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Glo Avatar
8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/437064
Do you think it is good value and a good laptop please. It will be used for games, internet etc by my 12 year old son.
I also found a code for 5% off, and 2.5% quidco.
Any recommendations would be grately appreciated.
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
What games are going to be played?

That Asus is pretty poor value compared to some Dells out there. In direct comparison, & as an example, this is what you can get for £506 (£528 minus Quidco/Dell 5% cashback) (btw, your Asus laptop: £549 minus 5% discount & 2.5% Quidco = ~£509):

Dell Vostro 1500 [bold below signifies better components than the Asus you linked to]
- T8300 CPU
- Vista Business
- 1Yr basic warranty
- 15.4" screen
- 2mp integrated camera
- 3Gb RAM
- 250GB hard drive
- 8600M GT graphics [this is not bad for some new/older less-graphically intensive games]

Or, you could get a "]Dell Vostro 1700 17" laptop with a 8600M GT for £468 (excl Quidco). This has a lesser CPU, RAM & hard drive space, but should do the job nevertheless.
#2
Hi why not try the EI 4213, PC World, Curry's and Dixon's are doing refurbs for £209 delivered, 1 gb RAM, 80GB hard Drive, 1,73htz celeron processor, WIFI, DVD writer, 4 USB ports and running VIsta Home Premium, a lot more for your money. May struggle with some of the major games graffics but would cope better that the ASUS, plus handy for school work and surfing the web.
Markie :thumbsup:
#3
Thanks for your advice
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m.chapman4;1690993
Hi why not try the EI 4213, PC World, Curry's and Dixon's are doing refurbs for £209 delivered, 1 gb RAM, 80GB hard Drive, 1,73htz celeron processor, WIFI, DVD writer, 4 USB ports and running VIsta Home Premium, a lot more for your money. May struggle with some of the major games graffics but would cope better that the ASUS, plus handy for school work and surfing the web. Markie :thumbsup:
Wherever did you get that from :p? The Asus is superior in every department, including the X2400 dedicated graphics (it's integrated on the EI laptop). It's not that kind of money for no reason!

Glo, you don't say what games are going to be played. I'd recommend not going for anything less than a 8600M GT graphics card & 2Gb RAM (especially for Vista). The rest of the spec doesn't need to be that great for games.
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m.chapman4
Hi why not try the EI 4213, PC World, Curry's and Dixon's are doing refurbs for £209 delivered, 1 gb RAM, 80GB hard Drive, 1,73htz celeron processor, WIFI, DVD writer, 4 USB ports and running VIsta Home Premium, a lot more for your money. May struggle with some of the major games graffics but would cope better that the ASUS, plus handy for school work and surfing the web.
Markie :thumbsup:


The 1GB of Ram will rule out playing any of the recent games as Vista will take up a good 70% of memory. The integrated graphics will also restrict your choice of games and the hard drive will quickly fill.

Go for a Dell, great value and can be personalised at every level. I've had a Dell Inspiron 1501 for about 12 months now without trouble and the only thing I have done is upgrade the RAM to 2 GB (should have done it when I bought it),
#6
Thanks for your replies. He doesn´t play too sophisticated games, hooked on Age of Empires at the moment at the age of 11. Wondering if it would be best to get XP instead of Vista though.
#7
If it's for AoE III, then one of the two I linked to above would be more than sufficient. As previously stated, a 8600M GT is recommended, but you could also downgrade to a 8400M GS & be fine. With this change, the Vostro 1700 (which gives the option to do so) will be £422 excluding Quidco. A TrueLife screen for £20 extra may be a good addition. If you feel you don't want to spend so much, I could try speccing one for less.

I personally would go for the XP Pro option for no additional cost. It'll run faster with the spec & the 2Gb RAM provided. Just be aware a 17" laptop is going to be harder to lug around compared to a 15" one!
#8
I was looking at the Dell above, and I was surprised to see
Microsoft® Office 2007 Small Business - English [add £169.00 or £6/month1]
Offers a comprehensive set of productivity - Includes Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint

So these programms are not included, then? Is that common?
Seems quite expensive to me.
#9
Yes, it's common that the expensive MS Office is not included. However, MS Works 9.0 is included.

Before spending anything on a more comprehensive office suite, you may want to try the excellent free Lotus Symphony or OpenOffice first.

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