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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Laptop advice

I want to buy a new laptop, small to medium sized, preferably no more than £800.

I want one that's small and light enough to cart around with me, but not one of those pricey, really tiny ones that break easily and don't have any disc drives or anything.

Any tips re: brands and retailers? I'm not too fussy. Toshibas always seem to be pretty cheap for what you get - are they alright?

6 comments:

john said...

We only use IBM at work - they seem pretty good compared with the other makes I occaisonally come into contact with. I think Toshiba's are OK, but this is based on not much knowledge whatsoever. However (and this is a bit sad) I've got a recent copy of "What Laptop" which I'll be happy to lend you...

phaemon said...

Perhaps it's just coincidence, but I've had some problems with a couple of Toshiba laptops lately. Have a look at Dell. If it's not urgent, then every so often they put up some really good deals on their website (www.dell.co.uk).

Also, once you've priced it and all, rather than just ordering, it's worth phoning them to ask what the best deal you can get is; for example, they might delay the order a couple of days because there's a 10% off offer coming up or something. Dunno if they just do this with big clients, but it never hurts to ask. You can make some pretty big savings this way...

john said...

curry's are having a bank holiday deal on toshibas http://www.currys.co.uk/product.php?sku=973681

john said...

tho' their prices probably aren't that good in the first place - i've not really looked...

phaemon said...

Actually, that's a pretty good price for that spec...2.8 GHz is about as fast as laptops get...

john said...

i dunno - not much ram, no wireless it's a celeron chip, not a centrino. definitely better deals out there (possibly from dell).