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son wants a laptop for his birthday

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Techie Stuff
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Techie Stuff
hi my son is twelve in two weeks and starts high school tueday wants a laptop for his birthday but can only afford a reconditioned one or one off ebay what is the things i should be looking for on it sorry a bit of a techno phobe he just wants to do his homework on it go on the internet and do music for his mp3 and pics thaqnks in advance
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  • tradetimetradetime Forumite
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    Roughly what sort of budget are you thinking of?
    PC world does reconditioned laptops.
    I'd be thinking of 1GB RAM unless it's Vista then 2GB
    >1.6 Ghz Processor wouldn't worry about dual core
    70+ GB Hard drive.
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  • If you tell us how much you can afford to spend ,you may be surprised by what people here can find .
    You would be far better off buying new .Laptops tend to be treated differently to desktops and second hand ones can be a bit of a gamble ..Things like batteries not holding charge .
  • around £150 to £200
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  • BrowntoaBrowntoa Forumite, Board Guide
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    this is just over budget at £228 new, it's via Dell business but you just enter a name for business (you may be starting a home business ;) ) and they never even ring to check 99% of the time

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/235761/dell-vostro-1000-laptop-amd-sempron

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    Great if you dont want to spend too much on a laptop and still be able use it for every day tasks. Apply the 10% voucher i've uploaded to get this price (GLTV1QH8DCMLWF). Dont forget use quidco to get £7.76 cashback bringing it down to just £220.31

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  • johnmcjohnmc Forumite
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    I'd have to ask why he specifically wants a laptop. I wouldn't be happy sending mine to school with a decent mobile, let alone a laptop.

    I would suggest a desktop which is going to be bigger storage, more memory, better graphics etc. But then it's HIS birthday.

    Needless to say, if it's on Ebay it's old.

    Take a look on Currys.co.uk for refurbished laptops.

    If it's running on Vista I suggest that you need 2Gb of RAM, minimum.
  • Just a quick search returns this
    http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/235761/dell-vostro-1000-laptop-amd-sempron/

    Hotukdeals is a good site to bookmark as it gets new offers listed daily .
    Could you not persuade him to get a desktop ?



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  • thanks browntoa that sounds great didn't think i could afford dell
    :confused::confused::confused:
  • tradetimetradetime Forumite
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    I think PC worlds refurbs start around £229, the advantage of a refurb from here is you have an easy point of contact if it goes wrong, I would be hesitant about a refurb laptop off ebay myself.
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    my daughters both have basic Dells, ample for what they do
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  • tradetimetradetime Forumite
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    Hope for the best.....Plan for the worst!

    "Never in the history of the world has there been a situation so bad that the government can't make it worse." Unknown
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