Hello Am looking for a laptop, not for gaming or video editing or the like, just the usual word processing and surfing. Pc World are doing a laptop for £395 COMPAQ F502EU LAPTOP - COMPAQ F502EU AMD SEMPRON 3400+ PROCESSOR 1.6GHz LAPTOP Does anyone have any opinions on this please? Many thanks.
Compaqs are excellent and you can buy it and have it up and running 30 mins after you arrive home. Don't accept their extended warranty, Internet security suite, printer, laptop bag or surge protector. G
pcworld will be very unhappy if you take gandalfs good advice and ignore their efforts to sell you extras. as an ex employee i know the only reason these low price offers exist is so they can bump up their margin with accessories they try and palm off on their customers!
'i know the only reason these low price offers exist is so they can bump up their margin with accessories they try and palm off on their customers! and I thought that shops were Gentleman's Clubs. Next thing is that they will try to make profits...shameful.
ummm, well as I am only interested in the laptop and can be quite dogmatic (when I want to be!) I will only walk away with that. But I suppose it is their job to ask if you need anything else. Even my Bank ask me if they can do anything else for me! Lol!
If you want a laptop. You want 1 with Vista and make sure you get the premium NOT basic version!!! Basic has no media capabilities!! You really need 1 meg of RAM and a Dual core processor is preferable--Vista needs the 2nd core to speed up the new shiny interface. Machines that say Vista compatible may ONLY BE VISTA BASIC Compatible so be wary of buying an xp with an upgrade offer (which you may have to pay something for ,I've seen charges from £4 to £36 for the "FREE" upgrade shipping costs!!)Look at the rating of the machine ratings like 3.1 and 3.4 are usual . The number is limited by the lowest performing component in the system. The rating test can be run on the machine from control panel. PS I saw a really good advert in TESCO direct catalogue of all places 2 weeks ago. I have recently bought a Dell 640M and am quite happy with that. it has software issues but that is down to ROXIO mainly and the antivirus developers to sort out. Roxio does have a fix and others will fix in time . Overall VISTA looks pretty good. Transitioning fro XP is pretty easy and much software that is unyet specified VISTA ready will run anyway. I've tried allsorts of apps and games! Hope this is useful
I see no reason why the original poster needs VISTA to accomplish what he wants to do. Any laptop with Vista in that price range will be severely underpowered and probably equipped with Home Basic version. XP is definitely the way to go in this price segment.