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    Quote Originally Posted by aliv25
    Sony Vaio all the way
    If I had the money then I would but with a limited budget then I'm stuck.

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

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    ThinkPad....Thinkpad thinkpad thinkpad.

    Solid machines! I've got a refurbed one i got from ebay. It's bloody awesome! By far and away my favourite machine to date!
    Agreed !

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

    Sony Vaio? I wouldn't have one of them if it was given to me.

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

    the toshiba l30-10y seems like a good buy - recently taken a load of toshibas and they're great.

    Personally i wouldn't go for a vaio either - you always need to reinstall the os cause they're bundled with so much cack software, and the location of hardware buttons and ports always seems a little haphazard IMHO

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

    Quote Originally Posted by mrforgetful
    Sony Vaio? I wouldn't have one of them if it was given to me.
    After my recent experience I'd have to say that I'd seriously think twice. Certainly I'd consider one of the top end models (if I had the money) but when it comes to the lower end I've found myself sorely disappointed.

    That said, what really hacks me off at present is the "Vista or nothing" myopic idiocy that laptop manufacturers have gone down. Without going into an anti-vista mass rant, it simply is not suited for a limited size screen or low-spec graphics system which invariable laptops are!

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

    I've got a mate with a vaio...he loves it except for the vista part.

    You cant get certain devices to work under XP becuase there just arent drivers available for them. AKA the manufacturers are only producing for vista. So he got a bit irritated at that.

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    go on www.laptopsdirect.co.uk for cheap lappys

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

    whenever someone asks for advice on choosing a sub £500 notebook i immediately think of the Acer Eee pc - a product that was inspired by the $100 laptop for every child project - although i'm not sure if it's available thru retail channels yet...it looks like a fantastic little ultraportable for those with basic requirements - which sounds like your girlfriend to me.

    It runs a specific linux based OS but you can i believe install xp and if you don't mind the paltry storage (although being flash based you should get solid reliability and reasonably fast R/W access from the storage) and lack of CD/DVD then it'd be my recommendation. The market is awash with dull, heavy sub £500 notebooks why not get her something distinctive and an original concept to boot. And it's damn cheap and lightweight.

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    It has to be a a standard laptop as it will be her only pc.

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

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    It has to be a a standard laptop as it will be her only pc.
    Does that mean she needs to accomplish more tasks than those you've listed ?...beyond the basic. I'm pretty confident the eee pc can accomplish 95% of the tasks a 'standard latop' can do - as i've mentioned it can run xp and no doubt you'd have usb ports for external dvd drives and so on.

    Anyway, i don't work for asus so i'll not labour too hard in trying to sell the virtues of the eeepc to you. But to be honest the sub £500 new-notebook market is pretty grim - and i've about as much interest in the lower bowel movements of the welk as i have in 'cheap laptops' from the likes of packard bell and advent. So it's not an area i monitor religiously. Sorry.

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

    Quote Originally Posted by richard
    It has to be a a standard laptop as it will be her only pc.
    Does that mean she needs to accomplish more tasks than those you've listed ?...beyond the basic. I'm pretty confident the eee pc can accomplish 95% of the tasks a 'standard latop' can do - as i've mentioned it can run xp and no doubt you'd have usb ports for external dvd drives and so on.

    Anyway, i don't work for asus so i'll not labour too hard in trying to sell the virtues of the eeepc to you. But to be honest the sub £500 new-notebook market is pretty grim - and i've about as much interest in the lower bowel movements of the welk as i have in 'cheap laptops' from the likes of packard bell and advent. So it's not an area i monitor religiously. Sorry.

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

    This Dell Vostro is a good deal: http://configure.euro.dell.com/dells...c=&oc=N1010003

    Reduce the 3yr warranty to 1yr to get £386.58 inc delivery and vat

    or this one: http://configure.euro.dell.com/dells...N1010001&s=dhs

    for £293.82

    Both Have options for XP so drivers definately available

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

    Hi
    i found a good deal on pc world (Fujitsu Siemens LI1718)
    for £350.specs are listed on the link 8)
    Pc World

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

    Well you've sold me ;-). I like the look of that Eee pc.

    I keep toying with the idea of getting an X series Thinkpad (X31, X41, etc) on Ebay. Bargains to be had...

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    Re: Laptop for my girlfriend

    I would steer clear if F-S. My experience of them over the last year at this school has been:

    1. Low build quality - keys coming off, dodgy screens, dodgy DVD drives etc...
    2. Poor warranty service - a 10 day repair of one laptop actually took 6 weeks. We also had a server with them, with next day repair warranty which took 3 days for a part to arrive and a further 2 for the engineer to arrive. So our main AD server was down for 5 days...
    3. Ugly - compared to most laptops, F-S ones appear ugly now.

    So... They are cheap for a reason...



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