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2007/06/18 19:10:19 (permalink)
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Those Gateway laptop from Tesco

How crap are they?

My step son, assuming he toes the line and gets decent grade this year, is up for a new comp but keeps banging on about wanting a lap top (is yet to understand the concept of being grateful for getting whatever we can affford) and I notived these the other week. Now he only nees them for school work and playing games on, no internet in our house. He may also want to 'burn' on it too but TBH I'm not fussed about that.

So are they any good or should I avoid at all cost?

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    six
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:17:04 (permalink)
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    He thinks he wants a laptop cos they're 'cooler' than desktops, but after a few weeks he'll realise he doesn't actually want to transport it anywhere, the keys are far harder to type on, it's less powerful, the screen's lower quality, the touch pads are annoying and the battery runs out in about 7 minutes.

    Just my opinion!
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:17:07 (permalink)
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    Got a link?

    I've had my laptop about 18 months and I've never looked back.

    They can be a bit fidly but they are some much nicer to use than sitting at a desk with a desktop.

    post edited by [Joe] - 2007/06/18 19:18:23
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:18:26 (permalink)
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    TBH mate i dont really know much about those specific laptops but i do know that for playing games you need a pretty decent one depending on the types of games

    for normal school work, any old thing would do if it has the usuals on eg microsoft word etc

    but for playing games - and games today usually require quite hi-spec - your looking at something like ive got which is ...

    Intel Pentium 1.7ghz processor
    512mb RAM
    128mb graphics card
    80gb hdd
    post edited by snake124 - 2007/06/18 19:19:33

     
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:27:05 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: six

    He thinks he wants a laptop cos they're 'cooler' than desktops, but after a few weeks he'll realise he doesn't actually want to transport it anywhere, the keys are far harder to type on, it's less powerful, the screen's lower quality, the touch pads are annoying and the battery runs out in about 7 minutes.

    Just my opinion!


    Very much the case I feel, and TBH he can't look after anything so there is no way he'd be allowed to take it out of the house

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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:28:29 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: snake124

    TBH mate i dont really know much about those specific laptops but i do know that for playing games you need a pretty decent one depending on the types of games

    for normal school work, any old thing would do if it has the usuals on eg microsoft word etc

    but for playing games - and games today usually require quite hi-spec - your looking at something like ive got which is ...

    Intel Pentium 1.7ghz processor
    512mb RAM
    128mb graphics card
    80gb hdd


    Yes, is there a rule of thumb I shoudl look at with regards to spec then as games will be important as ATM none of them work on his current fossilised comp. Bare in mind I do not know the first thing about comps

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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:31:05 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: dirtyvest


    ORIGINAL: snake124

    TBH mate i dont really know much about those specific laptops but i do know that for playing games you need a pretty decent one depending on the types of games

    for normal school work, any old thing would do if it has the usuals on eg microsoft word etc

    but for playing games - and games today usually require quite hi-spec - your looking at something like ive got which is ...

    Intel Pentium 1.7ghz processor
    512mb RAM
    128mb graphics card
    80gb hdd


    Yes, is there a rule of thumb I shoudl look at with regards to spec then as games will be important as ATM none of them work on his current fossilised comp. Bare in mind I do not know the first thing about comps

    I'd say you need a gig of ram and at least a 3ghz processor to be honest. At least!
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:34:19 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: snake124

    TBH mate i dont really know much about those specific laptops but i do know that for playing games you need a pretty decent one depending on the types of games

    for normal school work, any old thing would do if it has the usuals on eg microsoft word etc

    but for playing games - and games today usually require quite hi-spec - your looking at something like ive got which is ...

    Intel Pentium 1.7ghz processor
    512mb RAM
    128mb graphics card
    80gb hdd


    Thats gonna be no good for games. im no expert but 1GB RAM 256mb graphics card would run a wider range of games. Dual core duo would be good.

    Whats your budget
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:39:52 (permalink)
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    Dunno ATM, it depends how many of the family chip in and whether we avoid VAT . I'm guessing about £500 not sure we'll have any more than that to spend, most likely less

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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:43:47 (permalink)
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    if you can get it through to him that he will be able to upgrade the parts of a desk top computer and not a laptop it might help. I have both but do have a top spec Sony laptop, purely because of the lack of upgrading option.
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:44:23 (permalink)
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    You can get higher spec desktops for the same price as a lower spec laptop so if he does well in school get a desktop, he can't complain hes not paying for it
    post edited by muscleman20 - 2007/06/18 19:45:22
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:53:35 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: muscleman20


    ORIGINAL: snake124

    TBH mate i dont really know much about those specific laptops but i do know that for playing games you need a pretty decent one depending on the types of games

    for normal school work, any old thing would do if it has the usuals on eg microsoft word etc

    but for playing games - and games today usually require quite hi-spec - your looking at something like ive got which is ...

    Intel Pentium 1.7ghz processor
    512mb RAM
    128mb graphics card
    80gb hdd


    Thats gonna be no good for games. im no expert but 1GB RAM 256mb graphics card would run a wider range of games. Dual core duo would be good.

    Whats your budget


    i know mate

    but for the game i play which is America's Army it is fine

    im just purely on about laptops

    but for a decent desktop as everyones been saying at least a gig of RAM and at least a 256mb graphics card

    http://www.dell.co.uk

    they usually do excellent affordable desktops, not sure about their laptops TBH

     
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:55:29 (permalink)
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    desk top it is.... we were always heading that way but thought I'd sound out. He can be an ungrateful bugger at times but that's teenagers. As you all suggest, desk tops seem far more practical and when he's spending his own cash then he can get whatever the hell he wants LOL

    SO:

    1 gig RAM
    256mb graphics card
    ?
    ?

    Anything else I should look for - remember we are talking nothing more than School work and game playing ATM

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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 19:58:04 (permalink)
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    I bought a gateway PC about 13 years ago (one of the first PC's). They used to be sales direct and come from Ireland and it was a great machine TBH.

    In terms of quality i think Gateway are ok but as i say that was 13 years ago

    The cost of PC's have come down so much you shoud price check at places like action.com and misco.co.uk look at their speacila deals

    Wrongun!
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 20:15:02 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: dirtyvest

    desk top it is.... we were always heading that way but thought I'd sound out. He can be an ungrateful bugger at times but that's teenagers. As you all suggest, desk tops seem far more practical and when he's spending his own cash then he can get whatever the hell he wants LOL

    SO:

    1 gig RAM
    256mb graphics card
    ?
    ?

    Anything else I should look for - remember we are talking nothing more than School work and game playing ATM



    IMO get a AMD Athlon Dual Core processor

    I have many friends who use these and they are great for games

    erm what else?

    19inch monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse (realistically the wireless isn't essential, but just nice to have)

    250gb hard drive

    IMO i would stick with Windows XP and leave Vista until they have sorted all the problems out!

     
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 20:26:00 (permalink)
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    what do you want to spend.

    Doest it need to have everything including monitor little speakers keyboard etc?

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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 20:52:39 (permalink)
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    Yes, it will need everything so to speak, well everything a 15y/o needs, so monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers I guess

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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 20:56:06 (permalink)
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    My brothers got one and he's had it for about 6 months it seems to run fine for Office e.t.c and games footie manager
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 21:35:32 (permalink)
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    So you looking around £500?

    Sommin like thsiw ould be sweet enough, though no speakers but you can get a set for bugger all.
    http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTVIEWPAGE&USG=PRODUCT&ENT=PRODUCT&KEY=197232
    post edited by cu3ed - 2007/06/18 21:37:04
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    RE: Those Gateway laptop from Tesco 2007/06/18 21:36:09 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: dirtyvest

    Yes, it will need everything so to speak, well everything a 15y/o needs, so monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers I guess


    Tissues.
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