I need a replacement Laptop

  carver 13:21 PM 15 Jul 11
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Hi, I need to replace a laptop and want to spend around £500 on the new one, but same as every thing there are so many to choose from, different makes, different processors.

So has any one got any suggestions for a decent laptop, it's main use will be office work but with a little bit of gaming use.

Also one other question to do with buying the laptop, any good retailers to buy one from or any to stay clear of.

  mehim 15:07 PM 15 Jul 11

For purely personal reasons I try to steer clear of anything associated with Dixons such as PC World/Curries when spending more than say £100. This is because I have never been lucky enough to have satifactory service from them. I do give them a chance, but never feel confident about any advice given. Ask 2 guys the same question about the same product and you may get the same answer, this has been rare for me. My shop of choice now must be John Lewis. My family has bought 2 laptops, a desktop and printers. Any faults have been efficiently dealt with, and if an assistant does not know the answer he says so and gets the assistant who does. They price match and the laptops come with 2 yr warranty. Watch out for the extended warranty if you like one, the one direct from Sony is half the price of John Lewis! but, they do not try to sell you it, in my case they didn't even mention it. Bit of a sale on now, here's the link http://www.johnlewis.com/Electricals/Laptops+and+Netbooks/Laptops+and+Netbooks/SubCategory.aspx of course, if there is no JL near try it out elsewhere first then order on line, always wise to do this as some keyboards do not have the right feel. Check your connections, you may be able to get a bargain with USB 3 connections ready for the future. Also check what's missing. I didn't notice my Sony VPCSB has no express card slot. I have never needed one but this is what can happen. happy hunting

  chub_tor 18:10 PM 15 Jul 11

Impartial reviews on the best laptop under £500 from Revoo Click Here and this Samsung is highly recommended by PCA in that price bracket.

  chub_tor 12:27 PM 16 Jul 11

If you can stretch a bit further then this Lenovo from ebuyer has a great spec.

  carver 10:07 AM 17 Jul 11

Hi, thanks for info been looking at this http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&sqi=2&ved=0CGoQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.johnlewis.com%2F231249269%2FProduct.aspx&ei=5aQiTqOgOM-AhQfN9qy1Aw&usg=AFQjCNGaP6ro8YIjCoS7ohQ29P0f6sWtdg from John Lewis and wondered if it's any good, or even if that brand is any good.

And having a 2 year warranty is worth that bit extra.

One thing I have decided we need is Blue tooth on the laptop, seems silly not to have it when all our phones come with it as standard.

  mehim 12:39 PM 17 Jul 11

I get confused over all the specs but yours as far as processor goes is a little better than mine, http://www.johnlewis.com/231204425/Product.aspx, and I am very happy with it. Couple of things spring to mind, you are right about bluetooth, it is cheap enough to get a dongle £2.30 here http://www.play.com/Search.html?searchtype=allproducts&searchsource=0&searchstring=bluetooth+dongle so if you don't mind the inconvenience you may be able to save a bit there. JL were doing a discount on software with laptops when I got mine 2 weeks ago. £30 of Student Office and/or Norton 360 3 licence if you need these. and, as my first post, HP extended warranties are about £80 http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/HP-CompaqWarrantyPacks/prod.asp . Sorry i can't help you more with the processing power, I am sure others will be able to. At the end of the day my thoughts were I like the machine, The processor is supposed to be future proofish and a well known consumer mag said the lower spec model was excellent and reviews for my model were favourable. I suppose some of the more knowledgeable are cringing now!

Some reviews on your choice here http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/3227/2494/-/19425733/Hewlett-Packard-g6-1058sa-Core-i5-480M-4GB-750GB-15-6-inch-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Laptop-Notebook/Product.html

  carver 16:40 PM 17 Jul 11

Told you buying a laptop was bad for your health, I'd been looking at the HP Laptop and mentioned it to a friend and he just told me to look here http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&sqi=2&ved=0CBcQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.cnet.com%2F8301-17938_105-10400447-1.html&ei=9f8iTpadI8mBhQeo4sDJAw&usg=AFQjCNETCJR0XReT2A0cpFu9D-VKHFtGqQ

at the reliability records of different manufactures and who comes out worse, the one I'm thinking of buying, think I'll stick to an abacus.

Seems Toshiba laptops are the ones to go for, I think I will just go into a corner, take a couple of pills and have a headache.

  chub_tor 20:31 PM 17 Jul 11
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And the report only goes to confirm the Revoo survey earlier this year which I linked to in my first reply.

  carver 21:24 PM 17 Jul 11

I think that reliability is more important than CPU power so it's off to John Lewis to see what they have in my price range, so 2 year warranty from them + another 2 years warranty from my bank I can afford a better spec laptop.

Thank you for your help.

  mehim 00:40 AM 18 Jul 11

on the bright side there is only 5% difference over 2yrs and I would be happy to get the PC of my choice for that, possibly even after the 3 yr difference. My Sons HP lasted 4 + yrs till he upgraded but one of my Sony's lasted 3 yrs but by then I had upgraded.

I take all statistics with a very large pinch of salt.

  carver 08:36 AM 18 Jul 11

Given me a lot to think about apart from one thing, who to buy from. It looks as though John Lewis is the place to buy from even if their laptops are a few pounds dearer than buying on the Internet, at least their after sales service is worth the extra money.

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