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Laptop Shortlist - Please Help Me Make A Decision!

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Found 11th Feb 2009
Well after spending weeks looking at various offers, and missing some good ones into the bargain (e.g. the Lenovo at ebuyer) I have settled on 3 options;

I could now do with some help making a final choice from a short-list of 3.

The intended purpose is to provide a second computer in the home that will carry out most bog standard tasks (internet browsing/shopping, word processing, spreadsheets, powerpoint, certain amount of downloading -nothing excessive, storing music and photos, and basic game playing-nothing demanding).

I have limited myself to circa £350.

My options are:

1) Dell Inspiron 1525 at Tesco £349
hotukdeals.com/ite…-b/

2) Toshiba Satellite A200-1YO at Cdiscount £349
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3) Lenovo N500 at Dabs £366.85 (cheapest since ebuyer ran out of stock and Dabs increasing price twice in the last couple of weeks)
dabs.com/pro…600

Your considered opinions will be hugely appreciated.

Thanks in anticipation.

Mottmania

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The Toshiba because it's got a Core2Duo processor, the other two only have dual cores. And Toshibas are better build quality. And I wouldn't buy a PC from Tesco or Dabs (purely personal choice there!).

can recomend dell outlet, got a decent dell studio for £298 a couple of weeks back.

Its worth checking it as stock changes all the time. I've had excellent service from them too.

Id get the tosh, shame its not got a bigger drive but purely for the procesor

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Thanks so far. Keep 'em coming.

Mottmania

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owens101;4353995

can recomend dell outlet, got a decent dell studio for £298 a couple of … can recomend dell outlet, got a decent dell studio for £298 a couple of weeks back.Its worth checking it as stock changes all the time. I've had excellent service from them too.



Have been looking but no great deals yet. By the time you add VAT back in the best I could come up with in the past week to 10 days is around £390

Mottmania

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tony_s1;4353967

The Toshiba because it's got a Core2Duo processor, the other two only … The Toshiba because it's got a Core2Duo processor, the other two only have dual cores. And Toshibas are better build quality. And I wouldn't buy a PC from Tesco or Dabs (purely personal choice there!).



And 4% Quidco I've just realised.

Mottmania

Both the Dell and the Lenovo have Pentium Dual Core CPUs (the Dell CPU is slightly better than the Lenovo CPU).

But the Toshiba has a "proper" Core2Duo CPU, which is better than both of the other CPUs (and probably runs cooler).

The Toshiba also has Vista Home Premium, whereas the Dell only has Vista Home Basic (the Lenovo also has Vista Home Premium but has the worst CPU of the 3).

So as the Toshiba has the best CPU, and a better version of Windows Vista, go for that.

Mottmania;4354175

And 4% Quidco I've just realised.Mottmania



Sorry, should have remembered that - just bought a TV from them. And you can pay in 3 instalments.

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The Tosh seems to be coming up as the front runner. Any final comments/advice?

Mottmania

Mottmania;4356615

The Tosh seems to be coming up as the front runner. Any final … The Tosh seems to be coming up as the front runner. Any final comments/advice?Mottmania



Mottmania,

I am looking to spend a similar amount and like your choices.

I really want one that plays high definition with a hdmi output. The Lenovo has this but do you know if the Toshiba does? (i've checked the specs but sometimes high definition isn't mentioned)

Thanks

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michaelclarke;4358225

Mottmania,I am looking to spend a similar amount and like your choices.I … Mottmania,I am looking to spend a similar amount and like your choices.I really want one that plays high definition with a hdmi output. The Lenovo has this but do you know if the Toshiba does? (i've checked the specs but sometimes high definition isn't mentioned)Thanks



Just checked it on the Toshiba site and it would appear not. This is now a discontinued product.

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