- Is this laptop reasonable for £199
Intel ® Core (TM) i3-4010U Processor
Windows 8.1 with free win 10 upgrade
NVIDIA ® GeForce ® GT 745m DirectX ® 11 graphics
500GB hybrid hard drive including cache (8 GB flash memory)
Dolby Home Theater ® v4
300 ° Stand Mode
39.6 cm/15, 6 ” touchscreen HD display 1366×768
I know screen resolution isn’t the best but it’s same as I use now with no problems.
CheersPosted 4 years ago
I’d definitely upgrade the RAM as much as you can.
The processor is on the light side too, although may be OK for what you want to use it for. Personally, I’d go for at least an I5, but obviously that’s more money.
They’re definitely not as fast as modern SSDs. I think the idea is that the small SSD handles startup and the HDD handles the OS and general storage, so it is fast to startup, but has a greater storage capacity than most SSDs.I think the performance advantages are debatable.Posted 4 years ago
Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.molgripsSubscriber
Disc access is an issue on boot or when dealing with big files
And when opening software.. in other words, the stuff that causes the most annoying waits.. which is why SSDs make your computer feel so much faster since the stuff they speed up (a lot) is the stuff that causes most of the annoyance.Posted 4 years ago
Ram requirements have gone down since they’ve been working on tidying up Windows so it needs less RAM.
Maybe so, but things like multiple tabs in browsers and multi-tasking still benefit from more RAM. I’m not saying it will be a dud with 4gb, I’m just saying it’s a fairly cheap upgrade that is worth doing.Posted 4 years agodeadkennyMember
RAM depends if it’s running 64bit or 32bit. 32 needs less. My Dell Venue tablet is running 32bit and perfectly happy with just 2GB for what I use it for.
Though if you need a fair bit, 64bit allows you to exceed 4GB. Chances are you won’t need it though.
Other than that, there’s more than the spec to consider. Build quality, support, ease of replacing or upgrading components if possible at all. Given it’s a laptop with moving parts, how quiet is it and how hot does it get.Posted 4 years ago
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