Advice needed - new laptop

    Morning all, i've been searching around for a decent laptop for the past week... now need to buy one today to do work and despite all my best intentions i still have no idea what to buy. What I need the laptop for is:
    Microsoft office
    Paint shop Pro/Photoshop
    Film watching
    DVD writing
    and Hot uk deals

    There will probably be other applications I want to load onto it and it needs to run fairly fast. i'm currently using a 10" Acer Aspire One which i've had for a couple of years but the screen is just too small for what I need to do.

    budget is around £500 but don't want to spend more money than i need if I can do everything on a lower spec laptop. It won't be used as a gaming laptop (any games would be simple).

    As i say I need to pick it up today, I can get to the following stores easily:
    Currys (smallish)

    Little more effort
    PC World/Big Currys

    Apreciate this sounds like i'm being lazy but I'm not a massively techy person and everytime i think i've found a good deal it turns outt to be an old model/bad processor/not enough RAM etc etc... so any ideas would be much appreciated



    I'm not a techie person but I recently had to get a new laptop as my hard-drive gave up the ghost. I've not got my receipt to hand but I'm pretty sure I bought this one for under £400 in December and I got the software (2010) for £60 when buying the two together it's since gone up to £449 and no such deal on software but I'm loving it. I'd say my usage requirements match yours…htm

    eMachines G640 320GB 17.3 Inch Laptop.
    Immerse yourself in the wealth of multimedia entertainment offered by the eMachines G640 17.3in Laptop. Whether its gaming, surfing the net or talking to friends throughout the world, this laptop has it all and its powerful AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core Processor delivers great performance.

    CPU and Memory:

    •AMD Athlon X2 dual core P320.
    •2.1GHz processor speed.
    •3GB DDR3 RAM memory.
    •320GB SATA hard drive.
    Display features:

    •17.3in display.
    •Resolution 1600 x 900 pixels.
    DVD optical drives:

    •Dual layer.

    •ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics card with 256MB memory.
    Interfaces and connectivity:

    •Multi-Media Card (MMC) compatible.
    •3 USB ports.
    •1 HDMI port.
    •B/g/n wireless/WiFi enabled.
    Multi-media features:

    •1.3MP built-in webcam.
    •Built-in mic.
    Operating system and software:

    •Microsoft Windows 7 Premium.
    Preloaded manufacturers suite of applications include:

    General features:

    •Weight 3.3kg.

    What about the acer for less than £500 with an i5 processor from comet it was posted on here about an hour ago.…tml?

    I'd call ahead make sure they have stock before making a trip though.

    Can you borrow a friends laptop in the meantime so you can chose one you want online etc?


    Very low price for an Intel Core i5 laptop. Use promo code 5200 for this price. Seems to be low stock but worth a look in your area, I found some in Norwich for example. Operating System Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium Processor & Chipset Processor Manufacturer Intel Processor Type Core i5 Processor Model i5-460M Processor Speed 2.53 GHz Processor Core Dual-core Cache 3 MB Bus Speed Not Applicable 64-bit Processing Yes Hyper-Threading Yes Memory Standard Memory 4 GB Maximum Memory 8 GB Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM Memory Standard DDR3-1066/PC3-8500 Number of Total Memory Slots 2 Storage Hard Drive Capacity 500 GB Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA Hard Drive RPM 5400 Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer Optical Media Support DVD-RAM/±R/±RW Dual-Layer Media Support Yes Display & Graphics Screen Size 39.6 cm (15.6") Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD Display Screen Technology CineCrystal Aspect Ratio 16:9 Screen Mode WXGA Backlight Technology LED HDCP Support Yes Display Resolution 1366 x 768 Colour Support 16.7 Million Colours Graphics Memory Accessibility Shared Network & Communication Wi-Fi Yes Wi-Fi Manufacturer Acer Wi-Fi Model InviLink Nplify Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11n Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet Bluetooth No Bluetooth Standard Not Applicable Built-in Devices Webcam Yes Microphone Yes Interfaces/Ports HDMI Yes USB Standard USB 2.0 Number of USB Ports 3 VGA Yes Network (RJ-45) Yes Software Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System Architecture 64-bit Input Devices Pointing Device Type TouchPad Keyboard Yes Battery Information Number of Cells 6-cell Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Maximum Battery Run Time 10 Hour Power Description Maximum Power Supply Wattage 65 W Physical Characteristics Height 34 mm Width 381 mm Depth 253 mm Weight (Approximate) 2.60 kg Miscellaneous Package Contents Aspire AS5742-5464G50Mnkk Notebook Lithium Ion Battery AC Adapter Certifications & Standards ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) 3.0 Security Features Kensington Lock Slot BIOS Passwords : User Administrator Hard Drive Green Compliance Yes Green Compliance Certificate/Authority Energy Star Warranty Standard Warranty 1 Year Warranty Warranty One-year International Travellers Warranty (ITW)
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    Are Acer actually any good? I've had 2 Acer laptops, both eventually died of the same fault - overheating!

    Anyone able to advise? Was I just really unlucky?

    Ive got an acer my second never had any problems only got rid of other to upgrade and had this one 2 years without a single fault and use it daily.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the info!

    @ dc7911 that looks like it would have been perfect, but no stock anywhere near me

    So looks like my options may be either a 17" emachine from Argos or 15" emachine from Sainsburys. 17" definately in stock in my Argos so I'll just need to check Sainsburys and then decide which size would be best

    Incase I see anything that looks real good when I'm in the stores is there anything you would say I would definately need or anything to definately not buy (processors in particular as these confuse me!).

    Thanks again everyone, I'll let you know what I get (and schizoboy had I been organised I probably could have borrowed a friends laptop, but I was so confident I would be able to find one it's now too late!)
    Edited by: "suspiciousmole" 22nd Jan 2011

    Original Poster

    Saying that, I seem to remember Comet's reserve instore (along with calling and asking the very helpful staff) being as useful as coffee mug made of bread - is it worth a trip (this would involve over an hour round trip) or have they improved their stock checking capabilities over the past few months?

    Original Poster


    We can tell, to fix a broken hard drive costs about £30 and only takes … We can tell, to fix a broken hard drive costs about £30 and only takes about two screws and they just click in (in most cases, the majority).

    Wow you just love being a pain in the "bad"ass don't you? Don't you have homework to do ?

    @suspiciousmole , I know I wanted one aswell but no stock anywhere near me think they are very limited, sods law.Not sure about the reliability of there reserve and collect never used it before but now you have said that I might bob to my local store and double check. Anyway good luck with your search and hope you find the right one at the right price.

    Edited by: "dc7911" 22nd Jan 2011


    Ive got an acer my second never had any problems only got rid of other to … Ive got an acer my second never had any problems only got rid of other to upgrade and had this one 2 years without a single fault and use it daily.

    Just bad luck then I guess. I had a travelmate 2310, then an Aspire 5315. Both started playing up after about a year, each got to the point where they were heating up so much you couldn't use them as a 'lap'top any more, for fear of serious burns!
    I won't write Acer off completely then, we need a new PC / lappie soon...


    We can tell, to fix a broken hard drive costs about £30 and only takes … We can tell, to fix a broken hard drive costs about £30 and only takes about two screws and they just click in (in most cases, the majority).

    Thanks, I'd be gutted to have spent the dosh on new kit if it was easily repairable. But it was purchased in 2002 and had numerous faults, some mother board issue where you couldn't install more Ram, it was so slow taking a good 10 minutes to boot years before it even wouldn't boot up or just froze when it did.

    But I've seen your helpful responses to tech questions before and have appreciated them, so i'll know who to PM if I ever need to ask.
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