My VAIO has just died and I need a new laptop. However, I want a cheap one, because I spent loads on my last one (£1700) and it is done for after only 18 months.
I will really only be using it for word processing, music, maybe watching films. Most important is that it is portable, with a decent battery life. Also, I would like a firewire port on it.
I was looking at getting the Toshiba A210-1AZ because it seems like it has a good spec (AMD X2 1.8Ghz dual core processor, 1 Gb RAM (expandable to $), 120Gb HD (with a spare slot for another drive) and I know where to get one for £290 brand new.
However, PC advisor gave it a pretty bad review, so I don't know if I should get that now.
For a budget laptop, the Dells just don't do it for me (for a change!) on this occasion - comparing the components & price with a few others...
Also consider the 'Acer Aspire 5720 Z' click here, with 2Gb RAM (you'll need it on Vista) & an Intel Dual Core T2310 = £330 / £317 with Quidco cashback click here
The Toshiba A210-1AZ can't be too bad for the price & intended usage. However, as it's Vista Premium I'd add another 1Gb**: click here / click here (cashback click here). Laptop+RAM upgrade will still dip under £300 (with all cashback).
"I know where to get one for £290 brand new" - I guess you mean click here. Take it down a shade by going through Quidco click here (other alternative, but with less Quidco cashback click here & click here). G
** Not sure from official specs click here, if original comes with 1x1Gb or 2x512Mb. If it's the latter, you'll have to buy 2x1Gb to get 2Gb in total. Or, the better Crucial 2x1Gb PC6400 kit click here (cashback click here).