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Please help with laptop info

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Miyazaki, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. Miyazaki

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    Hi everyone,

    Thinking about getting the missus a laptop for uni work mainly, and to help her teach when she qualifies. Must be able to run excel, word, powerpoint etc quite well. Also a dvd rewriter would be nice.

    Don't want to touch pcworld with a bargepole, and Dell using refurbed parts in new computers puts me off quite a bit, especially as their computers tend not to be very upgradable.

    Any idea where else I could get a pc online, or just as cheaply in a shop?

    I'm racking my brains, and a google search doesn't seem to help me much. Looked at aria.co.uk, but they don't seem to have laptops on there.

    Many thanks for any help. :thumbsup:
     
  2. spocktra

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    I saw a decent laptop at staples for £499.
     
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    Laptops aren't really upgradeable items, memory excepted - and hard drive I suppose. You just hang more things onto the outside. HP used to be good but they are best avoided now they are with Compaq.

    Viglen are pretty good, don't know about price though, mine is a free issue from the council
     
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    I actually work for a company that does warranty/ insurance repairs for laptops.

    The best value and the least unstable seem to be Acer. They are well built and have less hardware/ software problems than most.

    The worst seems to be Toshiba.

    I also do Apple who have a very good aftersales service.
     
  5. Marc

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    not strictly true, some of their laptops (NX7010 for instance) are pretty great, and their technical support are very helpful, though other models (NX9010 for instance) can turn out to be a royal pain in the arse.

    just look for a laptop with an intel centrino processor. They run very cool and enable the laptop to be much slimmer than the norm, which i always think is an important factor when deciding on a laptop.

    you could do worse than look on eBay. There are a lot of outlet stores advertising laptops on there, and you can quite often get a model that's just gone end of line for £300-£500 despite being brand new. Sometimes you can get one imported from the states for a great price, although sometimes the shipping cost is pretty steep. I wouldn't recommend buying one off there from a private owner though.
     
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    I agree with Rover. I bought 2 Acer laptops in February. Each cost £600. For the same spec Tosh, you were talking another £200. Even got an extended warranty for £99 (3years cover including accidental damage).

    Model was Aspire 1362WLMi

    AMD Sempron 2800+ Processor
    512MB DDR SDRAM
    40GB Hard drive (Split into 2 20GB drives)
    DVDRW Drive (All formats)
    Widescreen 15.4inch TFT Screen
    Nvidia GeForce FX go5200 64MB Dedicated Graphics
    Intergrated Wireless LAN (802.11g)
    XP Home.

    Doesn't come with office etc. But I have installed that myself. The main thing I love is the wireless capability and the widescreen factor. Brilliant for downloading and watching films over my 2MB cable bradband with Netgear router.
     
  7. Miyazaki

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    thanks for the info. How much comeback is there for ordering off ebay from a company though? That always puts me off ordering electronics from ebay is worrying taht if something goes wrong its tough sh*te most of the time
     
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    I bought my HP from Comet with no hassle. I've only seen one HP Pavillion through work with a dodgy charging curcuit.
     
  9. mrtbag

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    Games Guru.

    I got my Acer direct from www.acernotebooks.co.uk. Definitley worth a look.
     
  10. Miyazaki

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    cheers mate, i'll have a look on there.
     
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    My brother got his daughter an Acer for her 18th and it's excellent value for money.
     
  12. SanPedro

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    I believe a few big companies use Ebay to push out disacontinued stock. Dell being one of them.

    Chris
     
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    I just bought a new laptop with Dell and am very pleased. I received 35% off from an internet coupon and saved more than I could have imagined. I have no complaints as of yet. It's a Dell Inspiron 6000.
     
  14. Miyazaki

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    Hi,

    any chance of giving me a pm with the coupon mate?
     
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    Hi Games Guru - it seems the Acer is a pretty good option but if its any help I bought a Fujitsu online from Dabs at Xmas for my Mum for £499 and she's had no probs with it. I use a laptop all the time but its a works one so that's no help :D
     

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