Laptop advice

  Dellman 10:53 09 Feb 06

I'm looking for a laptop for my father. He will primarily use it for:

>Internet browsing
>M/S Office Applications (Word/excel/powerpoint/access etc)
>Video editing (DV Camcorder to computer)

Not sure what spec he should be looking for or best place to go for laptops.

Any advice appreciated.

  Dellman 12:01 09 Feb 06


  Dellman 13:02 09 Feb 06

In terms of budget between £400 and £700. In view of his age, would also want as hassel free a buying/after-sales service experience as possible. Dell, Mesh or Toshiba any good? Not sure what would be minimum spec needed in view of uses outlined above - processing speed, chip, graphics card, RAM. In terms of hardware, at least DVD burner, firewire etc.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:31 09 Feb 06


  ade.h 20:14 09 Feb 06

To quote yourself from at least three recent threads:


Have you tried Mesh??


To answer your question, I would suggest one of the cheaper Sony Vaio models. The bog-standard ones can be had for around £700 and compare favourably with the likes of Dell for value. The aftersales is highly reputed and the build quality is superb. I would also consider HP for the same reasons, but I think that the Sonys perhaps have the edge.

(By the way: the two laptops in my household are and HP and a Sony).

  007al 20:27 09 Feb 06

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  Dellman 10:25 10 Feb 06

What minimum spec should I be looking at (the lap-top is for my father):

>Internet browsing
>M/S Office Applications (Word/excel/powerpoint/access etc)
>Video editing (DV Camcorder to computer)

  Dellman 12:27 10 Feb 06


  Ikelos 12:40 10 Feb 06

either Dell or Rock, with the Rock it has a 3 year back to base warranty, which is well worth having,any laptop will do what he wants.

  EARLR 12:54 10 Feb 06

Targa laptops are loaded with software and have a 3 year warrenty (pick up anywhere and return). They sound a little expensive but the same spec. at Dell is a lot more and the service is second to none.As we all know "You Get What You pay For"

  Dellman 12:57 10 Feb 06

Isn't processing power/speed important? I've seen Celeron, Pentium and Athlon chips mentioned. RAM? Should this be a consideration?

Haven't heard of Rock. Is HP, Toshiba or Sony (VAIO) any good?

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