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Purchase Template: New laptop for UK Academic

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#1 catandhorse1976


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Posted 20 August 2016 - 06:00 AM



I'm trying to keep the costs down of a new laptop purchase so my main question is whether I will need 8 GB RAM or if 4  GB is sufficient. My budget is 1000 GBP.


I've completed the template below.


I would prefer to stay with Dell (3 previous Dell's) as I have found them reliable and the onsite next day business repair excellent. I've been quoted approx 1000 GBP for a Latitude 3350.  The specs of this machine are listed at the bottom of this message. Can you identify if there are any features I cut out to lower the price?  The quote is missing MS Office which will take me over budget.


Currently, I have a Dell Vostro 3360  running Windows 7 Professional (4 GB RAM, 64 bit, Core i5-3317U 1.7 GHz) which I've been pleased with and my usage patterns are not expected to change much in the next 3 years.


However, features I'd like to improve upon with the new purchase:


(1) Quicker start up, shutdown of the system and launch of applications

(2) SSD 256 GB (for speed and reliability as I move around a lot)

(3) Fewer Crashes with MS Word/Endnote docs (a growing problem)


Other critical features for me are:

(1) 13 inch screen

(2) 3 year next day onsite repair

(3) Windows 10

(4) Webcam


I do not need:

(1) A touch screen

(2) Video/Photo editing facility

(3) Good audio










Laptop or Desktop?


My budget for the new computer is:

<1 K GBP including ProSupport and update of MS Office

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?

Web browsing, MS Office applications often running simultaneously (Large Word Documents with Figures, Powerpoint with figures and occasionally video clips, Excel Sheets), MATLAB.

What software do you intend on using on the computer?

MS Office, Endnote, Acronis True Image, PDF viewing software,

Do you play games? If so, what type of games?

Never play games.

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?

All above programs may be running simultaneously

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?

Some video and pictures.

Will you be overclocking?


Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?


How many monitors are you planning to use?

Occasional external monitor use

Do you need peripherals? OS?

Windows 10

Any particular reason why you are upgrading?

Current Dell Vostro 4 years old and ProSupport not renewable.

Specifications of Latiitude 3350


1 Dell Latitude 3350, CTO SR
5th Generation Intel Core i5-5200U (Dual Core, 2.7GHz, 3MB cache) 1 SR
Energy Star 6.1 1 SR
34cm (13.3") HD (1366x768) LED-backlit Touch LCD Panel 1 SR
Touch LCD Black Cover with Camera, WLAN and WWAN antenna 1 SR
English, French, German, Italian, Dutch Shipping Docs 1 SR
System Shipment, Latitude 3350 (TPM enabled) 1 SR
Placemats (English, Greek, Portuguese, Hebrew, Russian) 1 SR
8GB (1x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3L Memory 1 SR
256GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive 1 SR
Resource DVD Media Kit, Drivers and Utilities 1 SR
Power Cord: UK 1 SR
Primary 6-cell 65W/HR Battery 1 SR
Asset Tag - ProSupport (Website, barcode, Onboard MacAddress) 1 SR
Order Configuration Shipbox Label (PO Number, Ship Date, Model, Processor Speed, HDD Size, RAM) 1 SR
Intel Core i5 Processor Label 1 SR
Regulatory Label Not Included 1 SR
65 Watt AC Adaptor 1 SR
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265AC 802.11ac/a/b/g/n 2x2 + Bluetooth 4.0 LE Half Mini Card 1 SR
Intel Dual Band Wireless 7265 Driver 1 SR
No Wireless WAN Card selected 1 SR
Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Non-backlit Single Pointing Keyboard 1 SR
Windows 10 Pro (64bit) English 1 SR
Windows 10 Pro OS Recovery 64bit - DVD 1 SR
Microsoft Office 30 Day Trial - Excludes Office License 1 SR
No Out-of-Band Systems Management 1 SR
Dell Developed Recovery Environment 1 SR
System Shipment, Latitude 3350 1 SR
Additional Software 1 SR
Dell Data Protection | Security Tools Digital Delivery/NB 1 SR
Dell Data Protection System Personal Edition, Digital Delivery 1 SR
McAfee Security Center 30 day trial, Digital Delivery 1 SR
BTO Standard Shipment (S) 1 SR
Not Selected in this Configuration 1 SR
No EAN Shipping Box Label 1 SR
Custom BTO Configuration 1 SR
Base Warranty 1 SR
1Yr Collect and Return 1 SR
INFO 1Yr ProSupport and Next Business Day On-Site Service 1 SR
3Yr ProSupport and Next Business Day On-Site Service 1 SR
Keep Your Hard Drive Service - Not Selected 1 SR
Declined Accidental Damage offer 1 OS
ProSupport for SW, Dell Data Protection Encryption(Non-Essential) Personal Edition,Per license,1Yr 1 SR
Dell Order 1 SR


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#2 LiamP5


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Posted 20 August 2016 - 07:18 AM

I have Asus zenbook ux303ua as your requirement and another Dell inspirion 7000
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