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Laptop for the missus...

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9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
ok her bday is coming up and im looking to get her a cheap laptop with a wireless router so that when she gets internet access she can sit in her bedroom and use it from downstairs, the reason for this is that im in the forces and i am away alot, she just wants a little machine that might be able to use a webcam on so we can chat when im away.

basically i have about 3-400 quid to spend. Being in the forces i also get extra discount with Dell, although i havent a clue which machines i should really be looking into. I am ok with pulling them apart an installing new parts as ive done that as part of my course but its a case of knowing the best bits to get, which is where you guys come in.

Also if theres anyone who does interest free credit or like buy now pay 6mnths down the line, then we are onto a winner! The main reason for this is am pretty skint paying to go away with her so any help will be greatful.

Thanks Dicky
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9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
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#1
If it's for the misses, this will be plenty powerful enough...

http://www.snuffledopple.com/images/xxxaa.jpg
[admin]#2
Cheeky Christopher....... :roll:
#3
Quite a bit over budget: http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/124805 but totally worth it to a woman as it's pink, lol.

or how about something like this: http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Asus_A9RP_Notebook_A9RP-5A084A/version-1.asp well within budget or this: http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5612_WLMi_Laptop_LX.AXZ0J.012/version-1.asp just at the top end.
#4
I'm typing on This Acer right now. Well, the version with XP, not vista and I think it's fantastic, paid £100 more for it just after Christmas. Screen is really good, once you unload all the crap they pre install and add an extra 512 of ram it runs really quickly and smoothly.
#5
This Toshiba is a ebuyer for £315, http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/128362, ebuyer offer finance on orders over £350. I'd add another 512mb stick of ram (1GB is much better, especially for Vista) and a wireless router to bring total a little over £350...
#6
#7
Not sure what Dell discounts you have but basically you will get more for your money with Dell than probably any other supplier, using the deals posted here (MikeT posts them every thursday without fail ;-)). Even without extra discount you can get a dual-core AMD for £327 or a better yet an Intel dual-core for £387,
both of which also come with generous memory and hard-disc specifications. That said, I personally prefer Toshibas to Dell, but you can't really argue with the value for money.
#8
I would never actually recommend Dell to anyone, but they're cheap and they do what they say on the tin and with discount you could probably get a real steal.

It's also work checking Apple for a nice Macbook, I know they give discounts to the US armed forces and in the UK they give pretty generous academic discounts and I think they give NHS discounts too so I don't see why they wouldn't offer the same to the UK armed forces.
#9
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=74639

That's the best laptop deal I've seen on here in a long time, I bought one at that price yesterday. If you phone up after ordering online a day later and cancel they offer you a £35 refund on the price. If you access the Dell site via quidco (and are registerd with quidco) then you get £16 back.

You get a FREE printer/scanner with this deal as well, which valued at £71 should sell on ebay for £45-£50 so all in all a very, very good deal for that will end up being around £310 for this

305-N06153A Home site - Best price £410.08 Delivered or *less.
InspironTM 1501 (N06153A)

AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL56
Genuine Windows Vista Business - English
2048MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
120GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
256MB ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 HyperMemory
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
Microsoft Works 8.0 - English
56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK
Free 926 order with system
Free - Dell(TM) Photo All in One Printer 926
Dell Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini-PCI Card (for AMD Processors)
4 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (29 Whr)
15.4" Wide Screen XGA TFT Display: 1280x800

Plus as a person who has to update his laptop sometimes twice a year for work, I have decided to abandon toshiba after the fifth laptop in as many years has failed. I'm never going to have another, they are rubbish.
#10
davelfc
I have decided to abandon toshiba after the fifth laptop in as many years has failed. I'm never going to have another, they are rubbish.


Have to disagree there, it's a shame you've had a bad experience but Toshiba (along with IBM) are regarded by many as the best laptops money can buy and consistently review very well.

Dell on the other hand while fantastically cheap, and hence winning many a "best budget" award in reviews, have one of the lowest customer service ratings in the industry.

If you want a bargain then Dell's the place to buy, if you want award winning laptops with industry leading service and support then Toshiba take some beating.
#11
megalomaniac
Have to disagree there, it's a shame you've had a bad experience but Toshiba (along with IBM) are regarded by many as the best laptops money can buy and consistently review very well.

Dell on the other hand while fantastically cheap, and hence winning many a "best budget" award in reviews, have one of the lowest customer service ratings in the industry.

If you want a bargain then Dell's the place to buy, if you want award winning laptops with industry leading service and support then Toshiba take some beating.


You are joking right? 5 Toshibas have failed, and these were not cheap laptops. The latest was one I purchased from Costco 4 weeks ago. It lasted 3 weeks before it gave up the ghost.

I've had so many bad experiences with toshiba after sales EVERY single time one fails. From ther overseas call centre that told me my model didn't have a DVD recorder, then it did have one but they said it would not read recorded dvd's. To the repair centre that failed to put the USB ports back in when they sent it back, for the 3rd time.

I want quality and for work I'll move to Sony or maybe HP. I wouldn't take another Toshiba as a gift. The quality is poor, the service is laughable and the after sales is worse. I've just purchased a Dell to see if they are any good, if it lasts longer than three weeks then they are already better than my last tosh and at half the price.
#12
davelfc
You are joking right? 5 Toshibas have failed, and these were not cheap laptops. The latest was one I purchased from Costco 4 weeks ago. It lasted 3 weeks before it gave up the ghost.

I've had so many bad experiences with toshiba after sales EVERY single time one fails. From ther overseas call centre that told me my model didn't have a DVD recorder, then it did have one but they said it would not read recorded dvd's. To the repair centre that failed to put the USB ports back in when they sent it back, for the 3rd time.

I want quality and for work I'll move to Sony or maybe HP. I wouldn't take another Toshiba as a gift. The quality is poor, the service is laughable and the after sales is worse. I've just purchased a Dell to see if they are any good, if it lasts longer than three weeks then they are already better than my last tosh and at half the price.


It's a shame you've had some pretty bad experiences but I've personally only ever known one Toshiba to fail and that was fixed promptly by Toshiba free of charge despite being slightly out of warranty. I used to sell the things for Dixons Group so I've seen my fair share of knackered laptops, HP, Advent and Packard Bell for example were particularly notorious for failure but as I said only ever one Toshiba went tits up and that was a dodgy HDD in my fathers laptop.

Everyone has bad days, it just seems all Toshibas involved you, it doesn't alter the fact that they are very well respected in the industry. Even Sony have had their problems, but you can forgive those the occasional faux pas involving batteries as they're beautiful machines.
#13
megalomaniac
It's a shame you've had some pretty bad experiences but I've personally only ever known one Toshiba to fail and that was fixed promptly by Toshiba free of charge despite being slightly out of warranty. I used to sell the things for Dixons Group so I've seen my fair share of knackered laptops, HP, Advent and Packard Bell for example were particularly notorious for failure but as I said only ever one Toshiba went tits up and that was a dodgy HDD in my fathers laptop.

Everyone has bad days, it just seems all Toshibas involved you, it doesn't alter the fact that they are very well respected in the industry. Even Sony have had their problems, but you can forgive those the occasional faux pas involving batteries as they're beautiful machines.


Exactly, I can only speak as I find and some might ask why for the last 8 years I have used Toshibas, well I liked them and I thought I was getting quality. I moved from Dell when I noticed the build quality of their latitude laptops had dropped. I moved to them from Compaq in the late 90's after Compaq got left behind and were churning out slow machines. I've had laptops for nearly 18 years and I've not experienced any as poor as Toshiba for failing. I did at one stage think it was all the x-rays they had as I clock up a lot of miles flying.

I'd be veryy wary of Sony although nice looking machines they are not only too expensive but suffer with their screens. I know a few people that have had problems with them failing.

I suppose you are going to get bad machines with all manufacturers and I probably am unlucky. But I've been unlucky too may times to go back. Others might have better luck.
#14
ohh poo, this is a nightmare lol... so many options to look at!

Im tempted to keep away from dell but then again the whole of the raf are with them and when i worked with the dvla they were all contracted with them so they cant be all bad.

I think i might just get an intrest free card and get a laptop feck it
#16
dicky_morris
Im tempted to keep away from dell but then again the whole of the raf are with them and when i worked with the dvla they were all contracted with them so they cant be all bad.


It's not that Dell are bad, they're good machines for the money it's just that according to recent surveys, highlighted by BBC news not long ago, they rate poorly for customer service and customer satisfaction. Now they're a BIG company and the loudest voices are always going to be the people with bad experiences so it shouldn't necessarily put you off but it is worth noting that other companies are better.

Speaking of which, big hand for davelfc on a good debate some lesser mortals would fly off the handle if someone disagreed like I did. I'll still stick with my opinion on Tosh for now but I'll certainly be keeping my ears open after your troubles, hopefully it is a one off (well five off :giggle:) as they have been regarded as the people to beat for service and support for a long time now.
#17
I've decided to go for the sony here and the Dell. Hopefully I'll get some use from them both.

The cost of both of these is exactly what I paid for my recent tosh so I'm quite happy.

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