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Author What laptop? (for around 500)
Kurt
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4th Mar 09 at 23:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

So my laptop is dying a painful death switching itself off when hot and just generally being slow.. Currently I have an acer aspire 5610 with upgraded ram to 4gb but still on normal xp

First question is it possible to upgrade my current laptop further? I.e 64 bit xp and CPU? Only reason I ask is because it's slightly personalised..4

Secondly what's the best laptop for about 500.. Main use would be Internet, music, movies and odd games..
csweatherston
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5th Mar 09 at 01:25   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Hp dv6290??... it must be around 500 or less now...
mines served me well.
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Can't go wrong with Dell. Got three Inspiron 1520's in our house and they've been flawless. If we've had any problem what-so-ever Dell has just replaced whatever went wrong.

Some superb deals going about lately. I saw a Dell laptop with a Blu-ray player and a proper decent spec going for 400 on HUKD.
Kurt
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5th Mar 09 at 10:52   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

had a look on dell and they seem to have some very good deals on.. only trouble they all come with vista which i despise!! need xp really.. but it only comes on their netbooks..
Matt L
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doesnt take much to unstaill vista and stick on xp surely.
johnhara1
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We buy Toshiba's at work and they all come with a roll back license so you can downgrade to XP

Enquire about this with Dell.

Or see if you choose your OS when you go to the custom build options via the dell site.
Richardhhha
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its the hastle tho, you'l have to get a custom laptop to have xp nowadays iirc

places like pc world will only sell pc's and laptops with vista,

ive always found this website quite good
build your laptop/pc
jacko198
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5th Mar 09 at 14:37   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Save up, get a macbook
John
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quote:
Originally posted by jacko198
Save up, get a macbook


Thats the worst piece of advice ever.

I'd recommend a Dell.

No manafacturer should be shipping full sized laptops with vista anymore.
ed
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Get a Dell off of ebay.

Speaking of Apple. I'm glad that they have finally made their products ROHS compliant, the regulations have only been in place since 2006 for electrical components to be mercury free. I'm also glad they neglect to tell you how energy intensive it is to mill a solid billet of ally into a computer and re-constitute all the waste material back into more billet. Oh well, with their claims of how energy efficient it is, it might break even in about, oh 20 years.
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You pay a lot of money to get get a normal laptop inside that piece of billet.
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quote:
Originally posted by John
quote:
Originally posted by jacko198
Save up, get a macbook


Thats the worst piece of advice ever.

I'd recommend a Dell.

No manafacturer should be shipping full sized laptops with vista anymore.


How?!
John
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As far as I know he's not wanting to do any obscure music editing so paying 3 times the price of an equivalent dell for something that does less is a bad idea.
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Ha, ok then. Everyone has got there own opinion.
Being a pc user all my life, i got my macbook a year and a half ago, and i honestly wouldnt buy a pc again.

Kurt
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quote:
Originally posted by John
As far as I know he's not wanting to do any obscure music editing so paying 3 times the price of an equivalent dell for something that does less is a bad idea.


actually.. i do have a btec in music tech

but i rarely do any music editing now anyway..
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Unless you are a bit of a geek then don't buy a MacBook. I use mine to fuck around with Firewalls as Windows is terrible when it comes down to networking, especially Wireless. I could have just used uBuntu but got the Mac as a Christmas present off my parents.

You pay twice the prices and then end up putting on Firefox, MSN and MS Office anyway

Good few little APs on it that you can't get on Windows mind, but then not all your Windows APs will run on the Mac.
Kurt
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i dont mind mac os x at all.. used to use it at college in the studios and sequencing suite.. but its pricey.. in an ideal world id just upgrade this one.. but laptops are ghey and you cant just do that

 
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