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Old 14 November 2009, 03:59   #11
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Willk - have also had a very good experience with Dell - even their cheaper models - one piece of advice that someone suggested to me when I started down the Dell route of ownership was to do as follows:

1. Ring for a quote

2. Tell them you will think about it - but agree they can ring you back in a few days to check on your decision

3. Wait for them to ring back

4. Tell them you have bettered the quote and will be buying elsewhere

5. They will offer to come in under - now you can start getting the price you want

Has worked everytime for me - my last one purchased through and for work is an Dell xps 15 - original price £1400 - I finally got it for £800 plus 3 years on site warrenty and blueray DVD/RW

Its worth haggling when it comes to PC's

On the Acer front I have just bought an Acer Netbook - again seems very good and reliable and well constructed. I also have a Sony Vaio P - useless as a PC - very slow but a cracking bit of design

Buying laptops is all very subjective - go to PC World have a play and then find it cheaper online - just ensure it's easy to return if you do have any problems

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For Dell use their outlet website, its far cheaper, you need to check daily for new stock, Dell outlet.

Another decent website is UK Hot Deals, they have a system of posting the best deals around which are then rated by the sites users.
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Thank you all

Thanks to everyone for the advice, all posts were read and clickies clicked

An ex-demo Vista () unit was purchased from PC World today.

14" LED
DVD-R/W
3/250 Gb
Pentium somethingorother
8hr Battery (!)
1" thick, weighs 2Kg
£430 - full warranty
Windows 7 upgrade ordered.

Fingers crossed that it lasts the frenzied keyboard abuse you lot will induce
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Congratulations that man - what make was it in the end??

Sounds like a good spec for the price

Ive heard the somethingorother processors are very reliable - I have used them a lot!!

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Ahh, I deliberately didn't mention that, so's not to hurt any feelings (or face ridicule for that matter). Suffice it to say it was purchased on the strength of the advice given by all. The spec is fine but the the clincher was the size of the thing, or lack thereof. It has Laptop spec in an almost Netbook format. I think we'll be very happy together.

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The charming young sales lady in stage makeup assured me that it had an adequate number of mega-hurts and whirly-gigs.
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The charming young sales lady in stage makeup assured me that it had an adequate number of mega-hurts and whirly-gigs.
I probably should also acknowledge the invaluable assistance of the Network Systems Manager from my wireless ISP, who made a site visit to PC World on a Sunday and give the kit the OK. Bought me a Supersized Big Mac too

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Thanks to everyone for the advice, all posts were read and clickies clicked

An ex-demo Vista () unit was purchased from PC World today.

14" LED
DVD-R/W
3/250 Gb
Pentium somethingorother
8hr Battery (!)
1" thick, weighs 2Kg
£430 - full warranty
Windows 7 upgrade ordered.

Fingers crossed that it lasts the frenzied keyboard abuse you lot will induce


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what make was it in the end??
Could it be the Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T-353

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/pro...rmationSection


Only £399.99 had you bought it online, willk.
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Ahh, I deliberately didn't mention that, so's not to hurt any feelings (or face ridicule for that matter).
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Only £399.99 had you bought it online, willk.
Yes indeed, little Curious One, if only I could have. In your rush to post you overlooked their Terms & Conditions:
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For smaller items delivery is to addresses within the United Kingdom only. This excludes the Channel Islands and BFPO addresses. We can deliver all large appliances to any address in the United Kingdom excluding the Channel Islands. For customers living in the Isle of Man, the Isles of Scilly and some of the Scottish Islands we recommend that customer’s choose a private courier who can ship it to them directly.
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There are a number of unsatisfactory "workarounds", none of which I'd risk with an item that I really want a valid warranty for.

FWIW ('cos I know now that you really care, Brad ), Online sales from the UK have been becoming increasingly problematic of late. Firstly, many companies will not ship goods to a non-billing address and secondly will not accept payment from a c. card unless verified by a (preferably UK) post code. I don't have any postcode!

Hopefully they spend the £30 on better quality Slap!
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I had no idea it was that much of a challenge to get stuff ordered to Ireland - what a pain
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No, I had digested all the small print, but assumed someone of your means would have had a little 'pied-à-terre' on the 'mainland' , not to mention a couple of discreet bank accounts.
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