Kyx wrote: spotify95 wrote: coleslaw wrote:
Since I won £120 on TSR in amazon gift cards I thought it's a good time to get a new laptop. Is buying laptops off amazon a good idea? I think max I'm looking anywhere between £200-£400. Just a powerful laptop that can run FL Studio (these are the system requirements https://support.image-line.com/knowledg ... php?ans=82
) which even my dad's crappy old VAIO laptop can handle fairly okay. Any ideas?
To be honest I've never looked into buying laptops on Amazon; there may be some good laptops out there but there may not be.
I would ideally look more towards the higher end of the figure that you gave. My advice towards buying a laptop, desktop, or any other computer is still the same: get one with Windows 10, and look for a bare minimum of an Intel i3 processor and 4GB RAM. Ideally get one with an i5 and 8GB. An SSD is not a priority as HDDs are bigger and cheaper.
Most programs nowadays will want the above to run smoothly; although your software you linked to will work on Pentium 4, most other day to day stuff certainly won't!
If you can't get at least an Intel i3, then used options and/or ex business machines may be a better shot. Our cheap Windows 10 machine with an AMD E2 CPU really struggles due to the weak CPU!
You won how much
There's this laptop for £379.99 but with amazon prime (6 months free as a student
) it's only £209.48https://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-Comput ... rds=laptop
Looks like that laptop has an Intel Atom - ouch! That CPU won't be very good for anything other than the bare basics, and even then, you may be struggling. Atoms are designed for portable devices, like those laptop/tablet hybrids you see for about £100-£200, which are fit for browsing the web on a portable device that is bigger than a smartphone. They were also common in netbooks, and they weren't very powerful either.
Plus only 32GB onboard storage, which isn't recommended for a main computer, especially after a few programs and the bi-annual Windows Update on Windows 10. In fact, I researched this and people have run into problems with new versions of Windows 10 not installing, due to lack of storage on those 32GB devices.
Personally, I'd avoid that, as it doesn't meet my recommendation for a main laptop, of "Intel i3 or better"...
For £200, at that level of spec, you're better off going used at sites such as Tier 1 Online, or even local Gumtree adverts. On Gumtree, you might well get an Intel Celeron or Pentium CPU, or even an i3 CPU if the seller wants rid quickly. (Or, of course, the equivalent AMD CPU.)
Granted, a Celeron or Pentium isn't very good, but it'll be better than one of those nasty Atom CPUs.
From Amazon, this is better: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078GYYC7S/ ... UTF8&psc=1
, ideally getting the i3 option as it will be better.