Forced on to the back foot by the boom in tablet computers, traditional laptop manufacturers are fighting back with powerful business machines at very favourable prices. Jon Wilcox reports.
When it comes to portable computing, everyone seems to be fixated on tablet PCs, whether that’s Apple’s iPad and the temporarily reprieved Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (or the innumerable other Android-powered tablets) or similar devices from traditional PC manufacturers like HP and Dell.
Traditional laptops seem to have been pushed aside in the tablet frenzy. However, it’s worth remembering laptops often offer a greater amount of horsepower and functionality than tablets – and your money will definitely go further if you don’t mind passing up the chance to look like you’re carrying a prop from Star Trek…
And for bread-and-butter accounting work, PCs are still the profession's main workhorse. In recent weeks, several AccountingWEB members have come forward looking for replacement laptops. With that in mind, here is a selection of laptops currently on offer for prices similar to those of an Apple iPad or premium Android tablet.
So with that in mind, here is a selection of laptops currently on offer for prices similar to those of an Apple iPad or premium Android tablet:
- Dell Vostro V131, from £359 ex VAT
- HP 630, £296 ex VAT
- Toshiba Satellite C670D-110, £399.60 inc VAT
- Lenovo G575, £299-£345 inc VAT
- Samsung NP RV511-A01UK, £349.99
This is not an exhaustive list of all the laptops out there. Remember it does pay to shop around, not just for the best price, but for the best specification for your budget. Feel free to add your own bargain laptop suggestions.