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#1 greenhenry

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 03:38 PM

Hi,

 

My budget for the new computer is: £500 max

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Word processing, web browsing (often multiple tabs) and storing and looking at photos

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Nothing too greedy I don't think

Do you play games? If so, what type of games?  No

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? Not big programs but multiple at the same time: quite a few firefox windows, cloud software, antivirus, evernote, onenote, Freedom...

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? A fair number of pictures, potentially

 

I need to buy a new ultraportable computer for doing my thesis. I want something that doesn't weigh more than a kilo and has a reasonable keyboard and good a battery life as possible. A relatively good processor would be nice too, although all it will have to cope with is word processing, internet browsing and looking at photos.

A year or so ago I would just have gone out and got something, but now netbooks are passé and the market is confused with touchscreens, tablets and ultrabooks.

However, I have a maximum budget of £500. I can't afford an ultrabook and a touchscreen seems worse than pointless - I will mostly be word processing and I'm led to believe they eat up battery.

So I'm probably thinking some kind of 11.6" screen laptop. I'd be glad to hear of anything current, although I think the older models will still meet my requirements. So far I've wondered about the Lenovo Ideapad or Thinkpad edge, the Aspire V5-131 and the Asus Vivobook.

I'm also wondering how easy it would be to upgrade an older model which meets my portability specs with extra ram etc.

Any advice much appreciated!



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:25 AM

I want something that doesn't weigh more than a kilo.
- This isn't going to happen.  I have an HP Portfolio 9470m for work and it weights 1.6 kg.  Less than three kilos shouldn't be an issue and less than two kilos should be possible.

 

If you're always going to have Internet access you could look at a Chromebook

 

You can go to Crucial to see how much RAM you can install on your other machine.

 

Unfortunately I don't know of any place in the UK that I can search for computers for you, but 500 pounds is around $850 US so you should be able to find something will serve your purposes. 



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 02:23 PM

Okay, I should have said under 1.5 kilos. There seem to be plenty of 11.6" notebooks in that category.

 

Unfortuntely a chromebook is no good.

 

Thanks very much for the Crucial link.



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Posted 15 April 2014 - 02:20 AM

Hi, for your price range, the best laptop that i could find was the Lenvo U310 which comes in at 1.7kg while having a Intel Core i3 processor with 4GB of ram plus a speedy 24GB SSD along with a 500GB storage. 


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 08:30 AM

Thanks very much people!



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 10:15 PM

It would also be worth looking into the Lenovo x140e.


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