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Which Laptop?

My brother is wanting to buy his first computer. (He is 60!)

Basicly he wants it for surfing the net, (he has an old Vincent motorbike and would like to follow what goes on on their website). He has a vague interest in photography and with two new granddaughters, I feel that this could grow.

Can you suggest a Laptop (he doesn't want a PC) that would be suitable for his requirements.

I don't really know much about Laptops as I have never owned one.

Obviously he doesn't want to be struggling for processing speed or RAM.

Although money is not really an issue, I don't think he wants to be throwing it away unnessarily.

He had looked at John Lewis and had seen them around 500+ which he felt was more than he wanted to pay, bearing in mind his lack of knowledge at this stage.

So, something for surfing and doing pics, probably just for personal use.

Any ideas would be very helpful.

Thanks in anticipation.
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Re: Which Laptop?

Hi Audrey,

To be honest, if that is all he wants it for, and I cant see he would want to start using a program like Photoshop. He really shouldnt struggle for RAM.

The obvious solution is to maybe buy a used or refurbed laptop, in doing so, the upside would be that it would be very much cheaper, the downside is that you wont know the history, and may want to reinstall the operating system.

If you dont want to take risks, Dell do some reasonably priced laptops. It will almost certainly have Vista as the operating system, so I wouldnt drop below 2megs of RAM.

Dell also have some great deals iin the Outlet. I have done a search with the filters I would choose:

http://outlet.dell.com/Emea_Dfo/EuDi...!1216843947881

there is one there for around 369, but you may want to check on whether that includes VAT.

The other I would consider would the HP Ntebooks.

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en...4-3466363.html

You will always pay a little more (though, not quite a big a deifference as a year or so ago) for a same spec laptop, as you would a base unit.

Hope that helps!
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Re: Which Laptop?

This looks to be quite a bargain:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143366

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Re: Which Laptop?

Hi -

This link is from a company I use for discs that arrived here this morning. Quite a choice.

http://www.ukdvdr.co.uk/shop/Noteboo...ers-c-492.html

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Re: Which Laptop?

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This looks to be quite a bargain:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143366

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That ony has 1gig of ram, and I wouldnt want to run Vista on that, so if you go for that laptop, you may want to consider more.
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Re: Which Laptop?

As a matter of interest I have a laptop purchased just over a year ago which runs Vista Home Premium in 1 Gig of ram with no problems. It is a Fujitsu Siemens with a Core 2 Duo processor and I am running a Beta version of Lightroom 2 with no trouble so far.
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Re: Which Laptop?

when spec'ing laptops for vista, i consider 2gig to be the minimum. given that most laptops used shared memory for the graphics, you're losing a fair chunk straight away. add to that the OS footprint, security software etc and you're left with little change from a 1gig system.
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As a matter of interest I have a laptop purchased just over a year ago which runs Vista Home Premium in 1 Gig of ram with no problems. It is a Fujitsu Siemens with a Core 2 Duo processor and I am running a Beta version of Lightroom 2 with no trouble so far.
Thanks for posting that. A friend recently ordered a laptop for her daughter running Vista Home Premium with 1GB RAM. Having not used Vista and only know what I've read, when I heard about the 1Gig and Vista Home Premium the warning bells of "will it be enough?" began ringing.

I don't think the laptop's ever going to be overused or pushed to the limits, but it's reassuring to know what Vista Home Premium can work okay with just 1Gig.

The amount of memory these things need today is astounding isn't it? I occasionally use a second hand very ancient laptop - running Windows 98. It has just 16MB of RAM, a 120MHz processor, and a paltry hard disk of just 1GB (yes, less than the average compact flash card). Yet, at over 13 years old, it still does the basics - it handles old Word documents fine, etc.
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Re: Which Laptop?

Thanks for all that interesting information.

I have followed quite a few links and it is a minefield. Such a vast difference in price!

I will pass the information to him.
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Re: Which Laptop?

I've bought two laptops in the last 18 months (for family members) and they both came straight off the shelf at the local Tescos! Both machines are Gateways and neither, as far as we can recall, have required support from yours truly (which is great as I get enough of that at work). I didn't bother to do too much research, the spec looked good as did the price and I had fond memories of my Gateway desktop from a few years back. Plus Tescos is only 5 minutes away and I hate shopping so, decision made easy! .

One's used primarily for internet access but my son's is worked hard with MS Office apps, several games and his camera software - in addition to the hours he spends on the net. I reckon it's been on 8 hours a day every day since we bought it! And done a few hundred miles in his backpack.

I've been logged on using it for an hour and a half and there's 68% (1hr 50min) battery life left - which, based on my experience at work, is pretty good for the original, well used, battery.

Worth a look in my view.
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Re: Which Laptop?

My nephew is planning to take his father (my brother) into Sheffield on Saturday.

Although I realise that Internet prices are often the cheapest, sometimes it is a good idea if you can pop back with the offending object if it goes wrong, particularly if you live by yourself and have absolutely no knowledge.

We have a Tesco 5 minutes away also, so it might be a good idea for him to check that out, along with PC World and Staples.

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Re: Which Laptop?

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My nephew is planning to take his father (my brother) into Sheffield on Saturday.

Although I realise that Internet prices are often the cheapest, sometimes it is a good idea if you can pop back with the offending object if it goes wrong, particularly if you live by yourself and have absolutely no knowledge.

We have a Tesco 5 minutes away also, so it might be a good idea for him to check that out, along with PC World and Staples.

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Sainsbury's have or had some good deals on Acer laptops, might be worth a look. PC world will be top price unless they have some special offers.

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Sainsbury's have or had some good deals on Acer laptops, might be worth a look. PC world will be top price unless they have some special offers.

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Thanks Patrick, that's interesting about PC World.
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Re: Which Laptop?

Hi Audrey, basically vista is a tarted up version of xp, given your requirements for your brother, he would be perfectly suited to an xp laptop which requires far less ram and processor requirements. Staples always has good offers on laptops and you could get a very respectable laptop for 350 easy. failing this check online there are many bargains to be had. 500 for a lappy for your brothers requirments would be throwing money away.
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Re: Which Laptop?

Thanks Ash.

Yesterday, I sent this link to his son.

(My granddaughter had a good one from Staples, about 350.)

I think the deed may have been done by now. I expect I shall hear soon that he is an owner of a new laptop.
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