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    Looking for a laptop

    My mum (75 years old) wants to get online and has given me the task of finding a laptop. It will just be used for surfing the net and Skype calls (maybe). Top price would be £400 but would like something cheaper. Also would prefer a lappy to a netbook. Any pointers would be a help.

    Regards

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    does she have Sky?

    my Grandparents got one free with sky when they took out a wireless broadband package, which wasnt that much either.

    i've got the older model of this

    argos.co.uk/sta…htm

    and it's really good, still going strong 2 years later and only £299 as well

    the asus ul30a from carphone warehouse is a nice deal, just 349 for a slim neat small notebook, but decent size screen.

    mind, my asus 1005p that i'm typing on now is GREAT for just 199 from argos, true it's just a netbook, 10" screen but very useable keyboard.



    both of these pc's have 10+ hrs of battery life too

    missp27;8880660

    i've got the older model of … i've got the older model of thishttp://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5083077/c_1/1%7Ccategory_root%7COffice%2C+PCs+and+phones%7C14418968/c_2/3%7Ccat_15701344%7CLaptops+and+Netbooks%7C16164797.htmand it's really good, still going strong 2 years later and only £299 as well



    Yes is a good price. You don't get many laptops under £300 that come with an OS. OP please note it is not a dual core processor that is a mistake on Argos's site.

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8880825

    Yes is a good price. You don't get many laptops under £300 that come with … Yes is a good price. You don't get many laptops under £300 that come with an OS. OP please note it is not a dual core processor that is a mistake on Argos's site.



    mines a dual core and it's the older version so this should be as well. mines the same as the link just minus the webcam

    missp27;8880861

    mines a dual core and it's the older version so this should be as well. … mines a dual core and it's the older version so this should be as well. mines the same as the link just minus the webcam



    Well it claims its the Celeron 900 on this model (also sold at ]Amazon) and all current dual core models come with at least 250gb hard disks. Fujitsu make it confusing because the use the same prefix which is the model chassis on many different configurations.:thumbsup:

    missp27;8880861

    mines a dual core and it's the older version so this should be as well. … mines a dual core and it's the older version so this should be as well. mines the same as the link just minus the webcam



    If your laptop uses Celeron 900, it will NOT be dual core.

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8880976

    Well it claims its the Celeron 900 on this model (also sold at ]Amazon) … Well it claims its the Celeron 900 on this model (also sold at ]Amazon) and all current dual core models come with at least 250gb hard disks. Fujitsu make it confusing because the use the same prefix which is the model chassis on many different configurations.:thumbsup:



    mines 160 gig i think and it's pentium dual core, i don't know much about techy stuff unfortunatly but my friend is an IT engineer and when he comes over he always has a fiddle with my lappy (clears out the junk, etc) and he said after i bought it that it was a really good buy for the price i paid £349 a couple of years ago, also from argos

    ElliottC;8881020

    If your laptop uses Celeron 900, it will NOT be dual core.



    it has a dual core badge thing stuck to it! so i'm pretty sure it is! :thumbsup:
    link to review of my amilo li2727 reviews.argos.co.uk/149…htm

    missp27;8881063

    it has a dual core badge thing stuck to it! so i'm pretty sure it is! … it has a dual core badge thing stuck to it! so i'm pretty sure it is! :thumbsup:link to review of my amilo li2727 http://reviews.argos.co.uk/1493-en_gb/5080159/reviews.htm



    You just said it uses a Pentium Dual Core! That is not a Celeron 900.

    missp27;8881021

    mines 160 gig i think and it's pentium dual core, i don't know much about … mines 160 gig i think and it's pentium dual core, i don't know much about techy stuff unfortunatly but my friend is an IT engineer and when he comes over he always has a fiddle with my lappy (clears out the junk, etc) and he said after i bought it that it was a really good buy for the price i paid £349 a couple of years ago, also from argos



    missp27;8881063

    it has a dual core badge thing stuck to it! so i'm pretty sure it is! … it has a dual core badge thing stuck to it! so i'm pretty sure it is! :thumbsup:link to review of my amilo li2727 http://reviews.argos.co.uk/1493-en_gb/5080159/reviews.htm



    Different processor, different graphics chip, different screen and most importantly a different model number!:w00t:

    It's ok I'll let you off because your pretty!;-)

    ElliottC;8881094

    You just said it uses a Pentium Dual Core! That is not a Celeron 900.



    i said mine is dual core, you said it wasn't, i gave you a link to show that it is end of.
    i'm sure the OP's mother won't be bothered about the processor too much for a bit of web surfing. i just gave a link to a good buy as i'm pleased with my fujitsu :thumbsup:

    missp27;8881112

    i said mine is dual core, you said it wasn't, i gave you a link to show … i said mine is dual core, you said it wasn't, i gave you a link to show that it is end of.i'm sure the OP's mother won't be bothered about the processor too much for a bit of web surfing. i just gave a link to a good buy as i'm pleased with my fujitsu :thumbsup:



    Never mind!

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8881110

    Different processor, different graphics chip, different screen and most … Different processor, different graphics chip, different screen and most importantly a different model number!:w00t:It's ok I'll let you off because your pretty!;-)


    :oops: :giggle:
    lol i did say i'm not good with techy stuff! i do like fujitsu laptops though cos mine has been fab but sadly i don't think you can buy it anymore

    ElliottC;8881129

    Never mind!



    i'm sorry i'm rubbish with computers, why don't you recommend one for the OP, you seem knowledgable on the subject :thumbsup:

    missp27;8881130

    :oops: :giggle:lol i did say i'm not good with techy stuff! i do like … :oops: :giggle:lol i did say i'm not good with techy stuff! i do like fujitsu laptops though cos mine has been fab but sadly i don't think you can buy it anymore



    Yes the one you linked to is not bad at all for the money and I doubt his/her gran will want to be multi tasking much anyway.

    The best low-end deal I can find (in the 5 mins of looking!) is ]THIS. Dual core, HDMI and webcam so should suit the majority of users.

    Ps nice pic, pity your lappy doesn't have a web cam!;-):-D

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8881284

    Yes the one you linked to is not bad at all for the money and I doubt … Yes the one you linked to is not bad at all for the money and I doubt his/her gran will want to be multi tasking much anyway.The best low-end deal I can find (in the 5 mins of looking!) is ]THIS. Dual core, HDMI and webcam so should suit the majority of users.Ps nice pic, pity your lappy doesn't have a web cam!;-):-D



    aw, you found a better deal than me :oops:
    :giggle: loool, thanks, got bored of the cat so i just used my facebook profile piccy

    missp27;8881139

    i'm sorry i'm rubbish with computers, why don't you recommend one for the … i'm sorry i'm rubbish with computers, why don't you recommend one for the OP, you seem knowledgable on the subject :thumbsup:



    My recommendation would be a laptop using a screen size of at least 17 inches since an elderly person would appreciate larger text. However, if the native resolution of the 17 inch screen is too high, it renders the text small and difficult to read. Setting to a lower resolution means the display has to be scaled, reducing clarity. Ideally the keyboard would use full sized keys that provide good travel and feedback from each keypress.

    I feel (laptopsdirect.co.uk/Fuj…asp) would be a suitable option given an 18 inch screen with a resolution of 1680x945 and a keyboard that is full-sized but unfortunately, the whole width of the chassis has not been used resulting in a rather cramped layout of the keys.

    The Intel T3000 dual core processor will handle internet and Skype with plenty to spare and 2GB of RAM is sufficient for most single task operations. The intended use for Skype is aided by the bonus of a built in webcam and microphone. At 3p below the maximum budget, it is more than capable of light tasks with the added bonus of a relatively large screen.

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8881110

    Different processor, different graphics chip, different screen and most … Different processor, different graphics chip, different screen and most importantly a different model number!It's ok I'll let you off because your pretty!;-)



    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8881284

    Yes the one you linked to is not bad at all for the money and I doubt … Yes the one you linked to is not bad at all for the money and I doubt his/her gran will want to be multi tasking much anyway.The best low-end deal I can find (in the 5 mins of looking!) is ]THIS. Dual core, HDMI and webcam so should suit the majority of users.Ps nice pic, pity your lappy doesn't have a web cam!;-)



    missp27;8881307

    aw, you found a better deal than me :oops::giggle: loool, thanks, got … aw, you found a better deal than me :oops::giggle: loool, thanks, got bored of the cat so i just used my facebook profile piccy



    My god, get a room. lol

    How about an older lappie with Ubuntu, rather than Windows. It's still not completely fireproof, but there's a lot less malware targeted at non-Windows operating systems.

    You get word processor and spreadsheet software as well.

    Plus it's free and there's absolutely no licence issues

    Banned

    £339 at dell, nothing fantastic about it, but reliable decent backup, if you ever need a new power unit or something you can deal direct and get a proper bit, and you get it with reinstall discs if needed

    but more than enough for online use, and the usual bit of typing up stuff or looking at family photos

    but that makes you 61 quid under budget! no webcam though, but cheap enough to add on, but can use skype just to talk without buying anything

    Banned

    ElliottC;8881361

    My recommendation would be a laptop using a screen size of at least 17 … My recommendation would be a laptop using a screen size of at least 17 inches since an elderly person would appreciate larger text.



    Here's a 17" at Argos that might suit

    ]MSI CR700 17.3in Laptop
    T3100 1.9GHz processor, 2GB RAM memory, 250GB hard drive


    Fluffykins;8882066

    How about an older lappie with Ubuntu, rather than Windows



    If OPs gran ever uses a friend's computer (or a friend uses hers) it might be easier if they just stick to one OS. Most people are familiar with Windows if they need to give her a hand.


    jonny619447;8881609

    My god, get a room. lol



    If we're all hitting on Miss P, count me in! :w00t:

    dunfyboy;8882286

    If we're all hitting on Miss P, count me in! :w00t:



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