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#1 13-08-07 10:31:20

New Girl
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Buying a laptop

I'm thinking of buying a laptop.  All this nice weather and having to sit indoors in my office to do my tax return is just sooooooo depressing!

Only touble is I know nothing about laptops at all!  Most of the time we use the PC to go on-line, but I also use it to create word docs(letters for pups) and excel(accounts).  But thats pretty much it.

Does anybody have any hints and tips on what to buy?

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#2 13-08-07 12:50:57

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Re: Buying a laptop

If you use your laptop to do the same thing as your PC, this makes it easier.

I'm in Australia with a different market, the available units and the pricing will be different, but any standard laptop with Windows XP or Vista pre-installed will do the basic jobs, unlike the old days where laptops (or notebooks) were definitely the inferior cousin of the PC. Laptops usually aren't great at gaming, but the latest batch have reasonable performance to run most of your standard applications - just don't expect quite the speed or power of your PC.

And  ... (trumpets! woo woo! ) ... there is the Apple! But I'll leave it to the avid Apple Zealots to fill you in on these units. Just keep clear when they talk because they tend to spit a bit   big_smile , and bear in mind your PC software may not run properly, if at all, on a (gasp) Apple.


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#3 13-08-07 17:28:03

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Re: Buying a laptop

Sorry to pour cold water on your idea of doing your tax returns outside.  I tried to use the lap top outside and it's difficult to see the screen, especially on a bright day!!

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#4 13-08-07 17:51:53

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Re: Buying a laptop

Forget doing tax returns outside, it doesn't work. Tried to do it last year and paperwork ended up everywhere - rather keep it in a non breezy office.

I did start using the laptop in the car to show videos etc, but you couldn't see the screen on sunny days, so I forgot about that.

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#5 13-08-07 21:45:15

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Re: Buying a laptop

mmmmm - food for thought.....maybe I'd be better off upgrading the PC then?  Just thought Laptop might be more flexible.  I hate being up in the office when other people are doing fun things in other rooms!

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#6 17-08-07 12:17:11

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Re: Buying a laptop

Well a laptop would at least allow you to move around the house with your work.

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#7 15-12-08 19:40:21

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Re: Buying a laptop

For an easy to use, reliable and trouble free laptop, there's only one way to go Apple!
MacBook or if your feeling flush a MacBook Pro.


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#8 15-12-08 20:34:38

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Re: Buying a laptop

I have been watching prices drop over the past few months and now looking to buy a laptop very soon, looking to pay less than £400 and one with a 3GM memory and anything above 80GB hardrive.

PC World have 

Toshiba (£391) I like the look of but with a 15" screen - 3GM memory - 160GB hard drive
OR
Dell (£391) 17" screen 2GB Memory

your opinions please?


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#9 15-12-08 20:49:00

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Re: Buying a laptop

Give it a fortnight and they'll be cheaper.

Give it 5 weeks and they'll be a LOT cheaper.

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#10 15-12-08 21:12:18

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Re: Buying a laptop

Try Dell's website & look at their Vostro business range.


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#11 16-12-08 06:37:37

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Re: Buying a laptop

New girl,

Can you justify buying the laptop for business, if it just to be out of the office is it really worth it. Laptops are not as reliable as a desktop machine. If you want to use a laptop in the car for teaching or for giving presentation in classroom environment then yes may be useful.

Can you justify buy a laptop. I have over the years considerd it but still not got one as I cant justify buying one.


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#12 16-12-08 10:04:30

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Re: Buying a laptop

Have a look here http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152233. Very good spec for the price and I have just ordered one. I have been waiting for prices to drop and spec to rise and I feel this HP is a pretty good deal.

#13 16-12-08 10:37:09

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Re: Buying a laptop

Has anyone got one of the free netbooks/laptops that you can get with a broadband contract?

Are the machines any good?

How many minutes do you get? Or is it based on how much you download?

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#14 03-01-09 22:26:18

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Re: Buying a laptop

I took on '3' broadband and the damned thing works in very few areas, I only have thw modem as I have a couple of laptops available to me.

When I telephoned to see what they could do to help I got a short sharp rebuke from a very rude call centre person, I was told they would not be trying to help as the modem works in my home, and the contract I signed is for a modem that works in my home only, any other areas are a bonus.

Result I am stuck with a modem at £10 a month with still another 9 months to go, that works in very few places.

Still, they lose out on our seven mobile contracts, the first of which expires this month, thier loss is Vodafones gain.

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#15 19-01-09 10:48:40

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Re: Buying a laptop

Good to hear something about the free laptops you get. I was thinking of getting one of those deals, but I decided I was better off buying a Dell laptop, they always seem to have offers and sales on. The best thing is to look around as many places as you can and buy the laptop you want at the best price. I'm pretty happy with Dell, but I hear Toshiba are good too.


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#16 19-01-09 12:22:22

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Re: Buying a laptop

I agree SnaxMuppet

I have a Dell Vostro, great but heavy, use it in my armchair.

Also have a Dell latitude, notebook size with external drive, fantastic for in-car and taking away on holiday or business. My favourite.

Bought daughter an Acer, it is same size as the Vostro but half the weight and a more pleasant key operation.

Had a wireless mouse which broke will take your advice and get a logitech, am using a wired one at the moment, latitude has nipple mouse plus finger mouse, which do get in the way a bit.


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#17 19-01-09 14:10:32

smithwold
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Re: Buying a laptop

I have an Acer. Thay are great value but be aware that in order to keep their production costs down, they often use cheaper generic components.
Biggest downside for me is the battery life, down to 15minutes at the moment from 2 hrs when new and not 2 years old yet!
If anybody needs more memory (RAM) try the crucial website (www.crucial.com/uk) and it automatically identifies the existing Ram and tells you what you can do by way of upgrades.

Seriously considering DELL for my next one though.

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#18 19-01-09 14:13:02

timmanwaringadi
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Registered: 29-08-06
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Re: Buying a laptop

I've got a vostro, which I'm generally happy with, considering the cost of the package I bought.

However, there are constant small crashes with various programmes (this could be vista possibly?), and it doesn't like being shaken around when I cart it to fleet courses. It sometimes simply won't start up first time, which is a pain, and always has me nervous.

I'm now looking for something with a bit of shock resistance as a fleet laptop - any suggestions?

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