Thursday, 2 June 2011

New Desktop Replacement Laptop Part Two

Sorry its taken longer than i expected to get round to this

So the next laptop to catch my eye did so very soon after the Envy 14 this is because it is the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition it was announced shortly after and looked like it could be the one featuring an i7 processor up to 8GB of RAM the same graphics card from the normal Envy 14 and some of the best looks i think ive ever seen on a laptop it just screams sex every inch of this laptop makes you want to get your hands on it its just down right beautiful.
At this point i was ready to start flashing the cash however one problem, i defiantly didnt have enough, so i was set back but having seen the laptop that i thought would be a future purchase i started showing my friends at college and even asking tutors what they thought of it and the consensus was that it again was beautiful the only problem was the price. One of the tutors that i showed it too told me that dell were reducing prices on their XPS ranges and that i could get a similarly specced machine for £200 less this really messed me up and for weeks i kept going through the dell website and looking for the new offers that they had on each week after about 3 weeks i just sort of gave in and decided i would wait a little longer before even looking at any more laptops as i was only half way there money wise to even getting the laptop to make all my friends jealous with.

So the months past and i kept trying to save  at this point i think i ended up buying a Wii, silly move i know i must have sent £300+ on it and accessories total (including an extra Wii remote including inbuilt motion plus, an extra nunchuck, inductive charging pad, the proper controller which i never used and the composite cable so i could output 480p from it to my 24" tv)  as i decided to get my hands on a Wode jukebox for it to play backups which set me back £80 yes i get silly with my money =/ making big brash purchases because i have enough saved to buy something nice for myself.

Then we come to May just last month and there is talk of Dell releasing a new powerful slim laptop including all the best specs from the XPS line of laptops and i believe the Adamo line aswell providing it with great stylish looks and great sound etc.

This sums it up better than me and comes curtsy of the Engadget review

"For years, Dell's been teasing supermodel-thin laptops, each one flawed out of the gate: too pricey, toounderpowered, and with underwhelming battery life. This time, Dell told us we'd get something different: a laptop without compromise. Recently, Round Rock killed off the Adamo and nixed the XPS 14, and then rumors started to spin -- a spiritual successor would be the slimmest 15.6-inch notebook we'd ever seen, be crafted from "special materials" and yet cost less than $1,000. Dell even stated that it would have an "innovative new form factor" of some sort."

This laptop started getting leaked out intentionality in promo videos and the like to cause some buzz around it, and then it was announced as the Dell XPS 15z now again it ticks the spec box with a choice of i5 or i7 processor the option of 1GB or 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M Graphics Card with Optimus a nice 15.6 inch display (1920x1080) with great resolution while larger than ive become accustomed too i could easily get along with it and 8GB RAM + many more features great sound ports etc. Now when i first saw it i was in awe but still in two minds about its looks as although im a fan the mac book pro like aesthetic of all of these laptops it would seem like Dell has taken it a bit to far while things that the dell has are better the speaker grills and such, even the port layout is that of the same as a MBP they have even taken the idea of a battery life checker on the side, if you want to see them side by side check out the engadget review linked above. Now it still is a looker but there are things to not like about it the hinge is patterned and i frankly think it looks ugly, this machine is a tricky one to decide upon as the specs are there and i could even get used to the hinge but im at the stage where im thinking just wait abit longer see if anyone else releases something nice i really like what Asus are putting out lately the designs are nice, and im still in the boat of being around half way towards getting any of them on the cost front (thanks to the Wii purchase) so for now im sitting waiting again for one of the big companies to release a laptop that pleases me in every way so lets just hope i don't decide to make another brash purchase any time soon otherwise il never get to a stage where i can buy a great machine

I need to stop eyeing up the Asus EEE  Pad Transformer

Thanks for spending the time to read my ramblings


  1. I have a similar problem. My old laptop conked-out a month ago and I still can't decide on a suitable replacement. I'll keep an eye on your research buddy!

  2. i have had a couple of dell notebooks, ive never tried asus

  3. I love ASUS. The Eee pad transformer is nice. And Beats are waaaaay overrated and they suck

  4. I must admit, the beats edition looks pretty sweet and has an insane spec which if I'm honest, even when I upgrade/swap the desktop will be pretty close!

    Hope you sort it out soon! xD

  5. oh dear looks nice but again is overpriced for what your getting currently own something of a similar spec as the second pre-made one and have to say mine is getting old now the spec on mine is slightly better and was cheaper thinking it's a con my good sir

  6. Hiya ellie bellie thought i would have a look at your blog seems interesting. hope our having fun with the laptop hunt and well in regards to that i agree with anon does seem overpriced i also have something similar as that one and again cheaper ^^ look at the actual xps ones they look better

    omg for the love of god just had a proper look at the 15z tell me you aren't considering it just please i would lose all respect for you the spec is good in everything except the processor which is a glorified i5 tell me at the very least you noticed that