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Recomend me a laptop please. Or should I just go an buy a iMac?

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BoringTheBuilder Wed 13-Mar-13 15:00:43

Thanks. Will have a look later

TariffHound Wed 13-Mar-13 14:24:35

Very jealous - that laptop looks great!

I peddle my old gadgets via O2 Recycle.
I've sold half a dozen things via them and the process works really well.

BoringTheBuilder Wed 13-Mar-13 09:45:31 I think I'm getting this one today, but I will feel super indulgent having a mac laptop and a tablet even tough it's samsung....I called samsung and they gave me the address of nearest tech support I'm going there on Saturday and Samsung will be happy replacing whatever needs be. How do I go on selling my tablet once its fixed? Even better if they send me a brand new one...

recall Mon 11-Mar-13 22:22:03

Get a macbook air.

I got a macbook pro 3 years ago… it is amazing ( but a bit heavy )

Southeastdweller Mon 11-Mar-13 22:19:53

I feel your pain about your laptop sad

I'm buying a MacBook soon and I'm confident it'll last longer than my present Windows laptop. I know countless people who've had problems with their PC's like I have, but hardly any who've had problems with their Macs. I think this a common thing.

I'd love an iMac but nowhere to put it where we are now.

I'm typing this on my iPad which is a wonderful gadget. Apple stuff is so easy to use, looks gorgeous and is durable so I say go for it.

I bought my imac from John Lewis 3 years ago.... I've never looked

BoringTheBuilder Mon 11-Mar-13 19:38:19

Well, see, my B'day is on the 18th..............

TariffHound Mon 11-Mar-13 19:06:45

Yep, John Lewis looks like a good bet for buying macs due to the extra warranty. I just checked their site, and they show "3 year guarantee included at no extra cost. Ends 17th March 2013." so you might need to get your skates on! The standard John Lewis warranty for all laptops is two years though.

BoringTheBuilder Mon 11-Mar-13 15:48:26

If I remember right, Apple give 1 year Warranty only doesn't it? If JL gives 3 so of course its better getting from there..! I'm so upset about my samsung galaxy tab, my email to Jessops returned undelivered and I'm not sure if all Jessops stores are closed down.

TariffHound Mon 11-Mar-13 15:34:51

Given the experience you've had with the tablet, it might be worth thinking of spending a little more for your laptop upfront to ensure you get access to good quality after sales support and service.

A refurbished Apple model bought from Apple via the link Network Guy provided would ensure you get full Apple service and support no different to buying a new computer. It's reassuring knowing if you're having problems with your Apple device, you can take it into any Apple store and receive expert service there and then, and this service is built into the higher price you pay for the Apple products.

If Apple looks too expensive, a pc based laptop from John Lewis would be a good bet. John Lewis will give you a 2 year guarantee for any laptop you buy from them, or 3 years if you buy an Apple laptop from them.

You can sign up to Which? magazine's website for a day for £1 to access their latest laptop reviews to help steer you around the brands and models - quite handy if you're planning to go the John Lewis route.

Laptops are a 3+ year family investment and a lot can go wrong with them. My advice to family and friends is to always buy from retailers who are going to stick with you and support you if you have any problems down the track. This criteria pretty much narrows the field down to Apple stores and John Lewis.

NetworkGuy Sun 10-Mar-13 20:37:26

Gulp. Just went back and saw the prices. When someone asked about a laptop with a limit of 700 pounds, I suggested 400-500 might be a better target and found a 17" Medion (well in excess of the ~310 quid laptops listed recently).

NetworkGuy Sun 10-Mar-13 20:21:34

(So it's with an Apple guarantee but a bit cheaper.)

BoringTheBuilder Sun 10-Mar-13 18:33:51

The current laptop is Compaq and I have to say that dh used to use it a lot before buying his iPad and he is not very carefull so probably why the laptop is having problems
I have had a mac ages ago and loved it. Never had problems until pucking on it by accident whilst pregnant....
Is every jessops closed now??
I sent them an email asking for advice...
Where do I buy a refurbished reliable MAC?

TheFallenNinja Sun 10-Mar-13 18:22:08

Bite the bullet and you won't look back.

NetworkGuy Sun 10-Mar-13 18:18:51

Gosh, what make and model laptop is it ? Should not be making an 'awful noise' - then again, I hope you don't plonk it down on a bed and lie on your front to use it (if the weight pushes it down into the covers then ventilation can be blocked)...

As for the Samsung, they'd cover it under their warranty now Jessops is closed, and I've seen few complaints about the Samsung Tab to be frank.

There have been a few threads recently about choices for laptops. One person listed 3 or 4 around the 300 to 350 pound mark (I think all had 6 GB RAM, which should assist even if someone runs a lot of applications at the same time, like myself).

As for whether it's worth paying the extra for a Mac, only you can decide. I'm not convinced that the 'brand new' cost is good value for money, but then again, I've bought 5 iMac systems (the all in one unit from a few years ago) on Ebay in the last year. If you look > here < I have the model G3 (all in one like a swollen 14" TV, the G4 'sunflower' with a hemisperical base and screen on a stalk, and the top one, but mine are older models so 3 are G5 and about 1.25" thick white plastic [while the 2012 model is a sleek aluminium model with a very thin look].

So I'm not totally anti-Apple by any stretch, but think a refurbished model might be more economic. Have to admit that this Apple [with Intel CPU] can also get pretty slow now and then. It has 2 GB RAM in it, but if I have too many windows open then Chrome starts to falter [and I use it mostly for browsing]

BoringTheBuilder Sun 10-Mar-13 17:57:27

Big and heavy, should have said
Even the keyboard isn't working properly anymore
Also makes an awful noise

BoringTheBuilder Sun 10-Mar-13 17:52:39

I am sick and tired of my big, eay, old laptop only bought in 2010 (maybe 2009?)
It is too slow, take ages to do anything
Does not work if is not plugged in
I decided to buy a smaller, smarter, reliable one
I just use it to internet surfing, skype, usual things really
Is it worth to spend that much on apple or is there anything similar in quality and style and cheaper?

I am already bitterly regretting a Samsung Tab instead of iPad, because now it is playing up too, and not charging (less than 6 months old) and to makes things better the local shop where I bought it - Jessops - is closed down, their website is out because they are revamping it, and I don't know where is the nearest one.


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