laptop advice

Discussion in 'Gaming and Software' started by carlbcfc, Oct 9, 2008.

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  1. As my mate knows fcuk all about laptops and was just about to buy one from argos, i stepped in and said ill have a look around for him knowing slightly more than he does.

    His budget is £400 and its gonna be a PC World or Currys visit i think. Anyone recomend something around that budget.

    This any good to those more technical thann me..

    Dell Inspiron 1525 Black Laptop for the Home and Office

    * Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5750
    * (2.0GHz, 667 MHz, 2 MB Cache)
    * Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium
    * 2 GB Memory
    * 120 GB Hard drive £399
  2. Acer laptops seem to be good value for money these days.

    Acer Aspire 5720-602G16Mi Intel C2D T7500 Processor, 15.4" Screen, Vista Home Premium, 3GB RAM, 160GB HDD, DVD Rewriter, Integrated Graphics, LX.AJSOX.090 (5920) + FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY + FREE WEBCAM
    Not bad at all for £399
    Have a look here: AcerLaptop
  3. find some specs and pictures online, then have a look online, plenty of people selling a bit cheaper than comet and pc world. Doesn't have to be new either, you can get decent factory refurbished units with 12 month guarantees.

    just a thought to make your cash go a bit further in these crunchy times
  4. Id buy 2nd hand but my mate wants brand new or factory refurb, with guarantee incase it fcuks up. Ye i seen loads of Acers but are the £400 ones any good?
  5. Not in my experience, I had two and both went tits up. In the end bit the bullet and payed a small fortune for a decent one.
  6. As good as anything else around that price range i suppose. I've seen an identical model to the one I mentioned above for sale in Tescos. It only had 2gb of ram though and an 80gb hard drive.
    It seemed solid enough, no flexing of the keyboard etc.
    Most laptops round about this price range have onboard graphics so no good for most modern games like Call of Duty etc.
    More than adequate for watching DVDs and surfing youporn though.
  7. I'll second the Vostro if there as good quality as the desktops.
  8. Go for dell and ask for xp. Acer is fine but build quality is getting worse than it was
  9. Why the reason for XP?

    And how long is Dell delivery, the kid wants it asap.
  10. I ordered a Dell took about 2-3 weeks, but that was a top end machine. I would also suggest XP, most gremlins have been ironed out, whereas Vista is still in its infancy and takes a lot of computer brain to operate.
  11. Just spoke to him the awkward cnut. Gonna be a trip to Brum city on sat as he wants it then as his nets coming monday. much as they go on about Brum as a good place to shop i think there is only a Currys where there is any sort of selection for laptops.

    Any good bartering tips cuz i heard you can get a price drop if your good.
  12. if you goto pc world also have a look in STAPLES if their is one near.

    i just bought a hp lappy for £503 everywhere else it was £700 including pc world!!

    also in staples they are open to bargaining and you get a free bag and 2 gig memory stick with any laptop bought
  13. Make sure you check their website before you go. A lot of time you can save yourself quite a wedge by buying it on line and picking it up at the store.
  14. There are also websites which disclose 'coupon/voucher numbers'

    Linky to cheaper prices - my brother saved 80 quid on a washer