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Is this a rubbish laptop or not ?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Cdman, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Cdman

    Cdman Power Member

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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Advent-Qu...t=UK_Computing_Laptops_EH&hash=item19c93a71cb

    For around €200, I'm tempted to buy it.

    I'm looking for a 13/14 inch that's light and can be used for :

    Visual basic (visual studio?)

    Microsoft word

    Notepad++

    And ermmm... The normal stuff like web browsing etc.

    Battery life seems crap though :(

    Anyone know any good sites to buy refurbished laptops that post to Ireland/Uk.?

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  2. Evan Foster

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    I feel to vomit after reading some lines.
     
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    What version of VB? The newer .net versions or the older ones? VB5? VB6? What version.

    Notepad++ requires next to no resources, neither does normal web browsing.

    The "normal" everyday computer uses requires virtually no real impressive computer specs, but the "normal" use of a IM'er varies from user to user.

    Give a more detailed explanation of what exactly you plan to use it for to get a better answer.

    The "average" person can have a computer with 1GB of RAM, and a dual core processor and be comfortable.

    The "average" programmer would prefer a quad core processor along with 8GB+ RAM.

    "average" varies on what you do.
     
  5. Jonny Quick

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    It's a piece of shit, AND it's overpriced.

    First, it's no-name. Not Dell, HP, etc...
    Second, it's a single-core processor.
    http://ark.intel.com/products/41498/Intel-Celeron-Processor-900-(1M-Cache-2_20-GHz-800-MHz-FSB)

    Third, it's "refurbished" which doesn't mean a damn thing. It's USED. You have no idea what's wrong with it, besides it being naturally a piece of shit (see above).

    And 178 British pounds converts to $275.00. I could buy a reputable-brand, single-core laptop used off craigslist for about $125.00.

    Finally, it's coming from eBay. No storefront location. You are better off buying the used laptop from the neighbor down the street. You can get a lower-end, brand-new one for about $450.00 here in the US.

    All of these are twice the computer as this piece of junk, for about $100 more, and brand-new.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006740%204019&IsNodeId=1&name=%24300%20-%20%24400
     
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  6. Cdman

    Cdman Power Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I need a laptop by the way - college.

    And does new egg post to Ireland ? I'd say there's a lot of tax to be added if it's all from the US :(
     
  7. flexnds

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    Yep, overpriced POS.. Here's some basics to look for..

    If you want Intel cpu than you need to get i3, i5 or i7. Which ever you can afford.

    If you want AMD I would go with something in the phenom II line that is over 2.0 GHz.

    You should get something with DDR3 as this is pretty much the new standard.

    Try to get something with a 7200RPM HDD either seagate, WD, Samsung or Hitachi.

    I'd say at least 4gb ram.

    If you will be doing video editing or playing games I would go for something wtih a dedicated card Nvidia or ATI fine. Do some research on whatever card is in the machine before you buy.

    If you are not good at typing I'd go with something with a back light keyboard so you can see it in the dark.

    If you do any chatting on line you may want a webcam and mic.

    And get something with good resolution and a flat black screen so you won't have glare issues and it should be LED backlight screen as well so it's bright enough.

    That should pretty much do the trick. This will get you a laptop that you will probably be happy with for a few years. Also, I don't recommend refurbished.
     
  8. Cdman

    Cdman Power Member

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    Trying to figure out what way Newegg would work since I'm
    In Ireland.

    I honestly think that in the US laptops are a lot cheaper so I'll always get less than what most
    Of you would expect.

    Here's what I'd like :

    i3 processor
    3gb ram
    13inch screen (or maybe 14)
    2.00ghz +
    Decent battery life
    Light (2kg or less)

    For around €400 posted to Ireland.

    Not sure if it's possible though!
     
  9. flexnds

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    That should be very possible.. I purchased a few laptops for my employees int he philippines and it only cost about 90 bucks to send them there. So, I would just look for a place that will ship from US if necessary..
     
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    Laptops in the UK are overpriced because of the VAT. If it is posted from the US, there will definitely be lots of tax + shipping. Checkout the tax rate from ebay forums, etc.
     
  11. mattmichelweb

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    I wouldn't go for this! Better try to raise some more money and find something better.
     
  12. Jonny Quick

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    If you have a friend and/or business contact in the US, you could have them buy it, and then ship it to you. I would assume a package that small wouldn't interest customs, etc...? Can you send a package from US to Ireland as easily as from (for example) California to Texas?
     
  13. FreeJoust

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    seriously, im sure you can find something better, it will fall short in no time
     
  14. Cdman

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    Yes it's easy to send it. But by the time it reaches me there will be a bill that will make the laptop a lot more expensive :( more than likely they'd notice it even though it's a small package.