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    Calling @Wozza and @BensGrandad, anyone else

    Well where else to ask, as I have been asked, because I work(ed) in IT, therefore I must know everything about everything hardware and software you know, could trawl Amazon I guess, but I would rather have recommendations or advice from NSC's finest

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    1) Laptop for a friend. Budget 4-500 notes. No real special requirements other than wants to watch movies on it. So I guess a decent screen/sound is more important than say large storage and loads of ram. Is a reasonable HD one available/recomended for budget. Windows required, office would be nice. He's seen this but I am sure you can get a better deal/more for your money
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/HP-15-bs501...236_SY340_QL65. I've always had Dell or Lenovo really but that was for work purposes

    2) Tablet. Budget <150 GBP. This ones jumping out (possible as it's got a 100 quid off). Android, but I hear the sound quality is great and a nice size to play games on and its HD, and Dolby. Anything better than this for the money? Sound quality very important it will be used with buetooth speakers and headphones
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-TAB-...s=lenovo+dolby
    Possibly want 2 or 3 of these

    3) Headphones (cordless). Are Urban Ears good quality for music and skype? These Plattan Mark1s are 30GBP in HMV, were 100, I think because the MK2 is out - has anyone got either https://store.hmv.com/technology/hea...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
    Thats got to be a bargain yes no? Looking like a **** on the train doesnt matter but preferably not glaringly "look at me" ones

    4) Bluetooth speakers. Dont need to look at right now but these would go with the Tablet. So any recommendations or advice there much appreciated

    Thanking you guys, hopefully can do most/all of these via NSCs Amazon @Bozza though the headphones might take some beating

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      2) Tablet. Budget <150 GBP. This ones jumping out (possible as it's got a 100 quid off). Android, but I hear the sound quality is great and a nice size to play games on and its HD, and Dolby.
      I got the Lenovo Tab 4 plus from Currys for £189 (the price is constantly up and down). Good tablet. I'd say worth the extra over the Tab 4, but then if you're buying 3 the price adds up. Check reviews on youtube from Damir Franc.
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      That laptop would be more than enough to watch films on, if your just watching films why not just get a tablet?. that laptop is pretty good for the money but if you want to compare ebuyer is a good place to look.

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      That laptop would be more than enough to watch films on, if your just watching films why not just get a tablet?. that laptop is pretty good for the money but if you want to compare ebuyer is a good place to look.

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      Yeah its for a friend. Not just for films, i will be used for a bit of college work too I forgot to mention so wants a fixed keyboard and windows and a slightly bigger screen than a tablet
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      I got the Lenovo Tab 4 plus from Currys for £189 (the price is constantly up and down). Good tablet. I'd say worth the extra over the Tab 4, but then if you're buying 3 the price adds up. Check reviews on youtube from Damir Franc.
      Not out the question on budget for one of the 3, I'll check it out thanks (the budgets are all separate pretty much so flexibility is ok a little). What would make the Tablet you mention better in your opinion than the one I posted to warrant the little extra? (this would be the one which would be output to speakers at a later date for music)
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      Why does it require windows? If it's just for word processing and movies, he could buy a chromebook. Startup time in about 10 seconds, no virus' and incredibly quick.
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      Why does it require windows? If it's just for word processing and movies, he could buy a chromebook. Startup time in about 10 seconds, no virus' and incredibly quick.
      I've had a Toshiba Chromebook for a couple of years and it's fantastic.

      As for bluetooth speakers, this one's great https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultimate-98...J9J6Q6A8E&th=1
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      Why does it require windows? If it's just for word processing and movies, he could buy a chromebook. Startup time in about 10 seconds, no virus' and incredibly quick.
      I think no requirement for Windows from a tech perspective from what I can see, just what he(well his missus) knows and asked for, you know, MS Windows and Office. In fact it would probably be better with something like a chrome book (though I am not sure what that is, assume its an android based laptop? can you get office for it?).
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      I've had a Toshiba Chromebook for a couple of years and it's fantastic.

      As for bluetooth speakers, this one's great https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultimate-98...J9J6Q6A8E&th=1
      Thats bang on the money with the speaker thanks, sounds like it sounds great from the reviews. Long life and people comparing it to Bose cant be bad
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      I think no requirement for Windows from a tech perspective from what I can see, just what he(well his missus) knows and asked for, you know, MS Windows and Office. In fact it would probably be better with something like a chrome book (though I am not sure what that is, assume its an android based laptop? can you get office for it?).
      I don't use office, but you can use the office app if you have a chromebook with the play store integrated. Not all chromebooks have that ability so it's worth checking, but most probably new chromebooks would have that feature. I personally find Google Docs perfectly sufficient and it's compatible with MSOffice. Android runs alongside chrome. ChromeOS is an operating system which is clean and fast and as the name suggests, is based purely around a browser. It is however maturing with the addition of offline capabilities (which weren't much in evidence when it was introduced about 6 or 7 years ago) and the added plus of android apps. We are moving towards a point where eventually the two OS's are going to merge fully, but atm it's incomplete and a bit buggy at times. However, I'd still recommend CB's unless one needs a specific program like photoshop. One things for sure, I can't see myself ever going back to windows. That message 'Do not turn off your computer, windows is installing 21 updates' is incredibly infuriating and as I said before, you are generally looking at about 10 seconds for startup time. There are plenty of touchscreen CB's and some of the newly announced models have a detachable screen which would double up as a standalone tablet.
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