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    • matty2767
    • By matty2767 15th Sep 17, 7:04 PM
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    Laptop for secondary school use
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    • 15th Sep 17, 7:04 PM
    Laptop for secondary school use 15th Sep 17 at 7:04 PM
    Hi

    I want to buy my daughter a laptop for her school work. I have lost touch with computers over the years but have budgeted for something between £300 and 400. This seems to get me an i3 with 4gb of ram and 1tb. The hard drive size isnít an issue as we have cloud storage.

    Could you let me know if I am on the right track with something like this please? http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-320s-14ikb-14-laptop-grey-10164438-pdt.html

    There is also this one which has a different cpu http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-14-bk069sa-14-laptop-white-rose-gold-10165039-pdt.html

    Ideally it will last for he 5 or so years at school, do you think that is possible with the specification? She will be using it for office application and sims4 (she says she wants to play that )

    Thank you

    Matt
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    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 15th Sep 17, 7:17 PM
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    Lenovo perhaps. HP, no.

    SSD good.

    Resolution 1366 x 768 not so good.

    £400 for a just ok laptop, not so good.
    • matty2767
    • By matty2767 15th Sep 17, 7:22 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 7:22 PM
    Thanks wayt

    Are you thinking something like this might be better ? Got a good heat on hot deals

    http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6552624

    And I might be able to get 5% topcashback on it too
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 15th Sep 17, 7:25 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 7:25 PM
    This http://mcscom.co.uk/product/dell-inspiron-15-5567-i5-7200u-2-50ghz-8gb-1tb-15-6-fhd-w10h-1yrs-rtb-wty-mln479/ for £354 would be ok if it had a Solid State Drive fitted.
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 15th Sep 17, 7:28 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 7:28 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 7:28 PM
    Thanks wayt

    Are you thinking something like this might be better ? Got a good heat on hot deals

    http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6552624

    And I might be able to get 5% topcashback on it too
    Originally posted by matty2767
    It ticks all of the boxes, but you are paying for it.
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 15th Sep 17, 7:35 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 7:35 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 7:35 PM
    Review of the ACER: http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/acer-swift-3-2016-page-2
    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 15th Sep 17, 7:36 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 7:36 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 7:36 PM
    The first Lenovo would be my preference over Acer (if buying new).
    Definitely get an SSD - more important than the screen (in my view). You could get a similar spec HP for £315 but, I would again prefer Lenovo over HP. (And the Lenov's a nice colour !?)
    If you put your general location in your Profile, somebody here may be able to come and help you.
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 15th Sep 17, 7:38 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 7:38 PM
    The first Lenovo would be my preference over Acer (if buying new).
    Definitely get an SSD - more important than the screen (in my view). You could get a similar spec HP for £315 but, I would again prefer Lenovo over HP. (And the Lenov's a nice colour !?)
    Originally posted by grumpycrab
    Why?

    ..........
    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 15th Sep 17, 7:53 PM
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    Why? [Would I prefer the Lenovo over Acer]
    Originally posted by WAYT
    We're talking budget laptops and the build quality of Acers I've handled has been worse than Lenovo.
    If you put your general location in your Profile, somebody here may be able to come and help you.
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 15th Sep 17, 8:13 PM
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    We're talking budget laptops and the build quality of Acers I've handled has been worse than Lenovo.
    Originally posted by grumpycrab
    Not convinced by that statement. This ACER has an aluminium body. Not the usual cheap plastic.
    Added to that the Lenovo has 4 GB of RAM to the ACER 8 GB, HDD to the ACER's SSD and HD screen as compared to the ACER's Full HD IPS screen. There is really no comparison.
    • hans 2
    • By hans 2 15th Sep 17, 9:45 PM
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    This laptop worth a bid then..
    Better processor/ larger ssd.
    Seller has good feedback.
    • hans 2
    • By hans 2 16th Sep 17, 5:34 PM
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    Above model at laptopsdirect on sale for £659.97(reduced from £741.97)
    Well worth considering..
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 16th Sep 17, 7:07 PM
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    As it's for school, I'd try to get one with a free copy of MS Office.

    Also, a big screen may be nice, but weight is likely to be an important factor too.

    Lugging around a heavy machine, is going to get tiresome pretty quick.
    My job is Top Secret. Even I don't know what I'm doing.

    Amount I have so far denied the BBC - £1161
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 16th Sep 17, 7:22 PM
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    Above model at laptopsdirect on sale for £659.97(reduced from £741.97)
    Well worth considering..
    Originally posted by hans 2
    Not at that price. Budget is £300 to £400.

    eBay link is here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-Swift-3-SF314-51-51SN-14-inch-Ultrabook-i5-7200U-8GB-256GB-Laptop-Gold-/272844029852
    • hans 2
    • By hans 2 16th Sep 17, 7:39 PM
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    Posted laptopdirect one to show cost only not to buy..
    eBay link already in post 11.
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 16th Sep 17, 7:49 PM
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    Posted laptopdirect one to show cost only not to buy..
    eBay link already in post 11.
    Originally posted by hans 2
    For some reason the link in post #11 stopped working for a bit.
    • matty2767
    • By matty2767 16th Sep 17, 11:23 PM
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    Thanks guys will take a look at those too. I am ok for MSoffice as we can download it for free as part of our licence from work.
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