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    Help with purchasing laptop

    Ok, my current laptop is ready to give up on me and so I need to buy a new one. Problem is, I dont really know where to start (e.g. what to look for, not where to look)

    Budget: £600
    Uses: General surfing the internet, occasionaly use word etc
    Dont want: Dell

    Obviously, the less I can spend the better, but I dont want to get a really cheap one and have to replace it quickly (This one was about £350 I think and has lasted 2 years!).

    Some examples of laptops I should consider would be good, or the sort of spec I should be looking for

    Thanks in advance for any help

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    I'm quite a fan of Sony's, not just because they are great looking laptops but build quality and reliability is top notch. If your not a fan of Sony's then go for Samsung, Asus or Lenovo.

    Ideally you want to try and go for a laptop with one of the new intel range processor's the core i's.

    Here's a couple of suggestions.

    amazon.co.uk/Son…8-1

    play.com/PC/…tml

    ebuyer.com/pro…571

    ebuyer.com/pro…606

    I know you said you don't want Dell but I'm selling a high spec Dell Studio 1555 which gets excellent reviews. Comes with 16 months in-home next day warranty. I've just reduced the price as well!!
    hotukdeals.com/ite…p86

    But I have to add if you only want it for the internet and Word there's no need to go anywhere your upper budget limit.

    remember that MS Office (inc Word) is only a 60 day trial, so you'll need to buy,borrow or...whatever to obtain a copy.

    slackrat77;8273763

    remember that MS Office (inc Word) is only a 60 day trial, so you'll need … remember that MS Office (inc Word) is only a 60 day trial, so you'll need to buy,borrow or...whatever to obtain a copy.



    get openoffice (free), does all office does albeit with a less slick interface (but arguably more responsive and stable...)

    dt_matthews;8274949

    get openoffice (free), does all office does albeit with a less slick … get openoffice (free), does all office does albeit with a less slick interface (but arguably more responsive and stable...)



    absolutely. father in law's plumbing business uses it, cos he didnt wanna spend £300 on office pro

    Go for a good quality Core i3-based notebook (Sony, Asus, Toshiba are rated most reliable currently though I might add Samsung and Lenovo to the list). If you can wait a few weeks, there will be loads of new models to choose from around £500.

    And I would think about buying from John Lewis for the extra warranty and the decent customer service.

    Original Poster

    bathfan;8273632

    I'm quite a fan of Sony's, not just because they are great looking … I'm quite a fan of Sony's, not just because they are great looking laptops but build quality and reliability is top notch. If your not a fan of Sony's then go for Samsung, Asus or Lenovo.Ideally you want to try and go for a laptop with one of the new intel range processor's the core i's.Here's a couple of suggestions.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-notebook-i3-330M-2-13GHz-Premium/dp/B00366U5NM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1270233435&sr=8-1http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/8134912/Asus-X57SR-AP003C-Core-2-Duo-T8100-2-1GHz-3GB-250GB-DVD-SM-15-4-Vista-Home-Premium-Laptop-Notebook/Product.htmlhttp://www.ebuyer.com/product/191571http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191606



    Thanks, I will take a look at all of those links

    deek72;8273684

    I know you said you don't want Dell but I'm selling a high spec Dell … I know you said you don't want Dell but I'm selling a high spec Dell Studio 1555 which gets excellent reviews. Comes with 16 months in-home next day warranty. I've just reduced the price as well!!http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/646892/fs-dell-studio-1555-15-6-laptop-p86But I have to add if you only want it for the internet and Word there's no need to go anywhere your upper budget limit.



    Thanks for the advice on budget

    Would not get a dell again, have had a dell in the past and so has brother. Neither lasted as long as they should do, had numerous problems with them and the customer service was a joke!

    slackrat77;8273763

    remember that MS Office (inc Word) is only a 60 day trial, so you'll need … remember that MS Office (inc Word) is only a 60 day trial, so you'll need to buy,borrow or...whatever to obtain a copy.



    dt_matthews;8274949

    get openoffice (free), does all office does albeit with a less slick … get openoffice (free), does all office does albeit with a less slick interface (but arguably more responsive and stable...)



    Already have the MS office software, able to go on a few computers and havent used it maximum number of times yet

    mamboboy;8275907

    I personally think the Asus EEE PC T91 looks amazing. Perhaps a little … I personally think the Asus EEE PC T91 looks amazing. Perhaps a little small for you, but it's touchscreen, and swivels to become a tablet type device!http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php?xProd=1964Not instock though, hell...I'm not even sure if it's release in the UK yet ?



    Thanks I'll take a look

    frogman;8277772

    Go for a good quality Core i3-based notebook (Sony, Asus, Toshiba are … Go for a good quality Core i3-based notebook (Sony, Asus, Toshiba are rated most reliable currently though I might add Samsung and Lenovo to the list). If you can wait a few weeks, there will be loads of new models to choose from around £500.And I would think about buying from John Lewis for the extra warranty and the decent customer service.



    Thanks for the advice. Why will there be new models coming out soon???

    and dont let any shop assistants talk you into getting Norton AV - whether they are wanting you to buy it or just throw it in - its rubbish and AVG is great and free - if they try to, refuse it and try haggle for something else.

    Cobain67;8279986

    and dont let any shop assistants talk you into getting Norton AV - … and dont let any shop assistants talk you into getting Norton AV - whether they are wanting you to buy it or just throw it in - its rubbish and AVG is great and free - if they try to, refuse it and try haggle for something else.



    you don't know what you're talking about.

    Norton internet security hands down beats AVG free, they're not even the same type of program.
    AVG free is JUST a basic virus scanner. no firewall, rootkit protection, parental control, ID protection and no support from the manufacturer.updates less than its paid for version which means its more prone to not catching viruses, plus it has low detection rates and high false alarm rates.

    you need to do your research before posting such garbage.
    av-comparatives.org/ima…pdf

    independant testing shows Norton as 2009 product of the year.
    it OWNS AVG free.

    its free for a reason, its basic and limited protection
    and I say that as a qualified IT Tech.

    anyone slagging off a norton 2010 product hasnt done their research.
    find me ONE bad review for Norton 2010 internet security.
    challenge....

    Every year manufacturers show off their new ranges/models at CES/CeBIT and they have been waiting for volume shipments of i3/i5 processors before they start shipping these new notebooks. Q2 is seen as difficult quarter as there is a seasonal depression and they have to sell as many as possible with aggressive pricing.

    Toshiba seems to finish top of reliability each year so look at them! i am a big Tosh fan!:thumbsup:

    You get good value for money too!

    But the main thing you will want to remember is processor, you can upgrade the memory, the hard drive, even which version of Windows but you can not change the processor so base your purchase around that!

    slackrat77;8280023

    you don't know what you're talking about.Norton internet security hands … you don't know what you're talking about.Norton internet security hands down beats AVG free, they're not even the same type of program.AVG free is JUST a basic virus scanner. no firewall, rootkit protection, parental control, ID protection and no support from the manufacturer.updates less than its paid for version which means its more prone to not catching viruses, plus it has low detection rates and high false alarm rates.you need to do your research before posting such garbage.http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/summary/summary2009.pdfindependant testing shows Norton as 2009 product of the year.it OWNS AVG free.its free for a reason, its basic and limited protectionand I say that as a qualified IT Tech.anyone slagging off a norton 2010 product hasnt done their research.find me ONE bad review for Norton 2010 internet security.challenge....



    Clarify research??? does having a job in IT for the last 10years count?? every home PC\laptop I have every worked on has been slowed down conciderably by Norton - Now if you have READ my post, I never say AVG is better then Norton but for your average home user AVG free is more then good enough - people dont want to pay £50 a year for software they are scared into buying its a b ig con. There are plenty of free software out there to protect people. I am not even the average home user and I do use AVG and have never ever had a problem - Over the dozens and dozens of computers I have looked at for people of the years Norton is something I always remove and so far have had 0 complaints. Norton obviously does the job but when you buy a laptop/Pc on a budget you get less in terms of hardware processor spreed\RAM - last thing you need is Norton taking all the resorces when all you want to do is browse the net.

    And as for your bad review - concider this one and yes I concider myself qualified to give such an opinion - WHAT A LOSER !!!
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