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  1. moggster2001

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    hi all!!looking to buy my first laptop. have got no idea where to start as i have never owned or really used a laptop before. i have bout £450 max to spend and it will be a second computer so doesnt have to be amazing just reliable and wireless! all help much appreciated.

    p.s also need advice on a wireless router 2, cheers!!
     
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    There are so many laptops on the market, I wouldn't know where to start, other than mentioning a few good names like Compac, HP, Sony, Toshiba and Dell - if you buy something from anyone of those, I don't think you'll go far wrong.

    As to a router, I would strongly recommend a Netgear DG834G - I bought one myself and, although I was worried about getting it set up, I had it up and running in about 5 minutes.

    Cheers,

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    any ideas on what an advent would be like cos they seem to have a good 1 in pc world. and thanks for the advice!
     
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    Hi
    I would not reccomend Dell or HP or Pacard Bell.
    Sony and Toshiba are good laptops but if you want value for money you should go for Acer..you get more bang for your buck so to speak lol.
    I currenctly have an acer and altho they are not the best built its still a good laptop.

    Here is a good deal but its £10 over ur budget lol
    http://www.shopacer.co.uk/sess/utn;jsessionid=1544f42c1dbf880/shopdata/0130_Notebooks/0033_Aspire/0045_Aspire+3100/product_details.shopscript?article=0007_Aspire%2B3102WLMi%2B-%2B%3D28LX%3D252EABK05%3D252E116%3D29

    You will have to spend around £589 if you want a dual core lappy.
     
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    for a router it really depends what you want

    I too have that netgear one and while it is a good router, you must consider the fact that it is an adsl1 modem/router - so if you have an ethernet modem (eg a cable modem!) it wont work.

    The best 'cable' wireless router imo is the Linksys WRT54GL (make sure its an L). Load some 3rd party firmware on it and you have yourself a very solid router.

    Anyway it really boils down to what do you have? ADSL/ADSL2 or Cable?

    oh and I 2nd Acer, very good laptops for the price.
     
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    cheers every1...this is totally new 2 me as ive just moved into a new house (1st also) i will prob ave lots more questions in the near future as i have big plans but next 2 nothing knowledge. :smashin:

    i use ntl as my provider
     
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    i would go with the toshiba and netgear WGR614 as your on NTL

    you get alot for your money with acer, but they just 'feel' cheap', even the acer sales rep agreed with me on this fact.
     
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    If you want a media laptop look at a Toshiba QOSIMO (over budget) and having killed 2 acers and slowly killing the GF's i wouldnt go for another one for a main machine but for a secondary machine light use they are very good value. I am getting temoted by a cheap Tosh from Morgan (specialise in reworked/surplus stock PC gear) they have WS ACERs for under £400 and Qosimo for just over £600
     
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    Dont go for the Fujitsu smiens they are very unreliable.
    I agree with hornydragon that its not a good idea to get an acer as a main unit.
    If you have a PC allready then an Acer is good value as a second PC option.
     
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    C2 lad here is a good offer within your budget
    http://www.shopacer.co.uk/sess/utn;jsessionid=1544f5923c3c138/shopdata/0130_Notebooks/0033_Aspire/0074_Aspire+5100/product_details.shopscript?article=0007_Aspire%2B5102WLMi%2B%3D28LX%3D252EABH05%3D252E084%3D29

    If you want a better build then Acer then you will need to up your budget to get a decent Asus lappy.

    http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTVIEWPAGE&USG=PRODUCT&ENT=PRODUCT&KEY=109249

    but you wont be able to play any modern games properly on either lappy. If yu dont care about games then there is no problem..and like some people have said Acer aint the most well built lappys but you do get more bang for ur buck. Asus are very good quailty lappys but they can be expensive if you want a well spec with good gfx.
     
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    thanks hardhouse, have you used that online store before? i was looking at the pc world one because at least i will be able to get it staight away and take it back without posting etc if there are probs!

    also, isnt the PC World one higher spec than the acer and only slightly lower than the asus?
     
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    Yes I have used that store before and they can send it out to you in 24 hours if they have stock. So if you order it before 2pm you might get it next day before 1pm.

    I would not touch PC World for hardware purchases, they are a nightmare.
    If you do go for Acer then you can get a 3 year warrenty with accidental damage and international cover for around £100 from a another store.
    let me know if you wanna know the site for that cause I will need to find out the addressee.

    Also Pacard Bell aint a very good manufaturer of PC's or laptops..and thier support is laughable.
    The good laptops are Acer, Asus,Rock Direct and Dell. Altho IMO dont like Dell.
    Rock Direct are the best but they are very expensive and they make laptops mainly for serious gamers using desktop cpu's. Ergo they are very heavy and big..plus they can heat up very hot.
     

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