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    My Sony Vaio has just packed in. Second Vaio in 3 years to pack in so after a new laptop. This time the graphics card has went and it's costing too much to get fixed.
    Definately not going with sony again. Price range £450-£600. Less the better.
    I'm after minimum off:
    3GB Memory.
    250GB Hard Drive
    Any graphics card as long as its not Nvidia. Thats what caused sony to pack in and read of many other brands having problems with Nvidia.
    HDMI output
    Webcam
    Scrren size 15" to 18"
    I've seen a laptop in PC world and currys and can use a discount voucher with currys to get more off. Not sure to go with this as never had/used or know anyone who has a packard bell. pcworld.co.uk/mar…jsp[email protected]@@@[email protected]@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdfadehleijdllcflgceggdhhmdgmi.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=109897&category_oid=#productInformationSection
    Any help or advice would be appreciated

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    I'd go for the Dell Studio 15. Has everything you are looking for at the price. Gets great reviews and looks nice too

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    jimmyc;5808270

    I'd go for the Dell Studio 15. Has everything you are looking for at the … I'd go for the Dell Studio 15. Has everything you are looking for at the price. Gets great reviews and looks nice too



    I'll have a look. Cheers. Only thing is my other half has an unusual hate of Dell computers. Brother inlaw and her niece both had Dell and say they'd never by Dell again.
    Not sure if she could be converted.

    Go dell, I hate their desktops but the laptops and aftercare they provide is amazing.

    I got this for my wife just 3 weeks ago.......

    Acer Aspire 5735 Laptop, Intel Core 2 Duo T6400, 2.0GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 15.6\" TFT, DVDSM,Webcam, Vista Home Premium

    From Here ebuyer.com/pro…884

    At £449 and free delivery.........and we purchased the extra warranty at £60 its a flying machine. We love it.

    Just a little info on Dell. I work for a large company who have just cancelled the contract with Dell because of the hassle and un-professionalism of their maintenance and contractual obligations unfulfilled in the company.

    How bad do a company have to be for the contract to be cancelled on grounds of breach of that contact? I will let you make your own mind up on that. The company now have the new units in on 3 floors and the mix is laptops, base units, monitors and servers and all the other tech dept stuff................all supplied and fitted by ACER!!

    Hope that helps....

    renagade27

    Did the sony have a 8400 or 8600 chip? If so that was an unfortunate issue specific to those two chips that has now been fixed and I wouldn't let you put that off nvidia as that sort of thing happens to all companies. (it might not have been Nvidia's fault at all as it's TMSC that fabricates the chips, but I don't know if we ever got the full story). If sony have refused to fix it I can well understand being angry at them when other 'cheaper' brands like HP have offered extended warranties to cover this issue.

    Packard bell are now owned by Acer, but I don't know how they compare with acer's poor build quality and reputedly poor support.

    If you want something that's cheap to fix and you want a huge screen then is a laptop the right choice at all? Desktops are much easier to fix than laptops and the screens are nice and large.

    What about a ]Thinkpad SL500? It doesn't quite meet all your requirements having only 2GB of memory instead of 3GB (it'd be easy enough to upgrade) but it meets all the others and, while it's not a 'proper' thinkpad - it actually flexes slightly and has a glossy screen, it is apparently still better built than other budget machines so it might be a good choice if you're primarily after something that won't die after just three years.

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    EndlessWaves;5814037

    Did the sony have a 8400 or 8600 chip? If so that was an unfortunate … Did the sony have a 8400 or 8600 chip? If so that was an unfortunate issue specific to those two chips that has now been fixed and I wouldn't let you put that off nvidia as that sort of thing happens to all companies. (it might not have been Nvidia's fault at all as it's TMSC that fabricates the chips, but I don't know if we ever got the full story). If sony have refused to fix it I can well understand being angry at them when other 'cheaper' brands like HP have offered extended warranties to cover this issue.Packard bell are now owned by Acer, but I don't know how they compare with acer's poor build quality and reputedly poor support.If you want something that's cheap to fix and you want a huge screen then is a laptop the right choice at all? Desktops are much easier to fix than laptops and the screens are nice and large.What about a ]Thinkpad SL500? It doesn't quite meet all your requirements having only 2GB of memory instead of 3GB (it'd be easy enough to upgrade) but it meets all the others and, while it's not a 'proper' thinkpad - it actually flexes slightly and has a glossy screen, it is apparently still better built than other budget machines so it might be a good choice if you're primarily after something that won't die after just three years.



    Yes it was the 8400. Sony Laptops are not cheap and I paid £1000 for it 2 years ago and really pee'd off with sony for not recognising the problem.
    I now have to fork out on a new laptop but not paying that kind of money again.
    I know Nvidia is the best but was wary after whats happened.
    Thanks for the link.
    Rep for that:thumbsup:

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    renagade27;5813298

    I got this for my wife just 3 weeks ago.......Acer Aspire 5735 Laptop, … I got this for my wife just 3 weeks ago.......Acer Aspire 5735 Laptop, Intel Core 2 Duo T6400, 2.0GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 15.6\" TFT, DVDSM,Webcam, Vista Home PremiumFrom Here http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168884At £449 and free delivery.........and we purchased the extra warranty at £60 its a flying machine. We love it.Just a little info on Dell. I work for a large company who have just cancelled the contract with Dell because of the hassle and un-professionalism of their maintenance and contractual obligations unfulfilled in the company.How bad do a company have to be for the contract to be cancelled on grounds of breach of that contact? I will let you make your own mind up on that. The company now have the new units in on 3 floors and the mix is laptops, base units, monitors and servers and all the other tech dept stuff................all supplied and fitted by ACER!!Hope that helps....renagade27



    Thanks for the info.
    Rep:thumbsup:
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