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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ch424, 13 Mar 2008.

  1. ch424

    ch424 Design Warrior

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    Hi people

    I'm looking to replace my laptop (see sig) that just died. I'd like something with a display smaller than 12.1" and costs less than £500. I refuse to buy anything from Acer or PC World though. Any ideas?

    Thanks!

    ch424
     
  2. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Asus EEEPC - the new versions are more fancy if the current-generation are too slow/small-screened for you. Problem is I can't remember when they're out. Could be ages yet. :)

    [edit]BiT's own news report about it, with a comparison between old & new features... :thumb:
     
  3. ch424

    ch424 Design Warrior

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    Yeah, I'd like an eeePC, but I need a laptop now. If I bought a 701, it'd take ages to be delivered, and by then the 900 series would only be out a couple of months later and I'd feel like I'd missed out. :( "summer" is a long time away in computer terms. Thanks for the suggestion though!
     
  4. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Hmm... I can't really recommend anything else tbh, I don't know enough about miniature laptops to tell you anything but the eee is going down a storm and the new ones won't be that long coming... Maybe an interim laptop until the new eee's?
     
  5. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

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    i'm pretty sure that for less than [squiggle]500 your only options are an eee, or jump up to a 14" screen. unless you want to buy used.
     
  6. zhangmaster12

    zhangmaster12 What's a Dremel?

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    new eee 900 with 9 inch screen comes out april, but has same celeron proc. In may, the celeron will be replaced with atom daimondville
     
  7. johnmalc

    johnmalc That shouldn't happen....

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  8. badders

    badders Neuken in de Keuken

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    If you want an EEE quick, try Toys R Us of all places. They normally have them in.
     
  9. Shadow_101

    Shadow_101 Mudkips.

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    I’d recommend a Samsung Q45, it’s been on PC Pro A list for ages (ultra portable). There also pretty dam cheap for the features packed into it - around the £500 mark. Less if you buy a new one off eBay.
     
  10. whisperwolf

    whisperwolf What's a Dremel?

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    the only 12.1" i found for that price was at pcworld hence why i didn't buy it. scan do have this MSI PR210 at £543 and its quite often on their deal of the day offer, of course it is pink.

    Has anyone found a Samsung Q45 for £500, I only ever seem to find place with them in stock selling at £600 and up
     
  11. Shadow_101

    Shadow_101 Mudkips.

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    ebuyer do it for £560 with free postage. Linky

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    Laptops Direct - £549 Linky
     
  12. antiHero

    antiHero ReliXmas time!

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    How about the Cloudbook? Comes out at the end of the month and will be pretty good imo.

    edit: Newegg has them for 399$
     
  13. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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  14. freedom810

    freedom810 Minimodder

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    Dell Vostro's will get you quite alot for your money, theres alot of customizable options too which is nice.
     
  15. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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    theevilelephant Minimodder

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    that dell is £450 without vat ( i hate it when they do that)
     
  17. cyrilthefish

    cyrilthefish What's a Dremel?

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    Up untill a few weeks ago, was of the same opinion of PCWorld... However my laptop died and i came across this whilst wandering around the local PC world buying a printer cartridge
    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/st...m=null&tm=null&sku=603566&category_oid=-27757

    i slightly scared the PCWorld drones by refusing all help and googling the model number for reviews on my PDA whilst standing in the store :)
    in the end i brought it, upset the PCWorld drones even further by point-blank refusing all extended warranties and extra software before they even asked

    I've now had the laptop a few weeks... it's simply one of the best laptops i've used. incredibly silent (fan only kicks in if the two CPU cores hit over 50-60% CPU usage for some time) lightweight and decent battery life. Two things sold it for me: the 1366x768 res 11" screen, and the touchpad that includes 2x scrollbars on the edges (first laptop where i've felt a separate mouse isn't necessary) :)

    i'm still quite bemused over the fact i found something decent at PCWorld... i wouldn't reccomend buying anything else there, but this Phillips ultraportable range seem solidly built and decently priced.

    checking now, theres a slightly better specced version thats cheaper there now... bugger :p
    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/st...m=null&tm=null&sku=986226&category_oid=-27757
     
  18. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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    :wallbash: Should have checked that a bit more carefully. Its still only £530 inc for the base spec one, which isn't too bad

    Edit: just found the laptops here. They have a rather cheap 12" one
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk
     
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  19. ch424

    ch424 Design Warrior

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    Hi people
    thank you for all the ideas and apologies for not replying - I've been away for the week.

    badders - thanks for that, I went and checked, but they'd sold out. :( They said they were hoping to get some in over the weekend but I wasn't around on Monday. Oh well..

    Shadow_101 - yeah, I saw the Q45 on ebuyer and in a couple of shops in london and it looked pretty nice and very good value, but a bit too bulky. I also had a look at an ASUS laptop ebuyer had - F9E which seems nice too, but again, I think I saw one in a shop and it was quite bulky.

    antiHero: the cloudbook is sold by Packard Bell in england and it's genuinely hideous. I had a play with one in PC World and I don't think I'd want to pay more than £40 for it and use it as a wireless access point or something.

    As for the Dell recommendations from people: none of the Vostros are smaller than 14", sadly, and the XPS1330 is nice, but again, too big. Thanks for pointing them out though.

    cyrilthefish, thanks for pointing those out - I saw one in PC World too, and it was quite nice, but once you see what I went for, you'll understand why I didn't get one:

    I bought a second hand Dell Latitude D430 off ebay for £460. It's got 1GB of RAM, 80GB hard disk, 1.2GHz/dual core/2MB processor and all the standard stuff like WiFi, bluetooth, SD card reader, 3G cellular modem and it has 30 months of on site warranty and insurance left! I am very pleased :)

    Thanks again for all the suggestions

    ch424
     
  20. Langer

    Langer Jesse Lang

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    I'd like to HIGHLY reccomend the ASUS eeePC. (pics of mine below)

    Can't wait for the 900 series to arrive...who knows what we'll be able to cram into that baby.

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    [edit] just noticed your last post, forgot to refresh the page...looks like i was too late. I was also goin g to suggest the Dell Vostro 1500, amazing little machine for about $500us[/edit]


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