Anyone know of super cheapm laptop with no frills?

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  1. music

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    Hi,

    my wife wants a laptop. She ony relly wants to use MS word for her writing and maybe the very occasional web surf and email.

    Doesn't need widescreen or any fancy features. Needs to be super cheap and reliable and have wireless and have vista as OS (because I will network to my other Vista PC's).

    If it helps to give an idea of her needs, she is currently using a Windows 95 PC quite happily - it's just the HDD sounds as though it is about to blow!

    She will probably pug in an external mionitor and kb when at her desk,but may use in other areas too.

    Any one seen anything??
     
  2. jezzer256

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    Hi m8

    I'm not sure what you mean by super cheap, but you're not gonna get much cheaper than this if you want Vista.

    An alternative would be this, which is a bit more expensive.

    Hope this helps

    Jezzer
     
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    Of the two which Jezzer mentioned, I'd go for the second. It has wireless for your networking, plus a gigabyte of RAM. Those have to be worth the extra £20.

    Palooka
     
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    No matter what you get.
    Make sure that you have 2Gb of ram for XP or 4 GB of Ram for vista.

    If you cant afford it now, make sure you can upgrade later. You'll be able to get away with a much slower system for longer; just so long as its fed with lots of ram.

    Also you can skimp on HDD space as you can buy an external drive later.
     
  6. rickinyorkshire

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    Not true, my laptop which runs vista home premium has 1gb of ram and works perfectly well for what the op wants it for, Word and web browsing.
     
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    Actually I'd say 1Gb ofr XP or 2gb for Vista is fine. Anymore than 3Gb is a waste with a 32Gb OS
     
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    OK I'll concede that for the average user I've over done the ram amount.

    So in my defence -
    If you are doing any sort of editing and have several massive files open at once. And by this I mean pics at least 9000x9000 not video :)
    You would be best getting as much RAM in the machine as you can.

    If you have multiple word documents over 200 pages open, and they are full of charts, graphics and other crap which people expect you to work with / fix. You'll need rather a lot of ram for that too.

    If, however, you are going to surf the web and answer emails you'll need (and this is where I was wrong) - You'll need half the system they'll try to sell you in the shops. You 'll get buy with a machine at least 5 years old.


    If you are doing any development work and the SKD takes 4Gb just to sit there. You may want to cry whislt you wait and i'll cry with you.

    You may want to future proof yourself for the day the virus checker and fire wall take up 90% of the system just to keep you safe. Get lots of ram - its cheap and makes the whole system run faster and it should last a year longer and by time the ram is soo cheap they wont sell it to you anymore as its too old. Why not buy a new PC sir :)
     
  9. music

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    Well,

    thanks for the posts and ideas.

    I'm afraid the sad reality is that:

    Is exactly what my wife will want. As I say she is currently using MS Word in Windows 95 on a PC with 32 MB of Ram - quite happily. Which is why I was hoping to get a laptop that is super cheap.

    Maybe I could go for secondhand, but I think with laptops that is such a risk??
     
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    This is the one i got for doing my Uni work when the desktop is being used by the missus (either on ebay or facebook :/)

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132347

    Does what i need quite well, although £400 might be a bit steep, what sort of budget are you thinking of?
     
  11. medicalgiant

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    How about these:

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.202-3880.aspx
    http://www.morgancomputers.co.uk/shop/detail.asp?ProductID=4473
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136220
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/133331

    HTH
     
  12. jezzer256

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    Another possibilty is the EEPC from Asus. This is definitely the cheapest laptop on the market, however it has a tiny screen, doesn't run Vista... so yeah I wouldn't buy it, but just a suggestion! See here.

    I think the bay might be where you're heading.

    Jez
     
  13. music

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    Actually I am hoping to get an Eee PC for myself as soon as the Vista version comes out!

    But then again I thought maybe it would be fun to get to grips with Linux. What I don't know is can Linux WP docs be read by MS wrd? Do they have the same .doc suffix?

    Also did you see on trusted reviews that a touch screen Eeee PC is expected!!
     
  14. medicalgiant

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    I didn't include the Asus eee as I thought that for your wife it might be a little on the small side, especially as she's used to a larger screen and she obviously doesn't need the portability, at least it wasn't evident from your original post.

    As for the touchscreen aspect of the eee, it's actually a mod you can do yourself for very little money providing you've got some soldering skills:

    Main forum:
    http://forum.eeeuser.com/

    Touchscreen Mods:
    http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=10657
    http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=8026

    HTH
     

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