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laptop with webcam for skype


Penny101

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Hello,

I want to give lessons online using Skype and a webcam. Not being very computer savvy, I would like one that is basic, easy to use, and above all reliable.

I would like an HD webcam (built-in?);

good internet connection; wifi;

Qwerty keyboard with number pad and mouse;

basic Word and Excel;

USB and possibly DVD.

NOT for gaming, videos etc, or social media.

Completely confused by all the jargon, so would be very happy with any suggestions.

Thank you,

Penny

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Penny101

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Back again!

Plan to get the Novatech nSpire 2350 which seems to tick all the boxes mentioned above. Can't find any reviews though.

It is indeed 400 pounnds, with another 90 for Windows 7 and 75 for MS office Home/Student (the cheapest), total 565.

Someone else mentioned Libreoffice - do you know anything about that? Is it easy to use? (Only need very basic Word and Excel.)

Cheers

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frybluff

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Seems like decent kit. I think it must be a fairly new version, hence no user reviews. However, Novatech have a good reputation, so, at least, you can buy with reasonable confidence. Does seem a little pricey, but not excessively so.

Personally, I wouldn't bother with Office. It does have some nice features, but there's so much, perfectly adequate, free software available, that I just don't think it's worth the price. But that's just my opinion. I use Kingsoft, which I find user friendly, and it's free.

I would suggest checking out John Lewis, if they have a local branch. They are not as expensive, as people seem to think, plus they give two year guarantee on all their laptops. (plus you can SEE what you are buying). Again, just my opinion.

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Nontek

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Yes, good choice, I would say go for it!

A very good Free alternative to Msoft Office is ....

Open Office

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Penny101

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I'm a great fan of John Lewis; only problem is that I live in Antwerp! Makes everything a bit more tricky, though not impossible. I don't want to buy one here as they all have AZERTY keyboards - the one I'm using at the moment doesn't even have a pound sign! Pfff!

The laptop and Windows 7 without MS Office comes to 490 pounds, which is roughly what I was expecting to spend. And I'm sure I'll make good use of their free technical support!

Thanks for the Kingsoft / Open Office tips. I shall go and investigate.

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frybluff

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Advantage with the freebies, of course, is you can download one, try it, and "throw it away", if you don't like it, and try another one.

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Noldi

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Best thing I've found for Skype is an iPad. Camera front and rear,

Noldi

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Penny101

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Not sure camera at rear is wise ;-)

Thanks for all help and suggestions,

Penny

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