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New Laptop advice

It's that time of year again, the False Prophet Stolen from the Pagans festival. My lad is after a suitable laptop for connecting his electronic art/design pad to, not so much gaming and doing his homework on. No porn/tv watching is not necessary!! I'm not too fussed about storage capacity as we've got USB harddrives everywhere. RAM should be upgradeable if the cards fitted aren't enough.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
Preferably around 400 sovs mark if possible, but may be in the position to sell a kidney. Cheers
 
If he is not bothered about a new one there are some good spec. refurbished ones on ebay most with a guarantee
 
My Brother in Law is a computer geek, but all his recommendations are in the 650-850 quid range. "I'm not a fxxking millionaire you know!!"
I'll have a look at flea bay. I know the Enemy isn't keen, because she's good like that (the fxk@ng c*&t!)
 

RBMK

LE
Book Reviewer
For decent gaming & graphics you'll need to go more than that.

£800 will get you a decent HP with good graphics. You'll want at least 12GB of RAM and Win10 Pro to make the best of it.

I have a HP Probook i7 with 16GB of RAM which is quick for a laptop with high res graphics to an external monitor but will set you back most of £950.

ETA that laptop prices have gone up since Covid due to increased demand.

Laptops Direct have some good deals, especially refurbished & ex-display
 

I've bought desktops and laptops as well as peripherals from this lot in the past, both in business and privately. Good customer service and never had a machine that gave me problems. Their refurb stuff is mostly end of line that's been returned from retailers rather than had someone's greasy mitts all over it. Has to be sold as refurb as it's been 'sold' once before.
 
For decent gaming & graphics you'll need to go more than that.

£800 will get you a decent HP with good graphics. You'll want at least 12GB of RAM and Win10 Pro to make the best of it.

I have a HP Probook i7 with 16GB of RAM which is quick for a laptop with high res graphics to an external monitor but will set you back most of £950.

ETA that laptop prices have gone up since Covid due to increased demand.

Laptops Direct have some good deals, especially refurbished & ex-display
Every time that someone posts that they're looking for a non-gaming laptop for around the £400 mark, within 5 posts the replies recommend spending £800 otherwise games won't play smoothly.

Every time.

Since 2003.

Here's 51 laptops that meet the price criteria. What are the three best ones?

Then PG can see if he can find them cheaper elsewhere.
 
You get a discount through the Defence Discount Service website for Lenovo, follow the link, Black Friday discount also today. New 14" lappie for £424.99

 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
I got a HP Pavilion DV7 i7 from fleabay during the first lockdown, circa £200 - other than needing a new cover for the HDD (£17) it was like new, good size screen & keyboard, used for non-bleeding edge games (yer, I know, not in the spec.) still working perfectly.
 
Might be worth looking around for a 2nd hand Microsoft Surface, the touch screen works well with Photoshop

As long as you get one with at least 8gb of memory they're ace, especially for budding artists
 
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It's that time of year again, the False Prophet Stolen from the Pagans festival. My lad is after a suitable laptop for connecting his electronic art/design pad to, not so much gaming and doing his homework on. No porn/tv watching is not necessary!! I'm not too fussed about storage capacity as we've got USB harddrives everywhere. RAM should be upgradeable if the cards fitted aren't enough.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
Preferably around 400 sovs mark if possible, but may be in the position to sell a kidney. Cheers

£399.00. Perfect spec.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-IdeaPad-14ADA05-Inch-Laptop/dp/B08NH1TCCT?refinements=p_36%3A9708207031
 

FrosteeMARIA

LE
Gallery Guru
I recent;y bought this for £395 (although currently out of stock at ebuyer)
Asus Intel i7 8GB 256GB Full HD 15.6in Win10 Home
Seems available elsewhere though not far off the £400 mark
Maine reasons for purchase

Big (ish) screen 15.6in (useful for design work?)
Lightweight
Has a proper number keypad

Only downside so far is the webcam is a bit rubbish
 

maguire

LE
Book Reviewer
Morgan Computers are worth having a look at as well. had a lot of stuff off them back in the day when they had their shop next to Piccadilly train station in manchester and never had any issues.
 

RBMK

LE
Book Reviewer
Reasonably priced with decent performance:




 

endure

GCM
It's that time of year again, the False Prophet Stolen from the Pagans festival. My lad is after a suitable laptop for connecting his electronic art/design pad to, not so much gaming and doing his homework on. No porn/tv watching is not necessary!! I'm not too fussed about storage capacity as we've got USB harddrives everywhere. RAM should be upgradeable if the cards fitted aren't enough.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
Preferably around 400 sovs mark if possible, but may be in the position to sell a kidney. Cheers
What do you mean by 'electronic art/design pad'? Are you talking about video editing or static graphics editing?

If it's just static graphics editing it doesn't need to be as powerful as a video editing PC.
 
What do you mean by 'electronic art/design pad'? Are you talking about video editing or static graphics editing?

If it's just static graphics editing it doesn't need to be as powerful as a video editing PC.

Depends if they want to use Photoshop, it really helps to have a decent GPU, SSD, and a decent amount of RAM for that
 
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