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Nanageddon2000 Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Hi.

Buying first laptop would like to get it right. Advice would be a great help.

Can anyone recommend a good deal laptop around £400?

Thanks
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
I just got my first laptop a few weeks ago. Its an Acer Aspire, 500gb HD, 4gb RAM, 15.6'' HD screen. Granted its not the best laptop in the world, but it did only cost £400 from Tesco, and for that money I cant complain. I've had no problems with it (apart from trying out a new game, the specs were probably too high to run it). But yeah, pretty good deal imo.
#2
Both my girlfriend and one of her son's have Acer Aspires and have had them for the last year or two - I think they were bought from Tesco. Great value for money, no problems and seem pretty well made. Can't recommend a specific laptop model, but quite happy to give Acer's the thumbs up.
#5
I've just been through this though I was having to buy it for my missus who is currently overseas. But, bearing in mind some small specification differences, the process is the same.

First thing is to decide on whether you need a CD/DVD drive. If you do, then you are looking at 14" and above. After that, think about whether you need a 1-9 keyboard on the right, as per a full scale keyboard. I didn't but I would were I buying it for me. If you do, then you are looking at a 15" / 15.4" screen or larger.

Then you have to realise that wherever you pin your budget, you can always mentally justify spending a little more and then a little more etc. You can never get the very best and latest unless your budget is huge.

I needed it for webcam, Skype, internet and maybe in the future a little more. I didn't need gaming or photo editing so there was no need to go to the technical edge. Something with a dual core processor and maybe 2GB RAM would probably do and will allow 64 bit Win 7 and that alone will future proof it for a while.

I certainly do not need an i3/5/7 and some mega graphics card. Nor do I need a ***** extension.

So in the end I went for a Lenovo B450 14" but for me would have chosen the 15.4" B550. It cost me the equivalent of about £305. The alternatives were Acer in various forms from the basic eMachine750 at about £250 up to various models with varying specs.

The thing is that I don't need fingerprint recognition or HDMI out. I don't need lots of stuff that I will never ever use. Much more than PCs, which can easily be upgraded, a laptop is largely a use and throw away item (sell on / hand down) so it is far more important that what you buy you use now, not for some maybe future date when you will have already chucked it away.

If I was buying one in the UK, I might consider the benefits of John Lewis' free 2 year guarantee and how much I would have to pay for that elsewhere. Asda had a laptop here http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/605981/hp-compaq-cq61-15-6ins-laptop-with- and HP here http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/556604/hp-6735s-si42-laptop-instore-only-a

I can easily see how paying £400 can get a good laptop but at that price level you are not going to need cutting edge (nor get it) so why not save £100 and get something which will do exactly the same job?
#6
3.1415926
First thing is to decide on whether you need a CD/DVD drive. If you do, then you are looking at 14" and above.

They're more common on 14" and above laptops but there are many smaller machines with DVD drives, all the way down to those with 10" screens.

You should primarily be deciding on size based on your use. If it's not going to be moved around much, just around the house or just to tuck away when not in use then you'll probably want a larger machine for the extra usability. On the other hand if you want a laptop you can carry around in a rucksack or bag you probably want something that's much smaller and lighter.

3.1415926

I certainly do not need an i3/5/7 and some mega graphics card. Nor do I need a ***** extension.

That's uncalled for.
#7
EndlessWaves
.............If it's not going to be moved around much


Then you'd buy a PC.

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