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Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby Advocate » 11 Oct 2011, 18:04

Hey guys. A friend who bought the HP Mininote off me wants to get another machine in the same vein but better battery life. Anyone have any up to date knowledge of this sort of market?

Preferred stuff:

Under 13" screen (she really likes the tiny netbook size)
runs windows 7 comfortably
battery life of at least 5 hours
Can handle multitasking reasonably well (the mininote sucks at this)

All she will be using it for is web browsing (youtube, facebook etc) and MS Office files. She will be using it extensively in court so long battery life is a must. Unfortunately she is also a newly qualified barrister so has very little cash... £400 absolute maximum, £200 is her preferred arena....


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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby Fodder » 11 Oct 2011, 18:44

Hmm, I bought a Thinkpad a few months ago as it was one of only two machines with a feature I needed. I have to say I have been incredibly impressed. Build, speed, screen, portability and battery life are superb.

May be out of the price range though, but they may have something that fits the bill.

Failing that, you may be able to pick up a second hand M1330 for peanuts. (7+ hours of battery with the extended if you are sensible!).
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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby robbo » 12 Oct 2011, 00:18

I'm pretty happy with my HP Mini netbook. Got it off ebay from a seller who had barely used it for £130. Does all the basic tasks fairly well (internet, youtube, fb, watching avis) although not tried MS Office on it yet. Mine's single core but the newer models are dual core with up to 8hr claimed battery life at around the £230 mark from memory (I looked back in July).

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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby Advocate » 15 Oct 2011, 20:49

thanks guys - I sent her a list with 6 computers on it, the thinkpad on the list was imho the best one for the cash. The mini was on there as well but it is a linear upgrade from the single core mininote she has at the moment. Not sure what she has gone for yet though.
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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby EviL Ras » 16 Oct 2011, 20:26

Just stuck my ideapad on the ebay bit. granted its not new. but its a little beast!
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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby EviL Ras » 18 Oct 2011, 11:14

M11x deals:

http://www.dell.com/uk/p/eurogamer-spec ... 9093076620
thats the eurogamer offers for alienware
15% off any dell over £499. "0TKH4PZ8673N1Q".


i5 1.6ghz, 6gb RAM, 500Gb HDD, 1Gb GT540M graphics - £1014. eurogamer discount £799. 15% off makes it £679. cashback of £84 makes it £595.

i3 1.3ghz, 2gb RAM, 250gb HDD, 1Gb GT540M graphics - £699. 15% off makes it £594. cashback of £74 makes it £520.
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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby Tappy » 18 Oct 2011, 13:48

EviL Ras wrote:i3 1.3ghz, 2gb RAM, 250gb HDD, 1Gb GT540M graphics - £699. 15% off makes it £594. cashback of £74 makes it £520.


Wow, good prices, there's one on the outlet that sounds the same as that spec for £510. And y'know, it's not new! Is the cashback through a quidco type service?

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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby Johnmcl7 » 19 Oct 2011, 13:33

I noticed this today:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo- ... ry-1039642

Is that one you're looking at? With a Sandybridge processor it would be a big upgrade over the Atom processor in a netbook.

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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby Advocate » 19 Oct 2011, 14:06

That is indeed the one John - have sent her a text about the promo code and she has said she is going to order it now. Thanks for the heads up :)
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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby poor_man_jim » 19 Oct 2011, 20:17

John beat me to it! :-) HotUKDeals have their moments, don't they.

I wonder. Has this anything to do with Samsung releasing their 300U laptop recently?
http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/pc-p ... 0U1A-A01UK

Under £400 here;
http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Samsung_ ... ersion.asp

Similar spec as the Thinkpad although they may be cheating a little with the processor? Still a Sandybridge 1.3GHz dual-core but no hyper-threading? SSE4.x instruction set though so who knows...
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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby Johnmcl7 » 19 Oct 2011, 20:49

Intel's naming system is abysmal, from what I can see the Pentium 967 is the same processor as the i3 2357M but with 2MB cache instead of 3 and no hyperthreading.

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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby jurassicjim » 14 Nov 2011, 19:39

Dunno if this is still relevant, but I just got a Lenovo S205 with AMD e450 and I love it.

Apart from the issue I just posted.

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Re: Ultra portable for under £400?

Postby Advocate » 16 Nov 2011, 16:26

My friend ended up getting the thinkpad - really nice little machine once you up the sensitivity of the trackpad. She had never used a 'nipple' before, don't think she was too impressed with it to be honest, at least she like the rest of the machine.

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