Laptop Advise Please.........

My parents are thinking of getting a laptop, and as my knowledge is pretty limited about this please can I ask what sort of thing I should be looking for with a £400 budget? They will just want it for internet surfing, storing photos etc. Rep given for any advise. Thanks.

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For that sort of usage specs don't matter so look at things like build quality and battery life.

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EndlessWaves;5538224

For that sort of usage specs don't matter so look at things like build … For that sort of usage specs don't matter so look at things like build quality and battery life.



Is there any particular make thats better to go for, or any to avoid? Thanks.

your parents will appreciate a big screen too ! :thumbsup:

You probably don't need to spend as much as £400 for the one you want. A large harddrive is a must, but I wouldn't rely on a laptop to store photos; I'd advise buying an external drive too.

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mjaddis;5538247

Try … Try this....http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/425086/dell-vostro-1720-17-display-core-2-/A good deal for £396 delivered.HTH



The details on that one look really good, thanks. Do you know of any good deals available on the high street? I think they may prefer to buy instore. Rep left for you.

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Predikuesi;5538271

You probably don't need to spend as much as £400 for the one you want. A … You probably don't need to spend as much as £400 for the one you want. A large harddrive is a must, but I wouldn't rely on a laptop to store photos; I'd advise buying an external drive too.



What sort of size hardrive would advise?

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Mecoconuts;5538256

your parents will appreciate a big screen too ! :thumbsup:



Yeah, ive seen alot with a 15.4" screen. Some do 17" but are a bit more expensive. Rep left for you . Ta.

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EndlessWaves;5538224

For that sort of usage specs don't matter so look at things like build … For that sort of usage specs don't matter so look at things like build quality and battery life.



Can you recommend any particular make? Rep left for you. Thanks.

get the £299 vaio on here, great buy.

Mecoconuts;5538256

your parents will appreciate a big screen too ! :thumbsup:



That depends on how much they want to move it about as bigger screens mean heavier laptops. (if they don't want to make it about at all then desktops are better quality and cheaper to repair).

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phatboy123;5538421

get the £299 vaio on here, great buy.



Just looked and that one is out of stock now. Thanks anyway. Rep left for you.

busymom;5539504

Just looked and that one is out of stock now. Thanks anyway. Rep left for … Just looked and that one is out of stock now. Thanks anyway. Rep left for you.



ah sorry, didn't check

for starters u need to get them the message that a laptop is not a storage medium, otherwise they will fill the hdd and when it breaks will be very upset at the loss of all those pics of grand kiddies etc etc.

Compaq are good value machines.

Predikuesi;5538271

You probably don't need to spend as much as £400 for the one you want. A … You probably don't need to spend as much as £400 for the one you want. A large harddrive is a must, but I wouldn't rely on a laptop to store photos; I'd advise buying an external drive too.



Agree. Spend less and get a separate hard drive.

I would imagine they would not use it for any games (like me). Don't go for lots of spec they they will never need or use. I got mine from Dell which is a useful website to look at. Delivered direct.

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maddogb;5539991

for starters u need to get them the message that a laptop is not a … for starters u need to get them the message that a laptop is not a storage medium, otherwise they will fill the hdd and when it breaks will be very upset at the loss of all those pics of grand kiddies etc etc.



I will probably put photos on a cd for them as I know thats the safest way to store them. They dont have the room for a desktop so a laptop would be ideal for them, just a bit unsure of which one to get for them.

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busymom;5543533

Anyone got any advise on this … Anyone got any advise on this one?http://direct.asda.com/Acer-5920-Notebook-With-Core-2-Duo-Processor%2c-Vista-Premium%2c-2gb-RAM-and-250gb-Hard-Drive/000584428,default,pd.html


that will be ideal.

and then buy a £40 external hard drive for photo etc backups. cd / dvd is unreliable as a backup medium

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Ive been looking around and ive managed to get the Sony Vaio at £299. Its still with Telephones Online but through Amazon. You have to pay £6.99 postage and there is no quidco, but as from what everyone said, I think this is a good deal. Ive posted it seperately as a deal for anyone who missed out on the orignal deal like me. Thanks to everyone for your help. Much appreciated! :thumbsup:
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