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#1 Juliasdream

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 06:10 AM

I want to buy a laptop with a decent processor i3 or i5 or similar, plenty of memory, 8gb. 1Tb HD. card reader, 3 or more USB's and HDMI. Preferably with DVD RW but not essential as I have an external one.

There are so many to choose from on the market I haven't a clue about processors but I imagine a Celeron would be a lower spec than i3 or i5. I don't know the AMD equivalents

My budget us around £300 (about $400)

Can anyone advise?

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 06:22 AM

Hi Juliasdream,

 

what is the laptop going to be used for? That will help to come up with some specs for the price range that you are looking at. £300 is not a lot for a laptop but depending on the usage you may be able to get a decent spec machine to use.

 

Let me know and I can see if I can help.

 

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 07:34 AM

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Hi Juliasdream,

 

what is the laptop going to be used for? That will help to come up with some specs for the price range that you are looking at. £300 is not a lot for a laptop but depending on the usage you may be able to get a decent spec machine to use.

 

Let me know and I can see if I can help.

 

Thank you

 

Hi Harry

I don't do anything as demanding as video editing or gaming. Mostly browsing, playing and recording videos. video streaming. web design (I'm using wix at the moment which is quite slow on my current laptop).

I may do some screen capture videos for creating tutorials

I'm using an Akoya E7214 which is quite old. I bought it when WIN 7 was very new. I upgraded the HD to an SSD . it has an i3 processor and now run 64bit win 10 and 3gb memory

In fact it's a great laptop for home use but the graphics are not great and its cumbersome for travelling so I feel its time to get something for when I'm away from home

Thanks



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Posted 10 May 2018 - 10:25 AM

Definitely don't rule out manufacturer refurbished units if you need a higher spec box than you could afford if buying "brand new."

 

Given your usage notes virtually any true laptop (not netbook or Chromebook) you can buy that has a processor above the Celeron (which is most of them) will be a major improvement over what you have.

 

In AMD processors an AMD-A8 or higher (A10, A12) APU would be a significant improvement over what you have as well.  I have AMD APU machines, one A6, one A8, and two A12, and all still work.  I needed "higher horsepower" than the A6 and A8 were capable of, so I replaced both with A12 machines, though both work just fine, and quite quickly, for basic web browsing and office suite work.


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Posted 12 May 2018 - 03:50 AM

Definitely don't rule out manufacturer refurbished units if you need a higher spec box than you could afford if buying "brand new."

 

Given your usage notes virtually any true laptop (not netbook or Chromebook) you can buy that has a processor above the Celeron (which is most of them) will be a major improvement over what you have.

 

In AMD processors an AMD-A8 or higher (A10, A12) APU would be a significant improvement over what you have as well.  I have AMD APU machines, one A6, one A8, and two A12, and all still work.  I needed "higher horsepower" than the A6 and A8 were capable of, so I replaced both with A12 machines, though both work just fine, and quite quickly, for basic web browsing and office suite work.

 

Thanks to everyone for your help. I've decided after all that I'll try giving my laptop a new lease of life by upgrading the memory which should help with multi tasking. I'm quite happy with it other than it slows down or becomes unresponsive

I have 3gb RAM and I found a 4gb stick on ebay for £20

I'll replace the 1gb with 4gb giving me 6gb altogether

Your advice won't be a time waste I'm just playing for time so I can carry on with what I've got while I keep a lookout for a higher spec at a good price.

My Akoya  is quite large and heavy for a laptop so when I find something else I'll keep this one for home use and a new lighter one for travel so I will still be following your recommendations



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Posted 14 May 2018 - 04:21 AM

 

Definitely don't rule out manufacturer refurbished units if you need a higher spec box than you could afford if buying "brand new."

 

Given your usage notes virtually any true laptop (not netbook or Chromebook) you can buy that has a processor above the Celeron (which is most of them) will be a major improvement over what you have.

 

In AMD processors an AMD-A8 or higher (A10, A12) APU would be a significant improvement over what you have as well.  I have AMD APU machines, one A6, one A8, and two A12, and all still work.  I needed "higher horsepower" than the A6 and A8 were capable of, so I replaced both with A12 machines, though both work just fine, and quite quickly, for basic web browsing and office suite work.

 

Thanks to everyone for your help. I've decided after all that I'll try giving my laptop a new lease of life by upgrading the memory which should help with multi tasking. I'm quite happy with it other than it slows down or becomes unresponsive

I have 3gb RAM and I found a 4gb stick on ebay for £20

I'll replace the 1gb with 4gb giving me 6gb altogether

Your advice won't be a time waste I'm just playing for time so I can carry on with what I've got while I keep a lookout for a higher spec at a good price.

My Akoya  is quite large and heavy for a laptop so when I find something else I'll keep this one for home use and a new lighter one for travel so I will still be following your recommendations

 

Even I am planning to buy a new laptop, but my budget is a little higher since I have been collecting money for around 2 years now if I'm correct. I have started looking around for options. Any more advice is appreciated!



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:59 AM

I just ordered a refurbished HP14-bw020na

AMD A6-9220 with 8gb memory, 1Tb HDD DVD Writer 1USB 2.0 2 xUSB's 3.1 and HDMI

It's got to be better than my ageing Medion Akoya as far as travelling goes

Thanks to all for the advice






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