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Can anyone recommend a good laptop please?

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#1 Rraa


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Posted 20 February 2010 - 05:08 AM

I am considering getting a laptop for use whilst travelling around the city and keeping in contact with business colleagues. I need to be able to use all the MS packages, access email, the internet and possibly some other progs (not necessarily gaming or videos though as my LPTP will not be used for these).

The laptop will need to be
* fast, powerful with good RAM and clear visibility screen
* small (12" or less) and light for carrying, yet have decent keyboard
* have a long battery life (more than 5 hours would be good, 6hrs+ even better)
* not excessively expensive but am willing to pay for excellence

Can anyone recommend a reliable laptop or point me to a good website to compare options? I am visiting some of the magazine sites but wondered if you good people with your specialist knowledge may be able to add other things for me to consider before buying something.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

kind regards

PS: perhaps it may not be necessary to have a laptop but something else that will do the same job - any thoughts, please?

EDIT: Moved to a more appropriate forum-MG

Edited by garmanma, 20 February 2010 - 10:46 AM.

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#2 Kyle B

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 09:34 PM


I cannot say whether the battery will last as long as the article says since I don't own this particular piece, but the specifications fit your bill. The only thing left over to ponder whether you like how this thing looks.

If the Alienware is too flashy for you, there's also the ThinkPad X201 (http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=5546&review=lenovo+thinkpad+x201+x201s+tablet). It's not as powerful as the Alienware, but it's lighter and the keyboard is probably the best on the laptop market (crap, I hope not to start a flame war with this).

I personally use a Samsung NC10 for my laptop, and it's 10 inches with a decent keyboard, but the Atom processor acts like a bottleneck. It's cheap, though, so I'm not complaining

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 10:32 AM

Maximum dollars you are willing to part with?


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Posted 02 March 2010 - 04:26 PM

Hello Kyle B - thanks for your suggestions. I have looked at the Alienware page you referred to and, yes it is big and powerful. Probably a bit too big for me to carry about all day though. The other suggestion you made was the ThinkPad which is worth considering. Thank you for your time and your suggestions. :blink:

Louis, I would say, (going by today's exchange rate GBP to USD being 1 = US $1.49) something like 700 tops = just over $1,000. Is that about reasonable? :wacko:

By the way, I just got pointed to this by another online friend - what do you guys think of The Acer Aspire Timeline 4801T?

Edited by Rraa, 02 March 2010 - 04:32 PM.

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