Found 16th Oct 2008
Hi, just bought a DellD600 laptop from Bigpockets for £169.99 but when it came it was dented and badly scratched/scuffed so had to send it back as it was for my daughters xmas present.The laptop is for my daughters first laptop so need not be anything super amazing as long as its got WiFi and a 15" screen, silver is her preferred colour.She just wants one for surfing the net and doing word processing and playing the odd dvd.I am on a really tight budget so anything under £200 would be great, does anyone know where I can pick one up at this price, thanks.

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I think the "low price" for buying a new laptop (even with minimum specs) is around £250.

Even the PC World web site section for refurbished laptops has a minimum price of around £250.

(Note the £250 is for a "proper" laptop. There are a few of these netbooks with 8" screens for less than £250 but these are mainly for people on the move who want a wi fi enabled device that is small).

I think you will have to go down the second hand site for less than £200, but that does carry a lot of risk (as you have found)

Here is the PC World refurbished site.

pcworld.co.uk/mar…rue

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http://www.laptopsandpcs.co.uk/Shop/PCs_and_Displays/Used_AND_Refurb_Laptops/%C2%A3100_-_%C2%A3199/48137_Dell_Latitude_D610_Laptop_**Special_offer**.html



When you can get a new laptop for £250 I think that Dell is way overpriced at £200.

The specs are 2 or 3 years old.

Only a 14" screen, only a slow Celeron CPU, only 30Gb hard drive, no DVD writer, only 512Mb of memory

Here is a new Fujitsu at £255 at Staples if you can stretch to that.

staples.co.uk/ENG…=WW

This is only £50 more than the Dell mentioned above, but the specs are WAY WAY better.

hi, try toys r us. think they do about 3 or 4 below £200. i saw these in store. x

mrs nutt;3212234

hi, try toys r us. think they do about 3 or 4 below £200. i saw these in … hi, try toys r us. think they do about 3 or 4 below £200. i saw these in store. x



These are not "proper" laptops. (see my earlier append). To me a "proper" laptop has a 14" or bigger screen and usually runs Windows.

Those in Toys R Us are what people call NetBooks and they often have only 8" screens and many dont run Windows. They run a different operating system called Linux.

They are really wi fi enabled hand held computers for people on the move, with the wi fi connection they can access the web anywhere.

They do have their place, but they are no substitute for a full size, fully powered, laptop computer.

thankyou for pointing that out. i only glanced at them in passing on my way to the wii section. x

guilbert53;3211959

these are mainly for people on the move who want a wi fi enabled device … these are mainly for people on the move who want a wi fi enabled device that is small



That's a fairly good definition of what laptops are (supposed to be) in general.

But regardless of the definition of whether a laptop should be a portable computer or an inferior desktop they're not an option if you want to play DVDs as they don't have DVD drives.

At £200 you'll just have to keep looking for reasonable second hand laptops.

Don't push netbooks to the side without considering them, they're actually good. The specs they offer are good for the price, and you're more likely to get ripped off with specs on a 15" laptop than you are with a netbook.

ebuyer.com/sea…619 check those out.

Make sure you check the OS (operating system) they're running. Although linux is an okay OS, i'm sure you're daughter would prefer windows as she'll be used to it more than likely.
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