So, my twin boys start college (sixth form) this year and as their birthday is coming up I thought I'd kill two birds and buy them the laptop they need. I'm used to speccing out my own laptops for the office here, but when it is my money rather than my business it makes for a sharper focus. One lad is going to be studying art, the other music tech. So one needs to be able to run Abletron without hiccup (his 4GB RAM and i3 combo is underpowered), the other a variety of relatively low-end graphics stuff (not into Photoshop, but potentially might be.)
It took me more than a day to spec what I'm now hoping is the right (within my 'under £500 each' budget) laptop for them: a 15.6" Lenovo Ideapad 310 with an AMD A12, 12GB RAM and a 1Tb HDD.
What would you have gone for, given the budget restrictions? Max £500 all in (or $600 US if you prefer)
i7 machines are out of range, and most i5's would need a RAM upgrade (from the standard 4GB) that takes them out of it as well. The A12 seemed like a decent compromise, especially coupled to 12GB RAM. A two year all-in warranty was something of a deal-maker as well.