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  • gareth886 18 Nov 2008 21:18:31 2,841 posts
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    My neightbour wants me to order a new Laptop for her daughter for Christmas. It's not going to be used for anything too intensive, just some web surfing, storing/viewing photos etc and maybe some word processing.

    Spec doesn't have to be anything too exciting, just something that would last the test of time (3-4 years or more). They are brand whores too so a recognisable brand would also be recommended (i.e. Dell, Sony, Toshiba, HP etc.)

    Can anyone recommend anything decent around the 400 mark? Preferably with good Quidco cashback so I can benifit from the purchase too.
  • Bremenacht 4 Feb 2009 23:57:28 19,367 posts
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    Assuming the dirty deed isn't already done, I'd suggest a nice Dell Studio in pink. Quidco too.
  • Dougs 21 Feb 2009 07:42:06 69,045 posts
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    OK, at the risk of getting another random Satan post from neilka (see other laptop threads), I'm looking for a cheap lappy - budget 350-400. All I need it for is web stuff, an integrated camera and a decent enough amount of RAM and GFX card to allow some editing of photos with PS. No going to be used for games really, other than maybe Football Manager.

    I know at that price the GFX cards will be shite, but surely they can handle that? Bearing in mind my desktop is 6 years old, pretty much anything will be improvement....
  • FairgroundTown 21 Feb 2009 09:06:09 2,522 posts
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    Doesn't the latest version of FM have some ridiculous requirement for gfx cards?

    Anyways... can you wait? Windows 7 is rumored to be a HUGE improvement over Vista on low-end laptops, and might therefore be worth holding-off for.
  • Dougs 21 Feb 2009 11:11:01 69,045 posts
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    It prob does, given the 3D engine. Not that fussed by that though and can turn it off.

    It's fairly urgent - the missus quits work next week and needs something to job search etc while I'm working at home - I monopolise the desktop 3 days a week as I work from home.

    How long till Windows 7 hits the streets and comes as part of bundles?
  • warlockuk 21 Feb 2009 11:17:16 19,213 posts
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    Windows 7 runs nicely on my 1.6GHz AMD laptop. Though it crashes when installing MSN.

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • FairgroundTown 21 Feb 2009 11:43:07 2,522 posts
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    Windows 7 is still probably 4-5 months away, so I guess you will have to bite the bullet. We bought a load of 400 laptops for work from Dell recently, and they ran fine AFTER we spent another 50 (or so???) on memory from Crucial. We use them as training machines, and they run SQL Server, so I guess they would run FM without the gfx. We also turned off ALL the Vista eye-candy, so it looks like xp but just runs slower!
  • Dougs 23 Feb 2009 11:24:57 69,045 posts
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    Yeah, will prob have to take the plunge. So, any recommendations from the daytime crowd?
  • figgis 23 Feb 2009 11:50:08 7,381 posts
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    The Dell Vostro are decent machines, but looking on the Dell website I can't find a decent machine for under 300. The Dell Vostro 1510 with GFX card is about 430

    You may want to consider an Acer Aspire One if you can live without the photo editing and FM. They're only 160 so you could put the other money towards improving your desktop.
  • Dougs 23 Feb 2009 11:58:22 69,045 posts
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    Heh, cheers - think the desktop will need a new system in time, so not fussed about that.

    430 I could handle. Found the Dell site a nightmare to deal with though, so didn't really get very far! Loath to use PC World too!
  • figgis 23 Feb 2009 12:08:08 7,381 posts
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    Go on the small business section instead of home users, gives you loads of options..
  • PinkSpider 10 Sep 2009 20:35:13 3,346 posts
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    Bump!

    A guy I work with wants a cheap(ish) but good quality (ideally from a brand he knows) laptop for his kid. It's only for web surfing really, possibly MSN etc so nothing really that good. May eventually used for DVD's etc.

    Any ideas? Im thinking of recommending this, don't know if it's a bit too cheap though.
  • Deleted user 10 September 2009 20:49:37
    http://www.eurogamer.net/forum_thread_posts.php?thread_id=156154

    edit - the acer is done now but this fujitsu looks decent

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-5614.aspx

  • eloquence 10 Sep 2009 20:52:51 39 posts
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    PinkSpider wrote:
    Bump!

    A guy I work with wants a cheap(ish) but good quality (ideally from a brand he knows) laptop for his kid. It's only for web surfing really, possibly MSN etc so nothing really that good. May eventually used for DVD's etc.

    Any ideas? Im thinking of recommending this, don't know if it's a bit too cheap though.

    It will struggle running full screen video (YouTube etc) and thus be useless for DVDs. Fine for the other things you mentioned.
  • Deleted user 10 September 2009 20:55:17
    Surely nothing struggles running youtube.
  • MrWonderstuff 10 Sep 2009 20:58:07 1,953 posts
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    Well the Dell Inspiton 17 I'm writing this on cost 500 from PC World - its 17" screen with 4gb RAM and a dual core Pentium 4200 running at 2.0Ghz. It's actually better than my desktop which admittedly is a little old now (3800x2)...interestingly even though I don't use it for gaming it actually runs HL2 and Tomb Raider Legend very well. I'm really impressed with it.
  • Load_2.0 10 Sep 2009 20:58:37 19,513 posts
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    I was thinking about buying this... can any of you boffins find reasons why I shouldn't make a purchase?

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164844/show_product_reviews?offset=10&review_type=both&review_order_by=RUF
  • Deleted user 10 September 2009 21:08:41
    Looks decent. Its probably integrated graphics though so no good for games.
  • PinkSpider 10 Sep 2009 21:12:40 3,346 posts
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    Load "$" wrote:
    I was thinking about buying this... can any of you boffins find reasons why I shouldn't make a purchase?

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164844/show_product_reviews?offset=10&review_type=both&review_order_by=RUF
    I take it that would run you tube/ dvd's, and still fairly cheap. Think I shall be recommending this.
  • Deleted user 10 September 2009 21:14:19
    I really think you'd struggle to find a laptop that wont run youtube or dvds. That would be more than enough for that.

  • eloquence 10 Sep 2009 21:18:58 39 posts
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    My laptop does, and its a 1.73GHz Dual Core, with 1GB RAM and crap integrated graphics. It runs standard youtube fine, but HQ and full screen videos turn into a slide show. The DVDs sildeshow so much that the picture becomes out of sync with the sound.
  • PinkSpider 10 Sep 2009 21:19:40 3,346 posts
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    The girlfriend got a laptop (against my advice) last year. Came loaded with vista, a gig of ram and some crappy Celeron and did stutter now and then (as well as being crap).

    But yeah, I think he just wants something well built and that's it.
  • LockeTribal 15 May 2012 12:16:13 4,532 posts
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  • Tonka 15 May 2012 12:37:12 21,158 posts
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    Anything by Apple really. You can't go wrong.

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

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