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Old 01-07-2013, 02:00
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So basically my laptop decided to cease functioning a few days ago, and it being out of warranty would probably mean that it'd cost more to repair than what would be considered worth it. So I'm in the market for a new one.

Having trawled through Amazon, I came across this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujitsu-Lifebook-AH512-15-6-inch-Laptop/dp/B00BQ9HY94/ref=sr_1_46?ie=UTF8&qid=1372588718&sr=8-46&keywords=Laptop. (Sorry if it isn't linked.) It's obviously relatively cheap, and, as far as I'm aware (being mostly computer illiterate), quite a low-spec machine, but I'm just wondering whether people think it might be fine for what I would use it for.

Basically, I mostly tend to do just three things with a laptop: video streaming (mostly Netflix), writing, and general web browsing. I don't play PC games of any kind so that type of power isn't needed, nor do I run any intensive apps that might slow things down.

It's mostly the 1.8GHz that gives me cause for concern as I'm pretty sure it's not an exemplary speed. I'm also not bothered about it being Windows 8 as I can deal with the learning curve associated with it.

So, for those more familiar with computers, does the laptop in the above link sound satisfactory for somebody like me? If not, any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-07-2013, 00:55
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Right then, I've had a good look round the net and what I can tell you is that this particular laptop is an entry level model with quite a poor CPU and low level Class 5 integrated graphics, possibly the Intel 2000 or 2500. It is underpowered and might struggle, even with 4GB RAM. But you only wanted a basic model for non-demanding tasks so it should be OK although nothing wonderful.

Fortunately for you though I have found the same Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 with a MUCH better spec for only 20 more on Amazon. For the money this is the one I'd pick if I were you. It should kick the shit out of the other one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujitsu-Life...bs_computers_1

Another thing I'd recommend is to see if you can play with it in the flesh before you buy. I read a German review of a similar Fujitsu and it said the trackpad was dimpled and felt strange in use. I don't know whether the one I linked to has the dimples but you could check on the Fujitsu site or email the seller via Amazon.

Re your comment on the clock speed 1.8GHz. Really taken on its own this doesn't mean anything. It depends on the manufacturer, how many cores it has, how the CPU is organised to handle processing tasks depending on its configuration, and most importantly how it works in conjuction with the rest of the components in the laptop.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:24
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Right then, I've had a good look round the net and what I can tell you is that this particular laptop is an entry level model with quite a poor CPU and low level Class 5 integrated graphics, possibly the Intel 2000 or 2500. It is underpowered and might struggle, even with 4GB RAM. But you only wanted a basic model for non-demanding tasks so it should be OK although nothing wonderful.

Fortunately for you though I have found the same Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 with a MUCH better spec for only 20 more on Amazon. For the money this is the one I'd pick if I were you. It should kick the shit out of the other one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujitsu-Life...bs_computers_1

Another thing I'd recommend is to see if you can play with it in the flesh before you buy. I read a German review of a similar Fujitsu and it said the trackpad was dimpled and felt strange in use. I don't know whether the one I linked to has the dimples but you could check on the Fujitsu site or email the seller via Amazon.

Re your comment on the clock speed 1.8GHz. Really taken on its own this doesn't mean anything. It depends on the manufacturer, how many cores it has, how the CPU is organised to handle processing tasks depending on its configuration, and most importantly how it works in conjuction with the rest of the components in the laptop.
I appreciate the help! Fortunately I came across a Toshiba laptop on Amazon earlier this evening with better specifications, a bigger hard drive and a relatively decent price (269) compared to the one I originally had in mind. In fact, it has the exact same processor as the one you linked me to but 2GB less RAM, which I hope won't slow things down. (I don't even know if RAM contributes to the computer's overall sense of speed.)
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:25
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You can easily find out about RAM via a Google search. Very basically RAM (Random Access Memory) is volatile memory, i.e. what you use when you load programs from the embedded memory on the hard disk and the tasks you carry out when you use the programs. All other things being equal the more RAM you have the faster the laptop will start when it loads the operating system (Windows 8), the faster the programs will load and the faster the processing. 2GB extra will make quite a big difference on a 64-bit machine. The current RAM standard is DDR3.

Shame you didn't give me a link to the Toshiba laptop, preferably one that works without me having to copy and paste. I think it might be the Toshiba Satellite C850 for 296.70. I see it has a smaller hard disk as well. The build quality isn't very good on the 850 series but otherwise it is a reasonable machine with a USB 3.0 port, and an HDMI socket. You can still cancel the order with Amazon until it is dispatched.

Another laptop to consider would be this Acer with 4GB RAM and a proper i3 CPU. Again the build quality isn't outstanding but the performance is excellent: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Aspire-....6-inch+Laptop
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:25
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ive bought myself a acer 571 v3 i5 with 4gb ram, 750 hd, bluetooth (not that id use it), dvd, etc..for 349. 15.6" screen, webcam...it should be good for normal surfing and typing up letters, and the odd youtube stuff...

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Old 03-07-2013, 02:34
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So basically my laptop decided to cease functioning a few days ago, and it being out of warranty would probably mean that it'd cost more to repair than what would be considered worth it. So I'm in the market for a new one.

Having trawled through Amazon, I came across this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujitsu-Life...eywords=Laptop. (Sorry if it isn't linked.) It's obviously relatively cheap, and, as far as I'm aware (being mostly computer illiterate), quite a low-spec machine, but I'm just wondering whether people think it might be fine for what I would use it for.

Basically, I mostly tend to do just three things with a laptop: video streaming (mostly Netflix), writing, and general web browsing. I don't play PC games of any kind so that type of power isn't needed, nor do I run any intensive apps that might slow things down.

It's mostly the 1.8GHz that gives me cause for concern as I'm pretty sure it's not an exemplary speed. I'm also not bothered about it being Windows 8 as I can deal with the learning curve associated with it.

So, for those more familiar with computers, does the laptop in the above link sound satisfactory for somebody like me? If not, any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

My recommendation would be if possible to try out and look at various laptops at somewhere like PC world. For what you need the build quality and ergonomics are going to probably more importance than the specs
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:22
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Get a MacBook Air would be prefect for your needs
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:00
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Get a MacBook Air would be prefect for your needs
Somewhat OTT and overpriced for the OP's basic needs.
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