[ubuntu-uk] please, help me buy a laptop.

Matt Jones matt at mattjones.me.uk
Sat Jun 21 20:23:00 BST 2008

James Grabham wrote:
> Sooo, 16th birthday a week on Sunday, college starts in Sepember, so I 
> want a laptop.
> Looking at £300 or less.
> I want to get spomething with a 14inch; 15.4 inch seems the norm, but 
> it's a bit big to lug around every day.
> I wish I could get dual core, but I think bcause of the budget I'll be 
> looking at 1.8Ghz+ Semprons or Celerons.
> 1 year warranty is the minimum.
> 1GB RAM.
> Plus the normal stuff - DVD writer, Ubuntu compatible graphics and 
> wireless, Vista (I know, but it may be usefull one day, and I will 
> dual boot).  The graphics don't have to be amazing, just DVD watchable.
> Any Ideas?  I've already spent a few hours seaching, and I'm still 
> none the wiser.
> Thanks
> James.
Dell Vostro 1310?- business grade, should have decent compatibility- 
except dell wireless which is most likely Broadcom. Remember you need to 
add VAT onto the price Dell state on their website, the exvat price 
should wind up about £250, so that gives you a bit for a couple of small 
upgrades. Remember to give dell a call to see if you can haggle a bit off.
EEE 900 - now £289 from play.com I have the 701 and am very happy with 
it, may be a bit small though.

Most laptops around this price are 15.4's probably due to economy of 
scale. The HP 530 is a nice machine, ebuyer have it for £279. Not sure 
about Linux compatibility.


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