What laptop should I get?


Aug 26, 2017
1. What is your budget?
Around £600 max preferably £500 (Willing to save up cash to get a better laptop if its just above my price limit)

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Something that fits in a regular backpack so the average size of a laptop, full keyboard doesnt matter about numbpad

3. What screen resolution do you want?
720P Min 1080P nice but defo not needed

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Portable, Have a working gaming PC

5. How much battery life do you need?
Around 7Hrs

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
CS:GO Medium, Low endish games like Terraria and then some like web browser games, nothing high end.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Some photo editing in photoshop but mainly for college work and youtube.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
1TB would be great

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Currys if UK but sites like EBuyer Amazon are also fine

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
3 Years Minimum

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Just a normal DVD reader and SD card reader

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Any big name brands such as Samsung Acer Dell HP etc

13. What country do you live in?

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Don't need a dedicated GPU as the most high end game I will play is CSGO

Here's a 14" Lenovo from Curry's, at £650:
It's somewhat over budget, I know, and storage is modest - but fast. You do get a nice 2K IPS screen and a very capable Kaby Lake i5 CPU that will cover your stated needs. Weight is low, but battery life is average for this segment.

John Lewis has this 15.6" HP, at £530:
https://www.johnlewis.com/hp-pavilion-15-laptop-intel-core-i3-8gb-ram-1tb-15-6-full-hd/p3264256?colour=Opulent Blue
Good specs, but a bit heavier. The Kaby Lake i3 will be less powerful, but you gain increased battery life.

I went on Amazon UK to look for a Dell, but came across this 14" Lenovo instead, at £470:
It's refurbished and battery life is below average. But you get sufficient RAM, the storage you want, a good AMD APU and the added flexibility that comes with the 2-in-1 design.

In this price range, it's going to be compromises pretty much everywhere you look: A good CPU, but a crappy screen. A good screen, but only 4 GBs of RAM. 8 GBs of RAM, but only 128 GBs of storage - and so on. Refurbished laptops will open the field of eligible candidates significantly - but you may want to ask around for personal experiences.