Alienware gaming laptops in Dubai

alienware laptop Dubai

Alienware laptops are reported to be the best in the business when it comes to gaming.  They have extremely high specifications and come at quite a price.  Gitex (the annual event in Dubai) showcased a number of the latest Alienware laptops that cost as much as a new car.

Virgin Megastore in Dubai has an Alienware M18X BK which houses a 1 terabyte drive, 8GB of RAM and two different graphic specifications – dual NVIDIA GTX 460M and dual AMD 6970M (CrossFireX) which splash incredible graphics across an 18.4″ High Definition display.  It’s also 3D capable and comes with wireless streaming.

This would have to be one of the most powerful gaming machines out there.  A lot of reviewers called this rig a gaming beast. Growwwwl!

AED 11,999

 

 

What to look for when buying a laptop in dubai?

Why should I buy a laptop in Dubai?

For what purpose?

When looking around the shops in the various malls around Dubai you need to have a clear idea in your head on why you want to purchase a laptop.  What is the main function for it?  Will you be typing up a lot of documents, watching movies, listening to music, or just browsing the Internet?  By understanding your main purpose for the laptop then you’ll be able to enter a store and not be sold a laptop with specifications and features that you just don’t need.

OK, so let’s say you’re someone that travels quite a bit and types up Word documents?  You’ll need something that is lightweight but doesn’t really need a lot of RAM and hard drive space.  Although if you like to watch your own movies then you may need to expand that hard drive space.

Cast your eye over Jumbo’s Sony Vaio SVP13218 – incredibly light with 4Gb of RAM, a lightening fast SSD drive of 256GB capacity (all you need for movies) and Windows 8 pro so you can show off in the business lounge.  – AED 6495

Let’s say you don’t move around much but you do like to play games on your laptop and browse the Internet a lot? Then you’ll need something with a decent graphics card and quite a bit of memory.  If you’re really into games then you will need a decent screen as well, but once the price starts going up then it’s probably best you invest in a desktop instead.

Awesome Deal:  Check out Sharaf DG for an MSI Gaming laptop with a whooping 12GB of RAM and a 3GB NVIDIA GeForce graphics card.  Massive!  You also get a free 40” TV.  Check them out!

If you like to sit in coffee shops and social network, Twitter, Facebook and all the rest then you could get away with a Netbook that is easy to pop in your bag and boot up quickly to knock out a killer post to all your friends. But if you really want to look cool at your local coffee shop then you can’t go wrong with an Apple.

Sharaf DG have many flavours of MacBook Airs but for AED 3999 you can get a 4GB, Dual Core i5 1.3Ghz piece of coolness.

Another factor to take into consideration is whether or not you really need the latest operating system – Windows 8.1 or you can make do with Windows 7.  Definitely don’t buy anything with Windows XP as Microsoft is discontinuing its support of the OS.  Good Luck!

One of the best places to buy a laptop in Dubai is…

Laptop in dubai mall

at The Mall of the Emirates.  This mall holds two of the biggest computer and electronic stores in Dubai:  Jumbo and CompuME as well as smaller eMax stores.

It is the perfect place to find a new Dell Inspiron 13z 3520-0376 for 1899AED or a Lenovo G580-8090 for 1999AED.

And as mentioned earlier in a previous post on laptop prices in Dubai the stores won’t differ too much on price but may offer specials whereby they will package a laptop with a tablet or smartphone as a bonus deal.

So shop around!

 

The new Acer Touchscreen laptops are available!

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The Aspire V5 is an awesome touchscreen Notebook that offers 10 point multi touch 14″ HD Acer CineCrystal LCD on Windows 8 for the V5-471PG model.

And for 2999AED it is a steal.  An Intel Core i5-3317U and 4gb DDR3 Memory and a whooping 500GB hard drive top off this saucy laptop.

Compare with the next model up the Acer Aspire V5-571P-6642 15.6-Inch Touch Screen Laptop (Silky Silver) which offers a bigger screen and more RAM (6GB).  acer_touchscreen_small

Laptop reviews have reported that this laptop is of a solid construction which at the same time feeling very light.  People are generally happy with the added functionality of a touch screen.

The DSF catalogue is out for Sharaf DG showcasing a range of awesome, Windows 8 Sony Vaio laptops.

sony vaio in dubai

If you buy a Sony Vaio laptop in Dubai from any of the Sharaf DG stores then you could be in to win a 10,000 AED gift voucher.

The available Sony Vaio laptops all with Windows 8 64 bit are:

T13127:  contains a 256GB SSD drive as mentioned in a previous post.  Priced at 5595AED.  

Compare with the Sony VAIO T Series SVT13127CXS 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Silver) at Amazon which features a hybrid drive (magnetic drive + SSD drive).  A Hybrid Hard Drive provides faster access to your documents, and faster boot up compared to a standard hard drive.

D11215: contains a 128 SSD and a 11.6 inch screen.  Priced at 5295AED.

S13125:  contains a normal 750GB hard drive (hence the reduction in price) and is priced at 3995AED.

E14122:  contains a 320 serial hard drive and costs 2195AED and is still a sufficient laptop for the average user.

Laptop prices in Dubai : what to look for!

Laptop prices in dubai macbook pro

When searching for a laptop in Dubai there are a number of very good computer and electronic stores available.

They offer a wide selection of laptops and notebooks ranging from the latest Macbooks to Samsung and HP.  And while the sales service may differ between stores the prices of laptops in dubai in particular do not.

So it’s best to compare laptop prices in Dubai with the equivalent machine on Amazon and determine whether or not it’s worth ordering from them and paying a shipping cost.

Delivery to the UAE is resonable fast through the Aramax Shop and Ship service.

It’s better to test out a laptop such as the Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION) in a store and then check out the reviews on Amazon.

Make sure you look into the laptop accessories such as the battery, hard drive, ram, and power voltage and cord to make sure the laptop is compatible in the UAE.

The take home message is that prices do not markedly vary across major electronic stores such as Sharaf DG, Jumbo, CompuMe and Plugins.

 

If you are purchasing a laptop in Dubai make sure it has a SSD drive!

HP Laptop in Dubai with SSD

It was always thought that by increasing the RAM would increase the speed of your laptop and while this is true for some applications a solid state hard drive has a greater impact on the speed of accessing documents and opening applications.

So rather than look for a hard drive that has an enormous capacity go for a lesser capacity (i.e. cheaper) SSD drive.  You can always back up your music and movies and data on to an external drive if you start to run out of space which you most probably wont.

Laptops in Dubai that house SSDs

The Samsung NP900X3C-A04AE from Jumbo Electronics comes in at a reasonable price (5999AED) as well as a 256GB SSD, and 4GB of RAM.

But drop the capacity down by half and get a Samsung NP900X4D-A02AE for 4499AED with a 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM.

HP offers the HP 13-2110 which has a 256GB SSD drive and 4GB of RAM.  Very similar price to the Samsung NP900X3C-A04AE at 5699AED.

Don’t be fooled into buying a large capacity (slow) hard drive.  It’s just not worth it when you can save your non essential data to the cloud or an external hard drive.

Chromebook not yet available in the UAE

chromebook in dubai

 

We eagerly await the arrival of the new Google Chromebook into Dubai.  In fact we couldn’t wait any longer so we ordered the Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch).  It arrived within the week and we had it up and running in minutes.  It really is a beautiful thing.

If you are a regular user of Google docs and gmail then you will love the Chromebook.  It is super fast and gets faster.  Ours boots up in 5 seconds.  There’s no more crashing of clunky software like Office and you can browse the internet at speed.

Antivirus?  You dont need it as everything is run through the Chrome browser and Chromebooks automatically update themselves and you get the latest version of the operating system without having to think about it.

This really is that laptop that gets things down.Laptop chromebook in dubai

We are not exactly sure why this particular laptop is unavailable in Dubai with the amount of computer stores around but as soon as it becomes available in stores we will update you as soon as possible.

* This entire post has been written on a Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch).

 

What to look for when buying a laptop in Dubai

Laptops are an essential asset for most people especially students and business people.  Laptops are used for different reasons and therefore buying one depends on what you want its primary function to be.  However, there are few basic things that you need to look out for in order for the laptop to function best.

Good screen resolution should be checked.  Most laptops do not offer great color production and this is never an issue for someone who just wants to do word processing and surf the internet.  If you love good gaming, watching videos and editing photos, a laptop with good color production is best for you.

You should get an excellent processing speed that you can afford. Whatever the purpose of the laptop is, a good processing speed is best for optimum functioning of the device.  Intel Pentium processors are the best as they also enhance a longer battery life.

You should select a laptop with the screen size that you deem fit. For movie lovers, mini-laptops are not the best. A 17 inch laptop is standard and ideal for most people. Wide-screen laptops offer sharper and clearer images.

A laptop with ample memory is the best.  This is for storage of your software like the operating system and office package.

The memory should also allow storage of other miscellaneous applications. If you are a student or a busy businessman, ensure that you have ample memory for storage of documents and files.  RAM should be enough too. An ideal RAM capacity is 1GB. This is to enhance proper gaming, video editing, your graphics work and image editing.

Slots for all reasons are ideal.  These will enable you to connect a variety of compatible peripheral devices. You can at least connect your laptop to a TV, a projector, your phone or your digital camera.

The type of keyboard should be considered.  As laptops reduce in size, so does the keyboard.  It is important to check where important keys like the control, shift, space bar and delete keys are.  Laptops purchased in Dubai will most probably have Arabic characters.

Laptop keyboards have a touch pad which functions as a mouse.  Test the functionality of the touch pad.

Laptops with Local Area Network and a wireless connection give you a whole new dimension in surfing the web.

Battery life should be looked at.  A good laptop should have a long-lasting battery. The best battery is the Lithium-ion batteries.  These have replaced the nickel-cadmium batteries.

Top quality laptops in Dubai can be bought from a number of electronic stores.

Watch your favourite HD movies on these amazing laptops

An often overlooked brand of computers is the Lenovo range which provide excellent value for money with a vast array of specs.  Two such models are:

Lenovo G575L (1699AED)

  • AMD Dual_Core E-350 Processor 1.6 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics
  • Genuine Windows 7 Basic
  • RAM – 4Gb DDR3
  • Hard drive:  500GB

Lenovo IdeaPad Z575 (2199AED)

  • AMD Quad-Core A6-3400M APU
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
  • RAM – 4 GB DDR3
  • Hard drive 750GB
  • 15.6″ High Def. Glare with intergrated camera

These laptops can be found at Carrefour.

6 stores with the best laptop prices in Dubai

If you’re looking for the best laptop prices in Dubai you can’t go wrong with these 6 mega electronic stores.  Prices are pretty much the same across the board for laptops.  It’s best to talk to one of the many sales people to understand what laptop best fits your needs. 

1. Sharaf DG

2. Plugins

3. Jackys

4. CompuME

5. Carrefour

6. Jumbo

The last three stores can be found in the Mall of the Emirates.

HP Pavilion DV6 Range

Take a close look at this laptop range available now.  The specs look exactly the same, but the price is considerably different.

And that’s because the 3170s hold a powerful Quad core processor (i7-720QM) that is super fast when using software that will make use of it’s four cores and 8 threads.  For instance during HD video encoding and high end gaming.

If you want a laptop for everyday use then go with the cheaper 3140.

3170/71/72/73   3,999AED

  • Intel Core i7-720QM Processor 1.6GHz
  • Windows 7 Home 64bit
  • 4Gb Ram
  • 500Gb SATA Hard Disk Drive 7200rpm
  • 15.6″ High Definition LED display
  • Microsoft Office Starter 2010

3140/41/42/43   2,999AED

  • Intel Core i5-460M Processor 2.53GHz
  • Windows 7 Home 64bit
  • 4Gb Ram
  • 500Gb SATA Hard Disk Drive 7200rpm
  • 15.6″ High Definition LED display
  • Microsoft Office Starter 2010

Both from Jacky’s Electronics.