Some advice buying a laptop

  tobeloy 21:29 18 Nov 10

I have been asked by my in-laws to find them a laptop their budget is £400, basically they will use it for email, writing letters and storing photos, mum plays scrabble now and then, nothing more strenuous than that, it needs to have a min 15.6" screen

I have looked at laptops with the new core i3 processors but am thinking the old dual core are just as good but I am not too techie so advice would be good.

I personally am going to buy a new system for me but there is so much choice and I am replacing a toshiba satellite which is 8 years old and was a powerful entertainment desktop replacement in its day but its dying.

I have a budget of £600, I possibly would like another desktop replacement system that technology wise will last about 4-5 years as I am spending a lot of cash. My laptop is used about 10hrs a day for work, I use it regularly for email, internet and catching up on tv, I would also like my new system to be able to play some of the latest games but I know I will have to compromise on detail level but I would like a dedicated graphics card, 17" screen would be nice too.

I was looking at toshiba or asus as they seem quite reliable but I don't mind what the brand is as long as I am getting value for cash, I will probably extend the warranty anyway.

Any help is appreciated, I have looked at so many I am confusing myself.

  Forum Editor 22:56 18 Nov 10

Take a tip from me, and don't.

Extended warranties are a waste of good money in my opinion - you are adequately protected by current consumer legislation, and in any case modern laptops are incredibly reliable.

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