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Old 08-19-2010, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi

Basically I need a laptop for basic student use, I won't be doing anything demanding such as gaming but I need it to last, maybe as long as 4 years.

I need to know if I should go for something like this

Compaq Presario CQ61-401SA Notebook PC (15.6-inch Display, Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel Pentium T4400 Processor, 4 GB DDR2 RAM, 320 GB SATA HDD, 802.11 b/g/n Networking, Intel GMA 4500M Graphics): Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

or something a little more up market such as a dell?

UK only please,

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Yes that's a pretty good deal (I think considering it's in pounds)
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I despise Compaq.

For a little more, I'd get this one: Acer Aspire 5542G Laptop - Laptops | Ebuyer.com
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Having done warranty work for both companies (HP and Acer) I can say that out of the 3 brands I saw Acer and HP more than Compaq
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Could also be that no one buys them. But they always had poor builds IMO.
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Could also be that no one buys them. But they always had poor builds IMO.
Compaqs and HPs are almost always identical builds but with different badges and model numbers. But I am with you, I like Acers. Just gave a rebuttal in another thread to someone that said Acers were crap. It all comes down to personal tase
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I despise Compaq.

For a little more, I'd get this one: Acer Aspire 5542G Laptop - Laptops | Ebuyer.com
Are features like 1080p and a multi touch track pad needed on a laptop?
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That Acer is actually quite a good bit better than the Compaq, for the price. A better GPU and bigger HDD mean it last you further toward that 4-year goal.

1080p isn't needed per se, but more screen real estate makes it easier to use and better-looking.
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If you plan on using it on the go I would get something more portable like this Samsung but otherwise the Acre looks like a good option.

Samsung Q330 Laptop - Laptops | Ebuyer.com
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