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09/01/2013 at 19:05
Does anyone have a clue about what to look for in a laptop please? I will hopefully be replacing mine as it isn't working properly (the OU will give me a grant to replace it but not repair it and I can't afford to pay to fix it myself)
The only criteria I have so far is that it needs to be brand new from a proper retailer, £400 or under and needs to have full microsoft office (word, power point etc). I have had a look at currys/argos etc on line but there are so many options such as processor and operating system and I have no clue what they mean!
Can anyone give me a few tips please?
09/01/2013 at 20:37
If you're with the OU do you have an NUS card? I am and I do. If so I think you can get a discount with Dell www.nus.org.uk/.../dell-student-discount - they also seem to have a dedicated site for student offers here http://www.dell-sci.co.uk/ In my other job I work in IT and Dell is what we use (Apple Mac too but you won't get one for £400).
Just had a look on Currys and they have this one which is a good spec for the price www.currys.co.uk/.../hp-pavilion-g6-2210sa-15-6-laptop-red-18093445-pdt.html I'd go for an Intel processor over AMD, decent amount of RAM enabling your applications run faster and the bigger the hard drive the better - this is where you store all your data. Not many people would fill 1TB of storage in their lifetime (although I am on my 3rd TB but that's photos for you!).
Generally laptops don't come pre loaded with Office. They normally have the operating system and the basic word processing application (Windows 8 is the latest version), that's it. You can get a student license though (again you need to prove you're a student to obtain one) I bought mine from www.software4students.co.uk. Just checked and it's £85 for Office 2010 - 2013 is due out imminently though.
09/01/2013 at 20:39
I'd go for something from the Dell outlet. Highest everything for your £. Something like this outlet.euro.dell.com/.../InventorySearch.aspx
09/01/2013 at 20:42
Thanks for the reply Sshh. I haven't got an NUS card but its something I've been meaning to look into so ill do that first. Ill have a look at that laptop too.
Thank you again x
09/01/2013 at 20:45
Thank for that link kellfi I hadn't heard of that site before. It looks like those laptops are refurbished though which the grant form says I can't buy unfortunately.
09/01/2013 at 20:51
Aw, that's a shame. I would go for Dell personally or I like HP. Would stay away from Acer personally. I d worked in IT departments for years & we always buy HP or Dell. Ebuyer or Dabs used to be good sites x
09/01/2013 at 21:28
Get an NUS card, they're only a tenner and it's totally worth it if only for the 20% discount in New Look & Dorothy Perkins!
09/01/2013 at 21:48
Discount on clothes shopping?!?!? Right I'm off to get an NUS card! Thanks Sshh!
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