I know nothing......
I'm looking too Plum in a similar price range and found this. It's mid range in terms of processor from what I gather and has a decent amount of memory and storage to perform well enough for a good few years. The owner reviews look pretty good.
I've been searching around to see if I can find it cheaper elsewhere and I can't. Don't be talked into buying Norton with it though. Most people, apart from those who work for PC World, consider it a bag'o'shite.
That's interesting Squeakz. I've seen lots of entries for refurbs and not wanted to take the risk.
I currently have a Dell which has lasted 5 years and still going strong. It's just seriously under powered to run W7 (currently on XP) and I've run out of storage as the HDD is only 80g. I'd consider Dell again if I could get the same spec as the Acer for the money. The thing that does concern me about the Dell is the need to replace the battery 3 times and the charger twice during the time I've owned it. Adds to the ownership costs but I'm guessing that can happen with any manufacturer.
Intel Core i5
Cheaper at Dabs.com
Intel P6200 Dual Core
AMD Fusion A6-3400M / 1.4 GHz ( Quad-Core )
Trade in your old laptop and get £150
Intel Core i3
Trade in for £100 off
Sony (Just to show you that you’re paying for the name)
Compared to the Lenovo same spec (ex bigger Hard Drive)
Fujitsu shows you how cheap it could be if you went for the lowest of the low….
HP – Nice Laptop for the Price, QUAD CORE (That means it has 4 processors in it, all the others have 2, and hence the clock speed is slower) Massive memory... Good Price
Dell, if you want a laptop that never leaves the house, would consider looking at Dell, they will customise it to exactly your needs and they have a trade in offer that exists till 31st Jan 2012. And for the cherry on top… Changeable Covers to suit your personality (like you see on the advert)….Cost £12 – 15 extra (normally about £25)
The pc man who fixed my laptop ( a Sony Vaio - i stood on it) gave some advice on makes as he sees a lot of laptop faults. He said avoid Sony Vaios as the battery fails to keep a charge after a while - I can confirm this as now ours doesn't hold a charge AT ALL. He recommended Toshibas and Samsungs as they are most reliable in his experience.
Google laptop reliability surveys and Dell and HP don't come out that well either.
Not a computer expert, but on my second Dell laptop and perfectly happy with them. (And there's a few more in the household that are performing perfectly well.)
After a couple of weeks of owning this one, the touchpad button was sticking in the down position. I contacted support, expecting that I'd have to bundle the unit up or bring it to a depot... much to my surprise (and pleasure), they sent a guy to fix it in my kitchen.
The OP doesn't need one of the latest and greatest i3 or i5 let alone i7 processors for what he's proposing to use the machine for. An i3 tops, maybe. 4gb RAM. And you'd be hard pressed to fill any hard drive these days unless you're producing hours of video.
Anything in PC World or John Lewis or Currys for £400 will do what he needs it to.
Arguing over specs etc is all very well but what matters most is the input devices. Make sure you like the keyboard, tracking device and screen first - that extra second you gain loading up Word counts for nowt if you hate typing on the keyboard and the screen gives you a headache.
I am quite fussy about the keyboard, and chose a sony vaio because I liked the keys.
If (as Johnny says) I end up having to use it plugged in all the time, I don't really mind that, I rarely use it in places where there is no mains
but I do recommend trying the keyboard on a machine before you choose it
don't just go on processor specs and the like
+1 on trying out the keyboard as no end of buggerations if the keys don't 'fit' your hands. Current one is an Acer with a 17" screen which is kind of shiney and great for watching iplayer or DVDs.
It's been reliable, great to use and 3 years on I don't feel it's getting dated and slow. Battery used to last 4 hours but it's down to about 3 now.
Previous one was HP which although it's now 8 still does a turn as a 'spare' if there is the need.
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