Looking for budget work laptop suggestions

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Found 26th Jan 2011
My fiancee's Acer laptop of four years now seems to have died the death that it has been threatening for a while (and 'for a while', I mean about three years).

In terms of a replacement she has a budget of £300, and the only real requirement is that it has Microsoft Office and a CD/DVD writer. It will only really be used for the basics; typing word documents, basic web surfing in terms of checking e-mails and such, and that's about it. The only even marginally complex use may be the use of a subtitling programme that will require the ability to play videos quite well and handle large files efficiently.

Any suggestions as to a basic laptop (not netbook or desktop) that would cover those requirements? Obviously some level of reliability would help as well (don't want to be replacing it after a year).

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I doubt if you'll get anything other than a cutdown version of MS Office on a budget laptop. I recently bought a Toshiba Satellite for £299 and it is ok for what I want, but I uninstalled the MS Office and installed an earlier version. BTW she could use Open Office instead as it is compatible with most MS files.

direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx

Not to say it's the best, but it'd certainly be ample for what's asked of it. Bring it below £300 by buying through TopCashBack.

Can the licence for Office not be transferred from the dead laptop?

Original Poster

Predikuesi

I doubt if you'll get anything other than a cutdown version of MS Office … I doubt if you'll get anything other than a cutdown version of MS Office on a budget laptop. I recently bought a Toshiba Satellite for £299 and it is ok for what I want, but I uninstalled the MS Office and installed an earlier version. BTW she could use Open Office instead as it is compatible with most MS files.

I'll float the Open Office idea with her. I'm sure she has used it before and discounted it for some reason (could well be incompatible with her translation software), but I'll check.

harlzter

Can the licence for Office not be transferred from the dead laptop?

I'm surprised I hadn't thought of that. I imagine it probably can.

Crazy Jamie

I'm surprised I hadn't thought of that. I imagine it probably can.



If you choose this option and the version of MS Office is lower than the one installed on the new machine, you might find it wont work. There is a compatibility pack on Microsoft site, but you don't need it. Just uninstall the loaded MS Office, reboot, and install yours. I did this with my MS Office 2000 on Windows 7 and it works. The only program I can't get to work is Outlook 2000, for some reason the address book wont install, but I use Windows Live now, which is as good.

would you be willing to buy secound hand? have a dual core advent 7083 just sitting about?

dougle34

would you be willing to buy secound hand? have a dual core advent 7083 … would you be willing to buy secound hand? have a dual core advent 7083 just sitting about?



I don't think that's allowed here.

ok sorry
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