Advice on laptop for teenage daughter

  shepthedog 16:49 01 Oct 2006

My daughter has been given permission to raid her bank account to buy a laptop. She plans to use it for internet surfing, music listening & downloading, word applications for school, storing digital photos and playing some games (not necessarily in that order).

I have done a quick bit of research for the sub £500 bracket and found two possibles -

1) Acer Aspire 1642zwlmi at £479.99 (Comet). 15.4" widescreen, Pentium M735A processor, 1gb RAM, 80gb HDD, XP Home.

2) Dell Inspiron 1300 at £499 (Dell).
15.4" widescreen. Pentium 735A processor, 1gb ram, 80gb HDD, XP Home.

All very similar but would welcome advice regarding these or other sub £500 laptops.

Many thanks

  STREETWORK 18:47 01 Oct 2006

The Dell is good value for money and you could search all day for a better deal. Waiting for a better deal is just that, waiting. Now is probably a good time to buy...

  GANDALF <|:-)> 19:27 01 Oct 2006

Dell everytime. Don't go for the 3 year RTB option and save £100 or so.


  Forum Editor 19:40 01 Oct 2006

Both machines are pointed at precisely the same market sector (laptop entry), and both machines will do the job just as well.

If you asked me to settle on one of them I would be hard-pressed to decide. It's your call.

  terryf 21:56 01 Oct 2006

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  terryf 21:57 01 Oct 2006

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  Input Overload 11:51 02 Oct 2006

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  Enoch 12:31 02 Oct 2006

I have been running a Dell laptop for over five years with no complaints. In addition I cannot praise enough the tech support of Dell even though I am an experienced PC user

  Ross Murray 15:42 02 Oct 2006

Both are good, but I feel Acer offer better value for money on their, in my opinion , great entry level laptops.

  Mad Mick 22:28 02 Oct 2006

I bought this Acer for my granddaughter form Comet and it is a good workhorse. It will do all that you put in your brief. The technical helpline in the Phillipines is excellent and free!!

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