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Bumped up as I wasn't getting (m)any replies. Hope this isn't deemed as duplicating. Morning all, It's time for me to take the plung to buy a new laptop. I don't need anyhing top end, prefe… Read More
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
Bumped up as I wasn't getting (m)any replies. Hope this isn't deemed as duplicating.

Morning all,

It's time for me to take the plung to buy a new laptop.

I don't need anyhing top end, prefer XP, Sims 2 will probably the 'heaviest' game played on the LT but would like to go a little higher on the graphics card just in case.

Hard disk size is not too important as my current Compaq Presario 2100 still half a disk empty but after 6 years it's beginning to show its age and the screen is beginning to jump up from the bottom of the screen almost contstanly now.

Would like a decent RAM to keep the speed of the machine up as this thing drags likes mad even when I'm only surfing on 2 pages (Karoo broadband after all ;-)). I hardly ever download and the machine is used 99% of the time for web browsing/shopping and the occasional university study.

Budget is as low as you can get it please. Plan is to keep it static most of the time but it would be nice to go wireless (as I have an unused router). The LT will never leave the house however. Battery size/weight/looks are not too much of an issue either but a nice screen would be a bonus.

May I ask you IT specialists to have a think about it and if you can be bothered please relay your thoughts to this message and I will be eternally grateful.

Happy to buy in store or on-line.

Much thanks for your time and attention.

Digger (RN 85 - 06)
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
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#1
Try EmpireDirect Clearance, you might find something for the right price.
I bought a hp Pavilion dv4232 about 12months ago for about £250. Not a top end laptop by any means but does what i need including wireless

http://www.empiredirect.co.uk/content/products/clearance/index~dt~computers.htm
#2
Well you may have problems getting a laptop with XP on it. Dell were one of the companies still offering XP, but I have just looked on the Dell UK site and cannot find a laptop with XP on it (uness they have hidden it away on the site somewhere).

Note that Microsoft want to stop selling XP by the end of June.

The Dell Inspiron 1525 got a good review in a PC magazine I read the other day. PC Pro magazine reviewed 9 laptop between £300 and £400 and the Inspiron 1525 came top.

Various models and prices to choose from. Here they are:

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspnnb_1525?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=mn
#3
only thing i can suggest is to stay away from acer! they seem really cheap but the tech support is terrible and if mine is anything to go by the build quality is awful.

i know im not the only one to think it :)
#4
give laptops direct.co.uk a look,there are some asus laptops on there all with 2 years warranty,also 2% quidco
#5
onlyme23;2178023
only thing i can suggest is to stay away from acer! they seem really cheap but the tech support is terrible and if mine is anything to go by the build quality is awful.

i know im not the only one to think it :)


Id agree that Acer are awful machines, ive got an almost brand new one thats been sitting in a cupboard for almost a year as its so bad, the design of it and placement of feature buttons is dreadful making it very difficult to use never mind the fact its on Vista when i personally prefer XP
#6
diggergraves
I do currently have a sepearte keyboard and mouse plugged in and I'm reasonably happy with that set-up (apart from I don't have any USB ports left), probably coz I'm so used to it.

Current screen size is 14' (measured bottom righ to top left) and my current settings are 1024 X 768 and 32 bit


As your CRT died after only six years I was worried it was a delicate high-end one who's resolution might have been difficult to get on a laptop but if you're used to 14" and 1024x768 then you shouldn't find the standard laptop screens too small/cramped.

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