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Old 10-16-2005, 09:08 AM   #1
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Default Laptop advice - is this any good???

I need a laptop for basic wordprocessing and spreadsheets. No gaming. Internet access. It needs to be cheap and reliable (!)

Will this be OK:

PACKARD BELL - INTEL CELERON M 360 PROCESSOR 1.40GHz


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Features for this PACKARD BELL E2560
- Intel Celeron M 360 Processor 1.40GHz
- 400MHz
- 1Mb Cache
- 256Mb RAM
- 50 Gb Hard Drive
- DVD-R/CD ReWriter Combo Drive
- 15" Lynx LCD Display
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
- 64Mb 852GM integrated graphics
- 1 year FREE warranty

Specification for this PACKARD BELL E2560
Processor Type Intel Celeron M 360
Processor speed 1.4 mhz
Memory Size 256 mb
Memory Type DDR
Hard Drive Capacity 50 Gb
Optical Drives Combo DVD & CD Writer
Screen Size/Type 15" Lynx LCD XGA
Graphics Card Type Intel 852
Graphics Memory 64 shared mb
Sound Type AC97
Modem Type 56k
Wireless Enabled No
No. of USB Connections 4
Weight 2.8 kg
Height 36.7 mm
Width 326 mm
Depth 277 mm
Colour Silver/Black

The battery life isn't mentioned, but I'm guessing I'd need around 4 hours.

If you can recommend any other cheap laptops, I'd be very greatful!!

Cheers.
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That isnt bad for word processing and stuff, but it would be nicer if you had 512mb of ram. And how cheap is cheap just so I know?
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If all you're doing is word processing and going on the net, that should be fine.

But the problem is WinXP itself takes up 256Mb of RAM, so 512 would be a much better option for all-round performance.
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Thats a good idea, upgrade the ram and you will have a good computer for what you want it for.
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Old 10-16-2005, 03:43 PM   #5
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That isnt bad for word processing and stuff, but it would be nicer if you had 512mb of ram. And how cheap is cheap just so I know?
I have around 500.00 to spend. How easy would it be to up to 512mb ram? Could I do it myself? COST??

Any other recomendations would be appreciated......
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Old 10-16-2005, 04:20 PM   #6
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i have a less powerful laptop right now that i'm using i play guildwars with it and it doesnt even lag its great for wordprocesing!
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To be fair though, Guild Wars will run on basically anything.

But yeah, you may buy a laptop that looks cheap and nasty but does more than you'd expect - you may be pleasantly surprised
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Thats a good idea, upgrade the ram and you will have a good computer for what you want it for.
I agree upgrading to 512 MB Ram... You could also lower your HD size... WXP itself takes ~2GB. With the office applications, it would be ~3GB.
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