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Dell Inspiron 14z-5423 Ultrabook, Silver – £599.95

Most ultrabooks are expensive but speedy laptops around the £1000 mark, however this Dell Inspiron 14z-5423 ultrabook attempts to buck this trend by costing half of that. Lets see if this budget Dell ultrabook can carve its own, quite wanted niche. It is available from John Lewis exclusively at £599.95 with a free two year warranty.

Well if you are looking for an ultrabook then you are requiring, small form factor, powerful processing power, a good battery life and stylish looks. Now at this price there has to be compromises, but lets be honest, not everyone needs a £1000 laptop! So what has been left out to make the grade? Firstly it looks great. The chassis of the laptop is very thin (much thinner than it looks in photos) and although it is not a unibody design, it feels sturdy. The battery is also very good, at a quoted seven hours. This is impressive for such a thin laptop and should see most people throughout an entire working day.

The performance is the one area on paper which you see the compromise. Instead of the £1000 ultrabooks Core i7 and SSD powered machines, you get an Intel Core i3-2367M combined with 4GB of RAM and a large 500GB hard drive. If you are not sure about computers you may see some cheaper PCs with 6GB RAM and think they are faster. 4GB of RAM is more than enough for even heavy day to day tasks with Windows 7. The performance is solid and is not that far off the Core i5 ultrabooks that have normal hard drives like this does, rather than SSDs.

The advantage of having a traditional hard drive is you get much more space for a lot less money. With 500GB you have plenty of room fro even the most keen photographer, or movie fan. Speaking of which the screen for those movies is very good. It is a HD screen and comes with the built in Intel HD graphics card, which allows playback of High Definition movies. It wont play the latest commercial games with full quality, but older games and online ones like on Facebook it will run smoothly and fast.

This 14z-5423 is also packed full of connectivity options. This means you have plenty of USBs for your external mouse, iPod, camera etc.Unlike some ultrabooks the Dell 14z-5423 also has a DVD drive.

Overall this is a great value laptop and is very worthy of a purchase. If you want portability, but without the high price tag of many ultrabooks, then this could be the one for you. Plus because it is from John Lewis it comes with a free two year warranty and 90 days free software support.

Price: £599.95

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Dell Inspiron 14z-5423 Ultrabook, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, Intel Core i3 Processor, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Microsoft Office Starter 2010

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Choosing a new Student Laptop for the new University Year – A Guide For Students

Estimated reading time 5 minutes

Whenever the summer starts, you start to see adverts for the latest sale on laptops. While most students use PCs, most do not know what they really need to look for when buying. You do not want to end up with a £800 laptop when you only needed a £400 one, but which £400 one is best. And what about if you did need the £800 laptop?

Laptops have come down in price over the years, but the quality can vary. I’m sure you know someone who has bought a laptop and been hurling abuse at it ever since. To be fair, a lot of this is down to the user, but if you go into your nearest big retail outlet you more than likely will be presented with a huge array of laptops which confuse. Do I need a Core i3 laptop or a Core i7? 13.3 inch or 15.6? Is 6GB of RAM enough?

 

This guide is written for a typical student doing a non IT related course. e.g. They want a laptop which they can do all their essays, watch films on, and have their entire music and photo collection.

 

I will use general terms to help get through the minefield and offer up some suggestions based on the current market. Links are provided at the bottom. If you decide to buy a laptop based off the information given in this article, if you use the links at the bottom we get some commission. You do not pay any more to the price for this. Think of it as a way of saying “thanks that was helpful!”

 

General rules of thumb:

  1. Ignore RAM Size. Yes more RAM is better but what what you need 3GB (which any laptop nowadays has) will be enough.
  2. Best bang for buck is a 15.6 inch screen. You pay more for portability, so to get similar performance you will have to pay out roughly £50 more to go for a same specification 13.3 inch screen.
  3. The prices in this article are the minimum you have to pay. Obviously you can pick a more expensive laptop because you like the look etc. but this guide is designed so you known a baseline price.

Here are some student laptop scenarios with what to look for if they describe you…

I want a laptop that can hold all my photos and music

Look for a laptop with a 500GB hard drive or higher. That way you will have plenty of room for even the most photo happy student. If you need more you can always add a USB flash drive (16GB £8) or external hard drive (500GB £35) to back up all your data.

Recommendation: Any laptop with an Intel Core i3 processor is fast for everyday computing.

Lower price: AMD C Series (e.g. C-50) processors are slow but are ample if you will only casually use your computer. If you can afford the extra £50 to get a Pentium Dual Core or a Core i3 processor on offer then it would be worth the upgrade.

A good price to pay £280 for C50 or £300-350 for a second generation Core i3.

 

I like to watch films:

Make sure the laptop has a DVD drive (or Blu Ray drive if you have the collection). Look out for the words HD graphics in the specification e.g. Intel HD Graphics, nVidia HD, Radeon HD. This will mean it can play 1080p HD video, so it will play any film or YouTube/Facebook/Smartphone video in HD.

Recommendation: Any laptop with Intel/nVidia/Radeon HD graphics.

Expect to pay £320-350

I want a portable laptop to take around with me most of the time to lectures/the library etc. :

Most laptop are light nowadays. However there are a new breed of laptops called Ultrabooks which are exceptionally light and thin. The Macbook Air being the most popular. However even “normal” laptops are lightweight, but battery life is the key thing to look for here. If you have a day of classes and you live off campus it is nice to not have to carry a heavy charger around. Look for a laptop with at least a 6 cell battery which should give you 5 hours battery life if you turn down the brightness.

Recommendation: Any laptop with claimed battery life of 5 hours or more. If you can afford it, get an ultrabook.

 

What to possibly avoid: Any 10inch netbook or laptop with an Intel Atom processor. These are fine for web browsing but to use as a main laptop, they can be frustratingly slow. The latest breed are a bit better with dual core processors, but expect a slow time at some point. However the battery life can be up to 12 hours, so this is a huge advantage.

Expect to pay £400 for a laptop with a long life battery. Remember to drain your laptop battery and then plug in. Do not leave them on charge all the time or it will kill the battery far quicker than you can imagine.

 

Want power and portability? Check Out ULTRABOOKS

Ultrabooks are a advertising name for powerful, thin, lightweight laptops. They are super slim, and offer 6 hour battery life but are combined with powerful Core i5 or even Core i7 processors. Problem is they cost £700 upwards. But you do get what you pay for, they look superb. They also have Solid State Drives which are ultrafast hard drives. They are lightning quick and don’t use up hardly any power, but the downside is they are expensive for the size, so you will need an external hard drive if you have a serious amount of picture or music.

 

Summary:

In general any laptop on sale today will do you fine. However I recommend getting an Intel Core i3 processor or the AMD equivalent A6 Series powered laptop if you can afford it over the cheaper Intel Celeron or AMD C Series. It will be frustration free for longer. Ignore RAM, and just think about how many pictures or movies you really have. Do you need a 750GB hard drive or higher? Probably not.

If you want style and speed and you have the money, then Ultrabooks are as good as they sound. Any questions, just post in the comments.

Here are some links for some laptops for the categories mentioned above:

Core i3 laptops on Amazon UK

Core i3 laptops on Currys

Laptops from John Lewis – 2yr guarantee

Ultrabooks on Amazon UK – Portable and Powerful

 

 

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Asus X54C 15.6 inch laptop (Intel Core i3 2350M 2.3GHz, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDSMDL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)

Asus X54C 15.6 inch laptop (Intel Core i3 2350M 2.3GHz, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDSMDL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)

Asus X54C 15.6 inch laptop (Intel Core i3 2350M 2.3GHz, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDSMDL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)

  • Processor clock speed: 2300 MHz
  • Processor family: Intel Core i3
  • Processor model: i3-2350M
  • Processor number of cores: 2
  • System bus: 5 GT/s

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Acer Aspire AS5733-386 15.6″ Laptop Review

The cheapest price for this Acer Aspire AS5733-386 is now just over £300. This is superb value for a feature rich laptop. It is a superb everyday laptop which is available from Currys now.

Is the Acer Aspire AS5733-386 a good family Laptop?

The simple answer is yes. It has got a Core i3 processor, which is fast and responsive to all everyday tasks. While it is not the latest Ivy Bridge Core i3 (which are much more expensive), it will handle the Internet, music, HD video, Microsoft Office and more with ease. Thanks to a good size hard drive it will store most families full music collections.

  • Processor clock speed: 2530 MHz
  • Processor family: Intel Core i3
  • Processor model: i3-380M
  • Hard Drive: 320GB
  • Memory: 3GB DDR3

The AS5733-386 also comes with plenty of ports so you can add USB flash drives and hard drives for backup or additional storage. It also has a VGA port so you can plug the laptop into an external monitor. It also offers a webcam for Skype etc, and full 802.11b/g/n WiFi so you get the fastest speed. This Acer Aspire AS5733-386 laptop is compatible with BT Infinity and the fastest Virgin Media packages.

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Samsung 530U4B-A03 Ultrabook, 2 year warranty – £649.95

You have seen the adverts, Ultrabooks are rightfully all the rage thanks to superb design, loads of power and slimline designs which allow for go anywhere access and this Samsung 530U4B-A03 Ultrabook is one of the cheapest, but has all the benefits of the more expensive models.

How does the Samsung 530U4B-A03 differ from the £1000+ ultrabooks?

The main reason for the price difference is the lack of a SSD. However some people prefer the larger HDD capacity you get on a normal drive. This Samsung ultrabook has a huge 500GB, compared to some only having 128GB via an SSD.

How does it match up to other ultrabooks?

Samsung are on to a winner here as it is over £300 cheaper than most ultrabooks, but on paper does not lack in features, or crucially in this sector, design. It looks stunning, and it is feature rich with USB3.0, HDMI, 6GB of RAM and a Core i3 Processor which is more than enough speed for most people. Plus unusually for an ultrabook you get a CD/DVD drive. Nice niche carved out here by Samsung. Also if you buy from John Lewis you get a free two year warranty which is not standard in the UK.

TO BUY OR READ MORE ABOUT THE SAMSUNG 530U4B-A03 ULTRABOOK CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW ON JOHN LEWIS…

 

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Samsung 530U4B-A03 Ultrabook, Intel Core i3, 1.4GHz, 6GB RAM, 500GB with 14 Inch Display, Silver

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Toshiba Satellite C670-17L 17.3 inch Laptop – £399

If you are looking for a large screen cheap laptop then look now further than the superb Toshiba Satellite C670-17L with its 17.3 inch screen and powerful Intel Core i3 processor. Lets take a closer look at this high specification but cheap 17 inch laptop.

The headline specification for this laptop is good. It has a second generation Intel Core i3-2330M dual core processor, which is superb on battery life while also boosting performance. The laptop is also ideal for families as it has a huge 640GB hard drive for all your photos and videos. Storage space will not be a problem. Neither will running multiple programs as the Core i3 in this Toshiba laptop is backed up by a huge 6GB of fast DDR3 RAM.

Wifi is built in and you can even use Skype / Facebook messenger with the built in webcam. If you ever wanted to back things up you can use the inbuilt DVD burner, as well as use it to watch your favourite DVDs or install games.

The laptop comes with Windows 7 Home Premium and plenty of USBs for all your iPods, memory sticks etc.

Overall this is a really powerful, and if bought like new a cheap 17 inch laptop from Toshiba.

Click on the Toshiba Satellite C670-17L for more information


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  • ASIN: B005TU8AZS

Toshiba Satellite C670-17L , 6GB RAM, Intel Core i3, 640GB Hard Drive, Wifi,

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Lenovo C320 20 inch Multi Touch All-in-One Desktop PC for £449.99

If you are fed up of having a PC with all the bits taking up a lot of room then an All in One PC is a great idea like this stylish Lenovo C320 All in One PC. It is backed up by the powerful Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a large 500GB hard drive. So basically it can do anything you throw at it, even modern games on low settings, although this is not made for games, it is made for interactive media.

As you can guess from the title it has a 20 inch touch screen which is responsive, however until Windows 8 comes out it is more for occasional use. Windows 7 is included, but when 8 comes out you can upgrade. What you will get more than occasional use from is the superb display itself. Being an all in one, the PC looks great on your desktop, and the screen does not let the side down. It is LED back lit, and it crisp and sharp thanks to its HD resolution.

There are also plenty of ports on the Lenovo C320, which is rare on all in one PCs, so it means you have access to all your USB devices without swapping much. It also has built in Wifi with the fast Draft-N.

Overall the Lenovo C320 is a great way to clear your desk and replace everything with a fast, stylish machine at a good price.

Click on the PC to read more information on the C320 desktop PC

 

To buy please see the latest price on Amazon UK

 
Intel Core i3-2120, RAM 4GB,HDD 500GB, DVD-R,

 

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ASUS X54H-SX270V Core i3 15.6″ Laptop for £349.99 – COMET

Coming off the back of Comet’s £299.99 Asus X53U-SX278V deal here is a great price if you can afford the extra fifty pounds for this Asus X54H laptop, full model number Asus X54H-SX270V. The main difference is the inclusion of a powerful Intel Core i3-2310 dual core processor. If you can afford it I would recommend going for this model as the second generation Core i3 processor is much more powerful than the AMD one previously featured. So if you plan on spending a lot of time on your laptop it would be worth investing.

Again it has the sturdy build quality you expect from Asus, and it comes with 4GB of RAM and a huge 750GB hard drive, which is big enough to replace a desktop. This Asus X54H-SX270V is one of the best deals out there in the sales.

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Acer Aspire 5733/750 with Core i3 for £369.99

This is a great deal for a Christmas bargain if you have not got your presents done already. It is for a powerful Core i3 powered laptop with 5GB of RAM a and a huge 750GB hard drive. This is a good deal because it features a speedy 2.4GHz Core i3 and a hard drive which is big enough to replace a desktop. You would have to take a lot of photos to fill that! It also has a good 3-4 hour battery which is typical for a laptop of this size and power. You can also collect it in store if you do not trust delivery.

 

 

Buy from Comet for £369

 

 

The Acer Aspire Series offers a diverse range of notebooks that give you the performance, graphics and communication tools to step up your digital entertainment, complete your daily computing tasks, and stay in touch with everyone you know, whether you’re at home or away.