Help looking for a laptop

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If anyone could help me find a decent gaming laptop(for my budget) up to 550 pounds max. that could run league of legends and handle uni work. Thanks
 

GreyCatz

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If LOL is your preferred game, then this 3-minute YouTube video may be worth looking at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o4kLTmIkJc
This YouTuber tests LOL on Intel's HD 620 IGP found in the Kaby Lake generations of i3, i5, and i7 dual-core CPUs.

Based on his results, I have found these 3 candidates:

1. From John Lewis, this 14" Lenovo IdeaPad 320 priced at £540:
https://www.johnlewis.com/lenovo-ideapad-320-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-128gb-ssd-14-/p3262148?colour=Denim Blue
Weight is 2.1kg and battery life is listed at 'up to 5 hours'. That's not impressive, nor is the storage capacity - even if it's an SSD. The good news is that it comes with a 2K display and a dual-core Kaby Lake i5 CPU. All told, you get:
- OK build-quality,
- An OK display, if only barely so (at £540 TN is a bit of a cheap move by Lenovo),
- A very decent CPU/IGP combo that will play LOL, and
- Lenovo's Novo button that will allow you to reset the computer if/when Windows 10 decides to die on you.

2. saveonlaptops have this 13.3" Acer Spin priced at £500:
https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/NX.GK4EK.001-Acer-Spin-5-513-51_2137286.html
This is a smaller frame and weight is down to 1.6kg and battery life is listed at 9 to 10 hours. You also get a 2K IPS panel which is bound to increase your viewing experience. Storage is the same 128GB SSD as in the Lenovo above, but the Acer comes with a dual-core Kaby Lake i3 CPU. It will still run LOL, and for your intended use you're unlikely to notice any difference between the i3 and the i5.

All told, you get very decent specs overall - the only reservation concerns brand reputation. Going by online feedback from reviewers and users, Acers seem to suffer from poor build-quality and equally poor customer support. That means you have be very careful with this laptop, to the point of just leaving it on a table at home.

3. Finally, ebuyer.com have this 15.6" HP G5 250 priced at £430:
http://www.ebuyer.com/794214-hp-250-g5-i5-laptop-2ew12es-2ew12es-abu?affid=78888&affname=Skimlinks&awc=2690_1505046621_9167106e5a20f3c6b5a0b4d59adb461b&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Editorial+Content&utm_source=Skimlinks&utm_content=0&utm_term=78888
You get almost the same specs as in the Lenovo (i5 CPU) but no SSD. Of course, the 1TB mechanical HDD does offer vastly more storage. If you can live with the machine booting up more slowly and programs loading more slowly, then this HP seems a bargain.

Cheers,
GreyCatz.
 

GreyCatz

Admirable


If LOL is your preferred game, then this 3-minute YouTube video may be worth looking at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o4kLTmIkJc
This YouTuber tests LOL on Intel's HD 620 IGP found in the Kaby Lake generations of i3, i5, and i7 dual-core CPUs.

Based on his results, I have found these 3 candidates:

1. From John Lewis, this 14" Lenovo IdeaPad 320 priced at £540:
https://www.johnlewis.com/lenovo-ideapad-320-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-128gb-ssd-14-/p3262148?colour=Denim Blue
Weight is 2.1kg and battery life is listed at 'up to 5 hours'. That's not impressive, nor is the storage capacity - even if it's an SSD. The good news is that it comes with a 2K display and a dual-core Kaby Lake i5 CPU. All told, you get:
- OK build-quality,
- An OK display, if only barely so (at £540 TN is a bit of a cheap move by Lenovo),
- A very decent CPU/IGP combo that will play LOL, and
- Lenovo's Novo button that will allow you to reset the computer if/when Windows 10 decides to die on you.

2. saveonlaptops have this 13.3" Acer Spin priced at £500:
https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/NX.GK4EK.001-Acer-Spin-5-513-51_2137286.html
This is a smaller frame and weight is down to 1.6kg and battery life is listed at 9 to 10 hours. You also get a 2K IPS panel which is bound to increase your viewing experience. Storage is the same 128GB SSD as in the Lenovo above, but the Acer comes with a dual-core Kaby Lake i3 CPU. It will still run LOL, and for your intended use you're unlikely to notice any difference between the i3 and the i5.

All told, you get very decent specs overall - the only reservation concerns brand reputation. Going by online feedback from reviewers and users, Acers seem to suffer from poor build-quality and equally poor customer support. That means you have be very careful with this laptop, to the point of just leaving it on a table at home.

3. Finally, ebuyer.com have this 15.6" HP G5 250 priced at £430:
http://www.ebuyer.com/794214-hp-250-g5-i5-laptop-2ew12es-2ew12es-abu?affid=78888&affname=Skimlinks&awc=2690_1505046621_9167106e5a20f3c6b5a0b4d59adb461b&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Editorial+Content&utm_source=Skimlinks&utm_content=0&utm_term=78888
You get almost the same specs as in the Lenovo (i5 CPU) but no SSD. Of course, the 1TB mechanical HDD does offer vastly more storage. If you can live with the machine booting up more slowly and programs loading more slowly, then this HP seems a bargain.

Cheers,
GreyCatz.
 
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