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Owenmoresider

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Laptops - best options?
« on: July 05, 2007, 01:39:24 PM »
I suspect a similiar thread may have appeared here at some stage, but can anyone help me with regard to what laptops would be the best performance and value? My current one is going on a long term work-to-rule so it's time to invest I guess. Any ideas, preferably under the 1,000 mark?

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Re: Laptops - best options?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007, 04:44:33 PM »
Excuse my ignorance but if you get a laptop with wireless broadband, what is the score if you use it down south, is it like a mobile phone set up???

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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2007, 05:34:38 PM »
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Excuse my ignorance but if you get a laptop with wireless broadband, what is the score if you use it down south, is it like a mobile phone set up??

Wireless e.g. Centrino in a laptop is something you use inside a building and is essentially the same all over the world.

Wireless broadband can also refer to public service to get broadband to your house, this requires are box of some sort which you connect your machine to.
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Re: Laptops - best options?
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2007, 09:58:58 PM »
Our company director bought three acer laptops for us, at the time i thought he was being tight but all three have been well used over the last year and none of them have given any problems. I would have no problem recommending them to someone

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Re: Laptops - best options?
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2007, 10:09:31 PM »
PCworld.com do side-by-side comparisons and rankings. Here's a few in different categories that should give you a guide to what's out there at the moment (prices are in US dollars though):

All purpose:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,123678;page,1;c,story/article.html

Ultra-portable  http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,123867/article.html

Power laptops  http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,123729;page,1;c,story/article.html

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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2007, 10:08:22 AM »
Rumour has it at my place of Gaaboard reading employment that there is a supply problem with laptop screens just now and consequent delays in the delivery of machines. Perhaps when this problem eases there will be some deals.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2007, 10:12:31 AM »
I got a great deal on an acer  from saverstore.com  ( Thanks mac eoghain)

Went to clearance section, it was B grade.  325

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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2007, 10:49:55 AM »
Also if you are buying online try setting up an account on www.quidco.co.uk (not sure if there is an .ie version) and if you buy through Currys, PC World etc you can earn cash back, usually between 2-5%. Nice little earner for new mobile phones, got 80 cash back when signed up on a contract with 3 mobile.

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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2007, 04:23:42 PM »
Im on the look out for a laptop, not really fussed on the spec, all that il be using it for will be the internet and playing Football Manager 2008 when it comes out later this month.

Anyone recommend a good deal for around 400quid?
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Re: Laptops - best options?
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2007, 07:43:26 PM »
Keep an eye on www.hotukdeals.com. You can see all the latest deals on Dell, PC world etc.

My advice

1) Stay away from Vista. It takes a good spec to run it and i see little over XP yet. On Dell you can choose either XP Pro or Vista - stick to XP. On Dell drop the cover to one yae and save 130 or so. Why pay this sort of money to cover a laptop at 400.

2) If you can buy HP. Good solid machines. Like a Massey Ferguson 135 - not flash but they do a real good job for a very long time.

3) Stay away from Curry's and PC world. Currys sell Fridges and PC world sell rubbish.

Also try www.dabs.com or www.insight.co.uk.

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Re: Laptops - best options?
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2008, 12:50:36 PM »
Lads, me laptop is knackered is there anywhere in dublin i can bring it in to get it wiped and put a fresh new image on it?

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Re: Laptops - best options?
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2008, 01:41:39 PM »
I'm thinkin of buyin a new PC also lads. I was thinkin of this one ( http://www.ebuyer.com/product/138614/show_product_overview ) but I'm not sure of Vista is the only thing but it looks a powerful machine. No monitor with it but I could pick 1 up for about 100, so a total of 450 would be in and about my budget.  What do ya's think, or has anyone any other recommendations? Cheers lads!
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2008, 03:09:54 PM »
www.dabs.com is where I got mine. a nice ACER one. works great really happy with the laptop and dabs themselves.
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Re: Laptops - best options?
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2008, 10:16:25 PM »
Can someone advise what would be the basics that should be included in a new laptop.
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