Youngfella's confirmation money is burning a hole in his pocket. After a short-lived diversion towards getting a Tablet, he is now back in the market for a laptop. He currently uses my ancient Acer Aspire with a lines of dead pixels running down the middle of the screen and buttons missing from the keyboard.
Given that his main activity is editing his card-trick videos, Netbooks were immediately cast aside. He needs something with a decent screen and some welly that costs less than €500. It ended up being pretty easy to narrow the field down to 4-5 possibilities. The spec I came up with, based on browsing what's out there was:
- 15.4" screen
- 2-4 GB RAM
- Intel i3 or similar dual-core CPU
- Decent GPU (incl built-in)
Some nice to haves would be:
- HDMI out
- More than 3 USBs
- Firewire or USB 3.0
When you take the first 4 spec items, you end up with a set of laptops all within €20 of each other and all compromising in different ways. We found:
- Samsung R540
- Acer Aspire 5742
- Lenovo G560
- Asus K52F
It looks like we'll go with the Samsung. It has the faster 2.4GHz i3, 3GB RAM and a 320GB HDD. Downsides are a slightly washed out screen, plasticky body and poor battery life. Since this will spend 90% of its time in the house, the latter two are no big deal.
I was disappointed to see that Dell had nothing competitive in that €450 (inc VAT) range.
Anyone have experience of these type of spec? Any other suggestions?