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I need help finding a new laptop/tablet/hybrid, please.

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    I need help finding a new laptop/tablet/hybrid, please.

    FUJITSU SIEMENS AMILO LI 1818 (Old Laptop)
    CPU - Intel Pentium T2080 @ 1.73GHz
    GFX - Intel Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset Family
    RAM - 2GB Dual- Channel DDR2 @ 266MHz (4-4-4-12)

    MEDION AKOYA P7360 D (MD 8855) A-UK (Old Desktop PC)
    CPU - AMD Phenom™ II X4 820 Quad-Core processor
    GFX - ATI Radeon™ HD 5670 DirectX® 11 graphics with 1024 MB dedicated memory on board
    RAM - 4 GB (4096 MB) DDR3 SDRAM

    ASUS X200CA
    (Notebook I have my eye on)
    CPU - Intel Celeron Dual-Core 1007U 1.5GHz
    GFX - Shared Graphics with System Memory
    RAM - 4GB

    Ideally I want a Surface Pro or SPro2, but the price of gen 1 SPro+TypeCover combo hasn't come-down enough (ranges from £600-£750) and even the gen 2 SPro without a keyboard is just completely out of my ball park (£700-£1,039); so I'm somewhat forced to look around at different Win8/8.1 laptops/tablets/hybrids.

    I have 2 machine specs in mind. One an old laptop that can hardly play any games. Another an old desktop which played most games I threw it's way, on at least normal settings. Being a 'notebook' and having dual-core/shared graphics, I suspect this ASUS X200CA will be completely underpowered, but I half-had it in mind because I like the form factor and the cheap price at £300. Probably wouldn't like to buy a machine to buy a more powerful one later, but I just don't know where to begin looking...

    Hopefully someone will be able to tell me confirm/deny the X200CA as being good or bad right off the bat, and possibly give me an idea of what machines fit my needs.
    Last edited by ksdixon; 26 Jan 2014 at 05:42.

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    Following the rabbit hole deeper, I've sat and thought about what is essential to my needs from a new Win8 device purchase:

    - x86 compatibility is needed, along with a USB Port and HDMI/Mini Display Port for showing the tablet on a HDTV.

    - touchscreen is needed, but pen support isn't necessarily needed.

    - includes a keyboard which separates from tablet for when I need that, but which isn't completely separate all the time so that it's one more thing to have to carry in your bag, or in my case I would likely misplace it a lot and not have it to hand when I do need it.

    - something respectable in processor/graphics/memory so that it can play at least some games on low/normal settings, and to watch YT/stream Netflix & Twitch without buffering and stuttering. Don't see a point in getting a new device just to have to get a more powerful one later on, thus making the first purchase obsolete and a waste of money when the replacement becomes my new 'main'.

    - Be priced somewhere around, but preferably below £400-£500

    can anyone help?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

I need help finding a new laptop/tablet/hybrid, please.
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