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#13 lespauled


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:26 AM

Get the best laptop you can afford.  Don't settle.  Get what you want, even if it's a little out of your price range.  Save for it.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:00 PM

if you have lots of budget for your laptop go for Orjan advice.. else go for lespauled advice...

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 11:32 AM

First of all, thank you all so much for your replies!


Right now I'm doing some research on the 'Lenovo g580', the one Kamiliontti suggested.

This because I saw this one today in a shop and it actually looked pretty decent (:



Intel Core i7-362QM


Intel HD Graphics 4000


Comes with Windows 8






Browsing the Lenovo's site, I bumped on the Lenovo Y500 (SLI) which I think is a lot more interesting than the other Lenovo laptop!



Intel Core i7-3630QM

Comes with Windows 8

Clockspeed: 2.5GHz

Memory: 16GB

Memory type: DDR3 1600 MHz

Number of memory banks: 2

1TB Hard Disk



2x NVIDIA GeForce GT650M videocard (SLI)

Price: €1199




The previous laptop (Lenovo Y500) is part of the 'Entertainment' section.

The next one, the Lenovo U510 IdeaPad is part of the 'Ultrabook' section.


Intel Core i7-3517U

Comes with Windows 8

Clockspeed: 1.9GHz

Memory: 8GB

Memory Type: DDR3 1600 MHz

Number of memory banks: 2

1TB Hard Disk



NVIDIA GeForce GT625M (1GB videomemory)

Price: €899





Can anyone tell me why the Lenovo Y500 (SLI) is better/worse than the Lenovo U510 IdeaPad? Keep in mind that I want a fast and stable machine that I'm mainly going to use for application development!

The differences between the two laptops are in bold!

Thanks in advance!




Oh god, now I also found these 5 new notebooks :(



Edited by Kattoor, 09 July 2013 - 12:43 PM.

#16 BenW


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 02:48 PM

The Y500 is better because:

  • Faster clockspeed (2.5ghz compared to 1.9ghz) generally means more processing power
  • Twice the amount of RAM means programs will run better, you can do more without lagging the machine ,etc
  • Dual videocards mean it's probably designed for gaming, so you'd hope that it has decent cooling!

It has a smaller SSD, but the main advantage to SSD's is loading speed - install Windows onto that and use the regular harddrive for your programs and files, you wont' really mind the difference in speeds.


I would say the Y500 looks like a very good machine if it's in your budget for this. The screen is a bit small for my liking, but you can plug in an external monitor if you need more space.



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