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Is this too cheap?

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by RogerMac, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I decided to look for a new laptop that would replace both my small portable and also my ageing desktop. Essential attributes are a Terra Byte disc (to enable me to do easy backups of the external hard disc I keep my photos on) and a large RAM would also be prefered I expect to use it for photo processing (FastStone and Elements) plus all the usual Email , Facebook etc. activities that one does. Good battery life will be appreciated..

    This one from John Lewis seems to fit the bill exactly
    https://www.johnlewis.com/hp-laptop-intel-celeron-8gb-ram-1tb-15-6-/p3249219?colour=Marine Blue but is a lot cheaper than its rivals. can anyone think of a good reason why I should not just get it?

    It is out of stock at the moment but they have promised to inform me when it is back in.
  2. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    No disc drive, is that a problem?
  3. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    On my reading it seems to have a 1TB hard drive. Unless of course I am missing something
  4. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    I think he means DVD/Blu-Ray drive
  5. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Ah yes. No that's not a problem in fact an advantage as it reduces the weight. I have an external optical disc drive I could use in emergencies.
  6. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Looks like a good basic machine at a reasonable price. On top of which you get John Lewis's standard 2 year guarantee. I'd buy it.
  7. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Is Celeron up to image processing?
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  8. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Check the angle of view of the screen. I have a cheap Levono ( previously IBM) and the screen is so sensitive to viewing angle that it is worse than useless for photo editing. The low price laptops tend to come with short power cables compared to the workstation I had when I was working. If I want to transfer stuff to my desktop and use both keyboards I have to run an extension cable out.
  9. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Do you need a laptop rather than a desktop?

    I don't like laptops for photo editing, mainly for the reason mentioned by Pete. I have also gone for better processors than Celerons, rightly or wrongly.

    I suppose you could always use a monitor when at home.
  10. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    That was part of the plan but I seem to rattle round the country so much that a a much better one than my present one seem desirable. lso I am quite set on a large HD so that I can easily dump my external drive to it and out again to the spare HD giving me a double backup
  11. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    You should be able to copy between hard drives directly. Some laptops don't charge from all the USB ports so if you use portable drives (rather than powered) see if the shop will let you check you check that you can copy from every usb port.
  12. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    I'd echo @Zou - a Celeron is going to be sluggish if you run more than one full application at a time, in my view.
  13. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    sorry missed "optical" out
  14. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone for all the good advice, In the end my mind was made up by the fact that JL were out of stock and never emailed me with an in stock date.
    I have therefore gone with a Lenovo of very similar spec except that it has an AMD processor and is of course rather more expensive. Also from JL. It came very promptly on click and collect yesterday afternoon and I am very pleased particularly as the keyboard incorporates a standard numeric key pad - which I was not expecting.
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  15. caledonia84

    caledonia84 Well-Known Member

    I know it's late now, but for other people in this position I wen't through the Dell outlet and bought a well speced Dell notebook for around £500 a few years back, 1TB hard drive 8GB of ram with core i7 processor with a graphics card. (New they were around £1000 at the time) It was a refused delivery at the time and they couldn't sell it as new anymore o_O, it also came with a 1 year next day engineer warranty!

    I'll buy another from the outlet when the time comes but its still going strong!
  16. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    A faster processor would probably be a good idea if you were dabbling with videos; I'd definitely check out if the RAM memory can be drastically expanded, as a lack of this, can really make doing things, pretty tedious.
  17. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

    I am told that very soon there will be no disc drives on laptops. I must admit that I hardly use my dvd / writer drive at all now.....but I do have loads of pics on cds from my early days of digital but also these are backed up on ext.hard drives.
  18. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    anybody want to buy a few hundred blank cds....(no I am not selling them) At one time Mrs S's daughter had access to a well known store's "factory shop". In my "infinite wisdom" I got cakeboxes of cds and dvds....managed to offload them a year or so when we had a clearout and did a carboot....now only one cakebox of cds and one of dvds. Technology ain't it grand
  19. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    You can get a carrier to hold a HDD in place of the optical drive. The one for my Dell Inspiron only costs £6. :)
  20. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    You can also get usb powered disc drivers as well

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