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OC75

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I have just started workin for myself and need to purchase PC and/or laptop asap!. I will need to go to clients sites, so am thinkin a laptop is best but should I purchase a cheap laptop and a good quality PC to keep in the office at home, or just go with a good quality laptop for all needs. I won't really have much need for any specialist software packages. I reckon at this stage I would need, word, excel, powerpoint, access, adobe professional and visio. I am veering towards choosing Dell or HP but not exactly sure why. So what's my best options? I am guessing I will need back up support as well.

I will also need to buy printer, scanner, copier. I am thinkin HP office jet combo range. I shouldn need to print large volumes but I might occasionally need to print a few hundreds pages. I would need an inbuilt doc feeder. Again your advice would be greatly appreciated.

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equanet

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You can purchase your IT hardware through our B2B web site:

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Valentinee

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Hi! Have you tried online fax services for you business? It's the best way to send and receive faxes anywhere and any time. I use Popfax.com click here providers and it not only fills up the fax machine, it's easier and more reliable.

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raziel08

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Thanks for that Midgetnija. Must have skipped over the list of programmes when i read it. I have used open office and it does have some very useful features not seen in Microsoft office. It is also much easier to use.

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2bathred

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Open Office Org 3 does just as well and costs nothing.

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raziel08

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Sorry but you haven't given us a list of the programmes that you need to run on your computer.

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OC75

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Thanks this is useful. In terms of budget, I don't want to spend more than £500 on laptop and £200 on printer/scnaner/copier. I reckon I need to ensure it has capacity to print and scan 20 or 30 pages with no problem. I need laptop will run the programmes mentioned earlier with no probs. I intend to get some kind of support package? what is PC world like??

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wiz-king

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Now I will throw a spanner in your works.*grin*

I would suggest that you get a good PC for the 'office' with a voice / fax /data modem. This will take care of your office while you are out and about - there's nothing worse that having a phone number that is not answered and will also give you the ability to send and receive faxes.
It will depend on the nature of your business whether you can use a mobile phone while you are out and about. (I hate it when a rep or engineer comes to see me and their phone goes off in the middle of a meeting.) I would also suggest you contact a local PC system support/repairer for advice, the one I used for a few years until our network got too complicated was click here he may be able to get you all set up and working and may save you a lot of your time.

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raziel08

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Sorry forgot to add that i don't think that the printer has an "inbuilt doc feeder". i assume you mean a paper try?

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raziel08

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The following should be a link to a nice business laptop.

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and a printer/scanner/copier

click here

Hopefully the links should work.

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raziel08

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Ok what is the approximate budget for the laptop and for the printer, scanner, copier?

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