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Laptop advice please

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9y, 3w agoPosted 9 years, 3 weeks ago
Im getting my 13year old her first laptop for christmas, does this look any good. (shes not into gaming, mainly just for doing homework)

Microprocessor 1.86 GHz Intel Celeron M Processor 540 Microprocessor Cache 1 MB Level 2 cache Memory 1024 MB (2 x 512 MB) Memory Max Up to 1 GB DDR2 Video Graphics Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 Video Memory Up to 251 MB Hard Drive 120 GB (5400 rpm) Multimedia Drive Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support Display 15.4 WXGA High Definition BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) Fax/Modem High speed 56K modem Network Card Ethernet 10/100BT integrated network interface Wireless Connectivity 802.11b/g WLAN Sound Altec Lansing speakers

3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit (integrated) Keyboard 101 key compatible keyboard Pointing Device Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad, volume control, mute buttons, 1 Quick Launch Button External Ports
[* 3 USB 2.0
[* 1 VGA port
[* 1 RJ-11 modem connector
[* 1 RJ-45 ethernet connector
[* S-video TV out
[* 1 headphones-out
[* 1 mic-in Dimensions 35.70 cm (L) x 25.70 cm (W) x 2.54 cm (min) H / 3.96 cm (max) H Weight 3.10 kg (6.87 lbs) Power
[* 65 W AC Power Adapter
[* 6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
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9y, 3w agoPosted 9 years, 3 weeks ago
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#1
All depends on how much your paying for it.
Also what software bundles are you getting with it.
#2
£369 delivered (2 year guarantee )

Software included:
Microsoft Works 8
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 60-Day Trial Version
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
Windows Mail
Adobe Reader 8.0
Windows Media Player
HP Photosmart Essential
Windows Photo Gallery
DVD Play
Windows Movie Maker
Windows DVD Maker
Roxio MyDVD Basic
Roxio Creator Basic
Windows Media Center
QuickPlay for Windows
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Muwolves
£369 delivered (2 year guarantee )

Software included:
Microsoft Works 8
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 60-Day Trial Version
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
Windows Mail
Adobe Reader 8.0
Windows Media Player
HP Photosmart Essential
Windows Photo Gallery
DVD Play
Windows Movie Maker
Windows DVD Maker
Roxio MyDVD Basic
Roxio Creator Basic
Windows Media Center
QuickPlay for Windows




u can get it cheaper - £249 approx
#4
let me guess medion?
banned#5
qazim
let me guess medion?

no, dell:giggle:
#6
sassie
no, dell:giggle:


:-D
1 Like #7
"Just doing homework" might be a tad optimistic, but hey ho -

CPU - the Celeron 1.86GHz chip is a relatively slow processor, compared to the Core 2 Duo line. This wont' have a great impact on the likes of MS Word, but more advanced tasks will feel it. The Core2Duo features two higher-performing CPUs on the one package, giving potentially over double the performance.

RAM - 1GB is really the minimum for Vista, 2GB would be preferable. IT's a cheap upgrade (around £30 for two 1GB sticks), although as the laptop currently has both memory slots occupied, you'd need to remove the existing RAM to upgrade. eBay is your friend, though. More physical memory means Windows will rely less on 'virtual memory', which is really just a bit of torturously slow hard disk space that's set aside to be used when physical RAM is full, and it will be able to cache more data. Data held in memory can be accessed around 200 times faster than memory on disk, so more RAM can pay off nicely.

Video - This is quite good, as onboard video adaptors with shared graphics memory go. It's not going to run any advanced games, but it'll handle The Sims well enough, which is fine, as that's about the only game that 13 year old girls ever seem to play. Homework, pfft.

Hard disk - 120GB is about standard for the lower-end of the laptop market these days. Vista consumes about 10GB of it, leaving acres of space for music, games, and the other things she'll be using it for that aren't homework. It's a 5400rpm drive as well, which is a good deal faster than the 4200rpm drives found in some models.

Multimedia drive - Can write DVDs and CDRs making backups easy and cheap, fairly standard.

Display - 15.4" is ample. Good stuff.

Modem, wireless, LAN, sound, keyboard, etc, are all fairly unexciting and normal, so there's not much to be said for any of them.




Overall, it's a decent spec. The concerns I have with it though are,

- 2 year guarantee. What are the policies on upgrades and repairs? Can they send an engineer out next day, or the bits to fit yourself where necessary? Or will the drive need to be taken away for several weeks?

- The OS. Which it carries isn't listed. I doubt this'll mean that it doesn't have one, but find out whether it's XP or Vista. XP has the advantage of being faster and compatible with a lot more stuff, Vista is more secure, which will be a blessing for a computer used by any girl (in my experience as a tech, anyway).

- Portability. 3.1KG is fairly substancial. You'll not be able to get a lot lighter, but it's something worth keeping in mind. Also, if you're planning on her taking the laptop into school with her, the battery is going to flatten within 3 hours of use and there's a fairly good chance that it won't be able to get on the school network for files and internet access, so it might be a hindrance to work.

- It's a laptop. I'd be far too paranoid of letting any youth under my control use a laptop, because I wouldn't know what they'd be doing. Children and the internet can be a bad mix. I'd rather have a desktop system set up in the corner of my livingroom so that I could keep tabs through the corner of my eye. The internet's an increasingly worse place to be these days - check out the comments to any major video at [url]www.youtube.com[/url] or a few articles on people at [url]www.encyclopediadramatica.com[/url] for an example of how lousy people here can be.


But, yeah, there's some thoughts for you, anyway. If you'd like a slightly more powerful laptop for the same money (same in all areas except for the video, CPU and memory, where it is slightly weaker, twice as powerful, and twice as capacious respectively), have a look at Dell's Vostro line. It's hidden under the Small Business section, but they don't mind if you lie, and if you phone up to haggle, you can reduce the price even further. I believe they also have something of roughly the same performance at the £300 mark (or less with haggling), which might be preferable.
#8
it comes with vista home premium. its HP Pavilion Laptop, G7010EM, and i have gone for it http://www.johnlewis.com/Christmas/Gifts+by+Interest/Computing+and+Gaming/Laptops/398/230445982/Product.aspx

£399 before the £30 off code that was posted on here, thanks everyone for the help. rep coming your way
#9
HP do make very solid laptops... one of the best build qualities ive used... however that is a rather high price for the spec your getting.

But at the end of the day if your happy with the price and the spec then thats all that matters

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