Hi, A common question I know but I don`t know one laptop from another really and as I have finally persuaded my IT Manager that, a) I need a Laptop and b) I am going to buy it myself then i dont have to wait 6 weeks for him to get it, the last thing I want is to buy a real turkey and look like a right numpty. lol.
My top line is around £600 and it is for business use so I guess the important things are a good amount of RAM, a built in network card (do they all have these now?), built in WIFI and a fair number of USB connections.
Theres a TOSHIBA - INTEL PENTIUM M 740 at PC World for £599 but its not in my nature to buy things without worrying it to death and I dont really have time to do that in this case!!
Giving the Government extra VAT is mildly bonkers.
There is no reason why your Purchasing cannot pick up the phone and order whichever product you wish, they do that with paper goods every day of the week, and up your budget by £100.00 which is the VAT which will be saved.
I customised the Dell Inspiron as follows and would be glad of a second opinion....
1.66GHz processor XP Pro instead of Home Downgrade to 1yr collect & return warranty 1024MB RAM (included in price) 60GB 5400rpm Hard Drive DVD combo drive 9 cell battery Wireless router (is it wise to have an ADSL modem installed for an extra £20?)
with free delivery & a nylon carry case thats £668 which sounds pretty good!!
only thing Im not sure about is the sound card which shows an upgrade from a trial to a full version. is this some kind of software upgrade? sounds unneccessary?