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Offline LAK

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Which laptop?
« on: December 03, 2011, 02:43:28 PM »
I'm getting my 11 year old a laptop for Christmas and I don't know which one to buy.  Money is an issue so it needs to be as cheap as possible.  My daughter is in year 7 so is in secondary school and she'll be doing all the usual things that teenagers do on laptops.

Please don't ask about about specs or aps or anything else because I am totally clueless and I won't even understand your question  ::) 

It needs to last her for a good few years as I won't have the money to upgrade later on.

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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2011, 09:07:46 PM »
HMMMM where's richd when you need him!! Sure he gave someone loads of good advice not so long back

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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2011, 10:18:53 AM »
Sorry, busy weekend! I'll preface this with "this is my personal view" as a lot does come down to personal preferences, and some people have had bad experiences with all whichever brand you choose to mention.

I'd avoid Sony, and Apple if budget is tight.

Probably look at Acer, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba - definitely stick with the "known" brands rather than the likes of Packard Bell (dixons/pcworld own brand).

Would suggest looking for one with an Intel Core-i3 processor, 3 or 4 Gb memory, Windows 7 Home Premium Edition.

It probably won't come with Microsoft Office loaded (or if it does it will just be a trial version that only lasts a few days), so either budget about £80 for the student version, or use LibreOffice which is free.

I suspect that price will be about £350 for something decent, but I've not looked at prices for a month or so. Actually have just had a look and prices have risen so you're now looking at £380. It really is worth considering waiting until after christmas if budget is tight, as prices are *very* likely to drop by about £50 in the sales.

If that's a lot more than you were considering, might be a good idea to say what your budget is, and I could maybe have a look to see what the best deal might be in your budget.

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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2011, 10:49:30 AM »
If you can have a good look around and find a selection of good laptops, then on boxing day get on the internet and see what deals you can get, I did that for my step daughter a few years ago and got 40% off, thats a lot on an expensive item.

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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2011, 03:03:03 PM »
Have a look at Laptops direct website, they are a mail order company based in huddersfield, once you  find a make and model you like they willl usual undercut the price or any major retailer.

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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2011, 06:42:49 PM »
Thanks everyone.  My daughter is going to her dad's for a week from 27th and is not keen on waiting till she gets back for her Xmas pressie otherwise I would wait for the sales.

So not this one then Rich (was recommended to me)

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/compaq-presario-cq57-356sa-15-6-laptop-11290993-pdt.html

What about this one?

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/samsung-np-s3520-a03dx-15-6-laptop-silver-11296508-pdt.html

I'll look at laptops direct once I work out what I want.

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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2011, 09:32:08 PM »
From personal experience, I would steer clear of computers from PC World. I've had two from there and both of them went belly up quickly. Admittedly, one of them might have been because of all the porn my ex was looking at when I was fast asleep but the first just didn't work one day (I seem to remember the whole processor had just irretrievably stopped).

I've now got an Asus laptop, which I've bought by having mobile broadband - so in effect bought by hire purchase. It's worked out more expensive, perhaps, but I didn't have the money to purchase one outright.

I recently bought the Microsoft Office suite for £37 online - can't remember the website off hand but can find out for you. It does loads of really good stuff for anyone involved in education, which of course your daughter would be.
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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2011, 10:01:46 PM »
Helen, unless you are buying an own brand it doesn't matter where you buy it from, if a Sony from PCworld breaks it is Sony's problem, not PCworlds!

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/hp-pavilion-dm1-4027sa-11-6-laptop-silver-11290967-pdt.html

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/dell-inspiron-q15r-15-6-laptop-blue-10788131-pdt.html

You could probably get both for a better price if you had a good look around.

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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2011, 10:22:44 PM »
Unless she wants it for gaming, to be honest most of the laptops around now will be more than adequate. Both the ones you've posted up look like good buys.  We've bought a couple of the office laptops from Tesco - their buying power gives them some great laptops at excellent prices and even though mine is now 3 years old and a lesser spec than those on your links, it copes well with some very resource-hungry Adobe graphics packages.

I echo what Micheal says above, PC World is simply a retailer rather than a manufacturer and will have no bearing on the quality of the products, unless of course they're selling a bit of a rubbish brand. I've actually found their help desk quite useful in the past although don't expect any of their sales people to know much more than they can read on the ticket.

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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2011, 12:39:41 AM »
I would check Which website I think you can probably get a month free access still and then cancel on there. It's great for best buys etc but alternatively googling reviews is good too.

Our laptops are pretty upgraded because of gaming. I'm dissapointed with Dell at the mo as they have probs with overheating and battery life. There are some great offers out there it's just a case of doing the leg work
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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2011, 08:20:41 AM »
Thanks everyone.  My daughter is going to her dad's for a week from 27th and is not keen on waiting till she gets back for her Xmas pressie otherwise I would wait for the sales.

So not this one then Rich (was recommended to me)

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/compaq-presario-cq57-356sa-15-6-laptop-11290993-pdt.html

What about this one?

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/samsung-np-s3520-a03dx-15-6-laptop-silver-11296508-pdt.html

I'll look at laptops direct once I work out what I want.

To be quite honest I would steer clear of both of those if you're looking for something to last a long time. The Compaq uses an entry level AMD processor, that is really aimed at basic netbooks, and the Samsung has an Intel Celeron processor - they're a cut down processor, again aimed at the very lowest price points.

The ones that Michael has posted are better bets (mid range AMD, and Intel Pentium processors in both), but I would strongly suggest that for the slight amount extra, going for one with an Intel Core i3 processor would be a much better long term buy.

This one has just appeared at PC world:
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/acer-aspire-as5733-15-6-laptop-11318192-pdt.html

Thats a really good price, I would suggest that's the best bet out of everything at PC World. Even looking elsewhere I cant find anything with that spec under £380.

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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2011, 08:27:14 AM »
Just in case they change the price, the laptop in that last link is currently on at £350

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Re: Which laptop?
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2019, 07:29:00 AM »
I'm getting my 11 year old a laptop for Christmas and I don't know which one to buy.  Money is an issue so it needs to be as cheap as possible.  My daughter is in year 7 so is in secondary school and she'll be doing all the usual things that teenagers do on laptops.

Thanks for your help

Hello, I see that your subject has been around for a long time, but I think it doesn't stop me from bringing you some suggestions from me about the cheap children's computer that you could buy. I have also experienced your current situation recently, and by doing some research, I am decided to buy a Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP with a Windows option, but if you were looking for something else than that, I advise you to take a look at lap desk buying guide, which will offer you some models for that.

 

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