Laptop for daughter 12yrs for £500?

  Jakesy 21:13 16 Jun 2008

I'm a total IT novice (i.e. I use the thing but know nothing really technical about it).

I'm looking for a good, reliable, robust, easy to use and future proof laptop for my daughter as a reward for getting to grammar school. I've been advised that a Compaq C773 for £399 is excellent because of its duo processor? Also a Dell for around the same price.....can anyone help as I'd heard about an ACER which was the dogs...?

Also I want to take out some insurance against damage but really data loss and to avoid the 'it'll take 6 weeks to fic sir...' scenario - PC World have such a product for £8 per month.

Any help would be really really appreciated as I've one chance to make the right choice and only a few weeks!!!!

  rogerdavis 21:26 16 Jun 2008

goes to one of the top Grammar schools in the country.

We upgraded her P111 laptop to a click here.

The Compaq C773 is a little cracker for the money and should see you through to Y11. Forget about PC worlds backup and invest in a £50 external hard drive and backup every thing with acronis disk director for around £12.

  recap 21:51 16 Jun 2008

I have just purchased click here a nice laptop for the price.

  Belatucadrus 22:03 16 Jun 2008

The term "future proof" and laptops are almost mutually exclusive. Laptops being notoriously difficult to upgrade. That said I doubt there's a laptop on the market today that'll be tested much by what it's used for. Unless she expects it to be a high end games machine as well and in that case most sub £1000 machines are likely to disappoint.

  bluto1 22:23 16 Jun 2008

I'd run with rogerdavis comments on the C773 and backup.
One of our problems, answering, is that we don't know your budget. We do know it's private.
Your young lass will need internet access adding to costs.
God bless her, my Great niece has taken a paper round to pay her Dad for Broadband internet access. (I wonder if there are any jobs left there)
Whatever you go for isn't it great what she's achieved.

  Strawballs 22:25 16 Jun 2008

You said "we don't know your budget" Look at the thread title.

  ambra4 22:58 16 Jun 2008

Why spend £500 when you can get a very good Dell laptop for around £249.00 Ex. VAT &

Shipping just customise it to your needs

click here

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LCD: 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display

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Hard Drive: 120GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive

Video Card: ATI Radeon® Express 1150 Hyper Memory (integrated)

Optical Devices: Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including Software

Primary Battery: 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (53 Whr)

Shipping Documents: English Documentation with English/Irish Power Cord

Dell System Media Kit: Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers)

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  woodchip 23:12 16 Jun 2008

I wood go with a HP laptop, based on the support I have had from them.

  woodchip 23:13 16 Jun 2008

PS Acer are bad on support

  Stuartli 23:31 16 Jun 2008

Check for the latest laptop offers from e-Buyer, Dabs, Scan, Novotech etc via their websites.

Absolutely no need to spend more than £350 to £400 at the very most.

  Jakesy 18:04 17 Jun 2008

Just want to say a big thanks for everyone who has responded. As with so many things its personal preference and as long as the machine is powerful enough to see her through and I can secure her data then as long as I don't buy an Atari it looks like I'll be ok! Once again many thanks for your help here.

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