I need a laptop or notebook to give lessons online using Skype (or similar) and a webcam.
The most important things for me is that it is basic, easy to use and above all reliable.
I will need:
Good internet connection;
HD webcam (in-built?;
Qwerty keyboard, number pad, mouse;
Basic Word and Excel for reports and accounts etc;
Pref DVD and Android.
Probably your best bet would be to drop into your nearest branch of PC World/Currys/Dixons etc. and just have a look.
Most netbooks/laptops these days will come with a webcam built into the bezel above the screen. With your budget, you should also be able to afford MS Office (Home) or go for Openoffice/Libreoffice (both free) which are compatable with MS.
If you have children in the family, you can get Office at a very reasonable price from software4students. For what you want to do, any of the sub £500 laptops would be fine. Personally I'd avoid PC World and Currys to buy from, and stick with John Lewis or Amazon.
I noticed after I posted my question that there was a section for Absolute Beginners (which would have been much more appropriate!) so thanks too for taking the trouble to reply to such a basic question.
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