Computer/Internet Issues & Troubleshooting Anyone with questions about the terribly complex world of computers or the internet should try here. NOT FOR REPORTING ISSUES WITH PPRuNe FORUMS! Please use the subforum "PPRuNe Problems or Queries."

Which laptop?

Old 21st May 2008, 20:53
  #1 (permalink)  
niknak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: UK
Posts: 2,335
Which laptop?

My son needs a laptop for his college/uni studies, unfortunately I have very limited knowledge of the subject.
Budget around 700, it needs to be powerful enough to handle quite a large number of different programmes required by the course, probable updating, constant usage and be robust enough survive at least three or four years.

We've always had good value for money and advice from John Lewis previously, but any opinions (in simple terms) as to what type and where to shop would be appreciated.
Thank you.
niknak is offline  
Old 21st May 2008, 21:20
  #2 (permalink)  
The Cooler King
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: In the Desert
Posts: 1,660
The only solution:

Farrell is offline  
Old 21st May 2008, 21:52
  #3 (permalink)  
Dep Chief PPRuNe Pilot
 
Join Date: Jan 1997
Location: UK
Posts: 7,206
Irrespective of the various hardware suggestions you receive niknik don't go anywhere else other than John Lewis.

Outstanding service and warranty.

They also sell Farrell's suggestion as well as traditional Winderz stuff.

Rob
PPRuNe Towers is offline  
Old 21st May 2008, 22:00
  #4 (permalink)  
419
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: London
Posts: 399
One important factor to consider is the operating system, especially as you mention programs required for the course. (You could always ask the Uni for advice).
A fair few business oriented software programs are not compatible with Vista, ( I know this from trying to run some of the stuff my company uses), in which case XP professional would be a good idea.

For a good robust laptop, I've always gone with a Toshiba tecra. They are certainly robust, and can take a fair few knocks.

http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.c...RIES_ID=129014
419 is offline  
Old 21st May 2008, 22:31
  #5 (permalink)  
Spitoon
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
niknak, dunno why but I always had you down as younger from your posts!

As to your question, 700 should get you something very respectable. Personally - if it were for me in that situation - I'd be looking for a PC rather than Mac unless it's for a graphics/art type course simply because the range of software is greater and the uni will probably use PCs. Something in the order og a 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor will be fairly future-proof for 2-3 years, I'd go for more RAM rather than a faster processor, pretty standard these days but I'd want Ethernet and wi-fi built in, widescreen and DVD playback for chillin' out with. HDD at least 120GB, and probably bigger, 250GB is not uncommon and if son is into music, movies and the like it will soon fill up. Personally I wouldn't worry about battery life - whatever the manufacturers say is likely to be little short of fiction and in that environment there'll probably be plenty of places to plug it in - if you do go for true longer life batteries I suspect you'll pay disproportionaly for it.

I tend to buy from www.ebuyer.co.uk - never had any problems with them and they tend to have good prices. As for brands, Acer are pretty good in my experience - reasonably priced and functional. A friend bought a Fujitsu Siemens lappie - it's going back maybe four years - seemed a bit pricey then but I think they're more competitive now - built like a tank (although not unreasonably heavy) and stylish with it.

Whatever you get, I hope son puts it to good use, passes courses with flying clours, gets good job and supports you in your dotage in the way you've always wanted to become accustomed !
 
Old 21st May 2008, 22:57
  #6 (permalink)  
Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Twickenham, home of rugby
Posts: 6,556
My son needs a laptop for his college/uni studies
Make sure it is either very cheap or insured. Or both.

Laptops and students have a habit of becoming parted from each other, sadly.

And regular backup of data is critical, preferably to a location that won't also get nicked. Nothing more unpleasant than having one's major project / dissertation / coursework get lost, trashed or stolen.

SD
Saab Dastard is offline  
Old 21st May 2008, 23:35
  #7 (permalink)  

Just another seat number
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: NW UK
Posts: 128
Dell Vostro 1000, 1Gb Memory, 80Gb Hard Drive, Windows XP as standard. Delivered for ca. 270. Dell Small Business section of the website. This is a fine machine that should last for 3 years and be robust enough for Web and Word Processing. It won't be great for gaming or 3D design.

Spend the spare cash on an external hard drive for backups - preferably one that can be networked and hidden. ca. 100

Put the balance into the bank to pay for the replacement when the original gets lost/stolen/damaged.

Load it up with all the free software at the top of this forum.

PS - I sit here typing this on a Mac, but sometimes money talks and the Dell is fine for a student.
Land After is offline  
Old 22nd May 2008, 03:32
  #8 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: North America
Posts: 263
Make your son pay for it himself so you don't have to worry about it being robust. It's his own money, he'll look after it. =P
MidgetBoy is offline  
Old 22nd May 2008, 05:35
  #9 (permalink)  

Plastic PPRuNer
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Cape Town
Posts: 1,882
Mac the Knife is offline  
Old 22nd May 2008, 18:37
  #10 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Here
Posts: 133
Try a Sony VAIO, they're quite good
isi3000 is offline  
Old 22nd May 2008, 20:46
  #11 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: UK
Age: 55
Posts: 240
Dell special offer, starts at 199+VAT. Anything over 299+VAT in upgrades makes it ship for free.

Use MS office 2007 student and teacher edition.

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/pr...687&lid=530197

Spend the rest in the student bar....

BW
bladewashout is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.