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Best laptop under £500 for extended hospital stay

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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
6 months in a small room with only those horribly pay per minute terminal things.

Must be available before christmas at very latest
Must have optical drive for watching dvds
Must have reasonable screen for above
Windows 7 already installed
I will add a 3g dongle and a tv card but if it had freeview built in bonus
Weight? I'm not sure as he may be a bit feeble at times so lighter would help but as he seems to want lots of stuff he may have to cope with a brick.
Bluetooth would be usefull for an external mouse without a dongle but not vital.
Remote control ideas for media watching welcome

Don't really know what I'm looking for but its a sudden rush and I have to buy something straight away.

All ideas welcome. Thanks.
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Buy one of these as well.

Lock the laptop to the hospital bed or something else to stop it being nicked (it will stop the casual thief anyway)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kensington-MicroSaver-Security-Cable-Lock/dp/B000225JIY
#2
Yeah, I know a good one.
#3
Not sure if you need to rush, do you really need it on Day 1? Sure there will be loads of deals in the last one or two days before xmas and after. If I was looking in a hurry I would suggest the prices at EBuyer and Laptops direct are pretty good as a benchmark.
Re the 3G, well first of all I would check you can get a signal. I have '3' 3G and Vodafone 3G and there are many places one will work and not the other - particularly within the same building. There are also parts ofa hospital you can't use wifi and phones.
#4
id check with the hospital first, some wards can be a little funny about things, one ward wasn't allowing mobile phones as the have a camera and it could mean privacy issues, so before you spend the money id check first
banned#5
you're gonna need a good mate to keep taking the battery home to charge it for you too. I doubt a hospital will allow you to just use their electric due to health and safety.
#6
csiman
you're gonna need a good mate to keep taking the battery home to charge it for you too. I doubt a hospital will allow you to just use their electric due to health and safety.


Yes 100% they won't let you use their plug sockets its not allowed due to health and safety
#7
csiman
you're gonna need a good mate to keep taking the battery home to charge it for you too. I doubt a hospital will allow you to just use their electric due to health and safety.


dont talk ridiculous.........there are maintenace type guys within the hospital that will do a quick check on any equipment to make sure its safe to use:)
banned#8
casparwhite;7275676
dont talk ridiculous.........there are maintenace type guys within the hospital that will do a quick check on any equipment to make sure its safe to use:)

you're the one spouting nonsense as usual. Hospitals arent in the habit of giving away free electric you loon! :whistling:
#9
csiman
you're the one spouting nonsense as usual. Hospitals arent in the habit of giving away free electric you loon! :whistling:


ok then, my old dear has just been in there for heart surgery and had no problems using "their" electricity......paid for by the taxpayer.......loon!!!!:santa:
#10
There are plenty of sockets around a bed. Nobody going to bother about you using their electricity. It's the NHS, not Ryanair!

As you are there a while, would be good idea to get it checked out by their maintenance guy to keep them happy. Health and safety should not be used to prevent things, just make sure all safe.
#11
He was just diagnosed and his six months starts immediately. He is in his own room which he gets to keep for the whole time with the idea he can make himself at home. As it is in its own section of the hospital with constant monitoring I don't think theft will be much of a problem but I will bare it in mind.

They actually suggested a laptop to him as he can hardly lie there for months staring at the wall. The lousy looking pay screen is tiny and they say crashes all the time. There are several power points in the room which he is allowed to use. It is too small to make putting in a desktop or something so I think it has to be a laptop. Hopefully he can carry it with him if he has to go anywere for a treatment.

I appreciate this is not the best time to buy with christmas and windows 7 just out but I don't want him to spend christmas with nothing to do but read so I really need to get him sorted out quickly.

All the similar laptops with 15 inch screens are making it hard to discriminate so I thought someone might know of some good ones. If I can't find anything I will just have to go into a store next week and buy whatever they have on the shelf and hope.

Thanks for any ideas.
#12
zxcvbnm;7275789
He was just diagnosed and his six months starts immediately. He is in his own room which he gets to keep for the whole time with the idea he can make himself at home. As it is in its own section of the hospital with constant monitoring I don't think theft will be much of a problem but I will bare it in mind. They actually suggested a laptop to him as he can hardly lie there for months staring at the wall. The lousy looking pay screen is tiny and they say crashes all the time. There are several power points in the room which he is allowed to use. It is too small to make putting in a desktop or something so I think it has to be a laptop. Hopefully he can carry it with him if he has to go anywere for a treatment. I appreciate this is not the best time to buy with christmas and windows 7 just out but I don't want him to spend christmas with nothing to do but read so I really need to get him sorted out quickly. All the similar laptops with 15 inch screens are making it hard to discriminate so I thought someone might know of some good ones. If I can't find anything I will just have to go into a store next week and buy whatever they have on the shelf and hope. Thanks for any ideas.


Sounds dreadful. Hope you get it sorted.

Sorta puts things in perspective for many of us :thumbsup:
#13
iglimpse
There are plenty of sockets around a bed. Nobody going to bother about you using their electricity. It's the NHS, not Ryanair!

As you are there a while, would be good idea to get it checked out by their maintenance guy to keep them happy. Health and safety should not be used to prevent things, just make sure all safe.


They actually DO stop you, ive recently been in Hospital, its a danger what if your device s faulty??? If you are in long term they do have someone that will take your appliance and check it and bring it back with a nice safety tested sticker on it :thumbsup:

OP so sorry to hear the bad news, the hospital is obviously set up for this type of thing, they will just test the appliance and thats it you can use the sockets, I agree it would be awful staring at the walls and wouldn't help with the recovery at all, im just getting my OH to look at laptops for you :thumbsup:
#14
sorry to hear your bad news, havnt looked at laptops for a while but i do know there is a good sony vaio fw31e at argos on offer at £599, this is a great laptop 16.4 inch screen
#15
csiman
you're gonna need a good mate to keep taking the battery home to charge it for you too. I doubt a hospital will allow you to just use their electric due to health and safety.


Emzy81
Yes 100% they won't let you use their plug sockets its not allowed due to health and safety


Emzy81
They actually DO stop you, ive recently been in Hospital, its a danger what if your device s faulty??? If you are in long term they do have someone that will take your appliance and check it and bring it back with a nice safety tested sticker on it :thumbsup:

OP so sorry to hear the bad news, the hospital is obviously set up for this type of thing, they will just test the appliance and thats it you can use the sockets, I agree it would be awful staring at the walls and wouldn't help with the recovery at all, im just getting my OH to look at laptops for you :thumbsup:


:roll::roll: so 100% you cant use it then backtrack quickly lol
#16
casparwhite
:roll::roll: so 100% you cant use it then backtrack quickly lol


Oooo picky picky pathetic either help or grow up, you can't go and have a short hospital stay and use their sockets it is 100% not allowed, BUT if it is a specialised ward then yes of course they are set up for this type of thing, I unfortunately have been in both types of stays a few times so I know.
banned#17
so have they stopped people having portable televisions, and using hairdryers, etc,etc
#18
Emzy81
Oooo picky picky pathetic either help or grow up, you can't go and have a short hospital stay and use their sockets it is 100% not allowed, BUT if it is a specialised ward then yes of course they are set up for this type of thing, I unfortunately have been in both types of stays a few times so I know.


picky picky im helping by telling the truth.........you can use the electricty sockets end of

my mum was in there for a 7/8 days so hardly a long stay, also the op mentions 6 months:?

i suggest you get ur facts correct before spouting misinformation:santa:
#19
Right my OH says the Dell Studio 15 would be the best or you could have this one http://www.dabs.com/products/toshiba-satellitle-pro-l500-1d3-core-2-duo-t5870-4gb-320gb-dvd---rw-15-6---windows-7-home-premium-68XZ.html?refs=50220000-46400000-51340000-435910000-403550000

Or an acer will get you the most for your money but arent as reliable. He owns an IT company so im hoping he knows what he his on about lol
#20
casparwhite
picky picky im helping by telling the truth.........you can use the electricty sockets end of

my mum was in there for a 7/8 days so hardly a long stay, also the op mentions 6 months:?

i suggest you get ur facts correct before spouting misinformation:santa:



You'll actually find that if they didn't have the equipment tested they were breaking the law :whistling:
#21
Emzy81
Right my OH says the Dell Studio 15 would be the best or you could have this one http://www.dabs.com/products/toshiba-satellitle-pro-l500-1d3-core-2-duo-t5870-4gb-320gb-dvd---rw-15-6---windows-7-home-premium-68XZ.html?refs=50220000-46400000-51340000-435910000-403550000

Or an acer will get you the most for your money but arent as reliable. He owns an IT company so im hoping he knows what he his on about lol


well if he's ur other half im guessing not:w00t::santa:
#22
Emzy81
You'll actually find that if they didn't have the equipment tested they were breaking the law :whistling:


Emzy81
Yes 100% they won't let you use their plug sockets its not allowed due to health and safety


casparwhite
dont talk ridiculous.........there are maintenace type guys within the hospital that will do a quick check on any equipment to make sure its safe to use:)


are you maaaaaddddddd?

just stop will you.....that hole will be in australia soon
#23
sassie
so have they stopped people having portable televisions, and using hairdryers, etc,etc


Unfortunately it depends what ward you're in eg long term, they do have tv's over the beds now buit they can be very un reliable. I was allowed a hair dryer etc.. in my long stay one after they had sent it to be tested :)
banned#24
you got to be joking right, my sister just been on and used her haordryer without any checks or anything, when did all these things change

Emzy81
Unfortunately it depends what ward you're in eg long term, they do have tv's over the beds now buit they can be very un reliable. I was allowed a hair dryer etc.. in my long stay one after they had sent it to be tested :)
#25
casparwhite
well if he's ur other half im guessing not:w00t::santa:


Oh wow insults to OH how very grown up! Oh happy Christmas :santa: you miserable sod oh and he does know what he is on about :thumbsup:
#26
sassie
you got to be joking right, my sister just been on and used her haordryer without any checks or anything, when did all these things change


I was in 2 years ago and they complained me as i assumed it was ok but they said by law it needed testing, i guess if you get nurses that turn a blind eye you're ok
#27
Emzy81
Oh wow insults to OH how very grown up! Oh happy Christmas :santa: you miserable sod oh and he does know what he is on about :thumbsup:


hardly an insult.....more a tongue in cheek moment fuelled by your previous misinformation:) hence the smiley claus:santa:
#28
casparwhite
are you maaaaaddddddd?

just stop will you.....that hole will be in australia soon


Nice add then :thumbsup: and OP I apologise I didn't read the 6 months thing to start with, I hope the links helped you :)
#29
casparwhite
hardly an insult.....more a tongue in cheek moment fuelled by your previous misinformation:) hence the smiley claus:santa:


Again Happy Christmas :santa:
#30
Emzy81
I was in 2 years ago and they complained me as i assumed it was ok but they said by law it needed testing, i guess if you get nurses that turn a blind eye you're ok


so which is it your first post says 100% you cant use the soockets now youre saying they took your hairdryer for testing and allowed it......... make up ur mind woman:roll:
#31
casparwhite
so which is it your first post says 100% you cant use the soockets now youre saying they took your hairdryer for testing and allowed it......... make up ur mind woman:roll:


Oh my god!!! In my long term stay, as i said before i apologised (more than you have done) I misread it, look im not looking for an argument, I am thankfully spending this Christmas out of hospital, and hate to think of others in there its awful this time of year. I was trying to help, i know by mis reading it I gave false info, and I now realise not every hospital is as safety conscious as others and some turn a blind eye, I know a few weeks ago when i was in they nicely 'looked the other way when i was upset and called my OH on my mobile, a silly rule i think but i know for next time to buy a cheap phone that doesn't have a camera on it just for hospital! Anyway no hard feelings, I was upset as you were making comments that could have been nicer but then i bet my replies could have been nicer too, soo i mean it, hope you have a great christmas :santa:
#32
Emzy81
Oh my god!!! In my long term stay, as i said before i apologised (more than you have done) I misread it, look im not looking for an argument, I am thankfully spending this Christmas out of hospital, and hate to think of others in there its awful this time of year. I was trying to help, i know by mis reading it I gave false info, and I now realise not every hospital is as safety conscious as others and some turn a blind eye, I know a few weeks ago when i was in they nicely 'looked the other way when i was upset and called my OH on my mobile, a silly rule i think but i know for next time to buy a cheap phone that doesn't have a camera on it just for hospital! Anyway no hard feelings, I was upset as you were making comments that could have been nicer but then i bet my replies could have been nicer too, soo i mean it, hope you have a great christmas :santa:


i have nothing to apologise for tbh i just corrected you and you took offence to my dry sense/humour no nonsense posting style........hey ho:santa: makes a change its usually sassie:p

merry xmas:santa:
#33
FFS there are 2 separate issues here.

1. Will hospitals allow you to use their sockets and their electricity? Yes that should never be a problem.

2. The odd / occasional use of something won't warrant the engineer guy checking it. Most people are only in a short time. If you are in longer, get the items checked and should not be a problem.

Stop creating problems and barriers which can be overcome, even if the exsisted. This guy has enough to worry about, without creating more problems
#34
iglimpse
FFS there are 2 separate issues here.

1. Will hospitals allow you to use their sockets and their electricity? Yes that should never be a problem.

2. The odd / occasional use of something won't warrant the engineer guy checking it. Most people are only in a short time. If you are in longer, get the items checked and should not be a problem.

Stop creating problems and barriers which can be overcome, even if the exsisted. This guy has enough to worry about, without creating more problems


:santa: :) And im sorry but maybe there should never be a problem but there can be, as the OP has stated she already knows that the ward he will be in is fine with it so it really doesn't matter now.
People were just trying to help, try and be nice I know it can be hard for most people on here but its christmas make an effort!
#35
Every hospital is different but I've been an inpatient in lots around the country and never had any issues with using hospital sockets. I worked in a hospital for 13 years, my mum and her sisters do and we all recognise the fact that Patientline and similar are rip offs.

My brother came out Weds and had been using his lappy.....this was in a Bristol hospital.

As to the best around, have a look here: http://www.offeroftheday.co.uk/office-computers/laptops/sale
#36
bloody hell guys. can you all just stop nitpicking and actually help the op with their question!

I agree I have a dell inspiron and it is a good all round laptop with DVD drive etc. and it has a nice bright screen to watch movies on.

(hope this helps op.....!!)
#38
Than-you for ideas. In the end I bought a Dell Studio 15 so I hope it will be a reasonable compromise. I ordered it from a third party dealer who was able to send it next day.

Sorry to cause a fuss and a bit of a downer. Sometimes if you ask about a deal everyone quickly points out a particular deal and says"this is the one everyone is getting now".

Thanks for the ideas though.

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