Found 16th Jun 2010
Suggestions for a laptop with numberpad and DVD writer (or perhaps netbook) - as it does not have high demands, it does not have to be expensive - and preferably one to arrive by the weekend.

A friend is looking for a new or recon laptop, that wont really leave the house.

Its for net, email, spreadsheets and word. No games, and only video if on holiday.

The current Argos Asus 15.6inch one seems NOT to have a writer, only a reader (according to Argos).

She had also thought about a netbook with a USB numberpad, and external DVD (play,com has one for £28ish) - but if she opted for this then she would want a longer battery life than the 3 cell from play.com for £200 - so slighly different criteria to her desired laptop spec.

The router is on a different floor, so N is a better bet than G.

Any suggestions?

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Not sure what your budget is but I just got one of these for my mother in law

laptopsdirect.co.uk/HP_…win

Very nice laptop and has a seperate number pad built in.

Also I believe that is the best price, well it was 2 weeks ago when I looked.

Tha argos one has a dvd writer in

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dontasciime;8850331

Tha argos one has a dvd writer in



Are you sure - the shop said it was only a reader - as with a number pad, N wifi, and the writer it was perfect at under £300.


The shop then called the Argos IT ones, who confirmed it did not have a writer. Although I found this strange, as the higher spec model of the same had the same optical drive description.

It's got a dvd writer there is no £399 laptop that only has a DVD-ROM anymore

^^surely :lol Busy searching the specs on that It would help if Argos gave the proper model number.

I have one reserved so will check box

LOL you got me doubting it now ...co's of a couple of things in manual brb. Either way later today I will let you know if it does or does not have one. So if I was you I would reserve one anyways. I cannot believe a vendor would do this now.

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I thought that too - but it was the shop who said otherwise.

When she called me to tell me - I said I found it unlikely - and it was their IT team who then "confirmed" this.

At that price it looks the best spec by miles...

hotukdeals.com/ite…arg

The shop generally have no idea what they are selling. Many times when you look through cat you see descriptions for stuff @ Argos that you know is not right. .. like a portable DVD player with Nicam stereo but it has no TV tuner.

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They opened the box for her when she was there - and it came with a disk with burning software.

But it seems the UL30 comes with a disk with burning software too, and it does not even have an optical drive. So basically just a standard bundle of software, while wont help clarify things.

nor does the X5DIJ description as it looks more like the K50C

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She is calling them now, asking if she can return it if it has no writer.

Also - it the shop called the "Argos IT specialists" to find out.

Its also not covered by their normal return policy.

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dmccabe;8850261

Not sure what your budget is but I just got one of these for my mother in … Not sure what your budget is but I just got one of these for my mother in lawhttp://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/HP_Pavilion_dv6-2106ea_Windows_7_Laptop_WA052EA/version.asp?refsource=ldawinVery nice laptop and has a seperate number pad built in.Also I believe that is the best price, well it was 2 weeks ago when I looked.



Don't buy this ! Horrible looking, very badly spaced shiny keyboard and big chunky and heavy. Get an acer aspire 5738Z. Couldn't recommend it more. Great price and light, good battery with the number pad you wanted.

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The main issue presently really is if the Asus has a burner or not. Instinct says it must.

As Asus generally have the best build quality, and under £300 to do all she wants is a brilliant buy (optical RW permitting).

Original Poster

Called Asus on 01442202700 and they say its also K50IJ and has a writer.

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Bought - but strangely £330 instore - so ordered it online to get for the advertised price.

Strangely even leaflets in the store were advertising it at £329.99 on offer - yet the website says the price runs until almost the end of the month.

Yup when paying it insists its £329.99

JeffreyBruma;8850724

Don't buy this ! Horrible looking, very badly spaced shiny keyboard and … Don't buy this ! Horrible looking, very badly spaced shiny keyboard and big chunky and heavy. Get an acer aspire 5738Z. Couldn't recommend it more. Great price and light, good battery with the number pad you wanted.



Well I can tell you it is not horrible at all, it is a superb laptop, very nice and solid build. Looks lovely too.

However I do question the recommendation of anything Acer. Not this specific laptop but anything they produce uses sub-standard components and parts that will fail after the warranty runs out.

Their tech support also fails spectacularly when (not if) needed.

Reviews of that laptop on Amazon leave a lot to be desired.

amazon.co.uk/pro…s=1

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dmccabe;8852180

Well I can tell you it is not horrible at all, it is a superb laptop, … Well I can tell you it is not horrible at all, it is a superb laptop, very nice and solid build. Looks lovely too.However I do question the recommendation of anything Acer. Not this specific laptop but anything they produce uses sub-standard components and parts that will fail after the warranty runs out.Their tech support also fails spectacularly when (not if) needed.Reviews of that laptop on Amazon leave a lot to be desired.http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00284C97S/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1



I used to have this same laptop and hated it. It broke when it feel of a very low sofa, poorly built (despite your illusions), i've dropped this acer laptop a few times now (I move around a lot) and no damage at all. Obviously it doesn't automatically make it a bad laptop but the battery was terrible the screen had problems after week and it ground to a snails pace after two months or so.

The bad reviews have the same trend, I can't connect to the internet, its slow, and wider than I though (!!), which translates to I don't know how to use a computer.

My current acer has run fine since day one. The battery is easy to take out if you want to use it as a desktop type computer and it has actual keys not a stupid gimmicky touch sensitive thing that never works. The volume control was the worst thing about the HP. You had to slide your finger across it (that's what she said) and it would go off in a world of its own.

If you prefer a heavier, clunky, disfunctional, expensive, gimmicky, slow , outdated laptop then by all means follow his/her recommendation

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