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    Laptop or NetBook? Need help choosing a present.

    I know theres lots of techie people on here who know more about computers than me so im looking for a bit of info. Iv seen loads of deals for laptops on here but dont really know what i need.

    Basically my brother who will be 13 this month has lots of work to do and as the main desktop is in its final days im looking to buy him something more portable.

    He will need it to do his work and it will need the microsoft programmes word etc (i have tried the free or cheaper versions but i think microsoft is the best).

    -Word Documents

    -Surf the web and send emails.

    -Listen to music.


    I went into currys today and the guy there was trying to get me to buy a £500 toshiba laptop telling me it was one of the best and i should get it now.

    So what should i be looking to buy (laptop / netbook) and what are the best deals around?

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    I personally cant stand netbooks, they are so limited, go for a laptop, netbooks are irritatingly slow, if you want a good netbook it will cost as much as a decent laptop anyway!

    What spec was the toshiba?

    all the best jake

    Laptop

    If he is going to be doing "office" type work then a laptop will be far better than a netbook.

    Netbooks have smaller screens, smaller keyboards, often no DVD drive, and some dont even run Windows.

    They are fine for surfing and email but not for working with word processors etc..

    If there is no hurry wait till late October when the next Version of Windows (Windows 7) is out. This replaces Vista.

    You dont need to spend £500, you can get a perfectly adequate laptop for what he wants to do for £300 to £350.

    It will not come with MS Office (maybe just a trial version) so you will need to buy it. Get the Home and Student 2007 version for around £60 and it can be installed on 3 computers.
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    i really dont know anything about spec, but i wrote down some deatils.

    here goes:

    AMD 64x
    2.00 GB
    1.90 GHz
    32 bit operating system.

    But £500 seems way to high for me. I was looking to pay no more than £250. Is that an unrealistic amount for a good laptop or would i need to increase it.

    Basically i want something thats reliable and will last. Iv seen loads of offers on here HUKD but i dont know which is the best for what im looking for.

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys REP added.


    BTW his birthdays in mid-september so it cant wait till the new version in october. Well it could but i would rather buy him something for the day.

    He would want to play games on it so laptop.

    Banned

    I'd say a netbook for a 13yr old

    a netbook is so limited in its functions though, you can pick up pretty good laptops for around £300 in pcworld which perform basic functions well compared to a netbook. Netbooks are really for business people who cant be bothered to carry a whole laptop around on their travels

    s_paul;6213763

    But £500 seems way to high for me. I was looking to pay no more than … But £500 seems way to high for me. I was looking to pay no more than £250. Is that an unrealistic amount for a good laptop or would i need to increase it.



    £250 is the low low end of laptop prices (a few months ago you could not get a laptop for £250.

    Search here in HUKD for laptops and see if you can find one for £250 or thereabouts.

    Or go on the PC World, Currys, Comet sites and see if they have any refurbished (they are often not refurbished, just old stock they are trying to clear).

    Also try web sites like Argos, Tesco and so on to see what they have.
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    s_paul;6213763

    i really dont know anything about spec, but i wrote down some … i really dont know anything about spec, but i wrote down some deatils.here goes:AMD 64x2.00 GB1.90 GHz32 bit operating system.But £500 seems way to high for me. I was looking to pay no more than £250. Is that an unrealistic amount for a good laptop or would i need to increase it.Basically i want something thats reliable and will last. Iv seen loads of offers on here HUKD but i dont know which is the best for what im looking for.



    WOW, they are having a laugh, £500!!!! the ram is a joke, you wouldnt even be able to run vista premium smoothly with that, there are far better deals around! ill have a little look for you!

    £250 is a bit low but you dont need to spend £500 for what you need it for, im sure you could get one with the spec you mentioned for £350 - £400.

    all the best jake

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    guilbert53;6213811

    £250 is the low low end of laptop prices (a few months ago you could not … £250 is the low low end of laptop prices (a few months ago you could not get a laptop for £250.Search here in HUKD for laptops and see if you can find one for £250 or thereabouts.Or go on the PC World, Currys, Comet sites and see if they have any refurbished (they are often not refurbished, just old stock they are trying to clear).Also try web sites like Argos, Tesco and so on to see what they have..




    Okay then, my sister is willing to add extra cash meaning that i would be willing to pay £350 as i know id then also have to pay extra to get the microsoft package also. I dont want everything to go over the £400 mark.

    Thanks for all the help.

    This is the cheapest laptop Tesco do, at £279.

    direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx

    Low specs, but if you are not too demanding it will be usable (may need an extra 1Gb of memory, and the CPU is slow)

    Dell here on the PC World site at £309. It is refurbished but I bet you would not notice (probably old stock Dell are trying to sell off)

    tinyurl.com/m4hw4o

    For me, this laptop at £309 is pretty good with a Core2Duo CPU, 2Gb of memory, Vista home Premium, and 120 hard drive.

    There are other colours available on the PC World site.

    It's worth checking the Dell outlet as there's often bargains there to be had, I'd go with a laptop rather than netbook though as a laptop is a good all round machine whereas netbooks make a lot of sacrifices for their size and cost. That's fine as an extension to an existing machine but I find them too limited on their own.

    John

    For what he needs laptops the way to go

    Check out the Dell Outlet :thumbsup:

    Edit: lol John beat me too it
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