Just wondering could anyone recommend (or who knows, maybe someone's selling something) a laptop or netbook for my Dad. Doesn't have to be anything special at all, just used for browsing the internet, checking emails and printing different bits.|
Thanks in advance for any info.
Recommendation for Laptop
Any notebook lappy can do that. Just find the cheapest one. You could probably get most indie games to run on it too, or even games on GoG.
Ah cool. Known of any brands that represent good value? Or best places to buy from?
Dirtbox 91,420 posts
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Apple is good i think
wayneh 2,599 posts
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Try Dell Outet
Edited by wayneh at 17:05:43 04-08-2014
Forgot you had to check is it dirtbox' time of the month before posting in this category..
Lenovo budget models are pretty cheap in Amazon
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I have an Asus Transformer Book T100 which I'm really happy with. Hybrid, so has a proper keyboard for typing but is detachable so can become a tablet for light use. It's Windows RT 8.1 so you can put your own programs on it (rather than having to use MS's pretty abysmal app store) and it comes with a free full copy of Office, which saves about £80 if you were going to buy that anyway.
BillMurray 9,557 posts
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Just get a Chromebook. I was looking for a laptop for my folks and the HP Chromebook I bought for them was perfect. Boots up super quick and is easy for them to use.
Where does one shop for laptops now? Only place I know of is Currys/PC World.
Yes, smart-arse, but what sites?
@Derblington It shouldn't matter if you buy it from PC World, so long as it has the specs you want.
I know, but I wanted to have a look at more options than what they have.
I want a decent processor, 500gb HDD, 4gb RAM, a decent screen (glossy - I prefer the vibrancy of them), all in a black or silver 13.3 inch shell, with an HDMI out (which is pretty standard now).
Outside of Apple I can't seem to find that. I can find everything together except for one component (which varies) and it's doing my nut at the moment.
Edited by Derblington at 16:30:18 20-12-2014
Get an Apple then. Begrudgingly worth the premium to get something which isn't obsolete in six months. And best keyboard (MacBook Air) on any laptop ever.
I have a MBP. This is a gift for someone.
Bowzer43 1,891 posts
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Try ebuyer.com, dabs. Com, scan. Co. UK, Amazon, pc world, argos, dell
At this time of year probably quite a few deals around, though read the specs carefully a lot laptop manufacturers release loads of similar variants, so it can be difficult to compare exact specs and price.
acer are a cheap brand that packs loads of features then there are mainstream names Hp, Dell, Sony, lenovo, Samsung etc.
Though almost all will be loaded with Windows 8.1 so depends how much you like person you're gifting it to!
Fuck me laptop buying is a nightmare these days. I took back my Acer and got a refund and am looking for something again. This time I think I will spend £400, maybe up to £500 if I can justify it.
But I just miss the old days, a 486 was better than a 386 was better than a 286 etc. No there are i3, i5, i7, AMD and i5 is not necessarily better than an i3 and half the laptops don't state easily if they are dual core or quad or something.
I don't suppose anyone can just point me at something in that range? All I really care about are:
Long battery life (6 hours plus preferably)
500 gig hard drive (I will use it for photo editing so will end up with using loads of storage.)
2 or 3 USB ports. (I intend to use it as the hub for charging phones / 3ds / vita while travelling.)
Size - 14 inches to 15.6. No higher than that as I want to carry it while travelling.
And some steam games, if it can run recent stuff then awesome, even at low res, if not, well GOG and steam backlogs will keep me happy.
Stuff I can find:
There are also some Lenovos, Toshibas and Asus ones in that price range, but fuck me if I can ever compare them as every site seems to have very slightly different specs.
I don't suppose anyone could run their eyes over this (Dirtbox) and tell me if this is decent?
I have the X220 for work and it's a good laptop - possibly a bit steep at 400 now though, seeing as there is soon to be the X250 coming out, so quite an old processor and low screen res.
I run Windows 8.1 on mine, though and it's quick enough with a standard SATA 2 250GB drive. Battery is decent, I get about 6 hours.
I'd look into an X230 as it has the nicer keyboard like a mac, and slightly better battery.
They're easy to upgrade so you'd probably be cheaper picking up extra RAM and an SSD yourself if you can be bothered!
Looking around more I can find these two, which I may be able to justify buying via work...
Any comments anyone?
I gather either of those will let me play Skyrim at low levels at least?
Skyrim runs on pretty much any old shit, there are youtube videos of it running on bay trail tablets at 25fps.
What do you want to do on you laptop btw? One of those is a 5kg beast, more of a desktop replacement.
Also doubt you'll get anywhere near 7hours battery life.
I've given up on the battery side. I will just have to power it from an external battery while in the field. I have a massive 20kg 150mHA powersource I use for my telescopes, I didn't really want to add on the extra load, but it can handle it. The 5kg I also gather is wrong, everywhere else I have looked says it is 2.7. So still heavy, but not that bad!
I want to do a mixture of work, photoediting and some gaming. The gaming I've added as an extra, but is not essential really. I just want something with a little grunt as I am tired of buying £250 laptops that I need to replace so often.
Ended up getting Dad a chromebook and he's been using it happily for the last month or so but we got a printer there at the weekend and I thought I had all set up correctly for his google cloud printing but it seems since it's a 'classic printer' (it's a Canon Pixma MG3550) that you need to have another computer on and connected to it if you want to print from the chromebook, is that right?
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