What apps do you NEED to run on it? If you don't need anything bespoke or heavy duty, then consider a Chromebook...
So I've got this HP omnibook xe4100 thing running XP, external wifi modem and all, and it's like wading through treacle. Rather than throw money at a dinosaur I'm thinking what might be a better machine to own for out and about.
The spec goes along the lines of:
- Small to compact sized laptop
- Not a tablet
- Touchy feely screen not needed
- Won't be used for gaming but needs to handle heavily graphicky sites like faceblork
- Built in wifi and reasonably future proofed spec
- This is basically a toy so I don't want to push the boat out
So, woss fink?
Hmm so it sems Chromebooks aren't about holding their own data but rather just portals to do everything online. Something Oracle wanted to do a couple of decades ago but everybody threw their hands up in horror.
Anyhoo I'm enough of a luddite to want stuff I've bought to be in my possession not borrowed (or more likely rented as soon as it becomes the de facto standard). So, recommendations wanted again for a proper laptop not an online toy plz.
And don't lappies have DVD drives any more these days? Jeez, you kids
OK, here's how I'm thinking. The GF's old XP single core tower system can't handle her many demands (mind you it's better than your omnibook-that must be like pulling teeth). To be fair it is a work system. So I'm looking for an i3 or i5 laptop, which should take care of being reasonably futureproof. There's new development in bridge technology just about to arrive so they're all talking about Haswell machines, which says to me that the older Ivy Bridge ones should feature in some decent deals. I'll be very happy indeed if I find a deal on that for £299-I did see a Samsung last month at that but I blinked & I missed it.
But..my own old XP amd64 tower system is fine for FB etc. And the latop I'm using right now is an old dual core aspire 5630 & that's unborkable-it's my work machine if you like. You can get those now for well under £100. I really like this laptop. I've maxed out the ram & that's it. But it sure ain't future proof! And although it certainly wasn't designed for windows 8 it don't half fly on it.
Small means compromise, that will be any combination of the following:
battery life / performance
You can buy an ultrabook for lots of dosh but it won't have a DVD drive, you can buy a budget laptop but it might be a bit big, you can buy a laptop with good battery life and it be slow.
I reckon you'll end up with a 15.6" budget laptop, in that category watch the processors as a small price difference can make a big performance difference.
This is a lower spec version of a laptop I bought recently, it's a decent spec for the price (£300 at the moment).
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For a bit of surfing and a smidge of home productivity CPU/Memory/HDD size (unless you're ripping loads of media) and graphic cards (unless you're gaming) aren't really important. Yes i5 sounds better than an i3, etc.. but surfing the web, a typical user will never notice.
For me buying a laptop would be about...
Screen size, resolution, quality.
Overall chassis durability
I find the standard cheapy laptop res of 1366x768 a bit cramped, I also like matt screens and a frame strong enough that it doesn't bend if someone accidentally picks it up by the screen.
I like a keyboard that doesn't dish in too much when you type on it, most of the budget laptops I've used have had horrible keyboards.
I always do the bend test, grab opposite corners and try to twist the chassis, some have a scary amount of bend in them.
Yeah, what mussels said.
Laptops only if you must be mobile AND you need a biggish screen, useable keyboard and dvd drive.
Tablets nice for travelling and online browsing - but screen size can be an issue if you need to use the screen keyboard a lot and there's a massive variation in quality and therefore useability. Some of them are just expensive door stops TBH.
Netbooks very useful for durable travelling companions with familiar functionality and a proper keyboard.
There's dis/advantages throughout tbh
so the cheap laptop you seek must be based on the size you want the laptop to be. Any new laptop will fit your requirements functionally.
what are DVD drives for? would that mean I have to burn my downloads to DVD to play them? From my download server that has no DVD..... :eek:
I know a few people that have bought new Laptops lately and all have bought these. Cracking bit of kit. It'll get you used to win8 or just use it the old fashioned way if you prefer. Has a DVD drive, is quick on image heavy websites etc. We got it for £380 for my in-laws.