Advice please - need to buy a budget laptop purely for Internet browsing .....

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  • Deleted user 21 September 2007 15:37:08
    Heyup.

    My missus is looking to get a budget laptop for wi fi internet browsing while at home. Now I immediately thought of a DELL, but before I take the plunge I thought I would ask you lot - can I get a better deal for a bare bones Internet browsing laptop than at DELL ?

    She will need a full keyboard and it must have a decent size screen - so PDA`s or tablet pcs are out.

    Whaddyathink ?
  • Deleted user 21 September 2007 15:38:57
    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    MacBook.

    Budget friendly ?
  • sport 21 Sep 2007 15:50:50 12,584 posts
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    best value
  • rock27gr 21 Sep 2007 15:54:18 5,560 posts
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    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/editorial/summer-sale-laptops
  • heyyo 21 Sep 2007 15:55:59 14,374 posts
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    Any Laptop for £299 in the shops/online now will suffice.
  • FairgroundTown 21 Sep 2007 15:56:39 2,522 posts
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    blizeH wrote:
    A MacBook is probably budget friendly if you buy a 10 year old 133mhz one.
    But realistically, that won't "surf the internet" in any way that people generally understand it - it won't handle the huge amounts of javascript in today's web sites, let alone flash or Java.
  • moggsy 21 Sep 2007 15:58:57 3,860 posts
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    heyyo! wrote:
    Any Laptop for £299 in the shops/online now will suffice.

    Preferably with XP installed rather than the system hogging Vista...
  • TakeTheVeil 21 Sep 2007 16:02:34 5,058 posts
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    if its purely for internet access, slap a Linux OS on it, Fedora or something, and pretty much any system will do..

    you need atleast 512mb of ram for XP, and while im not sure about Vista id imagine its around 1024mb ram
  • nickthegun 21 Sep 2007 16:05:07 58,899 posts
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    Dell. If you click on small business, you can get an inspiron that will do what you want for £229 (exc).

    You cant really go wrong to be honest. I know people complain about dell, but when you are spending that kind of money, you cant really argue with it.

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  • Deleted user 21 September 2007 16:07:43
    nickthegun wrote:
    Dell. If you click on small business, you can get an inspiron that will do what you want for £229 (exc).

    You cant really go wrong to be honest. I know people complain about dell, but when you are spending that kind of money, you cant really argue with it.

    ^ Thats pretty much where I am at, actually.

    1Gb minimum for Vista, do you all agree ?

    Thanks for the advice guys.

    (And yes, i am aware of the cost of a macbook - I should`ve put more sarcasm in my reply)
  • figgis 21 Sep 2007 16:10:02 7,383 posts
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    Dell low end stuff is fairly cheap and very well built. Probably take two or three days to deliver as well.
  • wobbler147 21 Sep 2007 16:12:39 5,136 posts
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    Don't dells' still ship with bloatware though, I know you can uninstall but its a bind, especially with norton!
  • nickthegun 21 Sep 2007 16:17:25 58,899 posts
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    Sort of. They do come with a few special tweaks thanks to their sys prep gypsies, but it really isnt anything to write home about and nothing a bog standard user is going to care about.

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  • wobbler147 21 Sep 2007 16:19:29 5,136 posts
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    true,
    How about the Medion series that Woolies are selling off cheap, theres no stock online but I saw some in store for £200 the other day. Ideal for browsing, email etc.
  • nickthegun 21 Sep 2007 16:23:09 58,899 posts
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    Even though Dell tech support isnt the greatest, Medion are supposed to be the customer support from the seventh level of hell.

    Its all very well being cheap, but if it fucks up, you need someone you can wag your finger at and, for better or worse, Dell do sort it out eventually.

    After trying to sell you extra memory and a bigger hard drive.....

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  • Deleted user 21 September 2007 16:23:58
    Fruit_Salad wrote:
    Aren't internet laptops FREE with some broadband provider contracts? E.G Orange Bells.

    Read loads of horror stories on this - take months to get, AOL are an (apparently) shit ISP, just doesn`t sound like its worth the hassle.
  • Deleted user 21 September 2007 16:26:18
    nickthegun wrote:
    Sort of. They do come with a few special tweaks thanks to their sys prep gypsies, but it really isnt anything to write home about and nothing a bog standard user is going to care about.


    Pray tell ?

    /is a bog standard user
  • Deleted user 21 September 2007 16:28:54
    How about this one ?


    £350 inc of VAT and delivery, 1gb, decent hard drive. Good enough to run Vista without issues ?
  • wobbler147 21 Sep 2007 16:31:59 5,136 posts
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    how about this one?

    I know its only got 512mb of RAM but it can be cheaply upgraded to 1gb or more.
  • nickthegun 21 Sep 2007 16:35:50 58,899 posts
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    bdaggers wrote:
    nickthegun wrote:
    Sort of. They do come with a few special tweaks thanks to their sys prep gypsies, but it really isnt anything to write home about and nothing a bog standard user is going to care about.


    Pray tell ?

    /is a bog standard user

    Well, we just nuke the OS from orbit as soon as we get one, but in the past I have seen redirects in internet explorer to dell products, internet activity monitoring and pain in the arse printer management.

    like I say, nothing to major that cant be tweaked out or uninstalled.

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  • JetSetWilly 21 Sep 2007 16:35:52 5,721 posts
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    bdaggers wrote:
    How about this one ?


    £350 inc of VAT and delivery, 1gb, decent hard drive. Good enough to run Vista without issues ?

    Seems to be a link to your basket. And Dell won't let me have a peek in your basket!
  • AnotherMartin 21 Sep 2007 16:36:07 6,229 posts
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    something like this? With no o/s and as mentioned above just stick a free linux distro on it.
  • nickthegun 21 Sep 2007 16:38:10 58,899 posts
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    AnotherMartin wrote:
    something like this? With no o/s and as mentioned above just stick a free linux distro on it.

    Thats the problem with tech guys speccing things up for other people.

    Most people, when faced with a variant of linux would scream 'THIS DOESNT LOOK LIKE MY WORK PC'.

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  • Deleted user 21 September 2007 16:40:39
    JetSetWilly wrote:
    bdaggers wrote:
    How about this one ?


    £350 inc of VAT and delivery, 1gb, decent hard drive. Good enough to run Vista without issues ?

    Seems to be a link to your basket. And Dell won't let me have a peek in your basket!

    Soz JetSetWilly. Here are the specs - if youre eyes can take it ......


    InspironTM 6400(N09641)
    Date & Time: Friday 21 September 2007 4:18 PM

    SYSTEM COMPONENTS
    InspironTM 6400(N09641) Qty 1
    Intel® Celeron® M 520 Processor (1.6GHz,533MHz,1MB L2 cache), Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic - English Unit Price Excl. VAT £250.27
    Catalog Number: 202 N09641
    Module Description Show Details
    Base Intel® Celeron® M 520 Processor (1.6GHz,533MHz,1MB L2 cache)
    Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic - English
    Memory 1024MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x512]
    Keyboard Internal Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
    Video Card Intel® Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Up to 256MB shared graphics memory
    Hard Drive 80GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
    Floppy Drives No Floppy Drive
    Modem 56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK
    CD/DVD Drives 8x DVD/ 24 x CD-RW Combo Drive including software
    Wireless Local Area Networking Dell™ Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini-PCI Card (for Celeron Processors)
    Shipping Documents English Documentation with UK Power Cord
    Gedis Bundle Reference List N09641 - BSD 6400 (1)
    Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
    Standard Warranty 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
    Hardware Support 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
    AntiVirus & Security Software McAfee® Security Centre™ 8.0 - 15 Month Protection - English
    Power Supply 65W AC Adapter
    Order Information Inspiron Order - UK
    Primary Battery 6 cell Lithium-Ion Battery (53 Whr)
    Carrying Cases No Carry Case
    Dell System Media Kit Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
    Colour Choice No QuickSnap® LCD Back Cover
    Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Support
    Dell Internet Order Dell Internet Order.
    LCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display

    TOTAL Excl. VAT:£250.27

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------




    Total excl. VAT VAT Rate Total incl. VAT
    Sub-total £250.27 17.50 % £294.07
    Total Delivery Charge £51.06 17.50 % £60.00
    Total Price £301.33 17.50 % £354.06

    So £354.06 all in - pretty good I reckon.

  • AnotherMartin 21 Sep 2007 16:43:46 6,229 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    AnotherMartin wrote:
    something like this? With no o/s and as mentioned above just stick a free linux distro on it.

    Thats the problem with tech guys speccing things up for other people.

    Most people, when faced with a variant of linux would scream 'THIS DOESNT LOOK LIKE MY WORK PC'.

    t'is a shame I know. :(

    but for net browsing just stick a Firefox icon in the middle of the screen with CLICK ME !!! as the icon name and you're good to go.

    Guy at work just bought a low/mid spec laptop and stuck ubuntu on it and it flies, looks v.swish as well with all the windows transitions etc.
  • JetSetWilly 21 Sep 2007 16:51:04 5,721 posts
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    I suspect you can't go wrong at that price bdaggers. Should comfortably meet your requirements.
  • wobbler147 21 Sep 2007 16:51:06 5,136 posts
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    wobbler147 wrote:
    how about this one?

    I know its only got 512mb of RAM but it can be cheaply upgraded to 1gb or more.

    /coughs
  • Fonzie 21 Sep 2007 16:59:16 1,814 posts
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    wobbler147 wrote:
    wobbler147 wrote:
    how about this one?

    I know its only got 512mb of RAM but it can be cheaply upgraded to 1gb or more.

    /coughs

    Do not even consider buying a HP laptop. I have one at the moment and its the biggest pile of crap I've ever used. It constantly shuts down while in use - I think that this is due to it overheating. I have never know the bottom of a laptop get so hot so quickly. Thought it was because it was being used on my lap and thus blocking the vent for the fan. However, using it on a table top gave the same problems. Lucky if you can use it for more than an hour at a time.
  • JuanKerr 21 Sep 2007 18:09:31 36,205 posts
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    bdaggers wrote:
    Fruit_Salad wrote:
    Aren't internet laptops FREE with some broadband provider contracts? E.G Orange Bells.

    Read loads of horror stories on this - take months to get, AOL are an (apparently) shit ISP, just doesn`t sound like its worth the hassle.

    I got a £400 laptop for £50 when I signed up with Orange. Great service, got my laptop quicker than promised and internet connection is rapid. Result.

    \o/
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