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    Hey Guys, I need some help deciding which computer to buy. I start uni in October, and I need a laptop for this desperatly.

    [U Budget: I want to spend between £300-£600 pounds, if I got a range of options that would be great

    [U Uses: I will use the laptop to broswe the internet, do homework, listen to music and watch films etc as I will not have a TV, so the quality of the image is important.

    [U Preferences: I want it to run fast (so I assume I want 2GB of RAMish +/- ?), run reasonably quietly, be light enough to carry around with me without breaking my back, and have a good battery life (once had a laptop that used to turn off after like an hour :?). Also, I would appreciate it if it had Wifi.

    [U Other Info: I am rather computer illiterate as you probably guessed, so please do not be too technical in your responses. Also, I wont be playing games on it, if that makes a difference!

    Thank you all very much for reading!
    Chris

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    Get the cheap dell laptop for about 327 or the vostro newer one.

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    fessen

    Get the cheap dell laptop for about 327 or the vostro newer one.



    There are two vostro laptops, the 1000 and the 1500.

    I want to go as long as possible without updating, so if one offers better value for money as is much longer lasting, I would probably go for that one...

    Being a Mac user, I have to suggest a MacBook, although the cheapest one is £700: LINK

    I think it's a case of keeping your eyes peeled for special offers, though this one seems to have everything you're looking for, for £500: LINK

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    Amywamy

    Being a Mac user, I have to suggest a MacBook, although the cheapest one … Being a Mac user, I have to suggest a MacBook, although the cheapest one is £700: LINKI think it's a case of keeping your eyes peeled for special offers, though this one seems to have everything you're looking for, for £500: LINK



    Thank you for your response Amy, good you outline any differences between these and the ]Vostro 1500?

    CReilly

    Thank you for your response Amy, good you outline any differences between … Thank you for your response Amy, good you outline any differences between these and the ]Vostro 1500?



    vostro has better processor, bigger HDD, webcam, more RAM, better GFX and id rather buy a dell over an advent

    I got one of the cheap £350 dell laptops(1.5g cel 768MB ram) 18months ago and it would do everything you need including DVD's, bought a TV stick recently and it works with that also. Weight being the only thing against it. the current bottom end are faster and come with more memory.

    Adding money probably best spent increasing battery life and reducing weight. adding external backup/storage and a decent quality backpack case.

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    Thank you both... am I right in saying that in some laptops the heat comes out the bottom, while in some it comes out of the sides?

    If so, how can I till where it comes from on these laptops?

    As I imagine it would get hot if it was on your knee and it came out of the bottom!

    Edit: Does anyone know anything about how loud these various options are? Last thing I want is a noisy laptop to ruin a movie :D. Thank you all again for your help

    emasu

    vostro has better processor, bigger HDD, webcam, more RAM, better GFX and … vostro has better processor, bigger HDD, webcam, more RAM, better GFX and id rather buy a dell over an advent


    But it's also £170 more expensive than the Advent; so bigger and better things are expected I've had an Advent laptop for over a year, no problems, runs quick enough for me, and mine was a cheaper Advent than the one I've mentioned here.

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    getmore4less

    I got one of the cheap £350 dell laptops(1.5g cel 768MB ram) 18months … I got one of the cheap £350 dell laptops(1.5g cel 768MB ram) 18months ago and it would do everything you need including DVD's, bought a TV stick recently and it works with that also. Weight being the only thing against it. the current bottom end are faster and come with more memory.Adding money probably best spent increasing battery life and reducing weight. adding external backup/storage and a decent quality backpack case.



    Sorry to be a pain, but how much is a TV stick and what exactly does it allow you to do? Pick up terrestrial? It costs me 90 quid or something for a TV lisence so I wont be bringing a TV..

    CReilly

    Thank you both... am I right in saying that in some laptops the heat … Thank you both... am I right in saying that in some laptops the heat comes out the bottom, while in some it comes out of the sides?If so, how can I till where it comes from on these laptops?As I imagine it would get hot if it was on your knee and it came out of the bottom!


    I think you'd probably have to go in-store and have a proper hands-on look at one.

    go into an apple store,they will let you have a play with a mac,also it will have all the software on that you will probably need,also you wont have to worry about viruses either

    CReilly

    Sorry to be a pain, but how much is a TV stick and what exactly does it … Sorry to be a pain, but how much is a TV stick and what exactly does it allow you to do? Pick up terrestrial? It costs me 90 quid or something for a TV lisence so I wont be bringing a TV..


    Yeah, this is one (I think), not the cheapest for sure, but it gives you an idea: LINK, and even that one saves you £40 :thumbsup:

    EDIT: LINK - £26

    LINK - £22

    Amywamy

    But it's also £170 more expensive than the Advent; so bigger and better … But it's also £170 more expensive than the Advent; so bigger and better things are expected I've had an Advent laptop for over a year, no problems, runs quick enough for me, and mine was a cheaper Advent than the one I've mentioned here.



    If you take the warranty off the dell so it has 1 yer, THE SAME then as the advent, its only £27 more - much better value ;-)

    Best advice is to not buy a laptop, go desktop.

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    Amywamy

    Yeah, this is one (I think), not the cheapest for sure, but it gives you … Yeah, this is one (I think), not the cheapest for sure, but it gives you an idea: LINK, and even that one saves you £40 :thumbsup:EDIT: LINK - £26LINK - £22



    Thank you very much!! That was very helpful

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    Itsuru

    Best advice is to not buy a laptop, go desktop.



    Why? :?

    Laptops tend to overheat, also with a laptop and desktop of identical specifications the desktop usually comes out on top. They keyboard and screen are in a more comfortable position and a computer is easily upgraded.

    I have found that people seem to have far more problems with laptops than desktops, and once they do, the problems are much more expensive to repair (due to proprietary parts etc)

    ^ Yeah, and desktops are cheaper as well.

    Original Poster

    Uni accomodation doesnt guarantee a lot of space though, so I would struggle to fit a desktop in I think. Plus its not portable xD.

    From whats available from Dell at the moment the Vostro 1500 is prob the best bang for buck.
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    If you dont need any extra graphics capability and dont mind a unit thats end of life in the range then the 6400 is good value too.

    hotukdeals.com/for…589

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    MikeT

    From whats available from Dell at the moment the Vostro 1500 is prob the … From whats available from Dell at the moment the Vostro 1500 is prob the best bang for buck. ]http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=807751If you dont need any extra graphics capability and dont mind a unit thats end of life in the range then the 6400 is good value too.http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86589



    Thank you Mike
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