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    Help finding a Laptop please

    Looking at getting a laptop for Christmas and been searching through majority of large retailers etc but to be honest it is a bit of a mine field!

    I have a budget of £400 to spend. I will be using the laptop for web browsing, word processing, photo editing and music storage. Ideally I want as high as spec as i can for the £400, so basically want the fastest one out there for the budget!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    eBuyer.com have got some good deals on Acer Aspires at the moment:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173536
    Acer Aspire 5536 Laptop, AMD Turion RM-74 2.2GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6" WXGA, DVDRW,HDMI,Webcam Card Reader WIFI, ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics, Vista Home Premium *WINDOWS 7 UPGRADEABLE*
    £379.99

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172314
    Acer Aspire 5732 Value Laptop, Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300 2.1GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 15.6" WXGA, DVD±RW, Webcam, Dark Blue Lid, Windows 7 Home Premium
    £379.99

    Both are have Dual Core processors, making multitasking easier and smoother.

    The latter has Windows 7 pre-installed, however the former has a deal with Acer to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 for the cost of delivery (see http://www.acer.com/windows7upgrade/)

    Both are quite high end laptops - good quality processors and large amounts of memory.

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    Dell Inspiron 1545, £369 delivered, 3GB RAM, Win7 Premium 64-bit, Pentium Dual-Core, 15.6" glossy screen. Plenty for what you need, and 64-bit Windows gives it that extra boost too.

    (Upgraded from base £329 package)

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    I'd certainly check out PC world too, when they have a deal on they really do give laptops away, well worth a browse on their site...

    Also i saw an advert the other day saying Argos had laptop reductions on, plus you get the £5 voucher for every £50 spent at the moment...
    N.b. any opinitons expressed above should be ignored and considered 'ramblings', under no circumstances should they be relied upon...

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    I bought an Acer From PC World around 2 Months Back
    £359 or very close to that
    3Gb and 320Hard Drive
    Dual Core Processor

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    http://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/index.html

    Quality at a decent price. Avoid Sony and HP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nry View Post
    Dell Inspiron 1545, £369 delivered, 3GB RAM, Win7 Premium 64-bit, Pentium Dual-Core, 15.6" glossy screen. Plenty for what you need, and 64-bit Windows gives it that extra boost too.

    (Upgraded from base £329 package)
    Good choice, but for the extra (admittedly £28.99 over your budget) go for the one that's £428.99 delivered. It has an extra 1GB of RAM (64 bit versions of windows run soooooooo much better the more ram you put in them) and has McAfee antivirus protection included.

    However, if you already have a decent anti virus program which you want to use then go for the option above but I would strongly recommend upgrading the memory to 4GB as well as the processer upgrade mentioned by nry. This would come in at £408.09 delivered.
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    Buy it in the sales to save even more

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    Thanks for all the advice, will take alook at all the links later on tonight.

    Lee not an option thanks

    Keep the ideas comign though

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    Have a look at the supermarkets too - Tesco do some good deals and now stock Dell laptops. I got a mate who works for them to get me his 10% discount too.
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