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    Her indoors wants to replace her ancient PC!

    My wife's aged Packard Bll laptop has given up the ghost and she now wants to get something to replace it that's suitable for her needs. Ideally, she wants a handheld with a keyboard and something that's friendly for anyone computer phobic. Low budget!

    Uses: e-mail, web surfing, probably accessing Sky Drive to take advantage of free Office Programmes as she runs a ballroom dance business and does a bit of Admin for a rowing club. Recommendations would be welcome.

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    I was directed to the Dell Outlet by the guys on here. I don't know if they have anything suitable.

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    They've still got some good offers. They have two sites; one for business and the other for consumers. At the minute they've got a Vostro i3 system for £350 inc VAT. Not the cheapest laptop on the market, but not much else at that price comes with a 3 year on site next day warranty!

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    What about a chrome book? As most of the things you have said can be web based it should be perfect and at a low price.
    Last edited by thesk8rjesus; 13th September 2013 at 08:49 AM.

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    Got some lovely refurb i5 laptops. Dell & Lenovo, 12 Months RTB.

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    +1 for a chromebook. Got my wife one at the weekend (HP11) and we both love it. Instant on and battery's still at 50%. Perfect for web stuff and in her case, accessing the terminal sever at her school.

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    +1 for @ICTDirect_Dave 's lovely i5 Lenovos. Small, fast and solid -cheap too!!

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    Nope, wouldn't have a Lenovo as a gift. Thought I was buying smart for the school when we switched from Fujitsu to Lenovo but after a few bad experiences with them I'm delighted to be back to Fujitsu again now.
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    +1 for @ICTDirect_Dave 's lovely i5 Lenovos. Small, fast and solid -cheap too!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by speckytecky View Post
    Nope, wouldn't have a Lenovo as a gift. Thought I was buying smart for the school when we switched from Fujitsu to Lenovo but after a few bad experiences with them I'm delighted to be back to Fujitsu again now.
    That's interesting - you must have been very unlucky. I have been buying them for ages now and never had a problem. My home laptop is one as well.
    I always had a problem with Fujitsu being flimsy but since they got rid of Siemens they are much better and I have started buying them for one school (who want new)

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    Thanks @witch Two things I don't like about Lenovos - preloaded with masses of bloat ware including and especially their own 'tools' plus American Megatrends MB. I see the latest Fujitsus have them now though as well. Had a few MB problems - perhaps just bad luck. Also warranty support seem to be 'uncooperative' unless their installed OS and tools are on board when giving assistance. Also had an IBM / Lenovo engineer replacing a MB tell me that updates should be carried out using their built in updates tool. On the other hand all the time I have been using Fujitsus never even had to call support once - yet! Plus they are remarkably great value in my opinion.

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    @VeryPC - they do great laptops / computers etc
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    HP maybe ?
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    Not greatly impressed with HP either! Anyhow, at the moment she has upgraded (if you can call a Blackberry an upgrade) her phone and hops onto our trusty old Dell tower running Win 7 whenever she wants to do anything a bit more serious than the Mobil can handle.

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    Ah -when I buy from ICT-Direct, they put a new OS on so it comes without all the Lenovo carp. Never had to ring Lenovo support - any little niggly problems, Dave has handled for me, little sweetie-pie that he is

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    Quote Originally Posted by speckytecky View Post
    Not greatly impressed with HP either! Anyhow, at the moment she has upgraded (if you can call a Blackberry an upgrade) her phone and hops onto our trusty old Dell tower running Win 7 whenever she wants to do anything a bit more serious than the Mobil can handle.
    Ive been impressed with some of the Dell PCs lately. HP PCs are good as well (apart from all the crap they come pre-installed with!) Dell don't seem to have much crap pre-installed whoch is good.

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    What is wrong with Lenovos!?
    They are excellent machines (in general) and so well made that when the time of man on this planet is over and the cockroaches take over they will be blogging on Lenovos!
    I have to be honest here, we at EduGeek have one of the ICT Direct Lenovo T410 i5's that we have brought as our presenters laptop for conferences and other events and it is very, very well specced and performs great, especially for the price.
    The Dell Outlet is, unfortunately, a bit bare atm. This is I suspect, down to the fact that they have just flushed the system of their old 3rd gen core processors and have only just launched 4th gen ones and none have been returned yet.

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