Laptop Recommendations + Cheapest place to buy

    Anybody care to recommend a laptop. Needs to be:

    reasonable disk - 80GB
    Powerful enough for photo but not video manipulation
    Wireless Enabled
    good battery but mostly used in the home
    quite robust, not going to war but we have 4 kids
    15" screen - at least 1200x800
    ideally with MS Word as part of the package

    Certainly under £1K inc vat and delivery and as near to £500 as can be done.

    Thanks in advance



    Mark I don't think you can go far wrong with this Laptop, I have been looking the best part of 2 weeks for a new machine under £500 and this seems to be about the best for the money.....Good brand - Intel centrino - DVD burner - Dedicated graphics (most companies now go the cheap option to bring the price of the machine down and have onboard shared graphics) this one will play games if you really wanted to.

    Heres the spec

    Heres a quick spec

    Product Description Acer Aspire 1652WLMi - Pentium M 740 1.73 GHz - 15.4" TFT
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 36.4 cm x 27.9 cm x 3.9 cm
    Weight 3 kg
    Platform Technology Intel Centrino
    System Type Notebook
    Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial
    Processor Intel Pentium M 740 / 1.73 GHz
    Cache Memory 2 MB - L2 Cache
    RAM 512 MB (installed) / 2 GB (max) - DDR II SDRAM ( 2 x 256 MB )
    Hard Drive 60 GB
    Optical Storage DVD±RW (+R double layer) - integrated
    Display 15.4" TFT active matrix 1280 x 800 ( WXGA ) - 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
    Graphics Controller ATI Mobility Radeon X300 - 64 MB
    Audio Output Sound card
    Telecom Fax / modem - 56 Kbps
    Networking Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
    Wireless NIC Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG
    Input Device Keyboard, touchpad, 4-way scroll button
    Power AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
    Battery Lithium Ion
    Run Time (Up To) 3.5 hour(s)
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty

    Plus free vodafone 3g card - Free delivery and 6 months 0% finance if you want

    Ebuyer -…126

    46 left in stock

    p.s I also bought the 3 year warranty £54.00. (Acer pick up the machine and return it within 5 days)

    Comet wanted £150 for a similar service

    Forgot to include the price £469.99

    Heres a review of the machine from april this year…476

    It then cost £749

    go to [url][/url]

    or try this its excellent and a great brand - better processor than the one above and a good solid brand (ibm)…asp

    This 15.4” widescreen laptop features a 1.66 GHz Core Duo processor and a generous 512MB of memory making this a solid performer suitable for any home user. An 80 GB hard drive and dual layer DVD drive provide ample storage solutions while the integrated wireless connectivity including Bluetooth, combined with the pre installed version of Windows XP Home make for quick access to networks and broadband internet and easy integration into any working environment.
    Intel Centrino Core DuoT2300e Processor 1.66 GHz
    512 MB DDRII-667 MHz SDRAM - Low cost double memory offer – call for details!
    80 GB Hard Drive
    DVD Dual Layer Drive - To read DVDs and CDs and write CDs, DVD+, DVD- and large Dual Layer DVD
    15.4" WXGA Widescreen TFT Screen
    Intel GMA 900 DVMT shared graphics
    Integrated LAN and 56k v.90 data fax modem
    Integrated wireless 802.11 a/b/g LAN - Call for advice on Wireless networking
    Integrated Bluetooth
    Integrated 4 -in-1 card reader – reads Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, Picture Card
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Pre Loaded
    Microsoft Windows Vista Capable
    1 year warranty - upgradeable to 3 years

    FREE Vodafone 3G Data card Offer!

    Intel GMA 900 DVMT shared graphics

    Thats going to be not up to the task of playing any games unfortunately.

    mark doesn't mention games, but I do hate intel integrated graphics. dedicated ati or nvidia chipset for gfx would be noticed over intel when it comes to photomaniapulation and application use

    Original Poster

    Hi Thanks for all your input

    I have decided to look at buying a Acer Ferrari 4003WLMi - advertised in computer shopper for £699 inc vat but not delivery.

    Unless anyone knows a problem with this range I shall probably order one Saturday when I got a bit of time out of work to do the deal hunting


    mark thats as good price, but you check tomshardware/anandtech in terms of benchmark, Intel Duo or Duo 2 is far superior technology to what AMD offer @ that price range imo, I use Adobe Photoshop @ a amateur level on a Core Duo 2.0ghz laptop and it's far nicer to use than my slower 3ghz amd desktop pc.

    You're truly not going to be able to beat the Zoostorm Computer Shopper award winner from PCNextday for value for money. At £580 (inc. delivery) the specs speak for themselves - Check out that tasty 256mb Ati X1600 graphics card…301

    You'll have to forgive their site name as there is actually an arduous 5 week waiting list given the popularity of the machine, I assure you it was worth it though. I've been playing F.E.A.R, Half-Life 2, Doom 3 amongst others and couldn't be more pleased - I've also just fitted an additional 512mb of RAM which is only around £45-50 which was shockingly easy to do.

    Original Poster

    Thanks Again for your tips. To be clear the laptop is not going to be a gaming machine, its for my wife to support her scrapbooking hobby/business invovling a lot of photo manipulation

    The pcnextday offer looks good, but although not in need of next day delivery 5 weeks is a bit long to wait as previous laptop is now u/s!!.

    So - over and out from me and thanks again money savers

    I've just posted an offer thats on at microdirect. Its a good price and has a fast processor.

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