I bought a laptop today for my dad thinking it was pretty good for christmas, but now I'm having second thoughts about it.
I have no idea when it comes to laptops, and actually thought the graphics card was pretty good until I looked it up. Same for the processor.
I got disillusioned into the whole dual core, and 4000 series graphics, not realizing they were cheaper varients.
It only needs to be able to handle document tasks, e-mail, internet video, and play the Sims 3 for my sister.
From what I know, it'll probably play the Sims but only on Low/Medium settings...
Its a dual core also, but not a great one by the looks of it... outperformed by many above it, and the same speed as some single core celerons.
HP Laptops - HP G56-106sa Laptop PC
Cost me £349, and I'm really having second thoughts about it.
I feel a bit let down in myself that I thought so much of it when buying it, to find it probably will handle things they want to do, but only JUST
Its meant to be a replacement of the desktop computer, but my sister only really plays the Sims 3 on it, or its just general internet for her, and my dad, business tasks.
But if a Sims 4 comes out?
My dad will be shocked I've bought him a laptop at all, seeing as even £350 is too much to be honest as a christmas gift, but its something he wanted.
Am I best of returning it and even though I've paid that, see if there is a i3 or similar with a better graphics card?
I can really go mad when it comes to price, and my money. I can be very "whatever" with it sometimes, buying without much thought into the actual cost of it.
But I want it for them to have it a long time, so maybe paying an extra £100 would be worth it. I just don't know now.
I bought it from John Lewis today, as the price seemed okay, and the features supposedly so.
I just know I don't want to go for one with Intel HD graphics.
Overall though, it is much better than his old laptop, and my sister doesn't really bother with settings and the like. She just plays the games at default, so if it'll play the Sims 3 well, she'll probably be happy, whatever the settings; low or otherwise. So maybe I haven't chosen a bad one after all for their needs, but I'm still doubting it.
That one seems to be a massive jump in graphics and processor, but for £300 more, am I daft shelling out for it? Over time, I'll probably get some money back from parents, and siblings as they understand I can't really spend as much as I have for a gift. Just my bank account for the moment
Just I really wanted something to surprise him with that he'd be happy with, but I kind of need to know I've bought a good one too, and it seems like I haven't, or by the looks of things I haven't.
For the price, probably yes.
Mmm, apparently the graphics on that one aren't that great either...