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mumof2
05-12-2009, 01:29 PM
The Dell Online Store: Build Your System (http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?s_tnt=20232:1:0,&vw=builder&b=&c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&kc=HDP1&l=en&m_30=321942&oc=N0054524&rbc=N0054524&s=dhs)


i just need to get one ordered, my niece has a dell which she is more than happy with.

it has mcafee for 15 months, MS works but not word, should i pay an extra £20 for word?

keith
05-12-2009, 01:41 PM
It's a capable little unit and good value I think!

The home/student upgrade to office 2007 for £60 is much better value than the £20 for word 2003 though :/ I realise it's another £40 of course but you don't really want word 2003

foreverducky
05-12-2009, 01:48 PM
Definitely pay for the word 2007 if you can. :)

Britchick
05-12-2009, 03:45 PM
Mairead- as an NHS employee i can download word for something like £8 - you may be able to get a good discount coz of hubbys job:thumbsup: have a google!

ukwdwnut
05-12-2009, 04:04 PM
id go for this one (http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Toshiba_Satellite_Pro_L300-26P_Laptop_PSLB9E-03V003EN2GB/version.asp?PID=1049) over a celeron based one and its cheaper

Britchick
05-12-2009, 04:18 PM
M, i clicked your link- are you determined on a dell? i've just got a 3gb, dual core processor 250hard drive, also has a web cam for £20 less from tesco- but it's a lenovo i guess. Depends what you want. The acer on there has a better spec than that too- it depends what you want- make versus spec:unsure:

ukwdwnut
05-12-2009, 04:33 PM
M, i clicked your link- are you determined on a dell? i've just got a 3gb, dual core processor 250hard drive, also has a web cam for £20 less from tesco- but it's a lenovo i guess. Depends what you want. The acer on there has a better spec than that too- it depends what you want- make versus spec:unsure:

id go for a lenovo over a dell, lenovo are re badged IBM's :)

keith
05-12-2009, 05:12 PM
Lenovo are great, though Tink may want to disagree at this point ;)

Lenovo bought IBMs thinkpad brand and has been manufacturing good quality laptops for a few years now

Britchick
05-12-2009, 05:26 PM
oh good- i was a bit concerned that it may be cheap- got it today and jon setting it up for the birthday girl for the 19th!

Tink
06-12-2009, 12:00 PM
I won't argue much, Keith. I didn't like this machine at first, but I have to admit, now that I'm a bit used to it (had it 19 months now) it's a work horse. I've carted it around the country, use it almost constantly (it's never shut off)... can't complain (well, I could but they won't give me a Macbook pro). :sigh: :D

A Lenovo for a good price will be a good machine. :yes:

keith
06-12-2009, 12:11 PM
I won't argue much, Keith. I didn't like this machine at first, but I have to admit, now that I'm a bit used to it (had it 19 months now) it's a work horse. I've carted it around the country, use it almost constantly (it's never shut off)... can't complain (well, I could but they won't give me a Macbook pro). :sigh: :D

A Lenovo for a good price will be a good machine. :yes:

I think that's a very good description :yes: they're built to be workhorses

mumof2
06-12-2009, 12:32 PM
no it doesn't have to be dell, i just want to get something ordered so it's here in time for xmas.

mumof2
06-12-2009, 12:33 PM
Mairead- as an NHS employee i can download word for something like £8 - you may be able to get a good discount coz of hubbys job:thumbsup: have a google!


thanks for the tip!

keith
06-12-2009, 12:36 PM
I should say, there's nothing inherently wrong with dell. We've bought hundreds of the things at work and they're fine.

If you could get an equivalent toshiba or Lenovo for the same or lower though, then yeah I must admit, I'd prefer it.

mumof2
06-12-2009, 12:52 PM
Toshiba Satellite L300-29W Laptop-Marks & Spencer (http://www.marksandspencer.com/Toshiba-Satellite-L300-29W-Laptop/dp/B002KYPTEG?ie=UTF8&qid=1260103128&categoryNodeID=43992030&ref=sr_1_1&page=&node=46460031&sr=1-1&mnSBrand=core&rh)=


http://direct.tesco.com/q/N.1999033$3996768$4294947657/Nr.99.aspx


Acer Laptops in Laptops PC, photo and gaming Direct - Tesco.Direct (http://direct.tesco.com/q/N.1999033$4294960081/Nr.99.aspx?Ns=P_HIDDEN_Stock_Available%7C1%7C%7CP_ SORT_Price&btnResultSort.x=10&btnResultSort.y=5)



arrrrgh!!! help! :unsure:

keith
06-12-2009, 12:58 PM
I'd say the Lenovo is the best deal there

catrancher
06-12-2009, 01:05 PM
The Lenovo's are good machines. I've had one for the last 2 1/2 years at work and it's been a tank. Only issue I've ever had is they had to replace the battery. Other than that, it hasn't flinched. :geekon:

If you do get the Lenovo however, be sure to get the Windows 7 upgrade. :yes:

Tom (:macwave:... quick, somebody shoot Vista and put it out of it's misery!)

ukwdwnut
06-12-2009, 01:39 PM
id go with the toshiba, main reason the 15.4" screen over the the lenovo as it only has a 13.3" and they are not good on the eyes in all honesty if used a lot, and im defo not a fan of acer machines.

working with many makes of laptop in the city/workplace toshiba will always be my laptop of choice [windows based :wink:] we have 4 in the house, all used everyday and one thats 11 years old and still going strong.

guess im a tosh fan eh!! :lol:

keith
06-12-2009, 02:01 PM
Well the 15 v 13 inch screen is a definitely difference and one you'd need to see in person to decide! Many folks really adore the 13" ones and yet for me, it's too small.

(I bet more young folks have the 13"s though, more portable and their better eyesight etc. :)

I think the lenovo also had a webcam etc, cant remember if the tosh did. Also the tosh battery life seemed poor?

As makes go, they're equal

ukwdwnut
06-12-2009, 02:20 PM
there are loads of tosh's out there with webcams for the same money if thats a need.

the younsters might have better eyesight to start with but after using one for a while i bet they change their minds if its used for hrs on end everyday lol...but with regards to portability the smaller screens are easier to carry around being more compact, but with my 17" tosh i see not much of a weight difference tbh..battery life can be an issue if used out and about but if its used more at home its not, i take my battery out so it doesnt get ruined :)

mumof2
06-12-2009, 02:32 PM
i have an excellent idea! you buy the ones you prefer, send them to us, we'll test them out for a year or two and let you know which we prefer! :yes:

ukwdwnut
06-12-2009, 02:50 PM
just to add they both have webcams, the lenovo, better battery life, more memory, bigger hard drive. downside, small screen. IME with the brand, they go wrong more than a tosh. i buy tosh's for the school and everyone has been more than happy with them...they are just my preference only :)

mumof2
06-12-2009, 02:51 PM
okey dokey, i am taking this all in you know! thank you. :hug2:

Britchick
06-12-2009, 03:02 PM
Lenovo Ideapad G550 T4200 3GB 250GB 15.6" Laptop - Tesco.Direct (http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.206-8737.aspx)

this is the one we just got for C

ukwdwnut
06-12-2009, 03:06 PM
just seen this tosh on tesco direct...best one yet, i think, core 2 duo processor

Audio Features Digital Output
Battery Life in Hours 3.0 to 3.5
Blank Discs Case Included No
Bluetooth No
Brand Toshiba
Built-in Webcam Yes
Card Reader Type Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Multimedia Card, SD, xD
Dial Up Modem No
External Sata Interface Yes
Features of Product Intel Core 2 Duo Processor - The Ideal processor when multi tasking. Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium - Latest Operating System. Integrated Webcam and microphone with face recognition technology. Wireless Technology - Connect Wirelessly onto the Internet on the move or at home. Reduce power consumption and increase battery life with Toshiba Eco Utility. Full size keyboard with integrated numeric keypad
Finger Print Reader No
Firewire No
Graphics Type Dedicated
Hard Drive Size in Gb 250
Hard Drive Type SATA
Laptop Colour Grey
Memory Size in Gb 3
Memory Slots Free 1
Memory Slots Total 2
Memory Speed in Mhz 800
Memory Type DDR2
Number of USB Ports 3x USB 2.0
Operating System Microsoft Windows® Vista™ Home Premium
Optical Drive Compatible Type Dual Layer, Dual Layer Rewriter
Os Recovery Discs Included Yes
Output 3.5mm Stereo Headphone / Line Out, Coax Digital Audio, HDMI (HDCP Compliant), VGA 15-pin D-Sub
Power Adaptor Included Yes
Processor Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor Bus in Mhz 800
Processor Cache 2 Mb
Processor Model Number T6500
Processor Speed in GHz 2.1
Product Depth 25.9 cm
Product Height 3.55 (front) 3.9 (rear) cm
Product Weight 2.8
Product Weight Units kg
Product Width 38.3 cm
Range Usage: Entertainment
Remote Control Included No
Screen Size 15.6" (39.6cm)
Screen Type LCD
Software Loaded Toshiba Disc Creator
Toshiba User's Manual
Supervisor Password Utility
Toshiba Assist
Chicony Camera Assistant Software
Toshiba DVD Player
Toshiba Face Recognition
Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator
Microsoft® Works, Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (free 60-day trial)
Toshiba Value Added Package (Toshiba Power Saver, Toshiba Zooming Utility, Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool, Toshiba Flash Cards, Toshiba Components Common Driver, Toshiba Accessibility, Toshiba Button Support)
Google Software (Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, Google Desktop, Picasa)
McAfee® Internet Security (includes free Internet updates for 30 days)
Toshiba PC Health Monitor
MyPhotobook Software
WildTangent Games Console
Connectivity Doctor
ConfigFree™
Toshiba utilities and drivers
TV Tuner None
Wired Networking Port Gigabit Ethernet

£379
Wireless Built in 802.11g, 802.11n

mumof2
06-12-2009, 04:01 PM
could you give me a link for that one Mick please

ukwdwnut
06-12-2009, 04:27 PM
here you (http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.207-3689.aspx) go M