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What's a good laptop for <?500 ?

dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 1:44PM
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 15 41.1k 270 England
18 Jan 2008 2:04PM
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 14 513 3 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 2:06PM
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.
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 2:07PM
Thanks guys, will have a look in Tesco tomorrow.

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Jan 2008 2:45PM
p3asa 12 676 Scotland
18 Jan 2008 3:12PM
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?

cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
18 Jan 2008 3:19PM
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
STUARTHILL758 16 37 1 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 3:19PM
* nical
* 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
18 Jan 2008 5:34PM
You might want to have a look Here

They have a very large selection of specifications and are refurbished.
18 Jan 2008 5:35PM
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
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 6:47PM
Thanks again, some good things to look at here. That Fujitsu looks quite a good deal Cole.

janovilas 14 235 England
18 Jan 2008 10:34PM
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 12 181 England
18 Jan 2008 11:53PM
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
MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
19 Jan 2008 8:45AM
bookmarking - those Dell Vostros look seriously tempting!
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2008 3:31PM
As previously mentioned....ACER...worth popping into a local Comet to have a look


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