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Please recommend new basic laptop.

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shysal Wed 21-Jan-15 09:03:41

Help! My screen is a mass of coloured vertical lines. I suspect there is no cure, and I was considering buying a new one anyway to replace it (Sony on Windows Vista).
I have had a quick look on the PC World/Curries website. Can anyone recommend a model up to around £500 please? Also, should I consider ones with touch screen option? I want a full sized screen too. DD has an HP Pavilion, but is not altogether satisfied with it, although it seems to offer all my needs , which are very basic.

Brendawymms Wed 21-Jan-15 10:02:41

Why not get a tablet either apple or Andriod. No start up time don't weigh much and use anywhere.

Charleygirl Wed 21-Jan-15 10:07:57

You need WIFI connection

Elegran Wed 21-Jan-15 10:25:16

I have been happy with an Asus Transformer, which is a ten-inch tablet that has a detachable keyboard so can be used as a laptop too. It has Windows 8 and a touch screen, but you can also use the keyboard or a mouse. It is reviewed at

jinglbellsfrocks Wed 21-Jan-15 10:31:18

My teacher daughter has one of these it was partially funded by the education people so they must think it's ok.

MrsJamJam Wed 21-Jan-15 10:51:49

I love my samsung tablet, but DH has the asus transformer with detachable keyboard and I will agree with him that writing is easier with that than the touch screen. He bought it on advice from DS who works in IT and is ouf family oracle!

shysal Wed 21-Jan-15 13:14:41

Thank you all for your views. I already have a Samsung tablet (using it now as can't read laptop screen), but have fat finger problems, so a keyboard is a must. I also want Windows and Word, so think I will look into the transformer type.
I have lots of old Windows files of photos and documents stored on CDs, which I would like to be able to access, so assume a conventional laptop with CD slot would be necessary for that, or would they be transferrable to other devices?
Please forgive my ignorance, folks, I am a technonumpty!

Elegran Wed 21-Jan-15 14:05:20

Your files can be transferred to a USB memory stick or an SB card, shysal If the model you choose doesn't have a card slot or a USB port - (they don't all have one, or they only have one of each, which can be restricting) then you can buy a little card reader and/or a USB splitter on the net for a few pounds. I have one, so I can use several attachments at once.

The transformer takes a 64GB mini-card, worth getting with it as it increases your storage no end. It doesn't have a CD slot, but you can get external ones from the net to add (yet another thing to plug into the multi-USB thingy)

Elegran Wed 21-Jan-15 14:06:21

You can connect a laptop or tablet to a separate monitor screen, Shysal or even to your television.

shysal Wed 21-Jan-15 14:27:09

Thanks Elegran, I consider you to be the GN computer advisor! I think I have made my choice, will let you know.

annodomini Wed 21-Jan-15 15:39:44

I have a Samsung Chromebook which has only minimal hard disk storage. It's a 'cloud' computer and everything is stored securely on the cloud. As I have Android phone and tablet, documents, emails and apps can be accessed on all three. It all took a bit of getting used to but I am now very fond of it.

shysal Wed 21-Jan-15 17:13:03

Well, I have bought an HP Touchsmart laptop. It is full sized, with attached keyboard. I never move it from my table, so don't need a detachable one. It also has CD and SD slots. For on the move I use my tablet.
Thank you all once again for your input.

durhamjen Wed 21-Jan-15 18:28:26

Thank heavens for that, shysal. None of the suggestions seemed to be full size.