First time here. Hello!
Looking for a reliable laptop for when I start university this September. I'm tech-illiterate so please don't laugh too much at my proposals..
Areas I am concentrating on when buying:
Something which is wifi-enabled /has a wifi sniffer (for when at cafe nero); and bluetooth enabled for my camera phone to co-ordinate with. Something which can play/burn DVDs for reliable file transfer & storage. I don't watch too many imported DVDs, so multiregion isn't really a bother, as long as I can store files quickly and easily on DVDs.
I am not a gamer; however I may have to run several programs at once, so the prospect of having a Core 2 Due thingymabob (you know, the one intel says has two processors for faster processing) is appealing. I hate waiting for my computer to load up, and when it jams; so something with a good amount of RAM (but not more than necessary) . I don't want to dish out too much for any specific OS; I have no specific affinity for Vista or whatnot so I don't want to be paying too much extra just for the privilege of hosting the Microsoft name when I can get the same hardware specs with a free OS like Linux for a lower price.
I'd like to purchase from a known brand who are reliable when it comes to their laptops; and a laptop with a long battery life (important). I've asked around; everyone says HP & Toshiba are the best to go by.
100GB , give or take, should be good!
Is it possible to buy a laptop that I can watch (terrestrial) TV on ? This does interest me, and I would certainly look into it.
I don't mind where I buy it; online or store; but I've heard its much cheaper to buy online because of the lack of overhead costs as compared to running a store.
Screen size doesn't bother me. I'm prepared to invest in a good quality screen/clear images etc.
I think that's about it.
Can you guys also inform me of the websites from which you research from? I mean there must be a list of URLs you go through everytime you're looking for a laptop; you don't just type in the specs in google for example..
Just so that I can take a look myself too.
Oh, almost forgot! Price range: Around £600 should be sufficient, shouldn't it?
I don't mind if its refurbished; if theres a warranty/guarantee, that should be fine. And I don't mind if there is no OS loaded onto it also; I have a copy of Ubuntu at home so that should work out OK.
All in all, something I can rely on for a good price.