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Laptop advice needed

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Found 16th Dec 2014
Looking for a laptop. Max I can spend is £200. I need something which is fast and can handle being used by a postgraduate student (i.e. a LOT of using the net and writing huge word documents). Saw one a few days ago for £150 on laptops direct but this has now sold out. Any suggestions?

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hp stream 11?

Original Poster

Complete technophobe here, so excuse me for saying eh? I'm looking for deals the cheaper the better. There is loads on laptop direct and loads on groupon just not sure which is beat. Any advice welcomed thanks.

Dell

Original Poster

Any links guys? Put both of those suggestions into Google and they bring up a hell of a lot?

Check this one out: argos.co.uk/sta…htm?CMPID=GS001&_$ja=cgid:12488273690|tsid:59158|cid:200223050|lid:94811576450|nw:g|crid:49301489090|rnd:13678945830943471421|dvc:c|adp:1o1|bku:1

Original Poster

Thanks. That one is cute. Is 2GB going to be enough or will that be slow? I don't need office etc on there as can download it for free.

Original Poster

I've got a small acer aspire one but it's so slow I can't tolerate even turning it on. 1GB of ram.

Thinkpad T410 or T420, should be able to pick up a good used one from a refurb outlet starting at about £150. Probably one of the best laptop keyboards. Built like a tank.

Original Poster

I usually buy second hand laptops off friends but decided now I have 2 that are broken and one that is super slow I should buy new? Not sure which outlet is best? Sorry for all the questions.

foodgloriousfood2013

I usually buy second hand laptops off friends but decided now I have 2 … I usually buy second hand laptops off friends but decided now I have 2 that are broken and one that is super slow I should buy new? Not sure which outlet is best? Sorry for all the questions.



At £200 you're in extreme budget/netbook territory so new is going to be something that breaks after three years, and just as well because it'll likely be struggling after that time too.

What laptops have you bought off your friends? Astec was suggesting an older high end model that should be pretty robust and won't be comparable if your previous ones were machines that cost £400 new.

Have you looked at nearly new? Sometimes the likes of Dell & Lenovo outlet have good prices

Original Poster

Would definitely consider nearly new just not sure where to look. So currently I have an aspire one d255 1GB which is incredibly slow. I have a highgrade model 8651 GTK (various keys broken, noisy fan and overheats then turns off plus slow and battery doesn't always hold a charge, no idea what ram and memory it is). I also have a Compaq presario CQ60 which won't even turn on after I attempted to internally clean it. the battery doesn't hold charge at all and HP doesn't recognise it, plus it refuses to connect to any other server then OWA and doesn't have any options to change this (believe you me I have checked for days at a time and with help from the IT people at the University). It is also generally slow and crashes a lot (when it used to turn on) and no idea of ram etc. as it won't turn on as with the highgrade.

I have no idea how much any of these would cost new as all purchased for under £100. Any help or guidance appreciated.

Can't you just ask your university department for a laptop to use temporarily? Try the IT department.

Your budget is very low for the kind of new laptop you're after. You'd need to spend at least £250 for a decent i3 laptop. You'd only get something like that for your budget if it's a refurbished/demo model, like this one at £200.

Original Poster

Thank you for responding. I wouldn't ask the Uni as I need to get this sorted anyway, so just delaying things.
Do you think it is worthwhile getting the Compaq fixed (most shops seem to do a fix all and update for about £100) or just splash out on one of the (fantastic recommendations- thank you) two links above.

I've had a look at both and they both seem to be about the same spec (I'm clueless though so don't really know what I'm looking for!). The £200 one in particular seems to be super speedy? So can I ask what the difference is that I would be paying an extra £50 for? Thanks

Original Poster

My budget is very low but I'm a student so every single penny counts!

Original Poster

To throw another spanner into the works I would also consider a computer as it's for home use...

Have you considered putting a SSD in your laptop? It should speed up your laptop.

Original Poster

Is SSD the hard drive thing which is currently 1GB? If so I have googled that before and it can apparently only take 2GB which does speed it up a bit but not very much?

I think you are talking about the RAM. SSD is a storage thing and can be upto 1TB

Original Poster

So if I upgraded to 2GB ram and swapped the HDD to SDD (I've just googled it) will that speed things up? If so any idea of a rough gestimate on how much that would cost (no way I am doing it myself after breaking my other laptop)

It depends how much storage you need but for a rough idea a 256 GB will cost £80

Original Poster

Wow loads cheaper then buying a new laptop then. Thanks. Will check that out first and foremost

It depends on how much storage is required. Roughly a 256 gb will be around £80

You are welcome.

foodgloriousfood2013

Wow loads cheaper then buying a new laptop then. Thanks. Will check that … Wow loads cheaper then buying a new laptop then. Thanks. Will check that out first and foremost



Check on here for prices of SSDs. There is a thread called 'The UK's best hard drive deals all in one Place ..." Search in the box above


Original Poster

Thank you :-)
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