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beansmum Sun 31-Aug-08 13:09:15

I am going to get one but I know nothing. How much is expensive, how much is too cheap? Are the built in web cams any good or should I buy one separately? Any recommendations or ones to steer clear of? tell me everything.

AMumInScotland Sun 31-Aug-08 13:43:41

I've got a Toshiba Equium one, which was on special offer from PCWorld a few months back... not sure what to tell you about it really but they were about £370 at the time. Typically, it's not any of the ones now on their website! What sort of things do you want to be able to do with it? Is it mostly internet & email, or do you want to play complicated games on it?

Mine is absolutely fine for the sorts of things I use it for - MSOffice, email, mumsnet.

No idea about webcams I'm afraid, but I'd guess a separate one would probably be better.

CantSleepWontSleep Sun 31-Aug-08 13:47:23

Do you want PC or mac? My macbook is fab, and much quicker than my old pc ones were.

It has a built in webcam which is much much better than any of the separate ones that I've used, but has the disadvantage that I can't unclip it to point around the room to follow dd when she's charging about and her grandparents want to see!

KerryMum Sun 31-Aug-08 13:49:35

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Trix11 Sun 31-Aug-08 14:50:50

What is vista is it the new xp?

AMumInScotland Sun 31-Aug-08 14:55:45

Yes, new version of Windows - it's different in quite a few ways, so it takes some getting used to...

beansmum Sun 31-Aug-08 15:31:39

Do I want PC or mac? I don't know. It's just for email and writing essays and hopefully letting ds chat to my parents if they get themselves a new computer. My mum (who thinks she knows everything about everything) doesn't want me to get a dell laptop, she thinks they overheat or something.

MatNanPlus Sun 31-Aug-08 15:37:23

I and Hubby have Toshiba's and no problems.

We got ours from Dabs-fab service

Mine travels the world literally with no issues, has been xrayed 7 times this year with a furthur 5+ to go.

AMumInScotland Sun 31-Aug-08 15:42:07

There was a problem with Dell batteries - link here - but they recalled the dodgy ones, so a new one from the shop now shouldn't be a problem.

People who have mac's always seem to love them, whereas most of us with PCs do curse them quite regularly. But on the other hand I wouldn't change, as I'm used to a PC and they are the more common thing, so you'll find it easier if you switch between it and one at work, or in a library or internet cafe.

TBH for the sort of stuff you're talking about, I'd have thought there'd be loads to choose from for around a few hundred pounds. You might want to ask in a shop about the webcam side though - having good graphics on it might help with that (or it may not make any difference by the time the picture gets sent to the other PC anyway!)

EvelynsDad Sun 31-Aug-08 19:20:07

Which rated Toshibas as most reliable. I don't think you'll need anything special for writing essays and email.

Misco have a bunch of Toshibas from £300 up. Any of them should do, although at £300 you'll only get 1GB of RAM, which is less than ideal for Vista. I'd recommend trying one of them and buying a memory upgrade if it slows it down too much.

MatNanPlus Sun 31-Aug-08 19:41:57

We bought the upgraded Toshiba for double the Ram but only £45 more, half the price of getting more to boost it.

They have deals on, so keep an eye as both ours had dropped by around £70 and were P&P free, arrived in 2 days.

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