Best Buy Laptop Guide: April 2014

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The Laptop Best Buy Guide April we are looking for the best basic laptop, multimedia notebook and thin & light for the least money. Since the BBG in February, the laptop offers quite shaken. Samsung announced to stop with cheap laptops and Sony did its Vaio branch of the hand. We will Vaio’s had it not look back in the Netherlands, while Samsung’s new entry-level model, the Ativ Book 9 Lite will be around 650 euros. A look at the Price Watch shows that Vaio laptops and cheap Samsung still be available, but it is thought to selling out of stocks.

Fortunately there is some good news on the laptop area. Toshiba announced a whole new range of laptops, including a variant of the Satellite P50t with 4k screen. Also GPU manufacturer Nvidia came with new hardware in the form of its mobile processors Maxwell. Thanks to Nvidia’s Battery Boost technology, the new GPUs run no faster than necessary for a constant frame rate, which is a lower energy consumption as a result. With these new GPUs were also announcements of new gaming laptops include Razer and MSI .

Also, Asus, Acer and Lenovo seem to have in the pipeline are. New laptops Photos of the unreleased convertibles appeared already on the website of the Red Dot design awards. All in all it is a pity that the supply will decline as Sony and Samsung withdraws less laptops will sell slowly. Laptops On the other hand, there appears still plenty of innovative hardware to arrive.

In this edition of the LBBG we are looking for a basic laptop of up to 600 euros, a multimedia laptop of 1300 euros and a thin and light which we book a budget of 900 euros. Game Laptops with new Nvidia hardware we have not tested at this time, but appear in a forthcoming LBBG and perhaps we also tested the first laptop with a 4K screen at that time.

For the selection of the best buys we go out of our own findings, third-party reviews and user experiences. With the help of the visitors to the Laptop Buying Advice forum are so the best laptops in the market fished.
Laptop Budget
Based Laptop € 600, –
Multimedia Laptop € 1300, –
Affordable thin & light € 900, –

Basic Laptop – Specifications and prices

We have the basic laptop with a budget of six hundred euro established. For that money it should be possible to find a nice processor on board. A laptop with a screen diagonal of 15 “Unfortunately, most of the supply has a screen resolution of 1366×768 pixels, while we prefer to work with a full-HD screen. A SSD is not standard in this price range, but in many cases may itself be built.
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E540

The Lenovo as we recommend in this LBBG, is not to be found. In our PriceWatch For this, the laptop should immediately in the shop at Lenovo ordered to be. The E540 comes with a 1366×768-pixel screen and remains well within the budget. By exceeding the budget by thirteen euro E540 can however be configured with a full HD screen, which we also recommend. Incidentally amounts Lenovo shop can often be a bit reduced by a discount coupon.

Brand and Product Family Lenovo Thinkpad Edge Lenovo Thinkpad Edge
Type E540 (20C60041MH) E540 (20C6003VMH)

Pricing and valuation
Price € 579.95 (23 stores) € 746.50 (22 stores)
First prize entry Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Saturday, December 21, 2013
Appreciation Score: 0 Rating: 5
CPU and motherboard
Processor Intel Core i3 4000M Intel Core i5 4200M
Speed 2.4GHz 2.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.1 GHz
Motherboard Chipset Mobile Intel HM77 Mobile Intel HM77
Memory
Memory Size 4GB 4GB
Maximum internal memory 16GB 16GB
Memory Type DDR3 (SODIMM) DDR3 (SODIMM)
Storage
HDD Type 5400rpm HDD 5400rpm HDD
Storage 500GB 500GB
Optical Drive Type DVD + /-RW DVD + /-RW
Number of HDD 1 1
Number of SSD 0 0
Display and graphics
Diagonal 15.6 ” 15.6 ”
Screen 1366×768 (WXGA Wide) 1920×1080 (Full HD 1080p)
Backlight Led: Edge-lit Led: Edge-lit
Screen coating Matt Matt
Video Chip Intel HD Graphics GeForce GT740M
Interfaces
Video out D-Sub (VGA), HDMI, Wireless Display (WiDi) D-Sub (VGA), HDMI, Wireless Display (WiDi)
Connection (USB / FW) USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
Connection (Ethernet) 1Gbps Ethernet 1Gbps Ethernet
Connection (wlan) 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
5GHz support Yes Yes
Connection (Bluetooth) Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Other specifications
Laptop Type Notebook Notebook
Multitouch touchpad Yes Yes
Laptop extras Card reader, fingerprint scanner, webcam Card reader, Webcam
Operating system Windows 7 Professional Windows 8.1
Battery capacity (Wh) 62Wh 62Wh
Color Black Black
Keyboard
Division Qwerty Qwerty
Language U.S. International U.S. International
Dimensions and weight
Height 29.6 mm 29.6 mm
Length 250mm 250mm
Width 377mm 377mm
Weight 2.46 kg 2.46 kg
Warranty and details
Remarks Windows 8 Pro is supplied via an upgrade DVD. Best Buy Laptop Guide: April 2014

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Basic Laptop – Appearance and impression

In the previous Best Buy Guide the L540 Lenovo was proclaimed best business laptop. For the basic laptop this month the budget of 600 euros is a lot lower, but it is still sufficient to choose. Younger brother of the L540

The E540 is very similar to the L540. This is not a business, but a consumer laptop. Thus, E540 is not equipped with a fingerprint reader or business management tools as vPro.
Screen and casing

The base laptop does have a neat housing, which is similar to the case of the L540. Rounded corners, a large touchpad, a solid build and a neat finish again, the characteristics of the plastic laptop. Lenovo ThinkPad E540

To stay within the 600-euro budget, we need self-configure the laptop in the Lenovo shop. For 570 euros, the E540 comes with a 15 “screen with 1366×768 pixels. However we Transcending the budget by 13 euros, a full-HD screen with 1920×1080 pixels may be selected, with matte finish.
Hardware

Some features that were present in the L540, missing from the E540, but the budget is therefore hundred euros less. Therefore, the i5 processor become an i3, which, however, must still be for everyday use. More than fast enough There is 4GB of memory available, which can be expanded.

The hard disk has a capacity of 500GB and thanks to its 7200rpm spin-speed fairly quickly. An SSD would be a lot faster, but with this budget unrealistic. Upgrade itself can. WiFi, Bluetooth and a DVD burner or standard.
Keyboard, touchpad and battery life

Like the commercial version is the E50 with a fine keyboard, which can additionally fought a few drops. As usual, the board ticking tasty and is equipped with a separate numeric keypad. Lenovo ThinkPad E540

A fairly big trackpad with a bit rough structure provides excellent mouse replacement. Apart from the touch pad are Levovo laptops also come with a trackpoint, a small ‘joystick’ control to operate. The pointer The zescelsaccu undergoes during browsing, almost four and a half hours, less than the specified six hours.
Connections

The right side of the E540 is dominated by the drive tray of the DVD burner. Furthermore, there are a few USB 2.0 port, network and power connection to find. Also Lenovo’s Onelink dock connector can be connected here.

On the other hand, an audio port, two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI and VGA connections, and ventilation holes found. The card reader is on the front of the laptop.
Pros

+ Full-HD display with matte finish
+ Good keyboard and trackpad excellent
Downsides

– Simple processor without turbo
Alternatives
Rating: 0 € 589.99 Laptops Lenovo Essential B5400 (MB825MH)
Lenovo Essential B5400 (MB825MH)

The B5400, Lenovo also has a housing and keypad that feel firm slightly less than that of the E540. The price is a few dollars less, but for that you get a more powerful Core i5-4200 processor, 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. Biggest downside is less sharp screen of 1366 x 768 pixels.
Rating: 0 € 599, – Laptops Asus R453LA-WX080H
Asus R453LA-WX080H

This newly released laptop from Asus, like the B5400 i5-4200 processor on board, but must make do with 4GB of memory. However, the hard drive of 500GB is combined with an 8GB SSD, the performance should step up. The smaller 14 “screen has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.
Score: 3 € 531.10 Laptops Acer Aspire V5-552-10578G1Taii
Acer Aspire V5-552-10578G1Taii

Acer throws his V5-552 on the AMD bow and builds a quad-core APU in. This processor is slightly slower than an i5-4200, but the built-in GPU is again somewhat snappier. The V5-552 also has a 1TB hard drive and has 8GB memory. The screen measures 15.6 “with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Multimedia Notebook – Specifications and prices

To view the multimedia laptop we have a sum of 1300 euros reserved. For that money, we are looking for a laptop that actually everything is right: watching movies, playing games and, of course, just browsing and word processing. On the screen size that fits in a multimedia notebook, the opinions differ but the 15 “or more must have been obvious. Uteindelijk was preferred by the community from a compact 15.6” laptop. Those looking for a 17 “multimedia laptop can go to the alternate list.
Acer Aspire V7-582PG

The Acer Aspire V7-582PG is a compact 15.6 “notebook with a Core i7 processor, full HD screen and Nvidia graphics in the Netherlands there are two versions of the laptop available:. With i5 and i7 processor. i5 version has a hybrid drive and a GT 720M graphics card, while the most expensive version with i7 processor, a full SSD has and a GT 750M also has quite a faster video card. With that hardware this multimedia notebook of all must rounder.
Brand and model
Category Laptops
Brand Acer
Series Aspire V7
Product Acer Aspire V7-582PG
Execution 74508G25tii
Pictures
Rate and Review
Lowest price € 1,224.50
Number of providers 22 stores
First prize entry Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Review Rating: 5 (1 review)
CPU and motherboard
Processor Intel Core i7 4500U
Speed 1.8 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3GHz
Memory
Memory Size 8GB
Maximum internal memory 12GB
Memory Type DDR3 (SODIMM)
Storage
HDD Type Solid State Disk
Storage 256GB
Number of SSD 1
Display and graphics
Diagonal 15.6 ”
Screen 1920×1080 (Full HD 1080p)
Backlight Led: Edge-lit
Screen Coating Glossy
Touchscreen Technology Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Video Chip GeForce GT750M
Interfaces
Video out HDMI
Connection (USB / FW) 2x USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Connection (Ethernet) Ethernet 1Gbit / s
Connection (wlan) 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
5GHz support Yes
Connection (Bluetooth) Bluetooth 4.0
Other specifications
Laptop Type Ultrabook
Multitouch touchpad Yes
Laptop Extras Card reader, glossy screen, Backlit Keyboard, Webcam
Operating system Windows 8
Color Gray
Keyboard
Division Qwerty
Language Dutch
Dimensions and weight
Height 22.9 mm
Length 256mm
Width 382mm
Weight 2.2 kg
Warranty and details
Remarks IPS screen
Specs by Manufacturer Product information from the manufacturer
More information
From € 1224.50
Rating: 5 (1 review)

Lowest prices for Acer Aspire V7-582PG-74508G25tii :
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Score: 4 Megekko € 1,220.29 € 1,220.29 Roosendaal
Score: 4 Petdirect ICT € 1,220.29 € 1,220.29 Hoogeveen
Score: 4 SiComputers € 1,224.50 € 1,230.45 Hoogvliet Rotten …
Score: 4 Computer Pirates € 1,238.30 € 1,238.30 Amsterdam
Rating: 2.5 Micro-Mail Zeewolde BV € 1,236.05 € 1241, – Zeewolde
Multimedia Laptop – Appearance and impression

Acer Aspire V7-582PG is a relatively compact laptop, made of brushed aluminum with a plastic bottom. The laptop is about 2.1 inches thick and weighs about 2.2 kilograms.

Acer Aspire V7-582PG
Screen

Who likes to use laptop for watching movies, wants to have a good screen. It provides the Aspire V7 properly. It is a glossy IPS panel with touchscreen and a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Thanks to that screen technology, the viewing angles good, all hinder reflections on the screen your viewing in bright conditions.

According to measurements of Notebookcheck ‘s with the brightness of the screen is also nothing wrong and you come out at around 300cd / m². The distribution of the brightness is above average in this panel, so the image appears smooth and the eye is not darker at the edges. The contrast ratio is not comparable to that of an LCD TV, but for a laptop is 674:1 an acceptable value.
Keyboard and touchpad

The Aspire V7 features a chiclet keyboard with a numeric keypad. Opinions vary on the keyboard, but several reviews that the keys have very little travel, although that is not always perceived as negative. The keyboard is backlit, which may be when working in low light handy.

The touchpad on the Aspire V7 has the same brushed-aluminum design as the palm rests. The quality appears to be sadly disappointing, the precision of the touch pad is not high and the surface seems to be what eg swipe complicates quite stiff. By using the touch screen can be bypassed., In many cases the use of the touch pad
Acer Aspire V7-582PG Acer Aspire V7-582PG Acer Aspire V7-582PG
Connections

The Aspire V7 is well into the connections for external monitors and peripherals, but has no optical drive. Due to the popularity of downloading movies and video on demand services, we find a DVD or blu ray player is not a requirement. Anyone who is looking for it can find to review some of the alternatives that have been equipped with an optical drive.
Battery life

For a multimedia laptop is the V7-582PG quite compact. Predecessors in earlier BBG were usually equipped with quad-core processors, which brought back extra cooling and thus a higher weight with it. The Aspire V7 is therefore easier to take a piece of it but that it immediately starts the battery life also play. Important role That battery life is according Tweaker wesleh out at five o’clock. Other reviews also talk about a battery life of four to five hours, depending on usage. This is the battery life for a multimedia laptop not stop.
Acer Aspire V7-582PG Acer Aspire V7-582PG
Conclusion

The Aspire V7 has made ​​it to best buy due to its excellent screen, fast hardware, yet compact dimensions. Also best buys have downsides and the V7 that the keyboard, which has little travel and the touchpad, which feels too stiff to be easily operated. The compact size, the absence of an optical drive as a downside.
Pros

+ Ips panel with good viewing angles
+ Fast video card
+ Fast ssd
Downsides

– Keyboard has little travel
– Touchpad is disappointing
Alternatives
Rating: 0 € 1,265.10 Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a161.12TBDWakk
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a161.12TBDWakk

Acer also, but of a very different caliber, the Aspire V3. This is thicker and heavier, and has a 17.3 “screen, the hardware is also float,. V3 features a quad-core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a 120GB SSD and a hard drive of 1TB Gaming can. fine with the GTX 760M graphics card and even a Blu-ray writer is standard. A disadvantage of this laptop is the screen, which admittedly has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, but is equipped with a TN panel.
Rating: 4.5 € 1199, – Asus N750JV-T4090H
Asus N750JV-T4090H

Asus N750 gets a quad-core i7 processor, 8GB memory, two disks of 500GB and a GT 750M graphics card with it. The IPS screen is matte, and has good viewing angles and high brightness. The two hard drives for speed can not compete with an SSD, but the price of the Asus laptop is also somewhat lower than that of the rest.
Rating: 3.5 € 1349, – HP Envy 17-j120ed Leap Motion TS SE
HP Envy 17-j120ed Leap Motion TS SE

What hardware is concerned about the HP Envy 17 at the same angle as the Acer Aspire S3: quad-core i7, 16GB RAM and a GT 750M graphics card. An SSD is not available on the HP and the full-HD screen uses a TN panel. Unique to this laptop is the integration of Leap Motion, allowing the system to operate with gestures. Said control unfortunately does not work in all cases as well. Affordable thin & light – Specifications and prices

The brand name “ultrabook” stands for thin and light laptops that meet a list of requirements drawn up. Intel Most ultrabooks are firm to the price and are available from a dollar or a thousand. More and more manufacturers are building their own thin and light laptops that sometimes just and sometimes just does not make ultrabook-sticker, but in any case cheaper than the high-end ultrabooks. With a budget of 900 euros is why we went in search of the best thin and light laptop now.
Acer Aspire V7-482PG-54208G52tii

In addition, we re-released on an Acer Aspire V7. Although the name matches that of the multimedia laptop on the previous page, the Aspire V7-482PG a different laptop. Once before made this laptop appeared in the LBBG. That was in October 2013, when the laptop chosen was because of its good screen. The laptop then cost just under a thousand euros, but the price has since plunged below 900 euros, so the laptop has come for the BBG into account.
Brand and model
Category Laptops
Brand Acer
Series Aspire V7
Execution Acer Aspire V7-482PG-54208G52tii
Pictures
Rate and Review
Lowest price € 899, –
Number of providers 14 shops
First prize entry Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Review Score: 5 (5 reviews)
CPU and motherboard
Processor Intel Core i5 4200U
Speed 1.6GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 2.6GHz
Memory
Memory Size 8GB
Maximum internal memory 12GB
Memory Type DDR3 (SODIMM)
Storage
HDD Type Solid State Disk
Storage 24GB
HDD Type second disc 5400rpm HDD
Opslagcap. second disc 500GB
Number of HDD 1
Number of SSD 1
Display and graphics
Diagonal 14 ”
Screen 1920×1080 (Full HD 1080p)
Backlight Led: Edge-lit
Touchscreen Technology Unknown type
Multitouch Yes
Video Chip GeForce GT750M
Interfaces
Video out HDMI
Connection (USB / FW) 2x USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Connection (Ethernet) Ethernet 1Gbit / s
Connection (wlan) 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
5GHz support Yes
Connection (Bluetooth) Bluetooth 4.0
Other specifications
Laptop Type Ultrabook
Multitouch touchpad Yes
Laptop Extras Card reader, Backlit Keyboard, Webcam
Operating system Windows 8
Color Gray
Keyboard
Division Qwerty
Dimensions and weight
Height 22,85 mm
Length 240mm
Width 340mm
Weight 2.1 kg
Specs by Manufacturer Product information from the manufacturer
More information
From € 899, –
Score: 5 (5 reviews)

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Rating: 5 Yorcom Computers € 899, – € 899, – Vlaardingen
Rating: 4.5 4Launch € 899, – € 899, – Eindhoven
Rating: 3.5 Bol.com € 899, – € 899, – Utrecht
Score: 4 Petdirect ICT € 917.79 € 917.79 Hoogeveen
Score: 4 SiComputers € 918, – € 923.95 Hoogvliet Rotten Affordable thin & light – Appearance and impression

Acer Aspire V7-482PG is a 14 “laptop with fast hardware. A Core i5 4200U processor is accompanied by 8GB RAM, Nvidia GT 750M graphics card and a full HD display with Ahva panel. The laptop is something more than two inches fairly thin, but with a weight of 2.1 kilograms is the light side of the laptop is disappointing. Yet the speed and especially the screen quality good reasons to regard it. Aspire V7 as best buy

Acer Aspire V7
Screen

The Best Buy Guide October Acer came before, thanks to its good screen. The 14 “-Ahva panel is from AU Optronics and has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The contrast ratio is, according to measurements from AnandTech 1100:1, which is an excellent value for a laptop screen. Additionally, the color deviation is not too bad, and the space that the panel can display relatively large. After calibration would also graphic designers can cope with this screen. drawback is that the screen is touch-sensitive and there is a shiny layer overlying, which can cause reflections.
Keyboard and touchpad

Although you with the Aspire V7 certainly a lot of value for money, the laptop has it downsides. The keyboard is configured as with other Aspire V7’s, which means that the chiclettoetsen have very little travel. The touch pad is in contrast to the keyboard of good quality. Acer uses a Synaptics touchpad, which touches registers properly. The placement of the touchpad however, it may occasionally happen that there is a touch of a palm is recorded during tapping. The touchpad is, however, easy off.

Acer Aspire V7 Acer Aspire V7

Hardware and battery life

The Aspire V7 is equipped with a Core i7-4500U processor and can play a nice game with Nvidia’s GT 750M. The combination of CPU and GPU, making it perfect for casual gaming and is also a lot faster than the processor, integrated Intel GPU, which can be found in most thin and light laptops.

Apparently it did not fit into Acer’s budget to give the V7 fast SSD because there is chosen a 500GB HDD, which is accelerated by a flash cache 24GB. The memory is 8GB and the laptop is equipped with the most common connectors such as USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet and a card reader. On a fully charged battery can be worked five hours with average use. With light use may rise to seven hours, while a power user will empty pull the battery. In half the time
Conclusion

An excellent screen, fast processor and also even make a fast video card, the 14 “Aspire V7-482PG one of the most interesting thin & lights at the moment. The battery life is average and also the use of a hybrid drive is usual in this price category, so that we would not want to label. disadvantage a real disadvantage of this laptop is the keyboard, which has little travel. Also the weight of 2.1 kilograms is relatively high, although this is largely due to the hardware configuration of the Aspire V7 .
Pros

+ Good screen
+ Complete and fast laptop
Downsides

– Keyboard
– No full ssd
– Relatively heavy
Alternatives
Rating: 5 € 1232.99 Lenovo Thinkpad S440
Lenovo Thinkpad S440

Lenovo’s Thinkpad S440 comes in carrying out the PriceWatch well above the budget, but is already in Lenovo’s own webshop for 810 euros . That S440 will like the Aspire V7 i5-4200U with it, combined with 4GB of memory and a Radeon HD 8670M graphics card. The 14 “screen has a resolution of 1600×900 pixels. Maximum brightness seems to be disappointing, with 192cd / m² as the viewing angles of the TN panel. The body of the S440 is prized for its strength.
Rating: 0 € 849, – Acer Aspire S7-191-53334G12ass
Acer Aspire S7-191-53334G12ass

The 11 “version of Acer Aspire S7 of the previous generation is now followed by a version with Haswell processor, but because this version has become cheaper To begin with the biggest drawback., The battery life is not great, but the laptop is nice and light, just over a kilo, and a 128GB SSD and a full HD screen., the 13 “variant we’ve already tested.
link Acer Aspire S7 Review: Acer’s ultrabook topper with touchscreen
Rating: 0 € 699, – Sony Vaio Pro SVP1121D4EBI
Sony Vaio Pro SVP1121D4EBI

The Vaio Pro is 650 euros with no fat under budget. For that money you get a Pentium processor, 4GB memory, a 128GB SSD and a full HD screen. The weight is only 870gram and thus you get great value for your money with this laptop. Unfortunately, it is the question of how long the laptop still remains available, because Sony Vaio branch has been sold. The online store is the Sony Vaio Pro no longer available.

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