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Old 03-31-2012, 12:55 AM   #1
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Which brand should I go for, I want to be able to do photoshop, maybe premiere pro, dreamweaver

At least intel core i3
At least 4GB Ram
15inch+ screen
Webcam, microphone
Not too heavy
Budget; £380
Buy from: ebuyer, scan, pc world, staples, John Lewis, amazon, play or direct from manufacturer

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Old 03-31-2012, 06:06 AM   #2
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More important that all those, for working graphics, is a good graphics card.
1Gb dedicated or above. Also you should ask in a local forum, you might get better help as most people here are from US.

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More important that all those, for working graphics, is a good graphics card.
1Gb dedicated or above. Also you should ask in a local forum, you might get better help as most people here are from US.
What about this (i am not doing graphic hungry things)
http://www.ebuyer.com/338254-hp-pavi...op-b1y18ea-abu
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Photoshop and Dreamweaver not graphics hungry?? You better read/ask a little more before buying.

That laptop looks good except for the shared memory Intel GPU. You can find better within the same price range.

Personally I'd never buy an HP. Within the same price range you can easily find Samsung, Asus, even Acer. Choose wisely. The casing from HP, Toshiba and other it's just not strong enough for me.. Not that i intend to trow it at whatever, but it's good to count at a minimal protection. Also, bad casing can cause bad cooling, clogged fan or heatsink.

My Samsung RC530 cost me ~ the same (650€), and specs wise is the same (check my signature), except it has an hybrid GPU between Intel HD 3000 and a nVIDIA 540m with 2Gb dedicated memory. My moms boyfriend bought the same to use in Photoshop and he says performance wise what usually took 10min. to process (in his HP dv6 dual-core) it's now done in 30sec. He works with photography, but don't ask me more, it's not my thing.

Choose wisely, happy shopping.
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Photoshop and Dreamweaver not graphics hungry?? You better read/ask a little more before buying.

That laptop looks good except for the shared memory Intel GPU. You can find better within the same price range.

Personally I'd never buy an HP. Within the same price range you can easily find Samsung, Asus, even Acer. Choose wisely. The casing from HP, Toshiba and other it's just not strong enough for me.. Not that i intend to trow it at whatever, but it's good to count at a minimal protection. Also, bad casing can cause bad cooling, clogged fan or heatsink.

My Samsung RC530 cost me ~ the same (650€), and specs wise is the same (check my signature), except it has an hybrid GPU between Intel HD 3000 and a nVIDIA 540m with 2Gb dedicated memory. My moms boyfriend bought the same to use in Photoshop and he says performance wise what usually took 10min. to process (in his HP dv6 dual-core) it's now done in 30sec. He works with photography, but don't ask me more, it's not my thing.

Choose wisely, happy shopping.
OK, What about this

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-G570-...31&s=computers
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Also, Because I cant edit the above. Does that one above come with a webcam/Microphone?
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Personally Lenovo are the best laptop to me and it states webcam in the title while almost all laptops have built in microphones though that I do not see written.
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Lenovo is a cool laptop, but remember that i3 is single core CPU, and in my opinion the blue-ray drive is fairly useless for the price tag on it.

I was trying to check amazon for more laptops, but they have no info on the GPUs, and ebuyer is f**kin expensive... I bought my 305U1A for 350€, and the retail price there is £389.14 (***???). That's plain robbery!! My guess is you're not looking in the right places mate.
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You can refine your search on Ebuyer Cheap Laptops | Laptop Deals | Gaming Laptops | Ebuyer.com
have you looked through Dabs Cheap Laptop Deals - Buy Laptops Online - dabs.com

also tesco have some reductions on laptops just now
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Lenovo is a cool laptop, but remember that i3 is single core CPU, and in my opinion the blue-ray drive is fairly useless for the price tag on it.

I was trying to check amazon for more laptops, but they have no info on the GPUs, and ebuyer is f**kin expensive... I bought my 305U1A for 350€, and the retail price there is £389.14 (***???). That's plain robbery!! My guess is you're not looking in the right places mate.
No I don't think so there are no single core i series cpu's I know of but this is a dual core any way.....
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No I don't think so there are no single core i series cpu's I know of but this is a dual core any way.....
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Thanks for correcting me, heard that somewhere and never took the time to check. Thanks Rich!
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Lenovo IdeaPad B570 Laptop - Laptops | Ebuyer.com

Or that Levono. Peronally I think (The Amazon one) it's worth for what is included. The above laptop doesn't have blu-ray, Doesn't have 1GB of Graphics
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Thanks for correcting me, heard that somewhere and never took the time to check. Thanks Rich!
Not a problem you got me curious is all.
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Can you go to a shop and try it out
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I'll try but the shops might not have it,

Does BluRay Player, Play DVD's and CD's too?
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Should do
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You are allowed to help me look for others just in case the amazon one goes out of stock if I buy it
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you should be able to try it out here LENOVO Laptops - LENOVO Laptops | Pcworld
you can also order from here http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...books/ThinkPad notebooks/L Series&ipromoID=hpsia00048&
currys, tesco,etc it is a little hard to find anything that is not shared graphics
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Quad core
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/lenovo...84717-pdt.html
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Nice a little more than you originally proposed but nice all the same

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