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Andy

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Laptop Buyer Advice
« on: October 31, 2015, 11:19:39 AM »
Hi guys - after a wee mishap with my laptop my insurance is paying out so I'm getting a new one with my store credit. I'm looking to future proof this purchase in case I eventually  try astro photography. So is there any specific specs I should look for to run processing and stacking software as well as storing lots of pics and all the usual household stuff? I'm not tech-savvy so any of your advice will be appreciated. Thanks guys
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Re: Laptop Buyer Advice
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2015, 11:30:34 AM »
I have an old 1st generation i3 laptop with 8gb ram and it does the job, slowly, but does the job. It is my intention to buy a new laptop soon and use my old one purely for outside at the telescope for mount and camera control. When the time does come I would be looking for at least a Intel i5 processor( preferably i7), at least 8gb (preferably 16gb) ram and a 1tb hard drive.
Get as good as you can get for your budget, Currys are doing some decent lappies at around 500.

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Re: Laptop Buyer Advice
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2015, 09:06:19 PM »
Thanks Gaz - looking at one with 16gb/1tb. That should do the job
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Re: Laptop Buyer Advice
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2015, 09:13:07 PM »
Yeah, that should be more than enough, what processor is I  the ine your looking at, i (?) And speed.....?
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Re: Laptop Buyer Advice
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2015, 11:45:45 PM »
thing is, nowadays if your not into gaming any decent spec laptop will do a good job. I would look at the quality of the screen, make sure it has at least 4GB but preferably 8GB of ram and a decent enough hard disk but really anything will do the job as far as astronomy is concerned.

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Re: Laptop Buyer Advice
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2015, 02:31:42 PM »
Cheers lads
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Re: Laptop Buyer Advice
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2016, 07:57:25 AM »
If your planning on processing you images on the laptop, you may wish to consider on with an ssd. Much faster, but that could be a later upgrade. Concentrate on getting as good a screen, processor and memory balance as you can.

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