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18 Jan 2008 - 1:44 PM

Having just upgraded my D40 to a new D300 I'm finding that CaptureNX on my old laptop is strugelling to process the 25MB RAW files that the D300 produces. Having purchased the D300 money is tight, so can anyone recommend a cheap laptop that will suit my needs?


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Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2008 - 2:04 PM

Not a specific recommendation but go for a reliable make and, importantly, loads of RAM. If I were buying one I'd specify a minimum of 2Gb of RAM.

podgod  10494 forum posts Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2008 - 2:06 PM

Tesco has an Acer laptop good spec for around £500 or just a bit less, got one myself and I'm very pleased with it plenty of grunt to deal with large photo files.

18 Jan 2008 - 2:07 PM

Thanks guys, will have a look in Tesco tomorrow.


Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2008 - 2:45 PM

Any good?

p3asa  8676 forum posts Scotland
18 Jan 2008 - 3:12 PM

Everyone will probably have their own preferences, but here is the one I just bought my wife recently after scouting about / recommendations.

I wanted one with WinXP as every Vista model I have seen has been painfully slow but there are probably good ones out there!!

I ended up going for one with no OS and installing XP myself. £489 from Novatech
15.4" WXGA X-Brite 1280 x 800 TFT Screen
Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile T 7250 2Mb Cache Dual Core Processor
2 x 2.0Ghz
2GB DDR2 667MHz Memory
160GB SATA Hard Drive
DVD/RW Multi Burner
and all the usual extras USB, Wireless Lan, Bluetooth etc.

Personally I think it flies but then again don't they all when there are hardly any programs / rubbish on it?


Last Modified By p3asa at 18 Jan 2008 - 3:18 PM
cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2008 - 3:19 PM

As CB has said Just make sure you have a minimum of 2 Gb of RAM.....I'd add to that the fastest CPU your budget will buy.......And taking into account the D300 file sizes, As bigger hard drive as you can squeeze in the deal....Although this can be upgraded Or added to later......Smile

Just one very small but serious issue....Budget and buy that I mean sub £800 laptops tend to have an Average screen....So if possible try and get some of the spec for What ever screen is fitted.....At the end of the day, The screen is your Photographic Output....Smile

18 Jan 2008 - 3:19 PM

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* Recommended
* Product
* Product

The new Aspire 5720 is a clear example of Acer's new Gemstone design philosophy and is the choice for consumers that are looking for state-of-the-art technology and multimedia features.

* Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 - 2GHz (x2), 800MHz FSB, 4MB L2 Cache
* Hard Drive: 80GB Serial ATA 5400rpm
* Screen: 15.4" Widescreen TFT (1280x800) with CrystalBrite Technology
* Optical Drive: DVD±RW Super Multi Double Layer
* Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
* Wireless LAN: 802.11a/b/g
* Bluetooth: No
* Battery Life (Depending on Use): Upto 4 Hours
* Weight: 2.8kg
* Warranty: 1 Year Collect and Return
* Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
* Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000
* Integrated Webcam
* VGA Output
* S-Video Output
* Firewire Port
* ExpressCard Slot
* Card Reader (MMC, MS, MS-pro, SD, XD)
* Built In Speakers

just got this one £449.99 plus next day postage £ 15 .0 ACER ON LINE SENT FOR WENSDAY PAID £9.0 POST CAME FRIDAY MORNING

NeilS e2 Member 7894 forum postsNeilS vcard United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 - 5:34 PM

You might want to have a look Here

They have a very large selection of specifications and are refurbished.

Last Modified By NeilS at 18 Jan 2008 - 5:34 PM
18 Jan 2008 - 5:35 PM

All of the well know makes are OK, but as been stated the processor is important and the amount of RAM. My minimum spec would be
Two core processor AMD or Intel
2 GB of RAM
80 GB hard drive
But most of all avoid a Celeron processor like the plague when used with anything more that word-processing it is very slow.
The Tesco acer looks good

18 Jan 2008 - 6:47 PM

Thanks again, some good things to look at here. That Fujitsu looks quite a good deal Cole.


janovilas  10218 forum posts England
18 Jan 2008 - 10:34 PM

The Dell Vostro 1000 is worth a look too (especially if you take off the warranty) - I paid less than £500 for one for my wife (2Gb RAM, 120Gb Drive, DVDRW drive & 15" screen). Can't remember which processor it was (it's been available with both AMD & Intel dual core processors).... Just checked - Athlon x64 TK-53 dual core. Reasonable spec, decent screen, but get a separate mouse as the touch pad thing is horrible.

julzt  8181 forum posts England
18 Jan 2008 - 11:53 PM

I would second the vostro 1000 - no complaints with mine at all and came in at £429 - dual core, XP, 2gb, 120gb, truelife shiny screen, and no bundled software or extra buttons/dials on the casing - an excellent solid well built notebook Smile

19 Jan 2008 - 8:45 AM

bookmarking - those Dell Vostros look seriously tempting!

tomcat e2 Member 95940 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2008 - 3:31 PM

As previously mentioned....ACER...worth popping into a local Comet to have a look


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