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Laptops

d3fy Jun 24, 2007

  1. d3fy

    d3fy Active Member

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    I need a laptop; it’s sending me daft not having one. For the last 7 months I have lived without, my work laptop is locked down so that we can't use the Centrino wireless and have to use a CISCO card.

    It will only be used for Browsing the web, nothing else. I really don't want Vista so I'm not bothered what OS it ships with as I will probably just stick XP Pro on.

    I have seen these three,

    Acer Aspire 5051AWXMi
    Hewlett Packard RU964AA 510
    Acer Aspire 5101AWLMi

    I fancy the HP and stick an extra 1Gb in for £20. I have no idea on processors these days, any advice?
     
  2. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Yep, that HP is a bargain.
    Acer are garbage.
     
  3. Caesium

    Caesium My BM is fixed! VCDS Map User

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    If i were buying a laptop my first choice would be Fujitsu Siemens, they're bulletproof, next choice would be Toshiba.
     
  4. d3fy

    d3fy Active Member

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    My work laptop is a Fujitsu Siemens and is very good, better than the IBM stink pads i have had before, but I think it bit pricey
     
  5. arthurfuxake

    arthurfuxake Controversial & Contradictive

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    Or you could always install a second operating system on your work laptop and boot into that when you're at home. As long as you're not going to lose your job over it.
     
  6. TDI-line

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    I've got an Apple Macbook Pro, very good machine, the keys are nicel.
     
  7. Caesium

    Caesium My BM is fixed! VCDS Map User

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    Apple are wicked but my opinion of them is what you don't know scares you, and i don't know Macs so i'm scared of em
     
  8. S3IZZO

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    Depends how portable you need it to be, I never take mine any where. I've got a Sony Vaio AR21s, it does everything (Bluray drive, high definition screen etc) but it really is far too big to take any where.
     
  9. craigynett

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    I'm also thinkin of getting a laptop. Not meaning to hi-jack this thread.

    Can you be a bit more precise as to why Acer are garbage? Do they breakdown a lot etc?


    Craig :cooll:
     
  10. Leetaylor

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    Yes i have the AR-21M with a 2G Memory upgrade, mega machines, but like you say, expensive, and really are a desktop replacements more than portables!
     
  11. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Acer are the Amstrad of the laptop world, cheap & nasty to meet an aggressive price point. While this kind of works for the PC marketplace, a laptop needs to be well designed and robust, (it's not just a bunch of 3rd party components mounted in a well ventilated chassis). It will be lugged around and to some extent abused, so you really need to go with a vendor with proven history like HP, Toshiba or IBM if you want it to last beyond the 12 month warranty.
     
  12. ScoobyA4

    ScoobyA4 ding dang do

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    Whoa! 7 yrs of working for FJS and i went through 6 laptops in that time! i have purchased one for home, and that has been returned 4 times, the HDD died in first 3mths, then over heating etc!

    saying that, my desktop is quality.

    My current acer laptop is good, altho the built in wireless is v ****!
     
  13. coupe-se

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    I bought a Macbook a year ago after nearly 20 years of using a windows based pc/laptop.
    Best thing I've ever done, my Macbook just works ....... no problems, no grmelins no re-booting. It is the most reliable and stable pc I've ever owned. The quality of the actual Mac book is excellent also and I've managed to convert a few friends over to the 'darkside'.

    Having spent so long using a windows based machine for so long it has taken me a long time to fully get to grips with the Mac operating system (and still learning) but the change was well worth it. I had toyed with the idea of getting a Mac for several years but was reluctant to make the change, extremely glad I did now and would highly recommend one to anyone.


    Have you looked at this site for decent priced Laptops: http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/
     
  14. Caesium

    Caesium My BM is fixed! VCDS Map User

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    I have had a FJS laptop for 3 1/2 years now, been used every day, gets lugged around customer sites and although the hard disk failed on me about 8 months ago, its been faultless.

    We normally expect laptops to last about 2 years.
     
  15. karl7900

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    I have a Black MacBook too and it is excellent. As already said before, it is a supurb piece of kit. I use a PC in work which is **** and I had nothing but bother with my own desktop PC.

    It takes a bit of time getting used to the Apple way of things but isnt too hard.

    :think:
     
  16. smitch

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    Apple aren't. :sorry:

    [​IMG]
     
  17. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I think the benefit of an ibook is more to do with not having a garbage O/S more than anything else.
     
  18. d3fy

    d3fy Active Member

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    OK so back to the OP. I don't want to spend £500 on a MAC, I don't need a desk top replacement that can power the shuttle. Do we think that the HP is a good buy then?
     
  19. Niknak

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    I had an IBM and that was a quality laptop
     
  20. Bash_A3

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    on a side note... I'd avoid ebuyer at all costs. Had some very bad experiences with them, after reading into it deeper there are lots of people who have problems with them such as not honouring warranties, poor CS etc.

    I've had a very reliable Toshiba laptop for over a year now, have nothing but praise for it. Purchased it from laptopsdirect.co.uk
     
  21. d3fy

    d3fy Active Member

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    I know ebuyer have a bad rep, they have stung me before on a 2nd hand motherboard, but they are cheap!
     
  22. shineydave

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    i have a Dell inspiron 6000, seems to work well, no probs so far and they're doing some cracking deals on them at the moment
     
  23. AndyMac

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    dabs are excellent, their cost model is cost +2% and free delivery over £50 at the moment. Their warehouse is unbelievable - completely robotic
     
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    I updated my Sony from the one I had for 5 years to a Sony BX 396XP and it is excellent the last one never gave me any bother at all.
     
  25. d3fy

    d3fy Active Member

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    There are owned by BT, most of BT is run my robotic droids as well ;)
     
  26. d3fy

    d3fy Active Member

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    Bought the HP, will let you know what is like
     
  27. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Only recently were bought by BT, last year, hopefully they haven't knackered it yet.
     

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