Buyer's Guide - Laptop Computers

We are regularly asked to recommend or purchase computers and below is our standard list of laptop computers that we recommend.

24 October 2012 Buyer's Guides  Apple Macs, Shop, Windows PCs

We are regularly asked to recommend or purchase computers and below is our standard list of laptop computers that we recommend. We also have selection of recommended desktops to choose from.

Windows Laptops Apple Laptops
1 a dell laptop windows 7 Apple MacBook Pro
Starter Laptops - ready to meet your day to day needs
Dell Latitude 14 3000
  • Intel i3-4030U, 1.9GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB 7200rpm disk
  • 14 inch display
  • 2.0 Kg
  • Windows 7/8.1 Pro
  • Integrated webcam
  • 1 year warranty

Guide £385.66

Dell Latitude 3450 i5
  • Intel i5-5200U, 2.2GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB 7200rpm disk
  • 14 inch display
  • 2.0 Kg
  • Windows 7/8.1 Pro
  • No CD/DVD Drive
  • 1 year warranty

Guide £490.28

Apple MacBook Air
  • Intel i5, 1.3GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD HDD
  • 11.6 inch display
  • 1.08 Kg
  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • No CD/DVD Drive
  • 1 year warranty

Guide £786.62

Professional Laptops - robust, light and with strong performance
Dell Latitude 5440
  • Intel i5-4300U, 1.9GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB Hybrid HD/SSD
  • 14 inch display
  • 1.6 Kg
  • Windows 7 Pro
  • DVD RW Drive
  • 1 year warranty

Guide £525.83

Dell Latitude E6440
  • Intel i5-4300M, 2.6GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 320GB HDD
  • 14 inch display
  • 2.1 Kg
  • Windows 7 Pro
  • CD/DVD RW Drive
  • 3 year warranty

Guide £675.98

Apple MacBook Air
  • Intel i5, 1.8GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 256GB HDD
  • 13.3 inch display
  • 1.35 Kg
  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • No CD/DVD Drive
  • 1 year warranty

Guide £1,017.97

Performance Laptops - Performance and superb looks
Dell Ultrabook 6430u
  • Intel i7-3687U, 2.1GHz
  • 6GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State HD
  • 14 inch display
  • 1.7 Kg
  • Windows 7 Pro
  • No CD/DVD RW Drive
  • 1 year warranty

Guide £496.39

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
  • Intel i7-4500U, 3.0GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Solid State HD
  • 13.3 inch display
  • 2.1 Kg
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • No CD/DVD RW Drive
  • 1 year warranty

Guide £959.84

Apple MacBook Pro
  • Intel i5, 2.6GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB Solid State HD
  • 13.3 inch display
  • 2.04 Kg
  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • CD/DVD RW Drive
  • 1 year warranty

Guide £1,492.99

Don't Forget!

These computers do not come with Microsoft Office...

  • Microsoft Office 2010 (Windows) Home & Business (2 installs, 1 user) - £169.99+VAT
  • Microsoft Office 2013 (Windows) Home & Business (1 install, user) - £159.99+VAT
  • Microsoft Office (Mac) 2011 Home & Business (1 install, 1 user) - £159.99+VAT

Questions & Answers

Q. Please explain the guide price?

A. The prices above exclude VAT but include delivery.  On top for computers being added to a computer domain there is a basic provisioning charge of £25+vat which covers all aspects of supplying, installing and configuring your new computer and if you are not happy with what we have supplied we will take it back and give you a full refund.  There is also the choice of a full setup and transfer from your old computer which costs £75+vat.  If you choose to purchase the computer yourself we will configure your computer with CTS network services under the basic charge, but the transfer of documents, music, settings and applications is something we can assist with under the full transfer service.  Also should your computer develop a hardware fault and we have not supplied it, we won't be able to deal any returns etc. on your behalf.

The price quoted is a guide price as the prices do change slightly over time - we will confirm the price with you ahead of ordering.

Q. I have seen a computer with a different specification - would you supply that instead?

A. We regularly review our recommendations to ensure we pick the best of what is currently available and that the selection will meet all business needs.  As a result we can only supply the computers from our list however you are of course free to purchase the computer yourself.

Q. How long will it take to get my new computer?

A. Once ordered your new computer will be installed within 10 working days and should it not be installed we will waive our provisioning charge. Depending on our own stock and the type of computer ordered we will often be able to install your computer within 2-3 days.

Q. I have seen Microsoft Home & Student which is cheaper, can I use that instead

A. Microsoft Office Home & Student is not licensed for commercial use and as such we cannot supply or install that version if we know the system is to be used for your work.  If you choose to purchase Home & Student yourself you will need to install the software and you should also be aware that it does not include Microsoft Outlook which is recommended to get the most from the CTS E-mail service.

Q. Can I use Microsoft Office from my old computer?

A. Unless Microsoft Office was supplied in it's own box then the answer is no.  Where Microsoft Office is bundled with the computer it is licensed only for use on that computer and it cannot be transferred to another.  If you did purchase a boxed copy of Microsoft Office then providing it is not installed on more computers than it should be then use you can use the Microsoft Office from your old computer.

Corrections or suggestions