I am looking for some advice on buying a new laptop. I have had my phillips freevents laptop for almost three years, but the charging port is no longer reliable and there are other various problems.
I am a couple of months off of graduating and therefore it is important that I have a reliable laptop to do my dissertation and last few pieces of work on.
Ideally, I would like a laptop with a good memory capacity, a screen size under 15.4" and wireless internet capabilities.
I am hoping to spend less that £500. Can anyone help with ideas of what models would be ideal?
I would suggest trying Dell. Every machine is custom-built, which means that you can avoid spending money on stuff you don't need and instead spend it on things you DO want.
For example, it seems like you don't exactly need top-of-the-range graphics - so you wouldn't want to be buying the highest spec graphics chipset.
If I were you I would play around with the configurator on the Dell website and then call them when you have an idea of what you want. I have always found the telesales guys there pretty good.
The one downside is that given your graduation timeline you probably want to buy this pretty much immediately, and Dell might take ten days or so to send it to you.
Whatever you buy, make sure that the warranty conditions don't require you to send the thing away for days on end if there is a problem. You don't want to discover after a week that there is an issue that needs to be resolved, and have to be without the machine for a fortnight. That said, these things are pretty darned reliable now!
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