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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:13 pm 
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Click The Link...http://www.simplyasus.com/ASUS_K53SD-SX103V_1191527.html


Looking for a new laptop as mine is dying a slow death and i need a reliable machine for the next year. Came across this laptop and thought, to my untrained eye it looked alright, but is it worth the money, or is there something else I should be looking at for a similar price?

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Click The Link...http://www.simplyasus.com/ASUS_K53SD-SX103V_1191527.html


Looking for a new laptop as mine is dying a slow death and i need a reliable machine for the next year. Came across this laptop and thought, to my untrained eye it looked alright, but is it worth the money, or is there something else I should be looking at for a similar price?

Thanks muchly in advance :)


For work, they'll all do fine, but you don't have to spend that much on it for office work. For hardcore gaming you need to be more particular with the dedicated graphics. From a quick look around, the graphics are medium/budget level, so won't be able to play the very latest games but will probs run slightly older or less demanding stuff.

Asus make quality stuff though, so it won't be rubbish.

So it depends, as always, on what your intended use for it is?

If you tell me that and your budget and gimmie a day or two I'll have a look around and see if there are any better and/or cheaper alternatives I can find.

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Con. If you wanted a basic laptop just to do some Uni work. Mainly just office what would you advise. It's for my Mum. She only needs the Office package and Sage. So nothing to powerful I don't think but don't want to tell her to underspend if ya know what I mean.

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Con. If you wanted a basic laptop just to do some Uni work. Mainly just office what would you advise. It's for my Mum. She only needs the Office package and Sage. So nothing to powerful I don't think but don't want to tell her to underspend if ya know what I mean.


I do know what you mean.

Have a look here:

Click The Link...http://www.asuslaptop.co.uk/categories.php#categories.php

http://www.asuslaptop.co.uk/categories. ... gories.php

There's a direct link to it, or you can browse the list. For the list, tick the £300-£400 box under 'Price Range' on the left menu, and have a look on page 2 (little link at bottom of the page) where there's a nice one - or direct link: Asus K73E-TY325V - with a 17.3" 1600 x 900 HD+ TFT screen (vs the 15" 1366x768 displays you often get on cheap laptops), 320GB hard drive, 4GB RAM and Win7 64bit. If you're not bothered about the bigger screen, most of those would do it just go for a 3-4GB minimum. That's just under £400.

I'll list a few more alternatives when I wake up, thinking is making my head hurt. :p :lol:

SAGE (AFAIK from a quick search) just requires 2GB of RAM, but a bit more is better for Win7, and office type stuff will run on similar hardware.

I highly recommend Libre Office btw, completely free and does everything MS Office does, full compatibility. It's written by the people that used to make the also free Open Office, but it's more actively updated these days as they all left to do this instead.

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I need it for basically Microsoft office work for the next year, just need it to be reliable, which my laptop at the moment isn't. There will be of course be the need for football manager to be played, and I guess I wouldn't mind being able to play the odd game or 2 on it, I belive there is a new sim city in the pipeline, but I have a ps3 for that, so its not too important. Wouldn't want to spend more than £500-600.


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I need it for basically Microsoft office work for the next year, just need it to be reliable, which my laptop at the moment isn't. There will be of course be the need for football manager to be played, and I guess I wouldn't mind being able to play the odd game or 2 on it, I belive there is a new sim city in the pipeline, but I have a ps3 for that, so its not too important. Wouldn't want to spend more than £500-600.


This is great value:

http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/Voyager/

And at £432 for the basic configuration, there's overhead for customising it.

EG It costs just under £100 to upgrade the graphics to nVidia 640M with 2GB of it's own dedicated video memory, but you save nearly as much by dropping Windows (which includes the proper DVD not a recovery disk if you buy it, which is nice) if you already have a copy of it.


Top of the note it's £644 inc. VAT, but that's for everything, £544 without Windows 7 DVD:

Upgrades:

Processor to the Core i3 3110M CPU + £54
Memory to 8GB 1600MHz Samsung RAM + £31
Graphics to an nVidia 640M 2GB +£95
Hard drive to 500GB +£11
Plus a copy of 64bit Windows 7 on DVD - which I've noticed being charged at £79, £89 and £100 depending on the rest of the spec. EG which processor you select.

That's not a bad price at all for a 17.3" 1600x900 widescreen (most) games capable laptop.

A full HD screen (1920x1080) is an extra £35, but I find my own 1600x900 monitor is just as good tbh. Depends if you want the extra pixels, but that'd take you over budget with this spec. If you plan to use a 32bit OS, then you could save money by only having 4GB, the most it can use, but as it only costs an extra £23 for the full 8GB it would future-proof it a little imo should you need more memory at some point and be forced to switch to a 64bit OS.

Like I said, lose the Windows DVD and it comes down to a more manageable £544... it seems like a crime to me to lose so much of your budget to a Windows DVD, and most people probably already have a copy knocking around somehwere, either from their previous PC or laptop - you just need the serial number/licence key for when you install it on your new laptop - the setup DVD can be downloaded from MS or elsewhere on the net legally - or if not then from the free-ads or elsewhere.

If you plan to have marathon gaming sessions or never turn it off and use it 24/7 then the extra £9 for the Arctic Thermal Paste will help keep it a bit cooler, which can prolong the life of the hardware as well as stop it burning your knee. Extra/bigger batteries are also available if you are away from power for long periods of time, and the rest of the upgrades seem pretty reasonably priced too, EG increasing the hard drive size still further if you wanted.


The cheapest decent configuration comes in at £414 without Windows 7, or £493 with it (all including VAT). That's for an i3-3110M CPU with onboard HD 4000 graphics, 4GB 1300MHz RAM and default 250GB drive which will more than cope with your MS Office-type work.

If I were you I'd get the best one your budget allows, OR... trim the budget and get the cheapest functional model that will do the job. Personally I'd prefer the former.

I've never bought from these guys before, but I have read reviews in the likes of PC Pro about them which praised the build quality and performance etc. so they seem as good as anyone.

S'up to you. :geek:

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