Good place for Laptops?

  mr bubbles 16:19 15 Dec 2010

Hello, Im looking to get a cheap laptop, well when I say cheap I mean I dont want to buy one with features I likely wont use or need.

I just sold my HP DV6 Laptop a few month ago as I no longer needed it, but now I do again - doh!

Anyway, Im looking for a laptop that I can use XP on, but is also fast enough to run Windows 7. (Last laptop I had on ran Windows 7 no problem, but could never get XP on). I will be using XP more than Windows 7 I would say, but I would like the choice.

So im looking for a spec something like:

15.6" Screen or higher (with decent res)

250GB Hard Drive (I have a 500GB external ready so space is not too much a worry). But the hard drive must be 7200RPM not the slower 5400RPM

3GB DDR2/DDR3 Memory (if DDR2 must be 800mhz or greater)

Does not need to come with an OS as I have XP Pro and Windows 7 Home Premium (both retail).

I ask for advice as apart from the usual places to look (Argos, Currys, PC World, Ebay, Amazon etc) there must be some other better shops that have good decent laptops. Some of the places I listed that I looked at the prices dont representr value in my opinion. Ive noticed (unless its me) that since Netbooks came out, laptops seem to have risen slightly in price.

Also not too fussed on brand as long as its decent, can run both XP or 7.

I can stretch to £500 for one but honestly would rather be looking at £350 give or take.

Many thanks in advance :)

  iscanut 16:23 15 Dec 2010

I have bought 2 Samsung laptops from here click here over past couple of years. Worth having a look even if not buying from them. Also have a look at John Lewis

  mr bubbles 16:26 15 Dec 2010

thanks for quick reply, will check those out cheers :)

  Woolwell 17:22 15 Dec 2010

Why bother with the XP? You could have problems with drivers on a new laptop if you go down the XP route.

  mr bubbles 20:47 15 Dec 2010

There are laptops that do both, I use some apps/games in XP that I cannot in Windows 7, therefore I think having the choice of which OS I want is best so I at least I have the option of dual-booting XP/7.

I hate been told what OS to use which seems common with most laptops. I understand they are designed with Windows 7 in mind, but why should the consumer be restricted?

  ukpostcode 12:15 18 Dec 2010

Staples have good offers on at the moment.
John Lewis ok but slightly under spec for prices.
Could be some good offers after xmas??

  folsom 16:50 18 Dec 2010

Try Tesco Direct

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