help me pick £400 ish laptop for movies/internet

  daveella123 19:09 11 Jan 11
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No gaming required,just really good screen/processor for watching films or using on internet.
What should i look for?

  daveella123 19:12 11 Jan 11

what about these specs?
this is a dell inspiron 15R

Intel Pentium dual core P6100.
2GHz processor speed.
3GB DDR3 RAM memory.
320GB SATA hard drive.
Display features:

15.6in display.
High definition display.
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.
DVD optical drives:

DVD+RW/DVD-RW(read/write).
Graphics:

Integrated graphics card.
N wireless/WiFi enabled.
Multi-media features:

1.3MP built-in webcam.
Operating system and software:

Microsoft Windows 7 Premium.

  daveella123 19:27 11 Jan 11

or what about this one
Acer Aspire 5742 15.6 inch Notebook
( Intel Core i3-370M processor 2.4GHz, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVD, Webcam, Wireless, Windows 7 Home Premium) - Black

  GaT7 21:22 11 Jan 11

What are the prices for the above?

Also consider this Acer Aspire 5742Z for £380 (cheapest I could find this model at a recognised store) click here

It has 4Gb RAM & a 500Gb HDD - you may not need them but it may offer better value than the ones above?

15.6" HD Acer CineCrystal™ LED LCD (16:9 1366*768) / Intel Pentium P6100 / 4GB / 500GB / DVD-Writer / Webcam / Wireless / Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit / VGA / HDMI / Black

Official specs at Acer for more details click here. G

  daveella123 21:26 11 Jan 11

thanks crossbow,the acer 5742 i listed above is also 380 on amazon. it only has 3GB RAM but is the processor(core i3) better?
What should i go for out of the Acer 5742 on amazon or 5742Z you mention?

  daveella123 21:29 11 Jan 11

oh,and forgot to say the Dell inspiron one i listed first is at 380 too,as a refurb though.
Would this be better than an Acer?

  GaT7 22:01 11 Jan 11

I would go for the new Acer over the refurbished Dell.

Yes, the i3 CPU is better of the two, but you won't really be able to tell the difference for your usage. G

  GaT7 22:04 11 Jan 11

Case suggestion if required: Belkin F8N204EA Providence Street Case click here - access Amazon's link/price in the right column (£13.16). G

  daveella123 14:18 12 Jan 11

cheers crossbow,i ordered the 4gb Ram one you suggested in the end.Thanks for the case suggestion too! very thoughtful.

  GaT7 17:43 12 Jan 11

No problem, hope it serves your needs well & you have many years of trouble-free computing on it.

If you ever have to recover or reinstall the OS keep these tips handy for the future:

How do I reinstall the Operating System on my computer?
click here

If you have Acer eRecovery included, use this guide to create a recovery disc
click here

Also see Microsoft's 'Create a system repair disc'
click here.

And finally you may also ask: 'Why are there two hard disk drives, ACER (C:) and ACERDATA (D:), on my computer?'
click here. G

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