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URGENT laptop advice needed....

steven gerrard Avatar
8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
URGENT HELP NEEDED!

What do you think is better: sony vaio T5450, VISTA premium, (1.66 GHZ, 667MHZ, 2MB CACHE, 250 gb hd, 17" screen, 3GB RAM and it has NVIDIA® GeForce 8400M GT graphics

NO BLUE RAY

ITS £499

Would you but the sony or the ACER advertised above? (http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/25705...g-pc-world-499)

need some quick advice as the sony is on sale at my local currys, and not many left...

Thanks
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
wheres the ACER spec?

the SONY is good for office, OK for gaming but its not mobile
#2
Sony every time. Good brand name and good build quality.
#3
thanks for your replies


nuabdi:the spec for the acer is on the link above mate


StevenA2000_uk: does the sony seem like a good price? £499 for the spec?

i just thought cus its only 1.66ghz, (acer is 2ghz), 3mb ram (acer is 4), and sony has no blue ray (acer does) and one other thing is the sony is very heavy!!

the acer isnt so bad

but i would be willing to forget all of the above if the sony is the better value? (i always heard that sony arent that brilliant for pc's and laptops as its not really their market?)

i think it comes down to : how important is having a laptop with blue ray, how important is that extra 1GB of ram? and how much better is a 2ghz chips compared to the sony's 1.66ghz?

is there anything else i should be considering for my £500-£550 budget?

Thanks for all your help
#4
anymore advice? i want to buy a laptop by tomorrow!

thnks...
#5
It's a case of better build quality with the Sony, but better spec with the Acer.

I would probably go for the Acer based on it's spec.

Steve
#6
thanks mate

i've been told that with sony you can pay £100's extra just becuase of the brand name, and also that sony doesnt make the most amazing pc's & laptops either...

but from reading this forum and others people seem to think acer are rubbish?!

is it just a case of individual's having bad experiences with their own laptops? or is acer genrally regarded as a c r a p company by most?

a few people have said that the spec on the acer is excellent for £500, and they seem to think id find it hard to find a laptop for under £600 with the same spec...
#7
steven gerrard
thanks mate

i've been told that with sony you can pay £100's extra just becuase of the brand name, and also that sony doesnt make the most amazing pc's & laptops either...

but from reading this forum and others people seem to think acer are rubbish?!

is it just a case of individual's having bad experiences with their own laptops? or is acer genrally regarded as a c r a p company by most?

a few people have said that the spec on the acer is excellent for £500, and they seem to think id find it hard to find a laptop for under £600 with the same spec...


Yes, it is often just down to an individual having a bad experience...

I rate Acer very much. I think it's just a case of if someone has a bad experience with a manufacturer it just gets highlighted and then mentioned everytime that make crops up again.

I own an IT business and have used and supplied lots of different makes and models and have never had any bad experiences with Acer at all.

If I have had any issues I have always been able to contact them with no problems at all.

To be honest I think a lot of the time it's the actual retailer that can be the cause of many problems.

Comet is a classic example, they will often say that if there is a problem with a piece of hardware that is (for example) 3 months old you have to contact the manufacturer to sort it out. This of course is incorrect as the warranty is with the retailer where the item was purchased from.

Anyway, that's my small contribution.

Steve
#8
steven gerrard
thanks for your replies


nuabdi:the spec for the acer is on the link above mate


StevenA2000_uk: does the sony seem like a good price? £499 for the spec?

i just thought cus its only 1.66ghz, (acer is 2ghz), 3mb ram (acer is 4), and sony has no blue ray (acer does) and one other thing is the sony is very heavy!!

the acer isnt so bad

but i would be willing to forget all of the above if the sony is the better value? (i always heard that sony arent that brilliant for pc's and laptops as its not really their market?)

i think it comes down to : how important is having a laptop with blue ray, how important is that extra 1GB of ram? and how much better is a 2ghz chips compared to the sony's 1.66ghz?

is there anything else i should be considering for my £500-£550 budget?

Thanks for all your help



the link doesn't work :)

anyway, based on your info, ACER would be the way to go... IF

ACER's processor is a dual core or core 2 duo processor

blue ray can be useful if youre doing a lot of data back-up (one disk can hold atound 25GB). It also give a better movie experience than a DVD. Bear in mind that blue ray disks are much more expensive

as for the extra RAM, of course it'd boost your computing speed!... especially when youre using a heavy opertaing system such as Win VISTA!

for £500, Acer's spec is quite good unless you would consider less reputable brands such as E ystem or advent.

I agree that Acer is an OK brand. A lot of people do think sony is overrated (mind you that I I use SONY :))

hope it helps
#9
sorry mate, didnt realise the link didnt work, here is the acer spec:

Processor Type Intel Core 2 Duo T5750
Processor speed (2 GHz, 667 MHz, 2 MB Cache) Memory Size 4 GB MB
Memory Type DDR2 RAM
Hard Drive Capacity 250 GB
Optical Drives BLU RAY DISC COMBO DRIVE
CD-ROM Speed 24 x Enabling access to CD ROM data.
CD-RW Speed. 24 x Enabling you to access and store data on CD-RW disks.
DVD-RW Speed N/A x Enabling you to store data on DVD.
Floppy Disk Drive.
Screen Size/Type 15.4" CrystalBrite widescreen
Graphics Card Type ATi Mobility Radeon HD3470
Graphics Memory dedicated 256 MB
TV-out YES
Sound Type Intel HD Audio support
Modem Type 56kbps Enabling communication with others via the telephone line.
Wireless Enabled YES
No. of USB Connections 4
No. of Firewire Connections 1
Infrared Port Included YES
Other Interfaces 5 in 1 card reader
Battery Type Li-ion
Battery life (up to) 2.5 hours
Software Titles Included WORKS & OFFICE TRIAL
Weight 3 kg This is the weight of the appliance in KG
Height 308 mm
Width 364 mm
Depth 270 mm
Colour Gloss black exterior with white keyboard


the acer seems to have gone back up to £530 on the website, but im pretty sure the shop will have a few left (sale ends saturday) so i could get one for £500 before then i think...

how often do laptop deals come around? im used to researching before i buy, but in this case i only decided to buy a laptop a few days ago, so dont wat to rush into it but also dont want to miss out if these are really good deals!? (if that makes sense!)



also what is the main difference between a notebook and a laptop? (is it only size?)

and what are the disadvantages of buying a laptop from USA? there seem to be some decent priced ones on fleebay, some very good and cheap priced DELL ones on there too (are dell any good, in comparison to acer and sony?)...

thanks for all your help
#10
steven gerrard
sorry mate, didnt realise the link didnt work, here is the acer spec:

Processor Type Intel Core 2 Duo T5750
Processor speed (2 GHz, 667 MHz, 2 MB Cache) Memory Size 4 GB MB
Memory Type DDR2 RAM
Hard Drive Capacity 250 GB
Optical Drives BLU RAY DISC COMBO DRIVE
CD-ROM Speed 24 x Enabling access to CD ROM data.
CD-RW Speed. 24 x Enabling you to access and store data on CD-RW disks.
DVD-RW Speed N/A x Enabling you to store data on DVD.
Floppy Disk Drive.
Screen Size/Type 15.4" CrystalBrite widescreen
Graphics Card Type ATi Mobility Radeon HD3470
Graphics Memory dedicated 256 MB
TV-out YES
Sound Type Intel HD Audio support
Modem Type 56kbps Enabling communication with others via the telephone line.
Wireless Enabled YES
No. of USB Connections 4
No. of Firewire Connections 1
Infrared Port Included YES
Other Interfaces 5 in 1 card reader
Battery Type Li-ion
Battery life (up to) 2.5 hours
Software Titles Included WORKS & OFFICE TRIAL
Weight 3 kg This is the weight of the appliance in KG
Height 308 mm
Width 364 mm
Depth 270 mm
Colour Gloss black exterior with white keyboard


the acer seems to have gone back up to £530 on the website, but im pretty sure the shop will have a few left (sale ends saturday) so i could get one for £500 before then i think...

how often do laptop deals come around? im used to researching before i buy, but in this case i only decided to buy a laptop a few days ago, so dont wat to rush into it but also dont want to miss out if these are really good deals!? (if that makes sense!)



also what is the main difference between a notebook and a laptop? (is it only size?)

and what are the disadvantages of buying a laptop from USA? there seem to be some decent priced ones on fleebay, some very good and cheap priced DELL ones on there too (are dell any good, in comparison to acer and sony?)...

thanks for all your help


Regarding deals, laptop prices can change all the time as new models are always coming out and shops have deals on to shift excess stock etc etc.

You'll also find a price band where all similar specs cost x amount and then for an extra £50 you'll find a few that add x features etc.

A notebook is just a more modern name for a laptop and relates to the smaller laptops - 12.1/13/14 etc.

Netbooks are ultra portable small notebooks - Acer one, EEE pc etc.

I personally wouldn't buy from the USA as you'll get a US keyboard layout where a few of the symbol keys are in different places. The @ symbol for example will be where the " symbol is on a UK keyboard layout.

Steve
#11
Note for the op. You may want to look at dell outlet for deals as they are doing £55 off and free delivery.
#12
cheers

so dell are pretty good then?

what about buying from ebay? is it ok, or should i still with a high street retailer?

thanks
#13
Thanks for all your help guys, i bought the ACER in the end!

mainly becuase of its spec and the fact its gone back upto £530 online and from all other currys stores, so i went and got it for £500 from the currys with a sale...

only thing i cant work out is this...

i took the laptop ot of the box, turned it on and its already connected to the internet!?!!!??

how is this possible? i dont have a wireless router in my house or anything like that, i have the internet upstairs on my desktop but its not a wireless router or wireless connection (i think...well it has wires, so thats what im basing it on!)

any idea's how this is possible?

thanks
#14
sorry for the re-post but this is annoying me a little!

how can my laptop be connected at 6mbps?!...im not complaining as i cant see how im going to foot the bill for this but still......

HOW? lol
#15
steven gerrard
sorry for the re-post but this is annoying me a little!

how can my laptop be connected at 6mbps?!...im not complaining as i cant see how im going to foot the bill for this but still......

HOW? lol


are you sure?... sometimes the manufacturer store internet pages on the harddisk and set the browser to open those pages when started.

another possibility is there is a free wi fi network in your neighborhood

regarding the speed, its up to the ISP provider, currently Virgin offering 30MBps :)
#16
yea positive mate

im doing google searches for property in the local area....acer wont have pre-installed all those kind of sites!

its still baffling me this morning!

i turned laptop on again today and as soon as vista loaded the laptop connected at 10mbps!

wierd!
#17
Vista has a habit of automatically connecting to any open wireless network until you configure it.

Steve
#18
is this a bad thing though?

shall i just use the connection that my laptop is picking up? or shall i make my current internet connection wireless myself and connect the laptop with my hom pc, on my own network?

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