A comparison of laptop PCs carried out by Computing Which? Magazine found that a refurbished Compaq Pressario proved to be the best option for a sub 300 machine. John Stokdyk reports.
Researchers were briefed to find a laptop with a minimum spec of a 233MHz Intel Pentium processor, 64Mb of RAM and a 1.5Gb, all for less than 300. They sourced machines from manufacturers, from online outlets, classifieds and from high street retailers.
Plenty of PCs were available on eBay, but even though a Dell laptop proved to be a good "all-rounder", the machine did not come with proper software licences, and there was no official source of after-sales support. Another Dell bought via classified ads had the same shortcomings, but took longer to acquire.
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