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CodeBotics says

Hi all!

I’m looking at buying a laptop for doing web development on, so I don’t have to sit at my desk all the time! I have a budget of £500, any suggestions?

Thanks

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tommusrhodus says

Anything! I’ve got a 27” iMac and it’s major overkill for web development :(

Next time I’m due a change I’m getting a super slim laptop (cough cough MacBook Air cough) and a nice monitor instead!

Basically all we need is something powerful enough to run a bit of photoshop, and then it’s basically just a text editor. ugh.

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BenSheppard says

Well I plan to buy windows 8 pro on surface for on the go web design

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MSFX Volunteer moderator says

maybe look at ebay and try and get a MBP or an AIR , solid machines.

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CodeBotics says

I do like the Macbooks, but they’re a bit expensive!

The surface looks great, but I think I’d rather go for an actual laptop. A tablet is next in line :P

What do you think of the Acer Aspire V3-771? It seems like quite a lot of laptop for the money to me, and a 17.3” HD screen is quite appealing! Also, it’s younger brother – the Acer Aspire V3-731 – is £100 cheaper, and seems to be pretty much the same but has a B960 2 .2GHz CPU instead of an i5, do you think the i5 upgrade is worth £100?

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tommusrhodus says

I was always told – “buy cheap, buy twice” the good thing about Macs is the resale value is great.

Although I used to have an Acer, and it was great for the money, just a really fast laptop, the downside was the construction was a little flimsy, but if you can live with that then I’m sure it’ll keep you happy :)

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CodeBotics says

That’s usually true, but then you could argue that £500 isn’t cheap ;)

I have an acer at the moment, and I’m pretty sure I’ve had it for at least 3 years now! It still runs quite well, but the battery life is awful and I like the idea of a shiny new laptop :whistle:

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Stylius says

I’m using a Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition and I’m glad with it. It costed me 800 euros.

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MSFX Volunteer moderator says

i’ve heard toshiba is good, avoid the lower end dell unless you want to replace all the ram etc…

TBH £500 isn’t an expensive laptop but I guess for web dev you don’t need tons or ram of graphics etc… if you can find an apple go for it else toshiba IMO

good luck :)

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BenSheppard says

The surface looks great, but I think I’d rather go for an actual laptop. A tablet is next in line :P



Well with windows 8 pro, it will have the actual windows 8 not the rt version plus with the type pad thing it does become a proper laptop

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