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Which laptop?

Post by humblebee » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:30 pm

I'm after a new laptop and I've got my eye on this fella from Fujitsu. If you want the same spec from a Dell Vostro or a Toshiba it seems to cost 70 or 80 quid more. Anyone know anything about these things? Is there a catch, or is it just about the brand...?

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Post by kingofpartick » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:00 am

The Dell i just got was £499, and had a AMD duo core processor equivalent to 2.0Ghz, 2048 ram, 320 gig hard drive, a 9 in 1 memory card reader, DVD re writer, about 5 USB inputs, firewire, blue tooth, s-video out, is widescreen and has some other stuff. Due to being widescreen it even has a numeric pad. Fucking genius.

There was an offer that ran out on 31st Jan for £150 off, so its basically a £649 laptop, but they always stick on more offers when the current ones run out. I haven't seen any laptop anywhere near this spec for anything like this price.
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Post by humblebee » Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:43 am

kingofpartick wrote:a 9 in 1 memory card reader
Wassat then?

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Post by kingofpartick » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:29 am

its one of those things that read about 9 different types of generic memory cards from phones and cameras and the like, so you can stick pics and files in without faff.
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Post by frankie » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:30 am

It means that 1 time out of 9 it know what you are thinking...

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Post by humblebee » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:33 am

Apart from the hard disc, though, isn't that Fujitsu nearly the same spec for 100 quid less?

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Post by caramarydaisy » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:48 am

i need something new, probably a laptop.

i dont know where to start or what i should get..
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Post by kingofpartick » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:02 am

humblebee wrote:Apart from the hard disc, though, isn't that Fujitsu nearly the same spec for 100 quid less?
Slower Processor. I guess it depends what you want to use it for, the higher processor might come in handy if you plan on doing music on it.
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Re: Which laptop?

Post by Martijn » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:07 pm

We're also after a new laptop! Our Toshiba laptop has just died, after a long illness yet still rather unexpectedly. The one we had (Satellite A110-178) worked really well, except that it didn't turn out to be very sturdy. And we happen to use the laptop a lot on our laps. The main problem was the final bit of the cable (the plug that you put into the laptop to make it run on electricity) kept breaking, probably because when keeping the laptop on your lap, the cable is generally bent slightly, which is something cables don't like. I'd happily hear of laptops/brands that have found a solution to this --like ones that use plugs that don't fit in so loosely, if they exists-- but any other brands/types that are known for their sturdiness sound good too. It's not like we throw it on the floor twice a day, but we don't exactly put it to sleep on silk pillows either.

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Re: Which laptop?

Post by Sootyzilla » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:13 pm

Martijn wrote: The main problem was the final bit of the cable (the plug that you put into the laptop to make it run on electricity) kept breaking, probably because when keeping the laptop on your lap, the cable is generally bent slightly, which is something cables don't like.
would you not be able to buy a replacement power supply, if that's all that's wrong with it?
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Re: Which laptop?

Post by Martijn » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:16 pm

Sootyzilla wrote:would you not be able to buy a replacement power supply, if that's all that's wrong with it?
Well, it would be if that was the only problem. But several other things have broken too, so it's probably a better investment to buy a new one. Which we have intended to do for a while, but have kept putting off until now.

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Post by DimitraDaisy » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:37 pm

Sootyzilla wrote:would you not be able to buy a replacement power supply, if that's all that's wrong with it?
We did. We bought one, and then it broke too. And then Toshiba kindly replaced the original one, except it broke too, and then we bought another one, and, guess what! It broke too!

I really don't do anything all that unusual to the laptop, I swear.
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Re: Which laptop?

Post by Martijn » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:14 pm

Also, perhaps I should just have asked for not-too-expensive laptops (offers, perhaps?), good quality, good brands and, if possible, a bit sturdy too.

edit. Like 400 quid, or something like that. Excluding security software, as we already have that. And we don't need to play games on it. Or play lots of videos. A good screen would be a plus though.

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Re: Which laptop?

Post by James_B » Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:01 pm

my only advice is to go with a half decent brand, not like PC World's standard things, my sister has one of them and you basically can't use it without it being plugged into the charger.

i'm not sure how much the cheapest sony vaio's are, some of them are crazy expensive, but i think they make some low end ones too and i hear they're great.

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Re: Which laptop?

Post by susanb » Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:35 pm

I'm thinking I might have to get a new laptop sometime soon. I've got an Advent that is just over 2 and a half years old, and it's starting to get a bit temperamental. In the couple of weeks the USB ports have been malfunctioning (they think they are USB 1 when they are USB 2.0 which is a bit weird, and the power to them isn't constant which is really annoying as I use a USB connected external hard drive a lot). It's been suffering from overheating recently too (I use it on a desk) and the inbuilt wireless card is now refusing to switch on. So those problems plus some other niggles and the fact that even after reformatting it is still slow are making me think I'll be having to replace it in the near future.

I've been looking at the Sony Vaios and they don't seem as expensive for what they are as they used to be (apart from the fancy ones with blu ray). Does anyone have any experience (good or bad) with them? I've been looking at the Dell site too, but the ones I've been looking at around the same spec as the vaios are a wee bit more expensive and a few people have warned me off dell laptops in the past. Ideally I'm looking for at least a 2Ghz processor and at least 2GB RAM, as well as usual stuff like in built wireless adaptor and a good screen. I can't decide on screen size just now, though. I use my laptop to watch DVDs on as I don't have a tv, but I have to carry it into uni for work so I'm trying to find a balance between screen size and weight.

What laptop did you go for in the end, humblebee?
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Re: Which laptop?

Post by humblebee » Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:54 pm

susanb wrote:What laptop did you go for in the end, humblebee?
The Fujitsu Esprimo Mobile V5535, which I see has already fallen in price to about £330. Gah!

The built-in speakers are bloody dreadful, even by laptop standards. The battery life is very poor, but I knew that before I bought it and I don't have much cause to run it from the battery anyway. And Vista is a massive pile of shit, but that's more or less unavoidable now.

Other than that I'm quite pleased with it. The display is nice. It starts up and shuts down nice and quickly. If you're not too arsed about the sound, I'd say it's a decent buy at the latest price.

Saying all that has surely guaranteed that it will explode within minutes, so if you don't hear from me for a while that'll be why.

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Re: Which laptop?

Post by humblebee » Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:44 am

I really fancy one of those super-tiny ickle laptops so I could take it with me ON TOUR and stuff. I'm always on trains and that, and I can never be arsed to take this laptop with me.

There's an EEE, like what tonieee has got, on eBay at the moment - auction closes in an hour and it's at £105. Well tempted!

Anyone else own one or used one? What do you reckon?

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Re: Which laptop?

Post by crystalball » Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:11 pm

I've never used one but don't EEE laptops run Linux or something resembling Linux? It's certainly not Microsoft Windows, anyway. You knew that already, didn't you? Sorry.

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Re: Which laptop?

Post by Gordon » Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:13 pm

On wikipedia it says the new ones can run/can come installed with windows, I think.
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