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Spec me a laptop

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by tom26, 4 May 2006.

  1. tom26

    Hitman

    Joined: 20 Jan 2005

    Posts: 595

    Location: Guildford/Huddersfield

    Okay I am going to get a laptop for Uni next year and my Gran's offering to get me one for my 18th with a £500 budget. Is this going to be enough for what I need?(I don't need anything fancy as basically I'm only going to be using it for work and the internet no gaming) any ideas on what to get?
    Cheers
     
  2. split

    Mobster

    Joined: 2 Nov 2002

    Posts: 3,534

    Location: Dorset

    We can't spec you anything but these.

    IME, the Dells have a great battery life tho it seems the cheapest non Celeron is a tad over your budget.

    They also seem fairly well put together.
     
  3. Scream

    Mobster

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    If you can stretch to £550, you can get a dell 6400 Dual Core 1.66GHz with 512Mb DDR2 Memory but will end up being 384Mb when take into consideration the 128Mb Integrated gaphics which alot of laptops offer.

    If you hunt around elsewhere, you can find Dell 6000 models with 1Gb of Ram going for £500.

    I've mentioned Dell cause they are the best for the money and there aren't many other brands of laptops that can match the spec for the money.
     
  4. split

    Mobster

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    Location: Dorset

    I have to agree.
    I have a friend that was looking for a *bargain* in the boxing day sales.
    Looking at all of the £100 off deals, the Dells where more or less the same price and spec if you hunt around.
    I've also use a Dell, and it ain't bad.
     
  5. tom26

    Hitman

    Joined: 20 Jan 2005

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    Location: Guildford/Huddersfield

    Ok cheers for that. What happens if something goes wrong with a dell I heard that the only people that can fix them are dell and they have to be sent back? Is this true or just rubbish?
    Also is it true I preferably need to get a non celeron?
     
    Last edited: 4 May 2006
  6. split

    Mobster

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    I think you'll find it's the same with any laptop.
    My nephew got a cheap one from that big PC shop in the UK, and the hard disc died within months.
    That took 6 weeks to get fixed after many phone calls, and he had to send it away.
    The repair was poor as well, as he got a used hard disc when it was eventually fixed.

    I have no idea what Dells repair thing is like, but it can't be much worse than that.

    I suppose the rule here is don't think you can just take it back to the shop.
    Might be worth checking tho.

    I also recently repaired a celeron laptop (another hard disc failure), and it just lacked the 'grunt' of the centrinos I have used.
    I think the extra 2MB L2 Cache is worth having.
     
  7. ted34

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jul 2005

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    Location: Edinburgh

    I had to find a friend a similar thing and went with dell. As long as you dont upgrade through dell in the order menu and get their extended warranty stuff they are good value. Ocuk have some dells already picked out which are worth looking at.
     
  8. GuruJockStrap

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,721

    I'd highly recommend a Dell.

    Just got my first laptop from them for uni work. Model is an Inspiron 630m.

    Paid £450 and got:

    Pentium M 1.73GHz (2MB Cache)
    512MB RAM
    40GB HD
    Integrated Intel Wireless
    14.1" Display
    Integrated Intel Graphics
    Windows XP Media Centre Edition
    6 Cell Battery
    1 year warranty

    At the time of purchase (around 3 weeks ago) there was nothing that could come close to it spec wise for the money.

    Battery is great and I can easily get just over 4 hours from it.

    My only complaint is the default Windows installation. Dell put on so much bloat its unbelievable. First boot had around 50-60 running processes!!!:eek:

    Reformatted, fresh installation of windows and I only have 21, so a massive improvement and it absolutely flies.

    If you stretch the budget a bit more you could go dual core but its no loss if you don't. For the tasks you'll be doing a Pentium M is more than enough imho.
     
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  9. tom26

    Hitman

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    Location: Guildford/Huddersfield

    Cheers for that just wondering did you buy it from the actual dell website?
     
  10. GuruJockStrap

    Sgarrista

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    Might be breaking the forum rules if I answered that question.
     
  11. tom26

    Hitman

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    Doubt it you because you won't be linking to any competitors