Any reccomendations for a new windows laptop

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  1. jonegood

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    This is a request for advice from the techies amongst you.

    Im looking for recommendation for a new laptop.

    Its for general browsing, emails, photo and music storage a bit of skype and the occasional dvd.

    I would like good processor speed, reasonably portable, good battery life and to be able to use it for long periods offline and then not get hammered for data charges hence windows not google or apple.

    I dont do gaming and dont need masses of storage, my current laptop has 900gb and Ive used about 30.

    Budget is not the main factor but I tend to spend circa £300 use them until they get clogged up and change.

    Thanks for any help

    Jon

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    I have a mate who works as a repair technician in a PC Repair Shop. His advice based solely on the laptops they very seldom see breaking down and being returned for repair is Toshiba. As to exact model, thats up to you. Have a look at http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/ to get a good idea of price and spec. They are usually one of the cheaper web outlets.
     
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    Have a play in your local Currys PC World. I was having a quick look at the web site last night and it looked like they have a few that meet your spec.
     
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    Asus i find are superb!
     
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    What's up with the one you've got?
    If it's just "clogged up" why don't you back up your data - you'd have to do that anyway - and do a factory restore to take it back to the day you got it? Just did this for nephew.
    If required you may also be able to install additional memory that will usually make it run a bit faster.
    For what you are using it for a 5 -7 year old machine would cope no problem.
    If it's because Microsoft support has ceased for Windows XP install Linux Mint (free) instead and it can do everything you want.
    Only 50% of the savings to me please!:xsmile:
     
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    I have a Toshiba and Angela has an Acer, it had Windows 8 on it when bought and she along with everyone else hated it so last week we had mine cleaned up as it was full of garbage and running slowly and Angela's 8 wiped off and 7 put on. £90.00 for both.
     
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    Yes gellyneck and badknee ( is there a theme here?)

    Good point. I tracked down the receipt and found out its only 2 years old, battery still holds up well its just really slow so new years resolution is to get it sorted out. It will also save me having to navigate through the latest set of "enhancements".
     
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    worth looking at this for deals:http://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/laptop

    I got a 15 inch Dell with 500GB drive for £160 a few months ago. its fine and perfect for taking away in van...if it gets stolen no big deal.
     
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    Make sure you check that VAT is included if you do. Some of the headline prices are a bit misleading.
     
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    it is clearly marked as pre vat price with +VAT price underneath
     
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    Laptop reliability ratings
    Laptop brand Reliability rating Reliability score Customer score
    Apple [​IMG] 83% 93%
    Fujitsu-Siemens [​IMG] 80% 55%
    Medion [​IMG] 71% 74%
    Toshiba [​IMG] 70% 61%
    Acer [​IMG] 68% 65%
    Dell [​IMG] 67% 59%
    Packard Bell [​IMG] 67% 54%
    Asus [​IMG] 66% 61%
    Samsung [​IMG] 66% 67%
    Compaq [​IMG] 65% 56%
    Lenovo [​IMG] 64% 66%
    Sony [​IMG] 64% 59%
    Hewlett-Packard (HP) [​IMG] 63% 57%
    Advent [​IMG] 62% 38% ​

    Dunno if you can make head or tail of this, but its from the Which website:xThumb:
    First % is Reliability, second % is customer score:xThumb:
     
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    Disappointed to see Asus so low, guess what I have:xlaugh:
     
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    Laptops: Best cheap laptops for under £500
    • We pick the five best cheap laptops
    • The best bargain Windows 8 laptops we've tested
    • Laptops with screen sizes from 11-inches to 15-inches
    Technology has moved on so much that you really don't have to spend that much to get a laptop that will do everything you need at a great price. Here we round-up the best cheap laptops for under £500. These five cheap laptops will tackle most tasks with ease, and we've picked out a range of sizes so you can have an ultra-portable 11-inch laptop or a cheap 15-inch laptop for everyday use.

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    Which again:xThumb:
     
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    Still misleading though Roger.
    Example 1 - Android Tablets from £39.95; page linked to lowest price £56.63 ex VAT.
    Example 2 - HP Pavilion from £241.63 ex VAT; page linked to shows you have to buy at least 5 to get that price.
     
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    We used Acer for several years and found them pretty good (as you would expect of the company that built IBM Thinkpads).
    More recently Asus and HP have been the best value machines on offer when we've been looking and we've found both brands to be fine.
     
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    the phrase FROM is the clue to the fact that more is involved, not misleading to me at all. never mind they are still a lot cheaper than most highstreet stores and another place to look for bargains of all sorts.
     
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    I used to use Morgans in the 1990s, used to be on the flyer list and went into the Manchester store several times when we were down visiting my parents. I'm pleased you are happy with them Roger but I always found the quality variable and, in my experience, it got worse over time.
     
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