[ubuntu-uk] WTB: Ubuntu Laptop

Mac Ammonius.Grammaticus at googlemail.com
Wed Sep 3 11:10:32 BST 2008

Stephen O'Neill wrote:
> Jai Harrison wrote:
>> £83.40 does sound like
>> a lot for 4 years warranty on a product that Dell is meant to believe
>> won't break but I don't really have a choice when it comes down to it.

> It all depends on the replacement value of the machine - if it's a £1000
> machine it's good value, if it's £300 then probably not.

Yes, that's very true -- I don't think I've ever paid more than £500-ish 
for  computer, so an almost-twenty-percent addition for insurance has 
always seemed OTT!  But I do take Jai's point that his laptop is 
'operation critical' for three years of University, so he needs not to 
have to worry about getting it fixed.  The peace of mind is worth the 
£83.40, I guess.

Jai >>> But do also get an external drive, too, for regular backups: 
your data (university work) will be worth *much* more than your laptop 
after only a few months of your course!

As for the spec, as folk are saying, decide what you can afford, and 
review what your *important* reasons for having a laptop are.  If your 
course needs, say, a lot of heavy number-crunching or video editing, or 
you will *have* to play fast and furious games to avoid going insane in 
the evenings (!) prioritise a powerful processor;  if you'll mostly be 
writing and browsing, prioritise more RAM.

But in any case spend more leisure time with people than with your 
laptop!  ;-)

Very best wishes


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