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Hiya folks,

Well the desktop is on its way out and with space at a massive premium at the moment I have decided to look to buy a laptop. Now I've never had a laptop before but I assume I will use it for the same tasks as my desktop which included:

  • Web browsing (multiple tabs)
  • Microsoft Office type stuff
  • iTunes & downloading

In an ideal world I'd like it to:

  • Be in my budget of £350
  • Come with Microsoft Office
  • Possibly be Windows 7 (only because I have no idea what 8 is all about if anyone can help?)
  • Decent size screen
  • Of course as much RAM as I can get within my budget

Do any of you more "clued-up" folks have any directions to point me in? I have looked on Currys, Tesco etc, but just wondering if I have missed anywhere.

Thanks in advance guys :)

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Not sure you'll get a new one that's got windows 7 on it :/

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I'm not sure you'll find a new one with Windows 7 on it either, and having tried Windows 8 on a friend's laptop I can assure you you should definitely avoid it!

I think for that budget it's unlikely you'll be able to get Microsoft Office either, but you can download Open Office for free and that does the same thing.

Have you considered getting a second hand laptop? You then will have a much better chance of getting a decent one that meets your specifications.

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Windows 8.1 will see the return of the Start Menu so don't feel too worried about having to spend some time with the much loathed start screen...


http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/asus-x550ca-xx249h-15-6-laptop-21836943-pdt.html?themeid=383&token=pc-world-laptop-deals

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There's nothing wrong with 8.1... I've recently upgraded from a laptop running XP to one running Windows 8.1 and although it seems slightly strange initially, after about 30 minutes or so it's an absolute doddle to use.

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I'd disagree with what you say about 8.1, which has been out for a while now and is the version my friend uses. You can flip between desktops to one that looks like traditional Windows, but if memory serves me right it still lacks a start menu and is very un-user-friendly. Put it this way, if I had the choice of Windows 7 or 8, I'd stick with 7 any day.

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I'd disagree with what you say about 8.1, which has been out for a while now and is the version my friend uses. You can flip between desktops to one that looks like traditional Windows, but if memory serves me right it still lacks a start menu and is very un-user-friendly. Put it this way, if I had the choice of Windows 7 or 8, I'd stick with 7 any day.

There is an 8.1 Update pending that reintroduces the start menu of old

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Try Play.com, PC World, Argos, Asda Direct. Once you find one thats cheap enough with the spec you want, give it a further search by searching the model on google shopping and see if you can get it cheaper.

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There is an 8.1 Update pending that reintroduces the start menu of old

Well it couldn't come soon enough. Just got a Sony Vaio with Windows 8.1 and I love everything apart from the OS.

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You'll get a decent laptop for £350 and you're definitely making the right choice by sticking to windows 7. I have no idea what Microsoft were thinking when they designed windows 8.

I've had a few laptops in my time and find Acer's to be one of the best. Dell's generally have bad reports, although i've never had one myself. Have a look at acer aspire's.

http://www.tesco.com/direct/technology-gaming/all-laptops/

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http://pcspecialist.co.uk

Get £50 off any laptop/computer using discount code DUKE4.

PM me if you'd like any further assistance/help. You can also choose Win 7 instead of 8 on some models.

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Looks like you need some help over here, well you're speaking to the right guy!

Considering you're moving from a desktop to a laptop expect to make some changes.

Laptops generally are more expensive and have a lower life span since they are more portable and easily broken.

Just keep in mind of the hardware specs when buying - don't do it just because of the branding.

Look for a good CPU (Processor) with a built in GPU (Graphics) and a good amount of RAM and HDD space.

I recommend this AMD one http://z5t.net/Es45cX (URL shorter) for your type of usage and just in budget. Or this Intel one http://z5t.net/0hFEo6

Cheers.

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