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Think I need a new laptop - what should I look for?

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TrilllianAstra Sun 19-Jun-11 16:29:20

What counts as decent stats nowadays?

Don't want to play games but want it to be good enough to play DVDs etc happily, other than that will mostly be using it for internetting.

Anyone in the know?

Or have you bought one recently - tell me what you got and for how much smile

TrilllianAstra Sun 19-Jun-11 16:41:21


KeepErLit Sun 19-Jun-11 16:59:58

DP bought me an Acer for Xmas. Top spec for the money ( a shade under £500) but shitty build quality and the screen died 5 weeks later.

I refused to take another Acer and got this Sony Vaio instead. Very happy with its performance (and it looks nice too) and it would easily do what you need it to.

TrilllianAstra Sun 19-Jun-11 17:24:08

I have Acer at the moment and it has lasted 3 1/2 years with no problems. It could last longer if I needed it to really.

Your laptop is apparently "temporarily unavailable" but I can see the specs, thanks smile

NetworkGuy Sun 19-Jun-11 17:58:52

on the weekly bargains on Ebay the other day I saw a 299 pound Acer and a 410 pound HP. Both had 4GB RAM, and other similarities. Probably worth a look (as they were from fairly well known names / 99.5+ % Ebay score), and can have 1 year (or more) warranty from big stores.

TrilllianAstra Tue 21-Jun-11 15:20:51

That sounds pretty good.

I think I am aiming for 4Gb RAM. And I think I want Bluetooth (just because). And an HDMI output (because my TV has an HDMI hole as well)

So I am building up a list of requirements.

Have you ever used Dell? Did you find them good?

RoseC Tue 21-Jun-11 15:38:17

I use my laptop in the same way you do and have gone right off Sony Vaio and anything with a Nvidea graphics chip (after them being recommended). Apparently some of them have an inherent defect (google nvidea defect) and I've had two Vaios fail on me for that reason, each within fourteen months. All the hassle I had to get the first one replaced and the second one refunded wasn't worth it.

I went for an ASUS (online study said ASUS and Toshiba were the least-repaired brands in the first eighteen months) here and at the moment it's great. DP works with computers and suggested that an Intel® Core™ i3-350M processor was the best one at the moment (within my budget, which was about £400). Hope this helps - please don't get something with a Nvidea chip! They'll pay out (as they can't tell which ones will fail and not everyone's does so they just sell them and hope for the best) but it's like pulling teeth.

TrilllianAstra Tue 21-Jun-11 15:44:11

I've been loking at the new Intel cores, thanks, and I'll look out for the Nvidea.

LauLauLemon Tue 21-Jun-11 15:50:00

If you don't want to pay too much I would go for an Acer Aspire. The screens are always good quality so the picture appears much brighter and most of the newer models have a Blu-Ray player too. All Acer's come with Nvidea as standard as far as I am aware.

If you're looking for something beautiful, reliable and easy to use and are willing or can afford to spend the money, I would definitely go for a MacBook. Lord knows how much I love my little white beauty.

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