Help picking a new laptop for college

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  1. Matty-p macrumors regular

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    Hi thanks in advance if you read or reply i appreciate it:)
    so i need a new laptop for college (im in the uk) and have around £500 gdp but i can stretch that a little. I need something that fits the following and i can get within a week.
    -(Important) quite small and light but big enough screen to be workable (im thinking 13.3 or 14")note i don't want a 15.6"
    - reasonable amount of power but nothing special dual core 2gb+ ram 250g+ hd obviously the bigger the better but that's all i need and budgets quite important.
    - keyboard nice to type on and in budget
    cheers guys
     
  2. Darius Aziz, Sep 4, 2011
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    I am not 100% on the conversion rate, but I don't think you'll be able to get a mac for that price.

    Maybe if you didn't mind a smaller hard drive, then the macbook air or 13.3 macbook pro might work for you.

    Actually looking at the UK site I think you're out of luck unless their education discount is amazing.

    Check these out:
    http://blog.laptopmag.com/12-great-laptops-for-back-to-school
     
  3. cperry2 macrumors regular

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    Best bet at that price is to look at some older macbooks for sale; thing is you'll still get everything on your list, and unless you are doing some bigtime media editing or gaming (at which point I would honestly look into windows at that price point), it will certainly suffice.
     
  4. Matty-p thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys for your help I'm definitely happy with a windows box but I am struggling to find one that fits the criteria
     
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    I have this laptop and it's a dream. Mine's configured with an i5, 6630m GPU, and a backlit keyboard, in bronze. I got in mid-summer and so far it's served me very well without any problems, I would highly recommend it.
     
  8. Matty-p thread starter macrumors regular

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    oh thanks thejadedmonkey i will consider that but i have a bit of a downer on dells but im cool with all the other brands lenovo,hp,toshiba ect
     
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    oh darn the UK... if you were in the US or if you have relatives in the US you could have gotten an HP laptop with student discounts as well as a coupon and probably save a couple GBP [with the conversion rate]

    ill keep my eyes open though for any deals :p
     
  10. Matty-p thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks shyam09
     
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  12. dommeister macrumors member

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    Second hand Black macbook

    Hi,

    Maceco sells second hand black macbooks with:
    • 2.0 GHz Core Duo Processor
    • 2GB RAM
    • 80GB HDD
    For £399.00

    Here are more detailed specs.


    You could then install your own SATA hard drive for much less than £100.

    Dominic
     
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    Got this earlier thanks guys for the help
     
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  15. dommeister macrumors member

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    Op

    Good choice, it's basically a 13" macbook pro without the OS Lion and the case etc.

    Let us know if you are happy with it once you have used it for a few days.

    Dominic
     

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