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Windows 7: Hi I need your help to decide on a laptop for my son's school work

03 Oct 2011   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Right, you have to pay more for a Sony. If you want best beat for the buck, Dell is ahead. I bought this one anyhow - with the upgraded GPU and a high def screen: VPCF1390X | VAIO® F1390X Configure-to-Order | Sony | Sony Style USA

The HDD did not matter to me because I immediately replaced it with an SSD.

Here is a good site that gives you an idea what is on the market for good prices. I realize that most of that is different in the UK, but it may serve as reference: http://www.deals2buy.com/categories/laptop/deals
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09 Oct 2011   #12
quester12

multiple operating systems xp pro 32bit win7 64 bit pro and ultimate
 
 

Whs, not bad advice ; i like sony products as well, Cabbage .... from what i have read , you have gotten some great advise. I want to add that most laptops or netbooks are a propitiatory build . meaning memory and software bundles upgrades are specifically made for those machines. yes you may replace certain components like the hard drive ; unless you know how i would not do it. please check on replacement warranties and conditions for replacement. compare pricing and shipping prices exchanges from the pound , euro dollar or u.s money.

hope you find a great laptop.

quester12
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10 Oct 2011   #13
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

It's true that many parts of a laptop are proprietary, such as the display, keyboard, DVD drive, etc.... However, the 2 you listed, memory and software, are some that aren't. For memory, as long as you match the specs, it is irrelevant which mfr's memory you use. In regards to software, the only things that are truly proprietary are the drivers, other than that you can install whatever software you want. I have taken laptops that came with an OEM version of XP and installed a retail version of Win 7 or a Linux distro on them.
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11 Oct 2011   #14
quester12

multiple operating systems xp pro 32bit win7 64 bit pro and ultimate
 
 

yes i agree to a point. like i said if you have the knowledge . some domestic memory modules are manufactured a bit differently from European brands; however .... most generic modules operate differently in different machines performance wise.

thanks strollin.

quester12
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11 Oct 2011   #15
winz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Honestly man don't buy a dell... that's all I got, PEACE
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14 Oct 2011   #16
vspeck23

Windows 8 Pro Media Centre Edition 64Bit, Windows 8 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hey try something like a Toshiba satellite pro the are balanced performance with reliability.

HP Pavilions are pretty reliably and are not bad for performance

Sony vaio's Have brilliant in performance but lack in battery life and life span


acer aspires are a good all rounder but value for money

^^ al of the above i have in my house hold and all are still working
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