Is this a suitable laptop to get?

December 1, 2009 at 02:47:06
Specs: Windows XP, 2Gb 256Mb RAM
Hi everyone.

I have a desktop in my house and I would like to also have a laptop so that I have the ability to use a computer somewhere other than my room.

Given the product in the link I have attached, would you recommend this as a suitable laptop to get? I don't want to spend over the odds on a laptop that is better than what I need, but I don't want to buy a laptop which is too poor either.

I wouldn't use it for a lot - I would like to be able to do:

Some relatively heavy Excel work;
Connect wirelessly to my network
Surf the web;
Be able to handle importing my recorded videos onto (and perhaps even some sound editing although not crucial), with upload onto YouTube;
Be able to play Football Manager 2010 on (personal favourite of mine).

I would like it to be able to do these things without getting frustrated at slow processing, etc.

I wouldn't use it for much else, certainly no more gaming than that, maybe I would like to watch movies on it, but most of the things I can do on my current desktop.

Thanks guys!

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December 1, 2009 at 12:39:37
Seems way more than what you might need.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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December 1, 2009 at 13:19:53
That laptop is running Vista. You want one with Windows 7. Also doesn't appear to have any type of wireless connection. If that is the case you would need to buy a wireless card to fit in the PC card slot. I would pass on that one.

I realize you are in the UK but look at the link below for another Acer idea.

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December 1, 2009 at 14:22:22
Hi guys, thank you for your reply.

Ideally I would like to spend at the most £400 on a laptop - I know this is low, the reason being actually my desktop does everything I need, this would just be for the mobility purpose, anything I can't do on the laptop I can do on the desktop. You can argue I mightn't even need it - but it would be useful nevertheless.

I was under the impression the linked laptop did have wireless - in the specs it says:

Wireless Built in 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Does that not mean it has that wireless capability? I am not overly familiar with wireless so pardon my ignorance if I am wrong!

I like the look of the laptop you mentioned, my only issue is that it's a bit on the pricey side considering what I mentioned earlier. I would like Windows 7 on a laptop over Vista, however, as you mentioned.

Any other ideas?

Thanks guys again.

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December 1, 2009 at 14:48:06
The laptop I linked is at $549 US, which i think is less than what you want to spend.

Don't lose sight of your reasons for wanting a laptop. At the very least you need WiFi built into the laptop. Bluetooth would be a plus. Look at the specs on the one you linked and look at some other in the same price range locally or online stores in the UK.

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