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    Best sub-£500 laptop?

    I'm wanting to buy a laptop for no more than £500 (preferably less so that I can add an external hard-drive) and the best one I have found seems to be this one from Dell (Inspiron 1501):

    PROCESSOR AMD® Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL50
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 (incl Operating System Re-Install CD) - English
    SUPPORT SERVICES Collect & Return, 90 Day Service only
    LCD 15.4" Wide Screen XGA TFT Display: 1280x800
    MEMORY 1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x512)
    HARD DRIVE 60GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive edit
    OPTICAL DRIVE Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software
    GRAPHICS CARD ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory™
    CARRY CASES Free Nylon Carry Case
    Services & Software
    SECURITY SOFTWARE Free - Upgrade to McAfee® Security Centre™ 36-month Protection
    MICROSOFT SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 8.5 - English


    Is this about as good as I'm going to get? There is another Inspiron for £50 less which has a Turion processor instead of a dual-core, but it doesn't come with a carry case, which I would definitely need anyway.

    I've done a lot of Googling/Ebaying and nothing better seems to turn up, but if anyone could find anything similar (or just without something I wouldn't really miss) for less then I'd prefer that option so that I could get an external hard-drive to attatch.

    Edit: Just to add, I don't really use my computer for graphically intense games or anything, although Football Manager will definitely be on it quite a lot.

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    Brand ACER
    Processor AMD Turion 64 x2 Dual Core
    Processor model number TL-50
    Processor speed 1.6 GHz
    Processor bus 1600 MHz
    Processor cache 512 kB
    Memory (RAM) 1024 MB
    Storage (hard drive) 120 GB
    SATA storage Not featured
    Screen size 15.4 inches
    Screen type Widescreen
    Built-in wireless networking Yes
    Wired networking Not featured
    Gigabit LAN Not featured
    Optical drive Plays & records CDs and DVDs
    Lightscribe technology Not featured
    Operating system Windows XP Media Center
    Windows Vista upgrade available Windows Vista Home Premium
    Application software Not featured
    Shared graphics 128MB
    Dynamic graphics Not featured
    Dedicated graphics Not featured
    USB 2.0 slots 3
    Firewire Not featured
    Media card slots Not featured
    PC card slots Not featured
    Speakers Stereobuilt-in
    Built-in bluetooth Not featured
    Built-in webcam Not featured
    Watch & record live TV Not featured
    Battery life (maximum) 2:30 hours
    Laptop weight (kg) 2.85 kg
    Other features
    D Portability rating
    C Power rating
    Dial-up modem included
    1 PC card slots

    comet.co.uk/com…ies

    the inspiron looks like very good value for money, although the only thing i'd be a bit wary of is battery life. have a look and see what the battery life is, and you may wish to upgrade the battery if that option is available.

    For the £50 extra it is definitely worth it to get a carry case and dual core processor.

    I wouldnt go near a dell with anyone's money ive now had 3 replacements for a new one from them and every one struggles to pick up my wifi signal at home although a 6 yr old toshiba laptop can manage it every time proving that its the dell thats the issue as their internal wifi cards arnt good

    jase.2

    I wouldnt go near a dell with anyone's money ive now had 3 replacements … I wouldnt go near a dell with anyone's money ive now had 3 replacements for a new one from them and every one struggles to pick up my wifi signal at home although a 6 yr old toshiba laptop can manage it every time proving that its the dell thats the issue as their internal wifi cards arnt good

    I have a Dell 640m Inspiron laptop and it's as near perfect as I could hope for. Wifi signal has never been a problem. Dell also have excellent customer support in my experience.

    I would wait for a little while until dell have another special offer. Yesterday morning (10am deal) i purchased the exact same spec laptop with the special offer and it only cost £433 all inc. Plus £16 quidco! That same deal has cropped up quite a bit recently, and may come up again!

    I wanted that laptop, and was waiting for that very offer - good things come to he who waits!

    got an acer from [url]www.laptopsdirect.co.uk[/url] about 6 mths ago it is great

    Acer Aspire 3600 Series From £443.97 inc.vat
    Acer Aspire 5000 Series From £389.97 inc.vat

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    The Acer 5102 is a nice laptop but price seems to have gone up at Comet, it was £479 and with Quidco worked out at £462. However now at £499 and will work out at around £480 with Quidco, still a good price.
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