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#1 Welshmally

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 02:02 AM

Our daughter is off to university in October. She has a Dell Inspiron 1525 which is OK but has needed a new HDD and keyboard in the 3 years of it's life and we now need to go for a new one to replace it.
My budget for the new computer is: 400

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Web browsing, word processing, Skype, FB, email

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Windows 7 (probably but definitely not Vista)

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? No

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? Only the usual stuff - email, internet, word processing

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Not a huge amount - 250Gb of storage would be adequate


We are after good after-sales support (Dell has been very good) and long battery life. Minimum weight would be good, too

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 04:38 AM

Do you prefer buying from a online site that you know? From the inormation given, a netbook would be suited.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 08:43 AM

Two things to look for if you are deciding between two or three computers with more or less equal processors and memory: size of the screen and durability of the case. Students spend a lot of time in front of their computers, either taking notes or writing papers, and a large screen is better.
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Posted 02 April 2011 - 05:52 PM

The weight is another factor which seems to suit a netbook.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 06:04 AM

This looks like an awesome deal - DELL Inspiron 15R Laptop.
Its got a great 15.6 inch screen. And it weights 5.83 lbs.
It has a got 5hrs default battery life, but you can customize it to add a 9-cell battery and thus taking the battery life to 7-8hrs. You'll get it at around 316 euros with 5 hours of battery life.
If you need 8-9hrs of battery life, then you must customize it and add a 9-cell bringing the cost to around 442 euros.
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 06:41 AM

It has to be available in Welshmally's country or a online website that sales it.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 11:26 AM

Which country does he live in?
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Posted 04 April 2011 - 01:13 AM

Not 100% sure but i would assume it would be in the UK.

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 11:42 AM

It is available in the UK too - DELL Inspiron 15R Laptop

Edited by Alvas Rawuther, 04 April 2011 - 11:42 AM.

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 04:37 PM

We are gonna have to wait until Welshmally replies to this topic.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:07 PM

How rude am I? Thanks to you all for replying and there I am ignoring you all - I'm sorry!!

Plenty of food for thought - my daughter hs a Dell Inspiron 1525 which has not shown itself to be particularly durable, especially as she rarely takes it out of the house: 1 new keyboard (under warranty) and also a new HDD. The battery won't hold a charge either and for a laptop about 30 months old, we don't feel that it's given the best service :-(

I was looking at either a Toshiba or Lenovo, but what about a Samsung?

Useful points about weight and screen size.

BTW, we live in Sunny Wales! (God's own country, so the Welsh tell us!!!)
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Posted 26 April 2011 - 06:14 AM

If you can answer the first question i asked in post 2.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 02:27 PM

I would prefer to get it from a reputable/recommended source - it's a substantial outlay, and I have had recent experience of dismal after-sales service from a couple of on-line retailers. If anybody can recommend a good dealer (UK based) it would be much appreciated.
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Posted 27 April 2011 - 01:49 AM

This Lenovo laptop should do :)

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 12:40 PM

Excellent! That looks as if it ticks all the boxes. Thanks Aussie Expert. How's the weather down there at the moment - we were in Perth a few years ago - 40 degrees on Christmas day. Phew! Looking for another trip there soon.......

Anybody else got any suggestions? I would be happy to go with the Lenovo, tho'.

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