I need a laptop that will cope with light video editing, software development, and maybe a bit of gaming if I have time. I regularly have 30+ tabs open in Chrome, with multiple Word / Excel / Outlook instances open and run disk intensive downloads frequently.

My budget is £875 (GBP) including UK VAT absolute max.

Needs to have

  • An Intel Core i7 5th Gen or greater
  • At least 256GB harddrive, SSD preferred but can be an m.2 of lesser capacity as long as it has a second HDD
  • FHD (1920x1080) resolution or better
  • 8GB of RAM or more

Would be nice to have (not vital)

  • 15" or larger Screen
  • 8 or more hours of battery life on general computing, not intensive stuff clearly
  • A dedicated GPU

Bear in mind I have built a PC before, and if a cheaper laptop is upgradeable within my budget, im happy to do that, such as buy a bigger internal hdd or RAM with the laptop all within the £875 (GBP)

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Considering your requirements, I'd recommend Dell's New Inspiron 15 5000 (5567) which goes for about £799 + VAT and delivery. From personal experience, Dell's laptops tend to be decently robust and are of good quality.

Reasons for Recommendation:

Meets All of your Requirements:

  • 7th Gen Kaby Lake i7-7500U @ 2.7GHz
  • 256GB SSD
  • 1920x1080 FHD Display
  • 16GB DDR4-2400 MHz

Meets of your non-Vital Requirements:

SSD upgrades are possible, however they may not be within your budget since most larger capacity SSDs cost more than £75.


  • Great Thanks, I went with this, hopefully it will arrive soon! I will use the rest of my budget to upgrade it to Windows 10 Pro! Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 9:01

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