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What spec laptop am i looking for, and costs

sassie Avatar
banned8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
My daughter would dearly love a laptop for xmas, with only 3 months to go need to start looking, i have no idea what im looking for and what cost is going to be

She will be using it for school work (final two years of school), msn to chat with friends, she loves her music so needs to be pretty big hard drive (or is it cheaper to buy seperate one for miusic) and the only games she really plays and likes are the sims, so what spec am i looking for, i would hope this to last her for when she goes on to do her A levels on leaving school too

any help on spec and cost would be appreciated, thanks x
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banned8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
hi sassie just got my 2 girls the eee pc they had them on last night and they are absolutely fab want one myself got them from dixons think they were £165 or very close to that price.
banned#2
greyparrot
hi sassie just got my 2 girls the eee pc they had them on last night and they are absolutely fab want one myself got them from dixons think they were £165 or very close to that price.


what are they? them tiny laptops? dont think there what she was thinking of
#3
oh and it has all the music /messager and loads of stuff for school work honestly my 14 year old is well chuffed with it and for only £165 its well worth it.
#4
sassie
what are they? them tiny laptops? dont think there what she was thinking of


yes they are small but believe me they are the dogs dangles
#5
im looking for the same sassie for my girl - we need a job lot!!

i think the sims games? takes up a lot of memory so wouldnt be advisable to put on laptop - so my eldest has told me

dont want to spend more than £200 -

have been looking at these - but dont know whether they are any good and would it be worth spending another £50

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-Eee-PC-pink-version/dp/B0013AN3OQ

edited after seeing other posts - great price - thanks
banned#6
not overly sure on her having such a small screen
#7
Me too! It looks like a laptop is almost compulsory for high school! :)
#8
What would be you budget or at least what you would like to spend?
#9
holly100
im looking for the same sassie for my girl - we need a job lot!!

i think the sims games? takes up a lot of memory so wouldnt be advisable to put on laptop - so my eldest has told me

dont want to spend more than £200 -

have been looking at these - but dont know whether they are any good and would it be worth spending another £50

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-Eee-PC-pink-version/dp/B0013AN3OQ

edited after seeing other posts - great price - thanks

holly 100 this is the eee pc i got exactly the same only £165 at dixons.
banned#10
Ungreat
What would be you budget or at least what you would like to spend?


to be honest i hadnt really put a budget on it, because i dont want to end up with a lappy that for £30 more i could have had so much better, if you know what i mean, so i just want it to do what she wants, and want it to last, i dont the eec things will do what she wants
#11
sassie
to be honest i hadnt really put a budget on it, because i dont want to end up with a lappy that for £30 more i could have had so much better, if you know what i mean, so i just want it to do what she wants, and want it to last, i dont the eec things will do what she wants


sassie i am on a real expensive laptop speaking to you now and the eee pc can do all this does honestly i cannot speak more good for it i think they are fab for what every teenage girl should have one they even have built in webcams.
banned#12
greyparrot
sassie i am on a real expensive laptop speaking to you now and the eee pc can do all this does honestly i cannot speak more good for it i think they are fab for what every teenage girl should have one they even have built in webcams.


but it wont play her games, and the hardrive is tiny?
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sassie
to be honest i hadnt really put a budget on it, because i dont want to end up with a lappy that for £30 more i could have had so much better, if you know what i mean, so i just want it to do what she wants, and want it to last, i dont the eec things will do what she wants


The £200 netbooks like the eee lack a DVD drive so your daughter would not be able to watch (non downloaded) films without an external drive.

If you could spend £350 then the Acer Gemstone range have some really nice 15.5" laptops with modern styling. When looking at laptops make sure they are Dual/Duo and not Celeron M as the former has that little bit extra boost of processing power. If your daughter isn't a massive gamer then not needing a fancy graphics card will save you a ton.

NotebookReview is a great place for getting reviews and info.
#14
get a refurb from pc world, well worth it, mine was in new condition and is a quality spec for £223 delivered
banned#15
Cluffy321
get a refurb from pc world, well worth it, mine was in new condition and is a quality spec for £223 delivered


trouble is i would have no idea what was well worth the money - lol
banned#16
Ungreat
The £200 netbooks like the eee lack a DVD drive so your daughter would not be able to watch (non downloaded) films without an external drive.

If you could spend £350 then the Acer Gemstone range have some really nice 15.5" laptops with modern styling. When looking at laptops make sure they are Dual/Duo and not Celeron M as the former has that little bit extra boost of processing power. If your daughter isn't a massive gamer then not needing a fancy graphics card will save you a ton.

NotebookReview is a great place for getting reviews and info.


thanks will have a nosey through, but like i said as i have no idea what im looking for it all gets confusing
1 Like #17
i got an advent 5301, not the greatest make but looks stylish and is very quiet, and well built, qith a 120gb hardrive pentium dual core 1.7ghz processor, 2gb ram, dvd rewriter drive and windows vista home premium for tht price and its excellent, dont get a triple e its not worth it, if you get the 4gb version you will only have 1gb of space left although is easy to use and quie quick its not great
#18
Toshiba A200

* Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 / 1.83 GHz ( Dual-Core )
* RAM - 3 GB (installed) / 4 GB (max) - DDR II SDRAM - 667 MHz ( 1 x 1 GB + 1 x 2 GB )
* Hard Drive - 160 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
* Operating System - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
* Screen - 15.4" TFT 1280 x 800 ( WXGA ) - 24-bit (16.7 million colours) - TruBrite
* Optical Drive - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
* Graphics - ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 - 128 MB
* Bluetooth - No
* Notebook Camera - Integrated - 1.3 Megapixel
* Warranty - 1 year warranty

£475

Good brand name, fast processor for price and has an okay graphics card.

Toshiba A200 with lower graphics and RAM £380.

Graphics cards can add a fair amount to the price if one is needed.
banned#19
Nearly £500 for an ok-ish graphics card:w00t:

maybe buy her a hairdryer instead - lol
#20
http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Toshiba_Satellite_Pro_L300-154_-_Pentium_Dual_Core/version.asp

Basic laptop without a graphics card, not so good for games however alot faster than the eee pcs which can lag playing movies with other programs open, £380.

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=323717&CatId=3119

Similar one without Vista (less ram used, more ram spare), a bit faster processor at £420 with inbuilt card reader and web cam

I'm sure you can get a fairly good laptop with graphics card for around £600-700 but not really less.
#21
sassie
Nearly £500 for an ok-ish graphics card:w00t:

maybe buy her a hairdryer instead - lol


Laptop graphics cards from low to best.

Integrated
Integrated Graphics Processors (IGPs)? They are a simple graphics controller located on the motherboard. IGPs (with few exceptions) do not have their own memory and cannot play complex 3D games. Integrated graphics cards are not for gaming – office work, DVD watching, and web surfing is near the limit of their capabilities.

Intel GMA900 (worst)
Intel GMA950
ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
Nvidia GeForce Go6100/6150
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100/1150
ATI Radeon Xpress 1200/1250
Intel GMA X3100
Nvidia GeForce 7150M
Intel GMA X4500
Nvidia GeForce 8200M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 (best)

Low end

Even if you are a non-gamer, it is probably in your best interest to get a notebook that has a low-end video card. The reasoning behind this is because:
A. They have their own dedicated memory to use, and will not share with your main system RAM as a standard integrated card will.
B. Low-end video cards have technologies that smooth out video playback and DVDs.

Nvidia GeForce Go6200
ATI Mobility Radeon X300
Nvidia GeForce Go7200
Nvidia GeForce Go7300
ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
ATI Mobility Radeon X1350
ATI Mobility Radeon X2300

Mid Range

Mid-range video cards have enough power to play the latest games at comfortable and enjoyable settings. You won't be able to push the settings to maximum, but overall are well-rounded cards. They do not produce a lot of heat nor require a lot of power, and can be found in notebooks from 12” to 17”.

Nvidia GeForce Go6400
ATI Mobility Radeon X600
Nvidia GeForce Go7400
ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
ATI Mobility Radeon X1450
Nvidia GeForce 8400M-GS/Nvidia GeForce 9300M-GS
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450/3470

There is also High end cards but I doubt this would be what you would need. In fact unless she was gaming the lower end cards are fine but that Toshiba just happens to have a good Mid range card. I own a Laptop with a high end card but rarely use it and my brother has a lappy with a low end card and has no issues with performance. Mine cost a grand his cost £350 (gemstone) and we both just browse the internet.

All this info was taken from notebookreview.

At a most basic level you should be looking for a Dual or Duo processor, 2gb ram minimum, 15.4" screen (smaller if she wants it but not bigger for portability) and as x3100 integrated seems to be standard on most of the less costly laptops I wouldn't go lower if you can avoid it. HDD size is fairly big on most new laptops and an external drive for backing up can be purchased fairly cheaply.
banned#22
oh lordy wish ide never asked now, i am taking all this in (well in a fashion) was hoping for xp but everything i have seen has been vista,
#23
sassie
oh lordy wish ide never asked now, i am taking all this in (well in a fashion) was hoping for xp but everything i have seen has been vista,


XP laptops.

I got my laptop from Laptopsdirect so they are legit.

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