the HP website.

Think this was it...

She didn't want touch screen but wanted good tech. specs. Beautiful screen and lovely overall ergonomic and visual design.

http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=J0B97EA&opt=ABU&sel=PCNB

You bought something without starting a thread about it?

How very dare you.

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Going by the specs. it probably wouldn't be best as a gaming machine, but for my usage it does everything well.

Ah I see, thanks. My desktop is ancient and cost me about eighty quid but it still easily manages everything I require of it without complaint.

I have no inkling what the state of the art is these days.

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From personal experience - avoid Acer or Sony.

No experience of Sony but have had a whole series of Acer laptops that worked faultlessly for years with heavy use, no problems at all.

Samsung have frequently failed me and are now on my personal blacklist (screens seem to give up after a year and a day, just after the guarantee expires) and are preloaded with mountains of crapware.

There are still a few Windows 7 laptops out there so you can avoid the misery of Windows 8.

My 2p-worth...

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What are anyone's thoughts on Surface pro 3?

I'd like one, but I'd still need a laptop. Because the screen is too small. So it's basically like an iPad except that I'm going to assume that everything works properly and you can probably print from it. Little things like that.

And it's monstrously expensive.

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The HP laptops seem quite good and are reasonably priced. I was looking at getting a 17"+ screen laptop and those appealed.

Acer and Samsung are on my personal blacklists and I wouldn't touch any of their kit.

If you want the thing to last a while and have a fair amount of use, the keyboard is the thing that always seems to give up first on the laptops I've had. If the letter "j" goes, you can work around it. It's when other keys and the space bar die that it becomes problematic.

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If you want the thing to last a while and have a fair amount of use, the keyboard is the thing that always seems to give up first on the laptops I've had. If the letter "j" goes, you can work around it. It's when other keys and the space bar die that it becomes problematic.

My laptop will still be going strong when we have a house prie rash.

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Lenovo, Asus & Toshiba would be my picks...I've had two Acer's - never again...

I've heard Vaio are making a comeback...It'll be interesting to see what they're like...

http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/first-non-sony-vaio-laptops-arrive-but-they-sure-do-look-familiar-1255673

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My laptop will still be going strong when we have a house prie rash.

Looks like the 'c' key of your laptop has died already... wouldn't call that 'going strong'... ;)

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Looks like the 'c' key of your laptop has died already... wouldn't call that 'going strong'... ;)

I think that was the joke :D

Acer and Samsung are on my personal blacklists and I wouldn't touch any of their kit.

I'm surprised, my Samsung laptop (Q35) went on for years and was a pleasure to use. The fan finally died and so it is sitting in a drawer until I can be bothered to buy a new one, but I consider that failure to be fair enough after 6 or so years of daily use. Haven't any experience of other models though.

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Looks like the 'c' key of your laptop has died already... wouldn't call that 'going strong'... ;)

I think that was the joke :D

Acer and Samsung are on my personal blacklists and I wouldn't touch any of their kit.

I'm surprised, my Samsung laptop (Q35) went on for years and was a pleasure to use. The fan finally died and so it is sitting in a drawer until I can be bothered to buy a new one, but I consider that failure to be fair enough after 6 or so years of daily use. Haven't any experience of other models though.

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I'm in the market for a laptop too but I know naff all about specs so it's all a bit overwhelming - I get the impression that ultrabooks, while impressive looking, carry a big price premium for their portability and loss of performance.

What about getting a refurb from the Dell outlet store? Do they seem good enough value?

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http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/laptops/

Good place to get a decent laptop, 17" range is good too. Always get one with a good solid chassis with plenty of large air vents at the back and side. Most big name brands overlook this and try cramming in powerful hardware into a poorly ventilated chassis. The result is a fan whirring loudly and incessantly followed by burn out on The gpu and the need to buy another laptop.

A decent laptop cooler is a must too, the big zalmans are the best.

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Anybody care to talk me out of moving from my astonishingly reliable Sony Viao/windows to Mac desktop & laptop? Price aside.......

Looking for quality, longevity, ease of use, screen quality etc etc. Not looking for cheap, nasty, power!!!!, IT techie tinkering nonsense......

Ta.

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