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Need to buy a new laptop. Badly need advice.

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Stitchintime1 Sat 13-Jun-15 13:38:18

That's it really.

I use my laptop for:
- power point
- word
- excel
- browsing the Internet
- you tube
- films on putlocker

I am impatient and like things to happen quickly. Also I tend to have lots of tabs open.

That's it. I don't take it out with me and I don't game. And I don't have much money.

What should I be looking for and where?

All advice gratefully received.

NetworkGuy Sat 13-Jun-15 17:54:18

Possibly a Windows 7 laptop. They're old, I know, but Windows 10 is due to be launched before September and Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Win 7 / Win 8 users.

What budget do you have to play with ?

Regarding Word, Excel, Power Point... needed for work or not?

Asking because Office 365 may be an option (might be thrown in with some of the systems) or OpenOffice may be available. (I don't use PowerPoint myself, so don't know if there's a reasonable alternative in OpenOffice.)

WhenWillYouMakeMyTelephoneRing Sat 13-Jun-15 18:23:10

No advice but watching closely as I also need a new one and my needs are almost exactly the same as yours (including having lots of tabs open!) I don't want a macbook, expense aside, because I don't want to be entirely dependent on cloud storage. But open to other suggestions.

NetworkGuy Sun 14-Jun-15 01:26:10

I often have dozens of tabs open (in Chrome, but equally so in Firefox or Opera, don't use Safari or MS Internet Explorer that much but 100+ tabs is not uncommon with Chrome... saw "The Great Suspender" recommended on TWiT.TV which suspends unused tabs and lets you reload them when you come back. I set it to suspend anything not looked at for 15 minutes and have seen an improvement on my (years old iMac running OSX 10.6.8 with 2 GB of RAM) browsing speeds, and (lower) memory use.

CuttedUpPear Sun 14-Jun-15 02:56:16

I fancy one of the Asus laptops, the really slim ones.
But at £650 a bit above my budget.

lunchbrunchtime Sun 14-Jun-15 03:08:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Stitchintime1 Sun 14-Jun-15 06:38:38

Thanks everyone. My last laptop cost £300 and something. That was about five years ago. I don't want to go over £500. Even that seems a bit steep. I take it I should ignore those ultra cheap Celeron computers.

Stitchintime1 Sun 14-Jun-15 06:40:41

I need ppt for work.

Stinkersmum Sun 14-Jun-15 06:50:02

I have an HP Pavillion with an i3 processor. I use it for browsing, shopping, work (many many documents for an IB school have been written and stored on it). It runs windows 8 which is ok once you get used to it! I also have office 365. You can get these for under £400. This is the 15.6inch screen. I can't be doing with a smaller screen. It's not got every single bell.and whistle, but I don't think for your usage you need it. I've had mine two years nearly and am still happy with it.

Stinkersmum Sun 14-Jun-15 06:51:38

I also watch films and TV on it from watchseries/movietube/projectfreetv blush

Stitchintime1 Sun 14-Jun-15 06:58:30

Thank you Stinkersmum. Similar usage. What's the issue with Windows 8? Where did you buy yours?

Stinkersmum Sun 14-Jun-15 07:11:06

I got confused with the tile page until I read the very simple instructions. I like my pc to open straight to my desktop, which it does now. I bought mine in saudi ( where I live ) but you can get them from pc world/currys - this one looks fab, especially with beats audio. I'm not a fan of celeb products usually but Dr dre did something pretty good there. It's not the lightest laptop in the world but if you're not carrying around too much this won't matter.

LittlePoot Sun 14-Jun-15 07:15:32

I have one of those new ultra thin Asus laptops and its lovely, but you would be relying on cloud storage as the hard drive is small. I'd really recommend a solid state hard drive for speed - almost like starting up a tablet, none of this waiting to load malarkey.

cdtaylornats Mon 15-Jun-15 06:53:47

OpenOffice and LibreOffice have a Powerpoint equivalent called Impress.

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