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Im currently toying with the idea of buying one of the above for my sons 14th birthday next month and to be honest am a bit confuddled as to what to get. His basics needs will be for homework (yeah … Read More
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
Im currently toying with the idea of buying one of the above for my sons 14th birthday next month and to be honest am a bit confuddled as to what to get.
His basics needs will be for homework (yeah right) internet access and music downloads.
What in your opinion is the best one to get?
What is the difference apart from the size?
How big a harddrive do you think?
Are there ant good deals to be had?
Dont really want to spend more than £350 for one as he is going to be paying half towards it.
Any help will be greatly appreciated :-)
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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#1
forgot to mention he will also be playing a few flight simulator games on it :) and sims
banned#2
cant really help on spec wise, but when you do get some advice on what you need check out the dell outlet
#3
I really fancy the Samsung NC10 netbook. 10.2" screen, 7 hours + battery life(no CD/DVD drive btw). Just shy of £300 with FAB reviews.

Might have to go for a proper laptop if he wants to play Flight Simulator etc though.
[mod]#4
If he wants to play games then you're going to have to spend quite a bit to get a top spec and also buy an external disc drive as netbooks don't have them. :)
#5
Syzable
If he wants to play games then you're going to have to spend quite a bit to get a top spec and also buy an external disc drive as netbooks don't have them. :)


so you think we are better off getting a laptop? I dont want to get the wrong damn thing and him not be able to use it for waht he wants :)
#6
Your best bet would probably be a Core2Duo Laptop which you should be able to get for around £350.

I would assume that flight simulator games run OK on laptop graphics but you might want to check minimum spec for them and ensure that the graphics on the laptop are adequate. If the flight simulator is Ok then Sims should also run.

Oddly, PCWorld often have reasonably priced laptops, particularly if you don't mind a refurbished one. Decide more or less what you want then post again on HUKD. Someone will probably know where there is a good deal. :)
[mod]#7
bitseylango;4107391
so you think we are better off getting a laptop?


Yes. :)

I have a netbook but only use it when i'm out. Rest of the time at home i either use the PC or Laptop.
#8
Ok.........sooooo what laptop, sorry but im not into all the ins and outs of what is needed, dont mind a refurb if it comes with a guarantee
#9
Syzable
If he wants to play games then you're going to have to spend quite a bit to get a top spec and also buy an external disc drive as netbooks don't have them. :)


I thought some games DID work ok on netbooks without disc drives?

I've heard people say they just put the game data onto a USB memory stick etc.

Thing is that the screen (and the specs) are just to small for a satisfying PC gaming experience - like Flight Simulator.
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bitseylango;4107416
Ok.........sooooo what laptop, sorry but im not into all the ins and outs of what is needed, dont mind a refurb if it comes with a guarantee


Pass. :lol: Soooooooo many to chose from. My last couple have been Dell's.........always served me well. :)
[mod]#11
robtallica;4107422
I thought some games DID work ok on netbooks without disc drives?

I've heard people say they just put the game data onto a USB memory stick etc.

Thing is that the screen (and the specs) are just to small for a satisfying PC gaming experience - like Flight Simulator.


Some will but only basic ones unless you use a No-CD crack and also don't try anything to graphic intensive. :)
#12
Syzable
Some will but only basic ones unless you use a No-CD crack and also don't try anything to graphic intensive. :)


Yeah - I'll probably wanna play Sims 2 and 3 on my NC10 when I get it :oops:
#13
robtallica
I thought some games DID work ok on netbooks without disc drives?

I've heard people say they just put the game data onto a USB memory stick etc.

Thing is that the screen (and the specs) are just to small for a satisfying PC gaming experience - like Flight Simulator.


Syzable
Some will but only basic ones unless you use a No-CD crack and also don't try anything to graphic intensive. :)


you see....now im totally bamboozled, as none of that made sense :?

seen some refurbs with a years guarantee on PCworld site but there are so many :w00t:
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bitseylango;4107461
you see....now im totally bamboozled, as none of that made sense :?

seen some refurbs with a years guarantee on PCworld site but there are so many :w00t:


Have a squint through the Deals on here at some and the temp/comments will give you some indication of worth etc. :)
1 Like #15
bitseylango
you see....now im totally bamboozled, as none of that made sense :?


Basically if your son wants to play quite a few PC games avoid netbooks - a larger notebook/laptop is the much better platform for PC gaming.
#16
you really need to check the minimum standards on the flight sims he plays ,He may need a laptop with a dedicated graphics chip which is gonna cost,If you can find out what he plays and post here we may be able to recommend something,
#17
just looked at the type of game he is after and these are the

Minimum System Requirements
Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista
Processor: 1.0 Ghz
RAM: Windows XP SP2 - 256MB, Windows Vista – 512MB
Hard Drive: 14GB
Video Card: 32MB DirectX 9 compatible
Other: DX9 hardware compatibility and audio board with speakers and/or headphones
Online/Multiplayer Requirements: 56.6 kbps or better for online play
1 Like #18
Netbooks are ideal for certain things ,portability when using office ,checking emails and websites when on the move .But ,for games ,I would say you want the bigger screen and a decent 3d graphics card and lots of RAM.I just got the Asus Eeepc [160g,XP] before xmas and it's a great little device to take travelling but I would'nt use it for games .
A good proper gaming laptop will cost you more than £350 ,so you may have to compromise here .
#19
Have a look at this one

http://www.cdiscount.co.uk/Computing/LaptopsNetbooks/Laptops/toshiba-satellite-a200-1yo/f-613-179618.html#AnchorTabTechDescription

Go via Quidco for 4% back and it's about £350. Big advantage of Toshibas (for 14 year old boys ;-)) is that they are fairly solidly built and can take a few falls without stopping working. There were other codes around for Cdiscount (I don't know if they're still about) so have a search if you decide to buy from them.
#20
found this one with a free 2 year guarantee.......any good http://www.johnlewis.com/230516626/Product.aspx
#21
guv
Looks a reasonable spec, though no dedicated graphics card. Its pretty much the same spec in every way to the Dell I bought a year ago for £320. But its certainly good to dig up deals and compare.


That's more or less the cheapest C2D branded (i.e. not Advent e-machine etc) around at present. Dell's prices seem to have gone up since the £ started slipping against the $. :whistling:

I doubt you'll find a laptop with dedicated graphics anywhere near £350. Currently, you would be looking at around £500 as a minimum. If you can find anything at £350 post it here as I'd be interested. :thumbsup:
1 Like #22
The best value laptop at the moment is this from Aldi
http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/58_8630.htm
The fact that it comes with three years warranty is worth at least onothe £100 and although the it is not a dedicated graphics chip it is one of the faster intergrated ones you can buy,
1 Like #23
bitseylango
found this one with a free 2 year guarantee.......any good http://www.johnlewis.com/230516626/Product.aspx


As guv says the processor is not as good as the Toshiba from Cdiscount. I might consider buying from John Lewis, particularly as you get a 2nd year warranty which is worth around £50, which is probably about the difference in price between the two processors! In terms of value for money, they're about the same. Toshibas, though, tend to be fairly reliable so a 2nd year warranty is possibly not quite as essential as when you're buying one of the cheaper brands.

It's your money so really you need to decide. :)
#24
thanks to all of your input everyone, very much appreciated. Gonna have a chat with the OH about the Toshiba suggested. A bit over budget but if our son coughs up his birthday money then this may be the laptop for him :)

Im still pretty much bamboozled by all the system spec jargon though!!!! xx
#25
Currently on dell outlet

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/5521/capturenm9.jpg

With £100 off inspirons it comes to £320 delivered. If you keep an eye on dell outlet you can get some crackin deals.

[url]www.dell.co.uk/outlet[/url]

EDIT: scrap that, i just realised the delivery cost isn't included.
#26
do keep checking dell outlet though, particularly during the week as that is the time that they add more laptops.

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