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    Urgent Plea for laptop recommendations Pleeeease!!

    So a couple of weeks ago I was too nervous to post asking for laptop advice on here, as you must all get really fed up with people asking the same stuff. So I went and bought from Tesco an eMachines laptop for £330 (think its now £299), as it seemed to have decent spec etc for my budget of up to £350. Sooo... as soon as I started using it, it became apparent that the mousepad thing is absolutely awful. It would open new windows and highlight things willy nilly, when I was just wanting the cursor to run across the page. It was so bad I just couldnt use it on sites like this with lots of clickable things. Sometimes it simply wouldn't work at all. I've never encountered this before on other laptops Ive used. The delete key and the backspace key were abnormally stiff and the delete key broke completely after nine days, leaving the backspace key so stiff it just didnt work. This all apart from the really nastily cheap plastic shell, it felt like plastic from a ... pedal car or something, really horrible. The keyboard was very flimsy too, and appeared to almost bulge up slightly in the centre. I was a secretary, I touchtype, and know I wasn't rough on the board.

    So, laptop has been returned and I urgently need another. I am now plucking up the courage to ask for the advice of all you computery whizzes on this site! I have a medical conditon where I need to keep my legs raised, so sitting here at the desktop is a no no most of the time. PLEASE can someone help with a recommendation?

    Ive gone crosseyed and got a headache looking at the recommendations on here already, but with limited technical know how, I just baffled myself. I saw that Toshiba do extended warranty much cheaper than other brands, so that would definitely be a consideration. I won't be gaming or doing music/video stuff. Its mainly for browsing, chatting, bills, etc, but one that won't go obsolete in a fortnight. an inbuilt mic would be handy, but not a deal breaker. Im on a tight budget and this is a big purchase for me, so I would like something quite reliable.

    THANKYOU in advance for any help at all, Im truly stuck at the moment, for what to do.

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    there is a HP laptop on tesco that is very good - its not dual core but its £299

    or this one ]link which is dual core

    Just bought this

    bargaincrazy.com/epa…01D

    £203.70 if you use the 15% off code WXVAT001BCP.

    Only a Celeron but I've never seen one that cheap before! Probably needs a couple of gig of decent RAM but you can get that for £25.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the suggestions, Sheep, I've put the HP one onto my "maybe" list! Thanks too Tony. However... my eMachines laptop is the budget brand from Acer, and the shape and keyboard look the same, so Im scared to buy another of the same build! That is an amazing price though!! I wonder if being Acer, it would be better build quality, gah I hate my technophobiness! lol. Thankyou both for helping, so kind!

    I saw this one and wondered if it is any good for the money? microdirect.co.uk/Pro…eps

    therealslimkaty;3574068

    Thanks for the suggestions, Sheep, I've put the HP one onto my "maybe" … Thanks for the suggestions, Sheep, I've put the HP one onto my "maybe" list! Thanks too Tony. However... my eMachines laptop is the budget brand from Acer, and the shape and keyboard look the same, so Im scared to buy another of the same build! That is an amazing price though!! I wonder if being Acer, it would be better build quality, gah I hate my technophobiness! lol. Thankyou both for helping, so kind! I saw this one and wondered if it is any good for the money? http://www.microdirect.co.uk/ProductInfo.aspx?ProductID=39035&source=googleps



    Toshibas are good well-built machines. £350 is a bit pricey and Microdirect are rarely the cheapest around. Judging by prices on BargainCrazy (who are part of the Littlewoods Group), I would guess a pre-Xmas price war on laptops is about to erupt. If so, the Toshiba at Microdirect would probably be around £300 or a bit under. Given the way things are at present, if the cheap Acer doesn't appeal, it may be worth waiting a week or two to see what happens. There is a HP Celeron on bargaincrazy at about £250 after 15% off which is probably a better built machine than the Acer

    bargaincrazy.com/epa…01D

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    tony_s1;3574161

    Toshibas are good well-built machines. £350 is a bit pricey and … Toshibas are good well-built machines. £350 is a bit pricey and Microdirect are rarely the cheapest around. Judging by prices on BargainCrazy (who are part of the Littlewoods Group), I would guess a pre-Xmas price war on laptops is about to erupt. If so, the Toshiba at Microdirect would probably be around £300 or a bit under. Given the way things are at present, if the cheap Acer doesn't appeal, it may be worth waiting a week or two to see what happens. There is a HP Celeron on bargaincrazy at about £250 after 15% off which is probably a better built machine than the Acerhttps://www.bargaincrazy.com/epages/BargainCrazy.sf/secG9zFU_ooElA/?ObjectPath=/Shops/BargainCrazy/Products/F018001H/SubProducts/F018001H01D




    wow nice advice, thanks for that Tony, I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy ex prime-ministerial, ambassadorial duties!

    Original Poster

    Thanks papasmurf, have that on my list. I have a friend who I will give the list to, and he can compare them all for me then tell me stuff in language I understand!

    What do you all think of this? seems tempting as apparently there is an offer on just now for very cheap three year extended hp warranty. ebuyer.com/pro…240

    therealslimkaty;3574822

    Thanks papasmurf, have that on my list. I have a friend who I will give … Thanks papasmurf, have that on my list. I have a friend who I will give the list to, and he can compare them all for me then tell me stuff in language I understand! What do you all think of this? seems tempting as apparently there is an offer on just now for very cheap three year extended hp warranty. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151240



    looks very good, HP is a quality laptop brand. You would need to purchace (or obtain be other means) a copy of office as this one comes with only a 60 day free trial, but apart from that it loooks good.

    Try the tesco one I said earlier, as It comes with Works, which is a lesser version of office, but at least you would be able to write things!

    You could always go down the route of OpenOffice, not as powerful as the full MS Office, but the word and excel side are easy to use . Always worth a try....

    you sound like you may actually be planning to use it as a "laptop" which many machines cannot do now, alot have air vents in the bottom which when blocked may cause overheating so have to be used on a solid surface....
    Just a thought to add to your already overstressed state ;), best check before purchase"
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