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Laptop for daughter - help pls!!!!

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5y, 6m agoPosted 5 years, 6 months ago
My daughter has saved up for a laptop which she needs for her schoolwork (and other general stuff!) and she has approx £300 to spend.

I was looking at the Dell Inspiron 1545 at Tesco @ £299 which has just gone up to £329 and there is also the HP G56-113SA at Dixons for £299. Any advice on either of the above would be much appreciated.

And any other recommendations would be really helpful too

Many thanks!!
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5y, 6m agoPosted 5 years, 6 months ago
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#1
HI
we have six laptops in our house, all models and i had a dell and it was repaired about 12 timesin the first year with same faults the never seemed to sort. And the hassle of buying to get it repaired each time took ages. I will never touch a dell again. Mine was from Tesco.
we also have toshiba which is not great either. So far our best ones have been hp with no problems and also we have purchased 3 recon ones at a lot cheaper price that have been the best, hey were e machines and lasted well and sold on and still going. see what others think as they may have the exact models.
#3
Beware Don't buy from PC world bad customer services bought 2 from there trouble for 1 yr was in work shop more than at home they sell refurbish ones so may pass off as new whod know...
#4
That dell has bad build quality, buy a samsung/lenovo instead.

Much better quality.
#5
my nephew has a toshiba l300 laptop (free one from home access government grant)
it has been thrown about, fallen off my bed, down the stairs, and genuinely lived in a rugged environment and still works perfectly. Im shocked that its survived and a friend alsso agrees that it is defintiely very sturdy.
I would recommend this as its around the 300mark, may only have a celeron, but it is plenty fast and you can easily add ram if you feel the neeed to speed it up for about £20 (just by following youtube videos)
#6
Could you stretch to this Asus for £320. Asus make very good laptops (not to be confused with Acer, who don't!)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/asus-15-6-laptop-i3-370m-2gb-500gb-windows-7-hdmi-319-99-co-op-electrical-shop/935531
#7
gordon999
my nephew has a toshiba l300 laptop (free one from home access government grant)
it has been thrown about, fallen off my bed, down the stairs, and genuinely lived in a rugged environment and still works perfectly. Im shocked that its survived and a friend alsso agrees that it is defintiely very sturdy.
I would recommend this as its around the 300mark, may only have a celeron, but it is plenty fast and you can easily add ram if you feel the neeed to speed it up for about £20 (just by following youtube videos)


Toshiba's were on par with Acer in terms on build quality (i.e. crap), but they seem to be much better now.

Mike73
Could you stretch to this Asus for £320. Asus make very good laptops (not to be confused with Acer, who don't!)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/asus-15-6-laptop-i3-370m-2gb-500gb-windows-7-hdmi-319-99-co-op-electrical-shop/935531


This is a good deal, ASUS are also good build quality.
#8
rash
gordon999
my nephew has a toshiba l300 laptop (free one from home access government grant)
it has been thrown about, fallen off my bed, down the stairs, and genuinely lived in a rugged environment and still works perfectly. Im shocked that its survived and a friend alsso agrees that it is defintiely very sturdy.
I would recommend this as its around the 300mark, may only have a celeron, but it is plenty fast and you can easily add ram if you feel the neeed to speed it up for about £20 (just by following youtube videos)


Toshiba's were on par with Acer in terms on build quality (i.e. crap), but they seem to be much better now.

Stop talking rubbish. Toshiba top reliability ACTUALLY.
#9
OP,

What tye of homework does she see herself doing? Videowork, or word/excel stuff? Or is it to go on the CBeebies website?
Is laptop weight a consideration (ie will she be carrying it around)?
Is battery time significant?
Would she need a CD/DVD drive? Or will USB Drives be sufficient?
Have you considered a netbook or must it be a laptop?

I'd recommend posting more info so help can be relevant to your need.
#10
gordon999
rash
gordon999
my nephew has a toshiba l300 laptop (free one from home access government grant)
it has been thrown about, fallen off my bed, down the stairs, and genuinely lived in a rugged environment and still works perfectly. Im shocked that its survived and a friend alsso agrees that it is defintiely very sturdy.
I would recommend this as its around the 300mark, may only have a celeron, but it is plenty fast and you can easily add ram if you feel the neeed to speed it up for about £20 (just by following youtube videos)

Toshiba's were on par with Acer in terms on build quality (i.e. crap), but they seem to be much better now.
Stop talking rubbish. Toshiba top reliability ACTUALLY.

You mate have been sat in the sun too long, I've personal experience of Toshiba, they are on par with Acer, they might be better now with the new 'we'll refund your money if your laptop breaks', they had no reason to do that, other than the fact that people avoided them. Businesses avoid Toshiba, hence why they buy Dell, HP and Lenovo and NOT Acer and Toshiba.

Obviously if you pay over the odds on any brand you expect quality, but in the budget consumer range Toshiba are right down at the bottom with Acer and now recently Dell. HP (getting closer to Acer now), Lenovo, Samsung, Sony are the better brands.
#11
To be honest, I'm surprised by the negative comments about Dell... I have used a few now, I have a Vostro 1500 that is still going strong after 3 years, I had a Latitude D630 That lasted 3 years as a work laptop, it was only replaced due to company policy of replacing within 3 years. I am now on Lattitude E4310 which seems good quality and I am impressed with.

I agree with comments about Acer, had one before my Vostro that barely lasted 18 months...
#12
leehustwait
To be honest, I'm surprised by the negative comments about Dell... I have used a few now, I have a Vostro 1500 that is still going strong after 3 years, I had a Latitude D630 That lasted 3 years as a work laptop, it was only replaced due to company policy of replacing within 3 years. I am now on Lattitude E4310 which seems good quality and I am impressed with.

I agree with comments about Acer, had one before my Vostro that barely lasted 18 months...

My dell Inspiron 1300 is still going strong after 4+ years - the new Inspiron 1545 however is another mattter it's cheaper tackier plastic, even though the 1300 was even more basic than the 1545.

My dell from work (Dell E4300 - older model of yours) however is solid construction, built to last - but thats why it's 3x the price! The cheaper/budget range is exactly that - the extra few quid for a Samsung/HP/Lenovo etc is worth it.


Edited By: rash on May 16, 2011 14:43

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