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annie_mial
annie_mial Member Posts: 5,818
edited 17. Mar 2010, 13:05 in Community Chit-chat archive
Laptops - I am in the market for and will be shortly getting a laptop. It is something I have never had before and know zilch about.
I know what I want itfor; this kind of access, i.e. fora and websites, games and hopefully work, however work is done online on very specialist software (which I would need to access) and if that had to be omitted I wouldn't cry.
I need an easy one to operate (not gadget minded at all. Most of the gadgets I use have an on/off switch and that's it).

Anyone got any hints, tips or suggestions?

Annie

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  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 12,150
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Annie,

    Sorry just asking rehab something x

    Rehab how good are note thingummies? Are they really any good and would my useless eye sight (I have a lot of blur inside 2') make them unusable do you know..... well maybe not the last bit but I sort of wonder if its any good in terms of memory and easy to use stuff? Hope your ok? Cris x
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 12,150
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks Rehab, I did wonder about the eyes and the games :wink: I was thinking just for drip weeks but the eyes are worse then as well..... I shall go sit and plead for the loan of a laptop :lol::lol: I wouldn't lend me one though :wink: x
  • madness1985
    madness1985 Member Posts: 293
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hiya,

    Depending on how much you want to spend? I would say that in PC w***d they have laptops that are light weight which are fantastic and are around that £380 mark. For could internet you ideally need a 3gb espically if you may use mobile internet. Alot now come with a web cam build in which is a good feature for work purposes.

    Anyway if you want any help let me know :)
  • livinglegend
    livinglegend Member Posts: 1,425
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Well said Rehab.

    There is a comparison regarding notebooks versus laptops at: http://www.homeofficebuddy.com/officecomputer/diff-notebook-laptop.shtml

    Another good article, (just a little way down the page) is How to find the best notebook PCs and laptop computers at http://www.itreviews.co.uk/guide/hguide17.htm

    Don't forget that it is best to visit a large computer store and have a look round at those on display. What looks good in a website, may not suit in actual life. Take your time and don't be rushed, get it right first time if possible.

    Good luck on your search.

    Joseph 8)
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  • annie_mial
    annie_mial Member Posts: 5,818
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Yes, sorry fellas, can go a bit higher than the 380 quidlets suggested if it's necessary. Have looked at some, but got confused - which is not difficult with me!

    Will have another look and see what's what.

    Annie
  • maud48
    maud48 Member Posts: 170
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I got a notebook recently as my laptop died. I'm delighted with it as it's so light and would NEVER go back to a bigger one. It's got a 12" screen and I certainly wouldn't get anything smaller as it would be difficult to see. Only things is it doesn't have a CD/DVD drive as it's too thin but you can get an external one for around £30 which works fine.
    Mine was £300 online from a big supermarket chain beginning with T,
    maud
  • livinglegend
    livinglegend Member Posts: 1,425
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    rehab44 wrote:
    I am looking to replace this old base unit, XP 512k ddr ram with something a bit more modern and faster. I have been looking at some of the i7 quad core jobbies, what you reckon, budget of about £800?

    While a desktop is still the norm for most people, I would definitely consider an i7 quad core, high end laptop as a main unit, esp. the wide screen HD ones. Plus you get the portability aspect.

    They are far more compact, but with similar processing powers, memory, etc. If a fan cooler is fitted underneath then overheating and thus slowdown should not be a problem and there is the large saving space-wise. All PC extras, such as a USB printer should link up with no trouble. Add a mouse and a large keyboard and your away. Use the old monitor as an addition if you want and run 2 screens, easy plug in and setup. Very geek!

    Budget of £800, haggle over getting free extras/price reduction and your away. You should get about 12+% reduction on price at least. Carry a handful of competitors leaflets/printouts when you go and look, which means that you have been elsewhere and know the prices.

    It is what I would do if I decided to replace my current desk/laptop.

    Joseph 8)
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  • annie_mial
    annie_mial Member Posts: 5,818
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    OK, fellas, I'll own up to it - I am just not initial or acronym minded. Sets of initials are meaningless to me and I would like to have my alphabet returned.

    Therefore sentences such as 'Dual Core Q1-87, 2.2Ghz, 2Gb RAM 320Gb Hdd' and the rest might as well be written in Greek.

    I have narrowed it down to 2 models that I liked in one shop. Going to do a comparison on those models over the weekend.

    I hate pushy salesmen! Told him I was looking for inspiration and had he got any?

    Annie
  • annie_mial
    annie_mial Member Posts: 5,818
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Rehab, thank you very much, I will PM if I need to, thank you for your help.

    Hoping to look more over the w/end if the weather and the asthma will let me.

    Love
    Annie
  • livinglegend
    livinglegend Member Posts: 1,425
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    rehab44 wrote:
    Go for it Annie!!!! Become a super geek like us :D

    Hey Rehab. Have you taken the NerdTest at: http://www.nerdtests.com/ft_nq.php

    Just hit 99% which makes me a SUPREME NERD GOD!!! to go with my GEEK GOD status. I like that, balances it nicely.

    Joseph 8)
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  • annie_mial
    annie_mial Member Posts: 5,818
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi guys, gals........it's taken a long time given other events and the like, but I finally got an Acer Aspire. Have (apparently) set it up OK this afternoon.

    Running out of spare time today, so will check it again on Friday, I need to get a mouse for it anyway (thought I might be able to use one I already had, but nooooooo).

    It looks good!

    Annie
  • dorcas
    dorcas Member Posts: 3,538
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have the Asus Eee PC notebook which suits me just fine!

    It's wi-fi, has an ergonomic keyboard , built in webcam and is as light as a book,.....so it's easy on the ol' hands and wrists. (which was my main reason for choosing it!)

    It has 8.5hrs battery life and cost £239.00 off the internet. I also bought an external drive for 17.00 squid.

    Suppose it all depends what you're looking for and what you need it for doesn't it?

    I shopped around and tried out different ones before deciding, cause you don't know if you'll like it until you do...good advice rehab. Iris x
  • dorcas
    dorcas Member Posts: 3,538
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    annie_mial wrote:
    Hi guys, gals........it's taken a long time given other events and the like, but I finally got an Acer Aspire. Have (apparently) set it up OK this afternoon.

    Running out of spare time today, so will check it again on Friday, I need to get a mouse for it anyway (thought I might be able to use one I already had, but nooooooo).

    It looks good!

    Annie

    Nice one Annie! :D:D

    iris x