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16-01-2003, 09:33 PM
I'm looking to buy a laptop so as I can start my online business at home. Have you any advice on what I should be looking for and the best places to buy from?
Firstly, expect to pay a fair bit more for a laptop than you would for the equivalent in a pc. And if something goes wrong, it can be much more expensive to fix.
Secondly, what exactly are you going to be using it for? That will help to decide what you need to get. Serious graphic design etc needs a different spec to something that's just used for email.
The obvious places to buy from are PC World (http://www.pcworld.co.uk), Dell (http://www.dell.co.uk) and maybe Time (http://www.timecomputers.com/). You could also get a PC Shopper magazine - there are hundreds of ads there and you can often build your own spec before ordering.
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16-01-2003, 10:47 PM
I too will be looking for a laptop soon.
Try www.dealtime.co.uk. They offer all brands of new and refurbished laptops at very competitive prices.
Hope you find what you're looking for.
16-01-2003, 11:59 PM
Laptops are fab for presentations on clients' sites, especially if you combine them with a portable projector. There's no awkward asking if you can run your PowerPoint presentation on their PCs.
As Gary says, the purchase price and maintenance are a lot more for laptops, as is upgrading. I've managed to crack a laptop screen, only to find a replacement Dell screen was £600, so do treat them well. Accessories will cost a lot more too. If you have a broadband Internet connection installed then you will need a network card as well, which for a desktop PC costs as little as £10 and for a laptop costs around £30.
If you will never take the machine out of your home then you should consider a standard PC. They will run faster (for the same price) and last longer.
Be cautious about buying via mail order or the Internet as the vendor may require you to post your laptop back to them at your expense in case of a problem. On the plus side, buying from a virtual vendor can be a lot cheaper.
Personally, I would buy from any business who guaranteed a quick repair or a replacement laptop whilst they repaired my faulty machine. That way my business is not seriously affected.
Dell and Dabs.com both have good reputations.
Have you thought of using eBay to bod for a laptop?
I cant say i have used eBay before for anything, but looking at the prices and customber comments that have bought from the same supplier it does seem tempting.
Also, ther is a huge range of model available to fit your needs.
If you (or anyone) have had a bad experience from buying a laptop off eBay, please let me know - and save us both from burning our fingers!
Hope this helps!
17-01-2003, 01:45 PM
I recommend Dell i buy all our machines from there... Try there outlet centre you can buy at a very good discounted price..
17-01-2003, 02:37 PM
Laptop are the very best tool for presentation but not for working on as a standalone office computer.
If you're going to take it on appointments for presentations then buy a cheapie on ebay or the paper.
For the office I always go DELL, 24 hrs on site service for the first year, then 2 years RTB included. Never had to use it!
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