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Old 06-18-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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Hi My Toshiba is on its last legs. Can someone advise me on a replacement. I need one just for browsing, email, i player, and perhaps DVD film viewing. Nothing more really. Is there an obvious one to go for? Would it be best to buy from a shop in case it goes wrong, or is mail order ok? Can you give me advice on computer protection. Is freeware say AVG ok? Thanks. I feel a bit of a freeloader, having just joined your forums for personal gain......I could help you in return with questions about beekeeping perhaps?! Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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I'd recommend: Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP - really most are the same in my opinion. As for where, either online or in-store is fine and it should come with some sort of warranty either way (as long as it's new). You can stay away from anything that's "ultrabook" or that's touchscreen as it doesn't sound like you need them. What's your budget? What are the specs of your current laptop? Does it still perform like you want it too?

Some opinions from the members: Best brand of laptop in order

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AVG, Avast, Microsoft Security Essentials. There are other free ones, but these seem to be the most recommended here. Malwarebytes AntiMalware (free) is also recommended for spyware. Eset (Nod32) is probably the most recommended paid version.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:05 AM   #3
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Thanks. My current laptop has been misfiring and now won't start up. I have it 'fixed' once but that didn't last long. Its about 6 years old and well used.
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I meant, like are the the specs satisfactory. Is it fast enough, is there enough hard drive space, that kind of thing. It would give us an idea of what to recommend. Also, a budget number would help us know what to suggest as well.

Something like this might suit your needs: Acer | Aspire E | E1-531-4665 | Datasheet

But something like this might be an option too: Acer | Aspire S3 | S3-391-6466 | Datasheet
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:34 PM   #5
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Just realised, my newest one which won't start up now is in fact a Dell latitude D530. I don't think it has a particularly big spec as it was a basic one I was given by work. I think my budget would be up to 500.

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The spec has been fine as like I said, we just browse, email, and watch iplayer really.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:02 PM   #6
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How about this one from John Lewis?

Toshiba Satellite C855-2LJ Laptop, Intel Pentium B960, 2.2GHz, 6GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6”, Red

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I'd recommend Asus, Acer, Lenovo and HP..
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I have just been into a big Currys and the salesman pointed me towards a Toshiba satellite C850D11Q. 286. It seems to have reasonable reviews on internet, and seems to be a reasonable price. Any thoughts? Thanks. Windows 8 doesn't seem to get a very good press. Does it take much getting used to?i
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