Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy
 

DS Forums

 
 

Budget Laptop Specs Recommendation, please


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 13-10-2012, 13:55
Magister2
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: The Vicarage
Posts: 223

Could someone recommend the specs needed for a budget laptop for studying.

It's needed for the internet for research, not playing games or facebook.

It would primarily run MS Office Word, Excel and Publisher. *

I've done a little research, which I'd like to check with you guys.

Processor: Is Intel Core i3 or i5 or Celeron 867 enough?
Speed: Is 2.3GHz enough?
Memory: is 4gb enough?
Graphics adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000 enough?
Graphics memory: 384MB shared enough?

Can you recommend anything else I should think about?

*I was hoping for a student package that included Word, Excel and Publisher, but offers seem to exclude Publisher. Any advice on getting publisher too.

Thanks for any help...
Magister2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Please sign in or register to remove this advertisement.
Old 13-10-2012, 14:11
barky99
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Scotland - near a whirly thing
Posts: 2,840
I'd avoid celeron and aim for a corei3 or i5 .... 2.3 more than enough especially as cpu's are multicore ... 4gig enough unless you want to do demanding tasks .... integrated graphics will do.
what's the budget?

as for publisher .. you could try Scribus ... open source so zero cost option
LibreOffice can do the lot .... office apps inc publisher features
barky99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-10-2012, 16:30
jimmy7bellies
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 9,477
I think just about any laptop you can buy these days will do that.

I seen Argos advertising one for 299 recently, looked great for the price.

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...ITH+NORTON.htm
jimmy7bellies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-10-2012, 16:34
barky99
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Scotland - near a whirly thing
Posts: 2,840
that argos one's probably been lying on a shelf for around 2 years
barky99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-10-2012, 16:41
jimmy7bellies
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 9,477
that argos one's probably been lying on a shelf for around 2 years
Can't see that would harm it.

For 300 will you get anything better?
jimmy7bellies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-10-2012, 16:59
tealady
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: colchester
Posts: 11,036
that argos one's probably been lying on a shelf for around 2 years
But a good spec for 300.
Can you find a better one?
tealady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-10-2012, 17:08
barky99
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Scotland - near a whirly thing
Posts: 2,840
for just 300 you are really in refurb territory ... for example http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/nav/m...type/laptops/0

stick to A1 grade and all should be well ... might even be totally unused!
barky99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-10-2012, 22:16
tealady
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: colchester
Posts: 11,036
And those are better because?
tealady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-10-2012, 23:18
barky99
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Scotland - near a whirly thing
Posts: 2,840
And those are better because?
page I linked to shows many 64bit machines .... anything at bottom of barrel prices won't be all that brilliant .... 'budget' laptops are really in the 400 > 500 (inc vat) bracket .... which isn't even 25% of the way up the price scale .... many refurbs will be just the same as that old argos laptop
barky99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-10-2012, 00:04
neo_wales
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: South Wales/Gran Canaria
Posts: 7,448
The Argos one is more than enough for the OPs needs.
neo_wales is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-10-2012, 19:48
Magister2
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: The Vicarage
Posts: 223
Thank you very much for all the replies. They are very much appreciated. You are all wonderful here!

I really like the look of the Argos one recommended here.

I have been doing some research, and came across two options:

This one.

and this one.

I was going to post these to see what people thought tonight. But I read the posts here and now I like the Argos one!

Help, what shall I do!!
Magister2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2012, 07:54
jimmy7bellies
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 9,477
page I linked to shows many 64bit machines .... anything at bottom of barrel prices won't be all that brilliant .... 'budget' laptops are really in the 400 > 500 (inc vat) bracket .... which isn't even 25% of the way up the price scale .... many refurbs will be just the same as that old argos laptop
You say it like the laptop from Argos is old and outdated.

My laptop is getting on for 2.5 years old, I paid 375 for it, the specs (dual core celeron 1.6mhz i think, 250gb HD, 3gb ram) are no where near on a par with the Argos laptop. It still runs very well and will do all what the OP states.

Therefore can't see any problems with the Argos laptop the specs are still more than good enough and 300 brand new is a steal,

Budget is as cheap as you can get it, no point worrying too much about specs these days as even the lowest priced machines are powerful enough for what most people use the machine for (internet, office, watch films, music, etc)
jimmy7bellies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2012, 09:01
Tassium
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: It's Grim
Posts: 16,960
A 2nd hand dual 1.8GHz (eg AMD 64 X2) with 2GB ram / 160GB HDD / Win7 is more than enough for what the OP wants.

Really who does "demanding tasks" on a laptop? It's always going to be merely WP etc, internet and the occasional 2d game.



Modern machines are ridiculous in their computing power, way over the top for most people.
Tassium is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2012, 09:04
Tassium
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: It's Grim
Posts: 16,960
Tesco Outlet (on Ebay) 222 refurbs (12month guar)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/COMPAQ-PRE...item416ba9308a


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DELL-INSPI...item43b25467be
Tassium is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2012, 10:16
Magister2
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: The Vicarage
Posts: 223
I think just about any laptop you can buy these days will do that.

I seen Argos advertising one for 299 recently, looked great for the price.

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...ITH+NORTON.htm
I didn't move quick enough. That laptop is now out of stock.
Magister2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2012, 10:20
Tassium
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: It's Grim
Posts: 16,960
Software can be quite expensive, if Publisher is needed (which version?) then it might be difficult to get a new machine with all the software needed for 300 / 330

Obviously student deals can bring down software prices. But are such deals also cheap on the hardware?

MS Office Pro 2010 can be got for around 80 I think for students.

The cheapest new laptop with a reasonable spec would be around 280.

To go below 300 in total would therefore need a refurb machine, i.e. the Tesco models.
Tassium is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2012, 11:06
Magister2
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: The Vicarage
Posts: 223
Software can be quite expensive, if Publisher is needed (which version?) then it might be difficult to get a new machine with all the software needed for 300 / 330

Obviously student deals can bring down software prices. But are such deals also cheap on the hardware?

MS Office Pro 2010 can be got for around 80 I think for students.

The cheapest new laptop with a reasonable spec would be around 280.

To go below 300 in total would therefore need a refurb machine, i.e. the Tesco models.
This thread has been really helpful, and given me some good ideas.

So, yes, I'm looking for a laptop around 300. Maybe with Word / Excel bundled for a little more, or maybe not. Then I can get Publisher separately.

Although... Thanks for the tip about "MS Office Pro 2010 can be got for around 80 I think for students" -that may be a better option as it includes Word, Excel & Publisher. I bet bundling Word and Excel with the laptop doesn't save me any money by the time I go and buy Publisher separately.

I'm not interested in a refurb. (I may be passing up a great deal by not liking the idea of refurb but that's my problem!)

So, yeah, I think I'm looking for a 300 laptop. Any thoughts on these?:

This one.

and this one.
Magister2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2012, 13:30
Tassium
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: It's Grim
Posts: 16,960
Either of those HPs seem fine to me.

Or this Fujitsu which has the same processor as one of the HPs (from SaveOnLaptops) but less memory and smaller HDD, but it's not purple and is 260inc

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Fujit...1_1258205.html

---
Actually if you are using Publisher a 4GB memory is probably best. I think both of those HPs have 4GB
Tassium is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2012, 20:32
Bash St Kid
Inactive Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 120
I bought this not too long ago :

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/hp-pav...72577-pdt.html

(but I only paid 329.99 for it; looks like price has gone up since August when I purchased it)
Bash St Kid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2012, 20:32
Magister2
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: The Vicarage
Posts: 223
Thanks to eveyone for their help.

I eventually went with "this one".

You guys are great, here. Thank you so much.
Magister2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-10-2012, 21:03
Tassium
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: It's Grim
Posts: 16,960
That Pavillion G6 is a very good price, probably because it's purple.
Tassium is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 16-10-2012, 14:39
Bash St Kid
Inactive Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 120
I bought this not too long ago :

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/hp-pav...72577-pdt.html

(but I only paid 329.99 for it; looks like price has gone up since August when I purchased it)
What the?! - the price has gone down from 349.99 yesterday to 329.91 today??

Let's hope no-one bought it 24 hours ago.
Bash St Kid is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 11:48.