Is this computer any good?

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PostIs this computer any good?
by Gario » Sun May 03, 2015 2:33 pm

I posted recently about a possible laptop purchase for £170. Well, I would spend a little more on this computer below if I knew it was any good. Please help:

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Somebody Else's Presents » Sun May 03, 2015 2:35 pm

Depends what you're planning to use it for.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by That's not a growth » Sun May 03, 2015 2:38 pm

Going by ebay, no that's not a particularly good price.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by KK » Sun May 03, 2015 2:38 pm

A square screen!?!

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Somebody Else's Presents » Sun May 03, 2015 2:39 pm

KKLEIN wrote:A square screen!?!


What's better than Retina? Retina Squared.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Gario » Sun May 03, 2015 2:39 pm

Somebody Else's Problem wrote:Depends what you're planning to use it for.


Simple stuff - Internet browsing (needs to be quick) and writing on a website using a basic CMS.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Floex » Sun May 03, 2015 2:41 pm

There was never a 4x3 iMac was there?

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Karl » Sun May 03, 2015 2:42 pm

Gario: Almost anything you buy will do that acceptably - a tablet with one of those keyboard/stand addons would keep cost to a minimum and probably be fine.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Christmas CrackErrkal » Sun May 03, 2015 2:43 pm

Floex wrote:There was never a 4x3 iMac was there?


Not unless you go way way back. The rest of the pick looks ok so yeah that is a bit dodgy looking, plus I always figure if you are selling more than second hand gooseberry fool on Facebook you are a scammer.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Gario » Sun May 03, 2015 2:46 pm

I'll avoid. The hunt continues. Karl: my editor tells me the site doesn't work well on tablets and phones.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Floex » Sun May 03, 2015 2:47 pm

Errkal wrote:
Floex wrote:There was never a 4x3 iMac was there?


Not unless you go way way back. The rest of the pick looks ok so yeah that is a bit dodgy looking, plus I always figure if you are selling more than second hand gooseberry fool on Facebook you are a scammer.


Sorry I meant the new model design. Something looks odd about that picture.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by KK » Sun May 03, 2015 2:47 pm

You could probably walk into PC World and ask them "what's your cheapest lump of gooseberry fool for web browsing" and walk away with something that would get the job done just fine. At least it would be in widescreen.

In fact they've got laptops from Toshiba, Asus and HP for under £180.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Christmas CrackErrkal » Sun May 03, 2015 2:49 pm

Floex wrote:
Errkal wrote:
Floex wrote:There was never a 4x3 iMac was there?


Not unless you go way way back. The rest of the pick looks ok so yeah that is a bit dodgy looking, plus I always figure if you are selling more than second hand gooseberry fool on Facebook you are a scammer.


Sorry I meant the new model design. Something looks odd about that picture.


Yeah that's what I mean, only the old ones where the new ones aren't mind you that isn't close to a new model anyway and the side on pic looks like it is marked on the top corner.

Basically avoid its bullshit.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Karl » Sun May 03, 2015 2:50 pm

Gario wrote:I'll avoid. The hunt continues. Karl: my editor tells me the site doesn't work well on tablets and phones.


Fair enough. In which case you just want a cheap, basic 13" laptop. Don't worry too much about specs, I can't imagine anything being tripped up by your requirements, which are pretty minimal. EDIT: KKLEIN has the right idea.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Gario » Sun May 03, 2015 2:50 pm

KKLEIN wrote:You could probably walk into PC World and ask them "what's your cheapest lump of gooseberry fool for web browsing" and walk away with something that would get the job done just fine. At least it would be in widescreen.

In fact they've got laptops from Toshiba, Asus and HP for under £180.


After a few hours' use my laptop grinds to a halt and I can't afford to lose minutes as I'm expected to write a minimum number of articles. Ok I'll have a look.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Christmas CrackErrkal » Sun May 03, 2015 2:51 pm

It is is just browsing you may get away with just a Chromebook.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Gario » Sun May 03, 2015 2:53 pm

Errkal wrote:It is is just browsing you may get away with just a Chromebook.



Are they the small ones? I have big hands and I've borrowed my mate's 10in one (no homo): was a pain to use.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Christmas CrackErrkal » Sun May 03, 2015 2:54 pm

Some of them are yeah, cost wise though looking into it they aren't mega cheap which seems odd as they don't really do much.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by Karl » Sun May 03, 2015 2:54 pm

It sounds like your laptop is broken or malware infested rather than being underspecced. But if you have the money to get a new one that's probably easier than trying to fix it. You can also ask PC World if you can try out the laptop you're interested in in-store - just go to your CMS ACP and play about for 10 mins, make sure it's responsive enough for you. If it is (and it should be!) then go for it.

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PostRe: Is this computer any good?
by KK » Sun May 03, 2015 2:55 pm

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-n ... html#cat-0

Brilliant for the price. No disc drive but you get 2GB more RAM and a 500GB HDD for your money. I'm sure it comes with a load of bloatware on start-up but that can be uninstalled.

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